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South High School - 30 Year Reunion - Salt Lake City, UT
South High School - 30 Year Reunion - Salt Lake City, UT
Published: 2012/05/31
Channel: Larry Langton
Weekday Show featuring South High School 1984 Break Dancers - RadioActive Salt Lake City, Utah
Weekday Show featuring South High School 1984 Break Dancers - RadioActive Salt Lake City, Utah
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: Crush Video
South High Fifty Year Reunion 1965-2015
South High Fifty Year Reunion 1965-2015
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Hale Video Services
East High SchooL "Salt Lake City" From inside "Pics"
East High SchooL "Salt Lake City" From inside "Pics"
Published: 2008/08/19
Channel: na8no8a
TOUR OF EAST HIGH (High School Musical School)
TOUR OF EAST HIGH (High School Musical School)
Published: 2016/12/18
Channel: Melanie Griesemer
Sundae Sunday #91: Inside High School Musical
Sundae Sunday #91: Inside High School Musical's East High!!
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: ajruck
Visit to East High School - Salt Lake City, Utah
Visit to East High School - Salt Lake City, Utah
Published: 2009/07/18
Channel: iheartjb08
History of The Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City
History of The Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: SLCCTV17
HSM Reunion East High School Visit
HSM Reunion East High School Visit
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: Kaycee Stroh
Quick Hits - El Segundo Eagles Basketball vs South Torrance Spartans
Quick Hits - El Segundo Eagles Basketball vs South Torrance Spartans
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: ElSegundoTV
Granite B-Boy Rival meet South High School Radioactive in Assembly 1983
Granite B-Boy Rival meet South High School Radioactive in Assembly 1983
Published: 2014/04/19
Channel: Crush Video
South High Reunion.mov
South High Reunion.mov
Published: 2011/08/01
Channel: SHSReunion
UCI South vs Sky View - UHSH State Championship
UCI South vs Sky View - UHSH State Championship
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Official Utah High School Hockey
Watch High School Student Body Slam Principal During Cafeteria Fight
Watch High School Student Body Slam Principal During Cafeteria Fight
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Inside Edition
KayCee Stroh: Tour of the REAL East High HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
KayCee Stroh: Tour of the REAL East High HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Published: 2008/02/17
Channel: Popstar!
KCPX 1320 AM SKINNY JOHNNY MITCHELL AIRCHECK JULY 22 1977 SALT LAKE CITY
KCPX 1320 AM SKINNY JOHNNY MITCHELL AIRCHECK JULY 22 1977 SALT LAKE CITY
Published: 2013/09/12
Channel: skaryguy71
EAST HIGH ACTUAL SCHOOL VISIT! (Salt Lake City from High School Musical!)
EAST HIGH ACTUAL SCHOOL VISIT! (Salt Lake City from High School Musical!)
Published: 2016/03/16
Channel: JasonTheGreat2
South Salt Lake City 2012 Freedom Fest Fireworks p
South Salt Lake City 2012 Freedom Fest Fireworks p
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Brandon M
Utah High School Boys
Utah High School Boys' Basketball: Jordan Beetdiggers vs West Panthers highlights (2016).
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Utah Sports Action - Utah's Source For High School Sports
South Salt Lake City 2012 Freedom Fest Fireworks p
South Salt Lake City 2012 Freedom Fest Fireworks p
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Brandon M
Salt Lake City East High School Homecoming March - Fall 1970
Salt Lake City East High School Homecoming March - Fall 1970
Published: 2012/06/24
Channel: EastHighClass1972
Top 5 Sledding spots in Salt Lake City, UT
Top 5 Sledding spots in Salt Lake City, UT
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: Karly Nielsen
Dan and Nancy Butcher
Dan and Nancy Butcher's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Tooele Utah
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Andy Butcher
Martial Arts Demo Team in Salt Lake City
Martial Arts Demo Team in Salt Lake City
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: jinyong kwon
Rebecca Reed - National Anthem at Graduation
Rebecca Reed - National Anthem at Graduation
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: Jim Ormsbee
Life In A Day, Salt Lake City, Utah - Days of 47 Parade 10
Life In A Day, Salt Lake City, Utah - Days of 47 Parade 10
Published: 2010/07/26
Channel: Pete Ashdown
South Salt Lake Festival Parade 2011
South Salt Lake Festival Parade 2011
Published: 2011/07/02
Channel: sslfreepress
Utah PTA Golden Apples 2011 -- Bonnie Lougy
Utah PTA Golden Apples 2011 -- Bonnie Lougy
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: KUEDCHANNEL7
United Way of Salt Lake #Stand4PreK
United Way of Salt Lake #Stand4PreK
Published: 2014/01/31
Channel: unitedwaysl
Lynn Bithell Tribute Video (final cut)
Lynn Bithell Tribute Video (final cut)
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: spuriousimp
Toloa brass band SLC 2015
Toloa brass band SLC 2015
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Tevita Uesi
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40852
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40852
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
East High School Class of 1984 Salt Lake City, Utah 30th Year Reunion Wedding Crashers
East High School Class of 1984 Salt Lake City, Utah 30th Year Reunion Wedding Crashers
Published: 2014/08/19
Channel: Christian Jensen
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40858
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40858
Published: 2017/05/20
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
What Is/Charitable Organization/South Jordan Utah/Researching Type 1 Diabetes
What Is/Charitable Organization/South Jordan Utah/Researching Type 1 Diabetes
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Contribute To/Fundraising Organization/South Jordan/Take Action
West High School Choir Part 4 Salt Lake City Utah
West High School Choir Part 4 Salt Lake City Utah
Published: 2012/03/11
Channel: Luis Moran
2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 3
2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 3
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
2017 Ford Fiesta Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40949
2017 Ford Fiesta Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40949
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
East High School - 100 Anniversary Video (2014)
East High School - 100 Anniversary Video (2014)
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: Chris Davis
2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40738
2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40738
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
Life In A Day, Salt Lake City, Utah - Days of 47 Parade 6
Life In A Day, Salt Lake City, Utah - Days of 47 Parade 6
Published: 2010/07/26
Channel: Pete Ashdown
2014 Ford Fiesta Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 13765
2014 Ford Fiesta Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 13765
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
High School Musical 3:  The Trailer
High School Musical 3: The Trailer
Published: 2008/10/18
Channel: BlackTree TV
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40779
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40779
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: LHMFordSaltLake
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40845
2017 Ford F-150 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40845
Published: 2017/04/28
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2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40603
2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40603
Published: 2017/03/25
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Lynn Bithell Tribute Video
Lynn Bithell Tribute Video
Published: 2013/04/27
Channel: spuriousimp
2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40596
2017 Ford Focus Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 40596
Published: 2017/03/25
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2011 Mazda Mazda6 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 31286A
2011 Mazda Mazda6 Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan, UT 31286A
Published: 2017/04/02
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2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW Salt Lake City, Murray, South Jordan, West Valley City, West Jordan,
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Coordinates: 40°44′07″N 111°53′15″W / 40.73528°N 111.88750°W / 40.73528; -111.88750

