Borah Senior High School

Borah Senior High School serves 1,439 students in grades 10-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is equal to the ID average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 22%.
Borah Senior High School operates within the Boise Independent School District.
The school district's 87% graduation rate is higher than the ID state average of 82%.


The student population of 1439 students has grown by 6% over five years.
The teacher population of 91 teachers has grown by 22% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 10-12
Total Students 1,439 students
Borah Senior High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 51% Male / 49%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 91 teachers
Borah Senior High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Borah Senior High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.41 is more than the state average of 0.37. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (ID) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 16:1
Borah Senior High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
Borah Senior High School Asian (2001-2012)
Borah Senior High School Hispanic (2001-2012)
Borah Senior High School Black (2001-2012)
Borah Senior High School White (2001-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Borah Senior High School Sch Ethnicity Borah Senior High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.41 0.37
Borah Senior High School Diversity Score (2001-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Borah Senior High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Borah Senior High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 28,073 students has grown by 6251% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 96% over five years.
School District Name Boise Independent School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 28,073 526
Boise Independent  School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 87% 82%
Boise Independent  School District Graduation Rate (1994-2009)
District Total Revenue $245 MM $6 MM
Boise Independent  School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $248 MM $6 MM
Boise Independent  School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $554,410 $10,010
Boise Independent  School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $560,620 $9,580
Boise Independent  School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, ID Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Borah High School is a senior high school located in Boise, Idaho, comprised of grades 10-12.
  • The school opened in the fall of 1958 at the base of the second Boise bench, on what would become Cassia Street in southwest Boise. Borah was the second high school in the Boise School District. It was preceded by Boise High School in 1902, and followed by Capital in the north in 1966 and Timberline in the southeast (converted from Les Bois Junior High) in 1999. The elevation at Borah High School is 2720 feet (829 m) above sea level.
  • Mascot & colors: The Borah mascot is the lion, and the school's slogan is "The Lions of Idaho," a play on the nickname of namesake William E. Borah, a U.S. Senator from 1907-40. Borah was known in the Senate as the "Lion of Idaho" for his outspoken stance on a variety of issues. During the school's first year (1958-59), the Boise daily newspaper The Idaho Statesman often referred to the Borah's athletic teams as the "Senators." A 1999 school newspaper article noted that Borah's original students did not particularly like the unofficial nickname, and later adopted the lion as the official mascot. The school colors of Borah High School are green & gold.
  • Campus: The school sits on a sprawling campus, with five permanent buildings, connected by an outdoor "breezeway". The original campus of 1958 featured three structures: The main classroom building, with a designated hall for each of the three grade levels, cafeteria, library, main office, auditorium, and other assorted features;
  • The "Math Hall" building, housing mathematics classes and industrial arts shops;
  • The "Old Gym," containing the original gym, locker rooms, weight rooms, gymnastics/wrestling room, and athletic department offices. It also included rooms used for band, orchestra, choir, and publications (newspaper & yearbook). The basement weight room was originally constructed as an ROTC indoor firing range.
  • Two additions in the late 1990s: "New Gym," a larger gymnasium was added to the campus in 1996 at the south end of the area known as the "U," a driveway entrance (and exit) from Cassia Street that originally surrounded a football/soccer field.
  • In 1999 a larger auditorium was constructed on the west end of campus, between the original gymnasium and the running track, south of the tennis courts.
  • Outdoor athletic facilities: On-campus outdoor athletic facilities include the baseball stadium, Bill Wigle Field, (former home field for Boise State University in 1981, as well as the Class A Boise A's (1975-76), independent Boise Buckskins (1978), and Boise Hawks (1987-88) minor league teams of the Northwest League), and an indoor batting cage. Bill Wigle Field is named for the longtime varsity baseball coach who won state championships in 1976 and 1981, and stepped down following the 1982 season. Before 1983, the field was known as "Borah Field." After a 24 year drought, the Borah baseball team won the state championship in 2005. Outdoor batting cages were constructed in 1980, and indoor cages added in the 1990s. The baseball facilities are located in the southeast corner of campus.
