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Hutchinson High School (Minnesota)

Description : Hutchinson Senior High School was founded in the fall of 1877 in the city of Hutchinson, Minnesota. The school boasts over 15,000 graduates since its inception. The first graduating class included Agnes and H. H. Bonniwell, and W. E. and Martha Harrington.Today, HHS graduates anywhere from 200-240 graduates per year. This rate has held fairly steady for the past 50 years. The first class over 100 was in 1942 (110) and the first class of 200 students occurred 23 years later in 1965. The last g... Page:h


Hutchinson Senior High School was founded in the fall of 1877 in the city of Hutchinson, Minnesota. The school boasts over 15,000 graduates since its inception. The first graduating class included Agnes and H. H. Bonniwell, and W. E. and Martha Harrington.

Today, HHS graduates anywhere from 200-240 graduates per year. This rate has held fairly steady for the past 50 years. The first class over 100 was in 1942 (110) and the first class of 200 students occurred 23 years later in 1965. The last graduating class under 200 was in 1992. Over that time, Hutchinson HS has had a remarkably stable population of between 800-1100 students. Currently, the enrollment of Hutchinson HS is above 900 and expects to be there through the near future. A new remodeled high school will debut in the 2017-2018 school year.

History

  • The first HHS graduates were in 1878. High school education generally was exclusive to private tutoring prior to this.
  • In 1881, the Hutchinson school district became one of the first to receive state money to provide high school study.
  • In 1890, the Hutchinson school district had 529 pupils, while only graduating 4 students. High school education did not gain popularity until the turn of the century.
  • In 1913, a Normal School was started. The normal school took place in the summer after graduation and allowed many people to become certified teachers in a six-week program. 50% of the graduating class went to the Normal school in 1915-17. The Normal School continued to operate until 1947. During this period, the teacher training school graduated 10-15 students yearly.
  • The first documented valedictorian was E. R. Dennis in the Class of 1912. The practice of naming a valedictorian and salutatorian was ended by Principal Scot Douglas in 2000.

Graduation classes

Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#Year#
1878418971619113619256519398219531041967185198121319952002009221
188111898141912411926511940821954951968194198221619962052010234
1884618991819134919275319419519551041969204198321419972122011212
18858190016191432192856194211019561151970223198419519982142012203
1886119012419154819294719439519571001971208198518719992202013204
18871219022919163919306619447719581291972170198619220002192014219
1888119033519173219315419457619591201973195198720120012272015238
1890419043919184719327119469619601421974204198822620022212016208
1891919054819195219335619477619611521975187198919720032392017
18922190633192039193462194811419621561976184199021920042302018
1893319073219215019356219498819631461977211199117020052362019
1894219083319224119366519507819641721978215199219020062312020
18951019092319235219376719519819652001979228199320620072442021
1896419103719245819386419528219661841980217199421020082292022

Demographics

Academics

Wall of Fame Members

  • Lindsey Whalen
  • Paul Lenz
  • Dave Hoffman
  • Grady Rostberg
  • Andy Rostberg
  • Allison (Rostberg) Meidt
  • Kelly Brinkman
  • Doris Jensen
  • Roger Root
  • Chul Schwanke
  • Herb Pellinen
  • Emmanuel Albrecht

Athletic history

One of the biggest prides of Hutchinson HS is their football tradition, sporting 5 state titles in 1983, 1984, 1999, 2012 and 2013.

Notable alumni

  • Harlow "Bonnie" Bonniwell, Minnesota Legislator (1915-1935). Part of the first graduating class in 1878.
  • Carlos Avery, Minnesota environmentalist and first Commissioner of Natural Resources in Minnesota. The Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area (over 23000 acres) is located just NW of Forest Lake, MN. Founded the Gopher Campfire Conservation Club in 1910. Class of 1887.
  • Les Kouba, 1957–58 and 1967-68 Federal Duck Stamp winner and celebrated wildlife artist. Les was in the Class of 1935, but left school during his junior year to attend art school in Minneapolis. Les Kouba Art
  • Colleen Gray, (née Delores Jensen) big screen actress from the 1940s and 1950s. Class of 1939. Graduated #3 in her class of 82.
  • Harold Popp, Minnesota Legislator (1958-1969). Pharmacist. Married popular teacher Winnifred Ruth in 1941. Both were killed in a car accident in 1969. Class of 1921
  • John Bernhagen, Minnesota Legislator, (1969-1992). Class of 1952. Graduated #12 in his class of 82.
  • Lindsay Whalen, WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist, Class of 2000
  • Other Hutchinson resident legislators.

Feeder schools

  • Hutchinson Middle School
  • Park Elementary
  • West Elementary
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