MAPS Celebrates 150 Years

Since its founding in 1873, approximately 30,000 young men and women have graduated from Moorhead High School. For 150 years, we have been welcoming students and creating a place where students thrive and where dreams matter. Our alumni have learned in hundreds of different classrooms in dozens of buildings across time in this district. Much has changed over the years, yet each generation is part of a legacy of creating students who shape and improve their world!

A Rich Heritage

As the world continues to change, Moorhead Area Public Schools remains true to its core commitment of developing the potential of every student to thrive in a changing world. This educational excellence provides a solid foundation for graduates to continue to learn, dream and achieve their goals throughout their lifetime. Graduates from MHS have impacted not only our city, state, region and country; they have changed the world for the better.

Our staff, students, families and community are what make this place successful. I am incredibly thankful for the alumni, staff, families, students and friends of Moorhead Area Public Schools through history who have made us great for 150 years. We have a rich heritage to celebrate. And we have a promising future in front of us.

A Bright Future

Our 150th Anniversary is a milestone within a broader history. We’ve come a long way and we have a bright future before us as we live out our mission. This school year will mark the historic opening of phase one of the new Moorhead High School building. Our new facilities are catalysts for the education of the future which will set our students up to impact the world for the next 150 years.

A Yearlong Celebration

We will be celebrating throughout the 2023-24 school year with an incredible keepsake history book, special 150th limited edition merchandise, celebration events and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of future 150th Anniversary events!

As Spuds, we have the power to creatively imagine and shape MAPS’ future–starting now. The action we take today will define the next 150 years. 

Supt Lunak Signature

Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak

150th Anniversary logo

Once A Spud Always A Spud book cover

150th Anniversary Merchandise

Limited edition MAPS 150th Anniversary merchandise is now available—only though the student-run Spud Store and via their online web store.

Follow the MHS Business Education Department on Twitter to be the first to know when the store is open!

Once a Spud, Always a Spud Book

In December 2023, the exclusive, limited edition Once a Spud, Always a Spud book was released. This 300 page hardcover book features nearly 2,000 pictures. Additionally, the names of all 29,874 MHS grads from 1873-2023 are included in the book. Pre-orders are now closed; the latest round of 2024 orders will be shipped directly from the publisher. Those who ordered between January 19 and January 31 will receive an email as updates from the publisher/printer become available.

Logo Commissioning

Logo Commissioning

Learn the story of the creation and design of the 150th Anniversary logo.

Spud History

MAPS History

Take a walk down memory lane by visiting past yearbooks, newsletters or programs.



Find upcoming events throughout the school year celebrating the district's sesquicentennial.



Share what being a Spud means to you and check out limited edition merchandise related to the anniversary celebration.