Main Entrance to South City Campus (former South High School)

South High School was a high school in Salt Lake City, Utah, which operated from 1931 to 1988. The school was located on the southern end of Salt Lake City proper, at 1575 S. State Street. The school is now a campus of Salt Lake Community College.

Beginnings[edit]

In 1928 the Salt Lake school district decided to build a new high school to accommodate the increasing population of high school age children. The Great Depression put a hold on these plans, but when it was learned that the LDS High School, a private school with about 1,000 students, was to close in 1931, the plan was revived. The South High School building was constructed in 1929-1931 on the site of the "Original Pioneer Nursery" established by John Chamberlain. Land was surveyed on June 16, 1930, and ground was first broken on June 30, 1930. The edifice was erected in the record time of fourteen months at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.[1] South High school opened its doors in the fall of 1931 (for the class of 1932).

The high school was built with many art deco features. It was a large school with multiple wings. The three-story portion of the original structure formed a rough shape of the letter "E". The interior had some unusual features, including wide double ramps, instead of stairs, connecting each floor; arched hallways with highly textured plaster work; and red and black checkerboard tiled hallway floors. The auditorium was much the same as a playhouse, complete with balcony and opera alcoves on either side of the stage. Extensions were added in the 1950s and early 1960s, including a large gymnasium with seating balconies, with a total seating capacity in the thousands.