  • At the northwest corner of campus is a synthetic-rubber 400 meter (437.4 yard) running track, with a practice field in its infield. Between the baseball stadium and running track are several other fields used for athletic team practices, physical education classes, and other extra-curricular activities. The southern border of campus is defined by an irrigation canal, the Farmers Lateral Canal, cut out of the base of the second Boise bench. The tennis courts are just east of the running track, on the the north edge of campus.
  • Like the other public high schools in Boise (and Ada County), Borah's varsity football team does not play its home games on campus, rather on the blue synthetic turf of Bronco Stadium of Boise State University, four miles to the east.
  • Football: From its inception in 1958 to the early 1980s, Borah was the dominant football program in the state. Borah's first head coach was Ed Troxel, who was previously head coach at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. In Troxel's nine seasons at Borah (1958-66), he compiled a record of 78-6-2 (.918), winning the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) and unofficial state title (writer's poll) 8 times; finishing as state runner-up the other year. Troxel left Borah in 1967 to become an assistant coach at the University of Idaho, and its head coach in 1974.
  • De Pankratz, an assistant under Troxel, took over as head coach in 1967 with continued success, and compiled additional SIC and state titles. A state playoff system was finally introduced in 1979 to determine an official state champion, via an 8-team tournament (3 rounds). Borah advanced to the A-1 state finals in each of the first three years, playing cross-town rival Boise High each year (Class "A-1" became "5A" in 2001).
  • In November 1979, the once-defeated Borah Lions decisively won 38-0 to grab the first official state title, and finished with a record of 11-1. Their only defeat was in the fifth game of the season to Capital 27-28, which snapped a 14-game winning streak. Borah had outscored its first four opponents 161-9. Borah then won the last four games of the regular season 167-41. After a closer-than-expected win (by 15 points) in the quarterfinals over Highland (of Pocatello), Borah shut out Lewiston 42-0 in the semifinals, and Boise 38-0 in the finals. The 1979 Lions were led by the backfield of QB Lance Dunne and running backs Randy Holmes and Darren Corpus.
  • In 1980 the twice-defeated Lions lost the state title game on a close play at the goal line as time ran out, and finished the season at 9-3. Borah had avenged their regular season loss (14-16) against Capital in the state semifinals with a 27-19 victory, but narrowly lost to Boise High for the second time in the 1980 season. In the regular season the Lions had wins over two powerful out-of-state teams: Medford, Oregon away and Pinole Valley, California at home in Boise. The 1980 Lions were led by QB John Day.
  • In November 1981, undefeated Borah easily won the state title, defeating the Boise Braves 30-13 in the Lions' closest game of the year (17 points). (In the regular season Borah had shutout Boise 27-0.) Pankratz's dominating 1981 team handily beat the same two powerful out-of-state programs: Medford, Oregon 36-6 at home and Pinole Valley, California 27-8 away, and compiled a perfect 12-0 record, with two shutouts. The Lions were unchallenged all season, winning by an average score of 37-9, earning a national top-20 ranking in multiple publications. The 1981 Lions were led by the backfield of southpaw QB Bob Wheeler and running backs Mark Tidd and Greg Harrison.
  • Four months later, the Borah varsity basketball team would also win the state title, as would the track & field team in May (the second of four straight), for a rare triple state title for the class of 1982. (The Borah baseball team finished fifth in state in 1982, after taking first in 1981, a state title led by pitchers Greg Hunnicutt, Jim Rice, and Craig Chapin, and catcher John Day.)
  • Unfortunately, the Borah football program has not been as successful in recent years, and the 1981 state title is its most recent on the gridiron.
  • Misc. extra-curriculars: The school's yearbook is The Safari and its monthly student newspaper is The Senator. Borah also has a collection of clubs including Key Club, Young Democrats and Republicans, National Honor Society, German and Spanish Clubs, Rowdies, and Pirates.
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Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Language Academy (0.7 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Ada County Juvenile Center (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Grace Jordan Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
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    Boise , ID , 83709
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    Boise , ID , 83705
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