Anchorage School District

Eagle River High School

About the school

The new building is a two-story high school designed for 800 students. Eagle River High School follows the basic floor plan and structure of the new 1,600-student Dimond High School but with just one wing of classrooms rather than two. Using the prototype floor plan reduced design costs and also reduced the risk of unforeseen problems during the two-year construction of the new school. The Eagle River High School building plan was modified for size and has several unique features. The school is built with room for future growth; the gym, cafeteria and library are designed for 1,600 students.

The school is situated to take advantage of the tremendous views of both the mountains and the community of Eagle River. The 50-acre campus includes fields for soccer, football and a dual-use baseball-softball field. On October 25, 2004, the Anchorage School Board officially adopted the name Eagle River High School. In December, area students chose "wolves" as their school mascot with navy blue and silver for its colors.

Design discussions began in February 2001. The school's ground-breaking ceremony was held July 31, 2003. Building construction was completed in August 2005, on time and within budget. The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony took place on August 17, 2005.

Building Size
182,000 square feet

Eagle River High School is located on a 50-acre site northeast of Yosemite Drive and Eagle River Loop intersection. The street address is 8701 Yosemite Drive, Eagle River, Alaska 99577.

USKH Inc. has worked with the district for decades. Some of their site improvement and school addition projects include Bayshore Elementary, Sand Lake Elementary and Steller Secondary School.

General Contractor
Davis Constructors and Engineers has worked on a number of school projects, including Government Hill Elementary, Muldoon Elementary, Trailside Elementary, Mirror Lake Middle School and the Bartlett High swimming pool.

Construction cost
$54 million. School bonds approved by voters in April 2003 funded the project. Sixty percent of construction costs are being paid by the State of Alaska through the school debt reimbursement program.

Approximately 800 students. Eagle River High School serves neighborhood students and students living on Fort Richardson. Eagle River High will relieve long-standing overcrowding at Chugiak and Bartlett high schools.

Eagle River High School will offer a technology-based curriculum in addition to a variety of standard classes. Aviation, Advanced Placement Classes, Choir, Band, Team English and History classes for 9th and 10th graders are some of the class offerings at Eagle River High School.

Eagle River High School teams will compete in Region IV, which includes all other Anchorage-area high schools. The school will offer all sports. Junior varsity football will play the first year; however varsity football will be on hold until 2006-07. The football fields will not be ready for use this school year as it can take up to two years for field to be established.

Presentation of the plaque

Bond information

April 2012
The April 2012 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2011
The April 2011 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2010
Bond holiday - no school bonds went before voters in 2010

April 2009
Proposition 1 failed April 2009
Proposition 1 would have funded $2,500,000 for the following improvements at Eagle River High:

  • Water and sewer line extension - $2,500,000
    This project would pay for the mandatory design and construction of 800' of water and 2, 150' of sanitary sewer lines to Eagle River High. AWWU previously allowed deferral of this project until the area south of the school was developed. The development is now scheduled for construction in 2010.

April 2008
The April 2008 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2007
The April 2007 bond did not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2006
The April 2006 bond did not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

November 2004
The November 2004 bond does not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2004
The April 2004 bond does not include funds for any projects at Eagle River High School.

April 2003
Propositions 9, 10 and 11 were developed with the support of the Capital Request Advisory Committee (made up of parents, students and a good cross section of community members), the Anchorage School Board and the Anchorage Assembly. Proposition 11 continues major renovations at three high schools, funds renovations at two other schools, and funds construction of a new high school in Eagle River.  Proposition 11 passed April 1, 2003.

  • New Eagle River Area High School – Construction Funding

April 2002
The April 2002 bond does not include funds for any projects at the proposed Eagle River High School.

April 2001
Proposition 12 on the April 2001 ballot included our most critical needs. Those needs didn't go away once the votes were counted. The district will continue to do everything they can to improve our aging crowded facilities because all students deserve to be in an environment that is conducive to learning. Below is a description of what was on the bond for this school. Proposition 12 failed.

  • Constructs a new 800-student high school in Eagle River to ease overcrowding at nearby Chugiak High School. In 1999, voters approved funds to design school. The school will be constructed to allow for future expansion to 1,600 student capacity.

April 1999
This project allocates money for the design of a new secondary school in Eagle River. Currently there are two middle schools and one high school in the Chugiak/Eagle River area. Proposition 11 passed.