Port Huron Northern High School

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Port Huron Northern High School
Port Huron Northern High School is located in Michigan
Port Huron Northern High School
Port Huron Northern High School
1799 Krafft Road
Port Huron, Michigan 48060
United States
Coordinates43°1′27″N 82°26′41″W / 43.02417°N 82.44472°W / 43.02417; -82.44472Coordinates: 43°1′27″N 82°26′41″W / 43.02417°N 82.44472°W / 43.02417; -82.44472
School typePublic
School districtPort Huron Area School District
PrincipalCharles Mossett
Teaching staff59.00 (FTE)
Enrollment1264 (2014-2015)
Student to teacher ratio21.42
Color(s)Gold and blue
Athletics conferenceMacomb Area Conference

Port Huron Northern High School (PHN; Northern) is a high school located in Port Huron, Michigan, United States. It is part of the Port Huron Area School District and serves grades 9-12.


The demographic breakdown of the 1,264 students enrolled in 2014-2015 was:

  • Male - 50.2%
  • Female - 49.8%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 1.0%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 1.7%
  • Black - 4.3%
  • Hispanic - 2.9%
  • White -88.7%
  • Multiracial - 1.4%

22.5% of the students were eligible for free lunch.[1]


The Port Huron Northern Huskies colors are blue and gold. They compete in the Macomb Area Conference. The following MHSAA sanctioned sports are offered:[2]

  • Baseball (boys')
  • Basketball (girls' and boys')
  • Bowling (girls' and boys')
    • Boys' state championship - 2007[3]
  • Competitive cheer (girls' and boys')
  • Cross country (girls' and boys')
  • Football (girls' and boys')
  • Golf (girls' and boys')
  • Gymnastics (girls' and boys')
  • Ice hockey (boys')
  • Lacrosse (boys')
  • Soccer (girls' and boys')
  • Softball (girls')
  • Swim and dive (girls' and boys')
  • Tennis (girls' and boys')
    • Girls' state championship - 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2013[4]
  • Track and field (girls' and boys')
  • Volleyball (girls' and boys')
  • Wrestling (girls' and boys')


Performing arts center[edit]

The school auditorium was rebuilt in 2005 and rededicated as a performing arts center. The expansion cost $7 million, and the expanded center can seat 650 people. The performing arts center is almost identical to the one at Port Huron High School, but the interior colors are different.[5]

Radio station[edit]

The school radio station is WORW, which broadcasts on the FM band at 91.9 MHz.[6]

Northern Bands[edit]

The Northern Bands offer a wide variety of experiences built upon three concert bands: a freshman Concert Band; and two upperclassman bands, the Symphonic Band and the Northern Winds and Percussion. These concert bands provide the foundation of instruction for the program, and participation in any of the three makes a Northern student eligible to participate in any one or several auxiliary units that branch from the confer bands, including the Northern Husky Marching Band, the Port Huron Northern Aurora winter color guard, the Northern Jazz Band, and the winter drum line Northern Thunder. In 2014, the Northern Wind Ensemble ("Northern Winds and Percussion") under the direction of Erick Senkmajer was one of only five bands selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids.

The Northern Bands are non-competitive in nature, though they have a very active performance schedule. From July 2011 through October 2014, some portion of the program gave a public performance an average of once a week.

The program has earned many honors, including consistently high ratings at their district and state concert and marching festivals, an invitation to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in January 2014, being selected to perform as part of the national television feed at America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2010 and 2014, and being repeatedly selected for the "Main Street USA" parade at Disney's Magic Music Days. In January 2015, the PHN drumline was selected to perform at the International Auto Show.

In February 2014, students Dan Israel and Michael Haas entered their composition "Specks of Blue" into the Michigan Music Conference Young Composers competition. They were one of the few finalists selected to perform their piece at MMC.

In the last decade,[when?] the band program has hosted many guest artists of national and international renown including Blue Jupiter, Boston Brass, Jeff Coffin, the USAF Band of Flight, USAF Band of Mid America, and several university ensembles and professors.

During the marching band/football season, the trombone section performs Trombone Suicides on the sidelines. This is usually performed between the 3rd and 4th quarters of football or basketball games.

St. Clair County Technology Center[edit]

Student can apply for additional classes at the St. Clair County Technical Education Center (TEC). To get to TEC, students take a bus during the school day from PHN. The TEC offers various classes that students take to earn college credits while still in high school.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Search results for Port Huron Northern High School". nces.ed.gov. USDOE. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "MHSAA > Schools". www.mhsaa.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Bowling - MHSAA Sports". www.mhsaa.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Team Champions - Girls Tennis - MHSAA Sports". www.mhsaa.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ Mullens, Angela (May 16, 2005). "Curtain rises on new performing centers". The Times-Herold. Port Huron, MI. p. 1. Retrieved January 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Chapin, Bill (October 28, 2005). "Fine Tuning — Student puts his own spin on Radio Music". The Times-Herald. Port Huron, MI. p. 32. Retrieved January 10, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.