A Culture of Myths and Stereotypes

Sydney Wold, Reporter

Every high school seems to have its tales and traditions that are passed down throughout the years. Boise High School itself is not an exception to these myths. Regardless of how true or false these stories are, the myths surrounding Boise High have remained within its student’s conversations ever since its founding in 1903. 

Whether they surround the nature of the student body or suspected paranormal activity throughout the main building’s lower levels, these myths – or often, stereotypes – have been in circulation throughout students and even Boise as a whole. 

Being a sophomore at Boise High, there are still things I have yet to learn about our school. Every high school has specific things they are known for, and overall stereotypes of what their students are like. For one, I have been able to pick up on the multitude of attributes Boise High’s students are well known for. 

Students are often known for having a passion for Dutch Bros, a popular drive thru chain which serves drinks such as coffee, frosts, and smoothies. Boise High is also known for having a high population of avid ski and snowboarders, great academics, and on the flip side, questionable drivers. Although these stereotypes apply to many students, ultimately, a culture of individualism persists. 

Other parts of BHS culture includes all of the myths surrounding the school. Many surround the main building’s basement. Staff members and students believe that parts of the basement, including the boiler room, are sketchy at the very least. 

One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims that, “I’ve never outright heard about our school being haunted. However, certain parts of the basement just give off this eerie vibe. ” 

Although the existence of ghosts is still widely debated at Boise High, and in the public at large, the existence of tunnels which run under the school have been confirmed, for the most part. These tunnels are rumored to lead to North Jr. High and are even supposed to stretch as far as Capital High, according to an anonymous Boise High School alumni. Although the alumni has never gone down there, he stated, “My friends used to tell me about how an older brother or a friend had gone down there as a kid… it definitely creeped me out.”  

Over all, these tales and elements, no mater how true they are, are an integral part of Boise High culture, and will continue to be passed down to preceding underclassmen as long as Boise High remains open.