Portage Northern High School

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Portage Northern High School
1000 Idaho Ave.
Portage, Michigan 49024-1233
Coordinates 42°14′04″N 85°36′03″W / 42.2345°N 85.6007°W / 42.2345; -85.6007Coordinates: 42°14′04″N 85°36′03″W / 42.2345°N 85.6007°W / 42.2345; -85.6007
School type Public
Motto Engage, Inspire, Achieve
Founded 1965
School district Portage Public Schools
Superintendent Mark Bielang
Principal James E. French
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1386 [1] (2013)
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s) Brown, White, Orange (Supplementary)
Mascot Huskie
Team name Huskies

Portage Northern High School is a high school in Portage, Michigan. Northern High School serves 1,420 students from ninth through twelfth grades. In addition to meeting the regular education needs of students living in the PNHS attendance area, the school also houses several special education programs that address the needs of students throughout the Portage district. In addition, Northern is one of nine Michigan high schools currently authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous curriculum for grades 11 and 12 that focuses on globalism and interdisciplinary study.[2]


Portage Northern was built in 1965 to accommodate overcrowding at Portage Central High School, the school's crosstown rival. In 2007, Portage voters approved a bond issue that funded major renovations at Portage Northern as well as an entirely new Central High School.[3] The renovations concluded in 2011.


The school currently employs 136 faculty and staff, including 89 teachers.[4] The school most recently earned a composite grade of B from the Michigan Department of Education based on standardized test achievement.[5] Portage Northern High School's Media Center has been voted as the best Media program in Michigan. It holds a place as one of the nations top 35 by the American Association for School Librarians.[citation needed]

Portage Northern also offers students a variety of both EFE (Education for Employment), and EFA (Education for the Arts). These programs include Furniture and Cabinetry, Animal Technology, Teaching, and Visual Design; all of these programs will give students the ability to personally learn and work hands on and discover what they would like to choose as a career, as well as fill in any academic requirements for those who would like to graduate.

Portage Northern High School is among 564 U.S. high schools authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.[6]

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Portage Northern has an arts program with a band, choir, orchestra and visual arts program.


Portage Northern High School has numerous Varsity and club teams, including: Ice Hockey, American football, soccer, baseball, softball, swimming, diving, marching band, tennis, golf, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, cross country running, track, competitive cheerleading, hockey, gymnastics, and water polo. Portage Northern competes in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference.[7]


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