About Us

South Tahoe High School was founded in 1952 in South Lake Tahoe.[2] The school's campus was originally at the current South Tahoe Middle School, but it was later moved to its present location. The current school was built in an open-air style with most of the buildings not connected to each other with hallways.

The Angora Fire came within yards of the high school in June 2007. Dozens of firefighters surrounded the school to defend it from the flames.[

From 1996 to 2013, the school and LTUSD experienced a downward trend of enrollment. In 2013, LTUSD had 36.6 percent fewer students than in 1996.

From 2009, the school began a $64.5 million venture to renovate many of their facilities and completed their goals by 2013. In the summer of 2011, the school began constructing a new student union and a new art building (Tahoe Arts Design Academy), and began rebuilding the "Viking Stadium."[ The Tahoe Arts Design Academy was modeled after a Hollywood studio and features a 300-seat theatre.

Ivonne Larson, the principal of South Tahoe from 2006-2014, was promoted to assistant superintendent[11] and Chad Houck took over as principal.

Since 2014, the school offers Chromebooks to students for the year free of charge. The school has accepted the Google for Education service and it is provided on all of the Chromebooks. Houck has said that there has been a correlated 10 percent drop of missing assignments since they started the pilot Chromebook program.

Students at South Tahoe High School restarted a school newspaper in the fall of 2015 called The Viking Longship. The newspaper is published approximately every two weeks on the STHS website, in print, and via students' school-issued email accounts.