You notice it with the increase in traffic from one month to the next, Bozeman is growing. That growth also brings more students to the school district. Currently, Bozeman High School has approximately 2,100 students in grades 9 – 12. The current high school is designed to accommodate 2,400 students, which it will reach in the year 2020. And the school district is projecting 3,000 students by the year 2030.
In November 2016, voters passed a $125 million dollar bond issue to build a second high school set to open in the fall of 2020 by a margin of almost 66% to 34%. The goal being for each high school to accommodate up to 1,500 students. $93 million goes towards the 2nd high school, $24 million to modernize the existing high school and $7.6 million to upgrade Van Winkle Stadium at Bozeman High School.
The $125 millon dollar bond issue is estimated to increase property taxes in Bozeman by about 9% or $84 per $100,000 in home value.
Great Falls, Helena & Kalispell each have 2 high schools and Billings and Missoula each have 3 high schools. The 2nd high school in Bozeman will be built to the north of Meadowlark Elementary School in the northwest part of Bozeman. As the school district identified, most of Bozeman’s growth is going to the northwest side of town so it makes sense to locate the 2nd high school in that part of town.
You are seeing several new subdivision in the vicinity of the 2nd high school. The Lakes & Westbrooke subdivisions on west Durston Rd and the Flanders Mill subdivision along north Ferguson Ave. As well as some existing subdivisions that have future phases to build out.
This has spurred the city of Bozeman to speed up the completion of existing arterial streets as well as expanding new streets to accommodate our growth and the 2nd high school. In 2017, the city will compete all 4 lanes of West Oak St, expand Ferguson from Oak St to Baxter, completely rebuild Flanders Mill from Durston to Baxter and a new stop light at Baxter & Davis.
The quality of education at Bozeman High School is also a driver of our growth. Bozeman High is quite often ranked #1 in Montana for its athletics and academics. Last year, Bozeman High won 1st place in AA rated schools for football, girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, girls basketball, speech and debate. And 1st place in the ACT college exam scores among Montana’s 14 AA high schools two years running.
Bozeman is blessed with a great quality of life. Clean air, millions of acres of public land to recreate on, a great school district and most importantly - great people!