Take a look at the history of Billings high schools, from the 1890s to today.
Billings Senior High School, 425 Grand Ave., is pictured during the summer of 1989. Senior High is the oldest high school in Billings, tracing its roots to the original Billings High School. Senior's building was completed in 1940, with later expansions including the current gymnasium. Senior's campus is the location of Daylis Stadium. The school's team nickname is the Broncs and their colors are orange, white and black. The Broncs compete in Class AA activities.
Billings Central Catholic High School, 3 Broadwater Ave., is pictured in 1988. Central is Billings' lone Catholic high school, and was formerly known as St. Patrick's High School at the time its building was completed in 1947. Central's team nickname is the Rams and their colors are green and white/silver. The Rams compete in Class A activities.
Billings West High School, 2201 St. Johns Ave., is pictured in March of 2001. West High was completed in 1959. During construction, West High students attended classes at Billings Senior. West's teams compete in Class AA activities under the Golden Bears nickname. Their colors are black, gold and white.
Billings Skyview High School is pictured in 2013. Skyview is the newest of Billings Public Schools' high schools. The school was established in 1985, though students attended classes at Lincoln Junior High (now Lincoln Center) in downtown Billings until the Skyview building was completed in 1987. Skyview competes in Class AA activities under the Falcons nickname. Their colors are blue (sometimes two-toned) and silver/white.
The Billings Career Center, 3723 Central Ave., is pictured shortly before its opening in August of 1975. The Career Center provides Billings high school students with hands-on technical and vocational experience in many different areas of study. Students at the Career Center come from multiple high schools.
Lockwood High School is pictured on its opening day on Aug. 26, 2020. Though not located within Billings, Lockwood High School's creation affected student populations in Billings schools. Lockwood high school students previously attended Billings Senior and Billing Skyview high schools. Lockwood competes in Class A activities under the Lions nickname, with red, black and white colors. As of 2021, Lockwood is the newest high school in the Billings area.
Billings' first public schoolhouse, opened in 1884, was financed in part by Frederick Billings, the city's namesake. The school was located on the site of what is now the Lincoln Center, and by the mid-1900s was known as the Old North School. The first high school classes were held in 1895.
In 1898, Billings High School graduated its first class. Left to right: Martha Hoe, Clair Swartman, Marion Goss, Maude Boyle and Sophia Hoe.
This school building, which eventually came to be known as Jefferson School, was built to house high school and upper grade school students in the 1900s. The building sat next to the original North Side School (the "Old North School," as it was later known) in the 2900 block of Fourth Avenue North. The building was torn down in 1967 and replaced with an annex for the Lincoln Center, then known as Lincoln Junior High.
The first high school sports team in Billings was a football team formed in 1899. Girls at the high school attempted to form a basketball team at the same time, but no further record exists of the team following the initial announcement. The 1907 Billings High School football team, pictured, lost to Butte in the state championship.
A Billings High School classroom is pictured in 1909.
The Lincoln Center now covers the area of these three school buildings, which were located between 29th and 30th Street on Fourth Avenue North. From left to right: Billings High School, opened in 1913; "Old North School," Billings' first permanent school, opened in 1884; and Jefferson School, which began construction in 1900.
Built between 1912 and 1913 and opened officially in January of 1914, Billings' first dedicated high school building is still standing as part of the Lincoln Center. The building has seen several additions over the years, including an auditorium added in 1935. The school became Lincoln Junior High when Billings Senior High School was completed.
The 1927 graduating class of Billings High School is pictured.
Billings Senior High School began construction in 1939 at a cost of $1 million. It was completed the following year. According to reports at the time, some Billings residents questioned why a school would be built "way out in the country."
Students work on algebra during class at St. Patrick's High School, the precursor to Billings Central Catholic High School. The current Central High building was completed in 1947.
Cheerleaders from St. Patrick's High School pose for a photo. St. Patrick's was the precursor to Billings Central Catholic High School and used the same Rams nickname. The school changed names in the fall of 1947. At the time, the school competed in six-man football. After being denied use of the Billings Public Schools stadium (now Daylis Stadium), the parish purchased land along Grand Avenue with plans for a future stadium, while using Athletic Park's softball field to play games. The school eventually reached an agreement to play games at the Public Schools stadium.
Billings Central High's then-new gym is pictured in December of 1948. The first game played in the gymnasium was a boys basketball game between Billings Central and Butte Central on Dec. 10, 1948.
This artist's rendering of Billings West High School was released in 1958, shortly before the school began construction.
The gymnasium of Billings West High School is shown under construction in December of 1958. The school, which was designed by Nordquist & Sundell and Drake & Gustafson architecture firms, was constructed at a cost of $1.25 million.
