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Borah High School is a three-year public secondary school in Boisemarker, Idahomarker. It is named after William E. Borah, a prominent U.S. Senator from 1907-40.


The school opened in the fall of 1958 at the base of the second Boise bench, on what would later become Cassia Street in southwest Boise. Borah was the second high school in the Boise School District, preceded by Boise High Schoolmarker in 1902, and followed by Capitalmarker in the north in 1965, and Timberlinemarker in the southeast (converted from Les Bois Junior High) in 1999.

Mascot & colors

The school colors of Borah High School are green & gold, and the mascot is the lion. The school's slogan is "The Lions of Idaho," a play on the nickname of namesake William E. Borah, who was known in the Senate as the "Lion of Idaho" for his outspoken stance on issues.

Student body

In September 2008, the school enrollment was 1,400; 465 seniors, 470 juniors, and 465 sophomores. 52% of the school's graduating seniors enrolled in post-secondary education.

Borah High School was listed in Newsweek's Top 1500 high schools in the United States, 2008.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Borah had nearly 2000 students, with over 600 students per class.


In November 1979, the Borah Lions won 38-0 to grab the first official state title, and finished with a record of 11-1.

In November 1981 in sports, Borah (12-0, with two shutouts) won the state title, defeating the Boise Bravesmarker 30-13 in the Lions' closest game of the year (17 points). The Lions were unchallenged all season, winning by an average score of 37-9 , earning a national top-20 ranking in multiple publications.

The Borah baseball team won the state title in 1981. State championships were also won by the Borah varsity basketball team and track & field team (the second of four straight), for a rare triple state title for the class of 1982.

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