Hibbing High School

Hibbing High School is a public grade 7–12 high school in Hibbing, Minnesota, United States. It was built from 1920 to 1922 as the entire city relocated two miles (3 km) south to make way for the expanding Hull–Rust–Mahoning Mine. The lavish Tudor Revival building was constructed at a cost of about $3.9 million (equivalent to $52,753,654 in 2021), becoming known as the "castle in the woods" and—thanks to its polished brass fixtures—the "school with the golden doorknobs".[3] 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.[4]

Hibbing High School
Hibbing High School 2014.jpg
Hibbing High School from the north
800 East 21st Street,
Hibbing, Minnesota


United States
Coordinates47°25′32″N 92°55′57″W / 47.42556°N 92.93250°W / 47.42556; -92.93250Coordinates: 47°25′32″N 92°55′57″W / 47.42556°N 92.93250°W / 47.42556; -92.93250
School districtHibbing Public School District
PrincipalMike Finco
Enrollment1,053[1] (2017–2018)
Hibbing High School
Hibbing High School is located in Minnesota
Hibbing High School
Hibbing High School is located in the United States
Hibbing High School
Area2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
ArchitectW.T. Bray
Architectural styleTudor Revival
NRHP reference No.80004351[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 11, 1980

Hibbing High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] Visitors may tour the building on their own during the school year or on guided tours during the summer.[5]


The school features a lavishly decorated 1800-seat auditorium patterned after the Capitol Theatre in New York City. The chandeliers were built at a cost of $15,000 each, with cut glass from Belgium. 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.[6]


Hibbing High School received the Bellamy Award in 1968, an honor given to one school nationwide annually for outstanding academic achievements.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for HIBBING HIGH". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Historic Hibbing High School". Hibbing Public Schools. 2012. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ Weinberger, Mark (2008). Minnesota Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 9780762707980.
  5. ^ "Hibbing High School". Iron Range Tourism Bureau. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  6. ^ a b c "Hibbing High School". Iron Range Tourism Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-01-14.
  7. ^ "Hibbing High School 1968 Bellamy Award". The Courier. 7 October 1968. p. 3. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Hibbing High School". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  9. ^ Skrief, Charles (1979-09-10). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Hibbing High School". National Park Service. Retrieved 2019-02-02. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) With five accompanying photos from 1979
  10. ^ Bob Dylan's Hibbing. Hibbing, Minnesota: EDLIS Café Press. 2019. ISBN 9781091782891.
  11. ^ Brown, Aaron (2018-09-06). "Hibbing grad warns of economic crisis below ground". Minnesota Brown: Modern Life in Northern Minnesota. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  12. ^ "MELIN AND RADINOVICH ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT". Hibbing Daily Tribune. July 29, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2019. Carly is a graduate of Hibbing High School

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