Billings West High School and Billings Senior High School students crowd the hall at Senior High during lunchtime in September of 1959. West High consisted of solely sophomores at the time, and attended their classes at Senior High while they waited for the completion of their own building on the West End.
The first ever Billings West High football team is pictured in October of 1959. The team, which consisted of only sophomores, did not have a nickname at the time. The Bears nickname (later Golden Bears) was chosen in April of 1960, after West High students moved from attending classes at Billings Senior High to using their then-new building.
The first Billings West High student council officers were elected in January of 1960, while the sophomores were still attending classes at Billings Senior High. Barbara Lea, left, served as secretary-treasurer. Auby Rowe, center, was vice president. Phil McHale, right, was president.
Billings West High students file into buses on March 25, 1960, the day that West High students moved from attending classes at Billings Senior High to their then-new building. The first full day of classes at West High was held on March 28, 1960.
Billings Senior High and Billings West High majorettes attend a dinner together on Sept. 29, 1961, the night before the first official football game between the Billings West High Bears and the Billings Senior High Broncs.
Billings West's Warren Hill evades a tackle by a Senior High defender during the first official football game between West and Senior on Sept. 30, 1961. Senior won the Saturday afternoon game 25-0.
Carolee Erickson shows off a veneer panel she created at Billings West High School. The panel was among the early hallway art at the school.
Helen Yetter, head cook at Billings West High School, puts dry spaghetti noodles into a pot of boiling water in the school's cafeteria kitchen in October of 1964.
Students at Billings West High School watch as construction progresses on the school's auditorium and classroom additions in April of 1966.
Two Billings Central High cheerleaders lift the school's Ram mascot for a yearbook photo around 1967-68.
An architectural model shows the design of the Billings Career Center prior to its construction. The building was designed by Lewy Evans and CTA Architects.
A worker assembles a portion of the rebar framework at the Billings Career Center during its construction in 1974.
Billings Public Schools officials inspect the then-new Billings Senior High gym addition near the end of its construction in February of 1974.
The Billings Senior High Bronc mascot and the Billings West High Bear mascot interact during a basketball game in February of 1982.
The Billings Senior student section is full of black, white and orange face paint during a boys basketball game between Senior and rival Billings West in 1983.
A 1985 architectural drawing shows the design of Billings Skyview High School prior to its construction. The school was designed by CTA Architects. Skyview's construction was approved in 1984 to accommodate Heights students, who previously had to drive miles to attend other schools.
A car bashing is held during homecoming festivities at Billings West High School on Oct. 11, 1985.
In 1986, Billings Central refurbished a soda fountain found in storage in the school.
Bernie Quilico, dressed as Henry VIII, reads Shakespeare to Billings Skyview students on April 23, 1986. Skyview students attended classes at Lincoln Junior High School (now Lincoln Center) while their school was being built in the Heights.
A worker walks across the top of a wall during the construction of Billings Skyview High School in July 1986.
A portion of Billings Skyview High School is shown under construction in July of 1986.
Billings Skyview's first football team practices at Athletic Park on North 27th Street in August of 1986. Cobb Field is visible in the background.
An aerial photo shows the progress on Billings Skyview High School during its construction in December of 1986. The building was completed in 1987. Much of the surrounding area has been developed since.
Workers install telecommunications wiring at Billings Skyview High School during the school's construction in 1987.
Billings Skyview High School is pictured on the school's first orientation day in August of 1987.
Students converse in the halls of Billings Skyview High School on the school's first official orientation day following its completion in 1987.
Students walk the halls of Billings Skyview High School on the school's first day of classes on Aug. 26, 1987. During a school dance the following week, someone fired 18 bullets into an entrance of the school, causing thousands of dollars of damage.
Billings Skyview High marching band members prepare for the school's dedication parade on Sept. 19, 1987.
The Billings Skyview Falcon mascot and a Skyview cheerleader attend the high school's dedication parade on Sept. 19, 1987.
An architectural illustration shows a design for a proposed West End high school that was considered in 2004. As proposed, the school would have been located on the west side of 48th Street West at Monad Road, and would have accommodated 1,200 students. The plan did not come to fruition. Lockwood High School's construction years later helped relieve some of the overcrowding in Billings high schools, although Billings Senior and Billings West remain two of the largest schools in Montana in terms of enrollment.
Lockwood High School was completed in 2020. The school's opening allowed Lockwood students who previously would have attended Billings Senior or Billings Skyview to remain in the Lockwood School District.
See The Billings Gazette's coverage of the city's 2021 high school graduates.
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