St. Maries High School

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Coordinates: 47°19′44″N 116°34′26″W / 47.329°N 116.574°W / 47.329; -116.574

St. Maries High School
424 Hells Gulch Road
St. Maries, Idaho
Type Public [1]
School district St. Maries J.S.D. (#41)
Principal John Cordell [1]
Faculty 24 [2]
Grades 9–12 [1]
Enrollment 300 (approx.) (2012)
Color(s) Forest Green & Gold [3]
Athletics IHSAA Class 2A
Athletics conference Central Idaho League
Mascot Lumberjack [3]
Rival Kellogg
Yearbook Lumberjack
Feeder schools St. Maries Middle School
Information (208) 245-2142
Elevation 2,180 ft (660 m) AMSL

St. Maries High School is a four-year public secondary school in St. Maries, Idaho, the only high school in the St. Maries Joint School District #41.[1] Located in north central Idaho in Benewah County, the high school is just north of the city and its airport, across the St. Joe River. Adjacent to a national forest in an area historically dominated by logging, the school colors are forest green and gold and the mascot is a lumberjack.

The middle school and only elementary school (Heyburn) in St. Maries have the same mascot and school colors as the high school. The lumberjack statue at the elementary school on Main Street was originally a Texaco "Big Friend," a Muffler Man from the mid-1960s.[4]


St. Maries competes in athletics in IHSAA Class 2A, in the Central Idaho League (CIL) with Grangeville and Orofino. Until 2012, SMHS was a member of the Intermountain League (IML) in Class 3A.[5] The girls volleyball team won ten consecutive state titles in Class A-2 (now 3A) from 1984 to 1993. The tenth title was their 142nd consecutive victory.[6][7]


The main rival is Kellogg High School, about 40 miles (64 km) to the northeast in the Silver Valley. The major school spirit competition between the two is called the "Brawl For The Ball." Begun in 2007, every level of basketball competes, and the schools also square off in a food drive, a dance-off, a cheerleading competition, and school spirit challenges. The winner receives a ball painted in both schools' colors and retains it for that year. In 2012, the respective school district superintendents had a friendly wager on the outcome of the boys' varsity basketball game; the loser had to wear the winner's jersey at the next superintendents' meeting.[8]

State titles[edit]


  • Basketball (1): (AA, now 3A) 1960 [9][10]
  • Golf (1): (B, now 3A) 1980 [11][12] (introduced in 1956)


  • Volleyball (12): fall (A-2, now 3A) 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993;[6] (3A) 2009 [7] (introduced in 1976)
  • Basketball (2): (A-2, now 3A) 1987, 1988 [13] (introduced in 1976)
  • Golf (1): (B, now 3A) 1994 [12] (introduced in 1987)


  1. ^ a b c d e "St. Maries High School". St. Maries School District. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Staff directory". St. Maries High School. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Idaho High School Activities Association" (PDF). IHSAA. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b "St. Maries, Idaho: Paul Bunyan - Big Friend". Roadside Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "St. Maries routs Kellogg in opener". Coeur d'Alene Press. August 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "St. Maries wins tenth straight Idaho A-2 title". Spokesman-Review. October 31, 1993. p. C2. 
  7. ^ a b Soccer & Volleyball champions - through 2011
  8. ^ Failla, Zak (February 3, 2012). "Schools ready to 'Brawl for the Ball'". Shoshone News Press. 
  9. ^ "St. Maries tops Homedale for Class AA title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. March 20, 1960. p. 10. 
  10. ^ - Basketball champions - through 2012
  11. ^ "St. Maries, Borah take crowns in Idaho high school golf action". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. May 18, 1980. p. B1. 
  12. ^ a b - Golf champions - through 2012
  13. ^ - Girls Basketball champions - through 2012

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