Hibbing High School (The Castle in the Wilderness)

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 12-05-2012 09:02 PM 7601 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks!

This is the High school that I got my first formal training in woodworking.

This video shows the most popular features of the school.

It’s too bad it doesn’t show the fabulous woodworking shops. They had every tool plus industrial sized machines.

It didn’t only have woodworking, but Machine shop, Welding, blacksmith, sheet metal, electricity, foundry, Drafting,

& Aeronautics. That’s about all I can think of now.

I just thought of some other classes, You can’t ignore the girls.

They had some very impressive home economics like sewing, cooking.

Years ago they had classes starting from Kindergarten thru Junior College.

Things have changed since then.

When my Father first came to Hibbing he worked for the contractor that did the excavating for the Swimming pool & gym addition.

We hope you enjoy this tour!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 09:32 PM

There are high schools, and then there are HIGH SCHOOLS !
That place is incredible, and would top any high school in this era.
I loved my high school and it was very nice, but it sure doesn’t rise to this level.
I bet going to school there was a nice experience.
Thank you for the tour.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 09:38 PM

That is a REAL school!!

Has Pride in every aspect of what it is and Why it’s there!

I’ll bet they don’t have or need Security scanning equipment for Metal Detection in their school!

Yes, it would have been nice to see the woodworking shop… one to drool over, I’m sure!

Thank you for sharing what a real High School is and should be everywhere in our Nation!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 09:52 PM

Thnx for sharing this stroll down memory lane. It really brought back memories of my old high school, Lorain High, home of the Steelmen. I don’t think there are any “shop classes” of any sort in any school any more. How sad is that.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 10:28 PM

Wow indeed.
That is extraordinary.

Question, when you went to school there, did you appreciate your surroundings?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 12-05-2012 10:41 PM

That is quite a high school.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 11:02 PM

wow…impressive…not just the building and its contents—but that today’s students clearly care to keep it beautiful and that is so nice to see…

Have you been back to see it? Do you live close still? I bet they would love it if an “old timer” passed through and shared some stories!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 11:04 PM

By the way—-you have to be careful about making sexist comments—-there are a lot of boys who like to take sewing and home economics…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 12-06-2012 12:57 AM

i can’t believe that a school like that exists today & that it hasn’t been trashed by students.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 01:31 AM

Thanks for sharing the clip….I have been fortunate enough to get the tour of the school 2 years ago, along with some of Hibbing’s other jewels… the Bob Dylan museum, the Memorial Building, Greyhound Museum, Hull Rust Mine, etc…....

This is a town steeped in history. And the folks there are top shelf. We do a robust business with one of the local Hibbing manufacturers and all I can say is – they are one of a kind.

Thanks Dick and Barb….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 12-06-2012 07:58 AM

It kind of made me sad. Today we pour money into the government education fund, but kids aren’t given the tangible fruits of our labor. No art work, no museum, no sense of where I came from. It truly is a “Castle in the Wilderness.”

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 04:52 PM

Hi Dick,


If we had a school like that, I might have been more inclined to go!.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 12-06-2012 07:49 PM

Hi All

Things have changed over the years, because of safety rules nowadays.

They don’t have some of the industrial equipment.

I don’t think they have metal detectors, but they do have a police officer on duty to monitor things.

Barb enrolled in the 4th grade & I started in the 7th grade.
It was kind of scary for the both of us, having transfered from smaller schools.
It was tougher in the 7th because you had to find your different classrooms.
You had about 3 minutes to get from one class to another, sometimes you’d have a class on the ground floor, & the
next on the 3rd, or 4th floor. We would never be late though, it was done in an orderly fashion.

The most spectacular thing was the auditorium. They’d hold a assembly a twice a month. Every class was assigned
to a group of seats, & the higher classes got the best seats. They had some great programs.
I always thought the school was awesome, & stil do.

I’ve been back to take some night classes, but its been awhile now.
And yes they don’t separate the Boys & Girls in Homemaking , a lot of boys take it now

Woodwrecker! Joe Lyddon! Roger! Napaman! TopamaxSurvivor! rtbrmb! JL7 – Jeff! Lee A. Jesberger! & Bob Kollman!

Barb & I Thank all of you

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 12-06-2012 11:03 PM

”And yes they don’t separate the Boys & Girls in Homemaking , a lot of boys take it now”

I hope you know I was teasing you! LOL!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 12-06-2012 11:09 PM

Dang! I wish I could have toured the school when I was in Hibbing for Section playoffs for tennis a few years ago… That looks amazing.

Edit: and by “a few years ago” I mean 8…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#15 posted 12-07-2012 12:36 AM

Too bad things seem to have slipped backwards Dick

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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