Mt. Edgecumbe High School
Mt. Edgecumbe High School (abbreviated MEHS) is a State of Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

-run public boarding
Boarding school
A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers and/or administrators. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals...

 high school
High school
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 located in Sitka
Sitka City and Borough, Alaska
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, Alaska
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 in the United States
United States
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The school is named for Mount Edgecumbe
Mount Edgecumbe (Alaska)
Mount Edgecumbe is the current name of a dormant volcano located at the southern end of Kruzof Island, Alaska, of which it is the highest point. In the Tlingit language it is called L’ux. Mt...

 which is located on Kruzof Island
Kruzof Island
Kruzof Island is an island in the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska at . It is about west of Sitka, and is part of the City and Borough of Sitka. It was named in 1805 by Captain U.T. Lisianski as Crooze Island, after a Russian Admiral...

, a dormant volcano
2. Bedrock3. Conduit 4. Base5. Sill6. Dike7. Layers of ash emitted by the volcano8. Flank| 9. Layers of lava emitted by the volcano10. Throat11. Parasitic cone12. Lava flow13. Vent14. Crater15...

 visible from Mt. Edgecumbe High School's campus, which was, in turn, named for George, Earl of Edgecumbe, by British Captain James Cook
James Cook
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In the summer, the school hosts camps such as the Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Sitka Fine Arts Camp is a nationally recognized fine arts summer camp located in Sitka, Alaska.-History:Founded in 1973, Sitka Fine Arts Camp is a multi-disciplinary arts camp featuring the dramatic arts, music, literary arts, visual arts , and dance...



Mt. Edgecumbe High School was instituted on Japonski Island
Japonski Island
Japonski Island, or Yak'w Kashaneixí, is a small island in the city of Sitka in the Alexander Archipelago of southeastern Alaska, United States...

 in Sitka in 1947 on the then-recently deserted Sitka World War II
World War II
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 installation. It was originally administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Indian Affairs
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 and, along with Native Alaskan boarding schools
Native American boarding schools
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 in others parts of the state, helped educate today's leaders from rural areas. In fact, there are several MEHS graduates in the current Alaska Legislature
Alaska Legislature
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. In the 1980s, the school was closed for a year before being transferred to the State of Alaska which has administered the institution since.

Mt. Edgecumbe expanded from 370 students to 420 students in 2004 and projects a long-term (2007 onward) enrollment of 450. The school usually has 140 openings, but usually an excess of 300 students apply every year. As of 2005, over 100 Alaskan communities are represented at MEHS.

Educational model

Mt. Edgecumbe's is known for developing educationally-disadvantaged students from the Bush
Bush Alaska
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. Ninety percent of its students attend universities and college after graduation. All students are required to learn a language (usually Chinese
Chinese language
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 or Japanese
Japanese language
is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. It is a member of the Japonic language family, which has a number of proposed relationships with other languages, none of which has gained wide acceptance among historical linguists .Japanese is an...

, but sometimes Spanish), familiarize themselves with an array of technologies, and participate in the academic environment (for example, class is held on Saturday once a month). Mt. Edgecumbe staff also are in charge of a "Extended Families" scheme made up of MEHS students from the school. The staff member takes their students to their homes for dinners to help build personal connections with students and help better the environment at the school.

Ninety percent of Mt. Edgecumbe's student body is Alaska Native, and a majority of the student body comes from the Bush. The school makes some efforts to promote the cultural identity of Alaska Natives and there are several student-lead Alaska Native dance groups.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School has a popular science program: students compete at a national level in science projects which have included mapping genetics of Alaska flora and fauna.

IBM offers internships for outstanding graduating students.


Mt. Edgecumbe's sports teams are known as the Braves and the Lady Braves and the school is especially recognized for both its boys and girls basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 teams. Mt. Edgecumbe, as classified as a 3A school, has made repeated runs to state championships with its basketball teams. Besides basketball, its competitive drama
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, debate
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 and forensic team has been successful at the state level winning a state championship in drama in 2004, and the school has produced many quality wrestling
Scholastic wrestling
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 and volleyball
Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.The complete rules are extensive...

 teams as well. In recent years, the Lady Braves volleyball team has been very successful. Since 2005 they have finished as the Class 3A State Runner-up 3 times! Historically, Edgecumbe was known for its running; in the 60s and early 70s Mt. Edgecumbe won 11 consecutive regional championships in cross-country. Their last regional championship was in 2008.

Mt. Edgecumbe's traditional rivals include its cross-town 3A rival Sitka High School
Sitka High School
Sitka High School is the principal high school for the Southeast Alaskan community of Sitka and the Sitka School District.The school's student body is primarily composed of Caucasians, Alaskan Natives, and Asian-Pacific Islanders....

 (their matchups are known as the "Battle of the Bridge" — alluding to MEHS and SHS being on different islands) and other 3A rival, Petersburg High School
Petersburg High School (Alaska)
Petersburg High School is the public high school for the Southeast Alaskan community of Petersburg and the Petersburg City School District...

 in Petersburg
Petersburg, Alaska
Petersburg is a city in Petersburg Census Area, Alaska, in the United States. According to 2009 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 2,824 full time residents.- History :...

, Alaska
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Sister School

Mt. Edgecumbe high school has a sister school relationship with Muroran Shimizugaoka High School

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