Inside South High School
Rear entrance to South High School
Foyer inside rear entrance to South High School
Front of South High School

School mascot[edit]

The mascot for South High School was a Bear Cub, and South High students were usually referred to as Cubs. The moniker was given when a local newspaper article about Dr. Devoe Woolf, South High's principal at the time, metaphorically referenced the South High students as his "Woolf Cubs", alluding to the newness of the school. It was not long before the mascot was a Bear Cub. Some of the sports uniforms worn by South High teams, especially by baseball teams, used designs similar to those found on the Chicago Cubs' uniforms, which also uses a bear cub mascot. Although always popular, it would be some time before the cub moniker was official. Pre-dating this change was the official "Rebel" and "Southern" theme of the school, linking references to the Antebellum US south to the school. Throughout the history of the school, depictions of the Cub mascot typically showed the bear cub wearing a Civil War-era battle cap, often colored grey and presumably Confederate. Carrying on the southern theme, the school's spring dance was called "Plantation". South High's colors were Yale blue and white.

Student body[edit]

South High had normal enrollment in its early years, but saw significantly increased numbers in the 1950s and early 1960s, so much so that a major expansion was completed in the early 1960s, which included a large new gym, swimming pool, cafeteria and library.

From 1931 until the end of the '74-'75 school year South High facilitated grade 10 through 12. Starting in the fall of 1975, as part of a district-wide change, South High shifted to also include grade 9.

More than 30,000 students have graduated from South High School.

South High students largely came from working class families. It was not uncommon for students to have parents who came from other countries, such as Germany, Greece, or Japan. South High was known as the most racially cosmopolitan school in Utah, although the total numbers of African-Americans was quite small compared to most large American cities. The school also had a vibrant Polynesian contingent (Tongan and Samoan), as well as Hispanic and South East Asian contingents. The latter were largely part of the group sometimes called "boat people", referring to those who fled communist advances in South East Asia by watercraft. These students started enrolling at South in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During this time, South High saw dwindling enrollment, due in large part to the lack of families with school age children located within its boundaries.

Sports[edit]

South High won the following men's state championships:

Basketball

  • 1950, 1957

Baseball

  • 1944, 1946, 1950, 1955, 1974

Cross country

  • 1977

Track

  • 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1966, 1968, 1978

South was in class 4A, the top tier of Utah high school sports, through 1977. Afterwards it was demoted to 3A due to dwindling enrollment numbers.

Released time and religion[edit]

Like most other Utah public high schools, South High gave its students the option of taking a period during the school day called released time. For most who took this option, this meant going to the seminary building owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This small, four-classroom structure was located just outside the north/rear entrance to the school, just outside school property lines. Students were released during various periods throughout the day to walk the short distance to the seminary building. There, participating students (most of whom were members of the LDS faith) received religious and scriptural instruction. Students at first received high school credit for seminary. However this was discontinued. Due to its cosmopolitan nature in terms of Utah demographics, South High was represented by more varied religious faiths than most other high schools in the state. Besides Roman Catholic and traditional Protestant groups, South High had more Greek Orthodox and Buddhist students than most other Utah high schools.

LDS Church President Harold B. Lee was considered the very first South High Seminary teacher in 1932. For a time Gordon B. Hinckley, also an LDS church president, taught at the South High Seminary.[2]

Closure and rebirth[edit]

The somewhat humble economic status of the South High geographic area and the cosmopolitan nature of the school in an otherwise ethnically monolithic culture may have been the factor that led to the closure of South High due to declining enrollment in all Salt Lake City high schools. At the time of closure, two high schools, West and East, had buildings much older than South High. On February 3, 1987, the school board announced the proposed closure of South High School. Following a period of further evaluation, the board of education allowed the school to remain open one additional year. South High closed June 8, 1988, when the 1987-1988 school year ended. After closure the student body of South was divided between East, West, and Highland high schools.

South High was open continuously until its closure as a high school with the graduating class of 1988. In 1992, after several years of renovation, conversion and modification, South High was reopened as Salt Lake Community College's South City campus.

South High alumni, as represented by the South High Alumni Association, is one of the most, if not the most active high school alumni associations in the state of Utah, according to the Deseret Morning News.[citation needed] A room near the main entrance to the South City campus is reserved exclusively for the South High Alumni Association and its associated memorabilia.

Principals, 1931-1988[edit]

  • DeVoe Woolf, 1931–1948
  • Ralph V. Backman, 1948–1969
  • Douglas F. Williams, 1969–1975
  • LaVar L. Sorensen, 1975–1988

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Utah government agency article on South High School. Retrieved on July 23, 2007
  2. ^ LDSToday.com article on Gordon B. Hinkley,. Retrieved on July 23, 2007
  3. ^ Stahle, Shaun D. (July 9, 2010). "Jacob Hamblin's Lasting Legacy". Church News. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hartt Wixom". Author Biographies. Cedar Fort Publishing. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 

See also[edit]

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