Hibbing High School is a public grade 7–12 high school in
Hibbing, Minnesota Hibbing is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 16,361 at the 2010 United States Census, 2010 census. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edg ...
, United States. It was built from 1920 to 1922 as the entire city relocated south to make way for the expanding
Hull–Rust–Mahoning Mine
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. The lavish Tudor Revival building was constructed at a cost of about $3.9 million (), becoming known as the "castle in the woods" and—thanks to its polished brass fixtures—the "school with the golden doorknobs". The project was bankrolled by the mining industry, which wanted to make the move more palatable for those being displaced. It also satisfied immigrants' desire for their children's education. Hibbing High School is listed on the
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. Visitors may tour the building on their own during the school year or on guided tours during the summer.


The school features a lavishly decorated 1800-seat auditorium patterned after the Capitol Theatre in
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. The
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s were built at a cost of $15,000 each, with cut glass from
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. They are now each insured for $250,000. The auditorium also contains a 1900-pipe organ from the Barton Organ Company, which can play any orchestra instrument except for the violin.


Hibbing High School received the Bellamy Award in 1968, an honor given to one school nationwide annually to for outstanding academic achievements. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 for its state-level significance in the themes of architecture, education, industry, and politics/government. It was nominated for its sumptuous Jacobethan architecture and association with the mutual desire by corporations and residents for improved public education as the mining industry mechanized. On November 26, 1996 construction on a new addition to the building caused a fire. Although the fire was extinguished before it reached the original building, a significant amount of smoke damage had occurred. School had to be suspended for over a month while cleaning took place.

Notable alumni

*Bob Dylan Nobel prize winner, singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist *Dick Garmaker, basketball player *Delores J. Knaak, Minnesota politician *Kevin McHale (basketball), Kevin McHale basketball player *Carly Melin, Minnesota politician *Scott Perunovich, ice hockey player *Julie Sandstede, Minnesota politician *John J. Spanish, Minnesota politician *Rudy Sikich, former football tackle

See also

* National Register of Historic Places listings in St. Louis County, Minnesota


External links

Hibbing Public Schools
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