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Juneau-Douglas High School (abbreviated JDHS) is one of two high schools in Juneau, Alaska. It is the primary high school for the Juneau School District. The other high school, Thunder Mountain High School, is smaller, and most of its students are from the Mendenhall Valley. JDHS has recently undergone extensive renovations, most notably to its main hall.
The building is in the downtown area at 1639 Glacier Avenue, Juneau, AK 99801. The main phone number is (907) 523-1500
In January 2002, Joseph Frederick, a student at JDHS, unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" across from the school in an effort to get on television as the Olympic torch relay passed the school. The principal at the time, Deborah Morse, took the banner from him and suspended him for ten days, on the grounds that the banner opposed the school's mission and anti-drug policy. On March 10, 2006, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Morse had violated Frederick's right to free speech, overturning an earlier Alaskan federal court ruling. Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote in the court's opinion, "Public schools are instrumentalities of government, and government is not entitled to suppress speech that undermines whatever missions it defines for itself." Frederick was also cleared to seek damages from Morse.
On December 1, 2006 the United States Supreme Court announced that they agreed to hear an appeal of the case; it is Juneau School Board v. Frederick, 06-278. On June 25, 2007, the Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit, holding that the school district did not violate Frederick's First Amendment rights.
JDHS's school sports teams (for either gender) are the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears. The teams' logo is a fiercely-roaring bear as they are commonly seen throughout Juneau, Douglas, and the Mendenhall Valley.
JDHS has had a renowned history in sports largely dominating its regional level of play and competing at the statewide level as well. Some of its accomplishments are an 03-04 and 04-05 boys cross-country state championship, 04-05 boys swim & dive state championship, 04-05 softball state championship, 04-05 boys track & field state championship, 05-06 girls swim & dive state championship, and both the 05-06 and 07-08 football state championships. The JDHS soccer team was the runner up at the state championship in the 05-06 season. In the 06 summer season, the tennis team enjoyed victory up in Fairbanks in an Alaska-wide tournament. In 2008 the Bears baseball, softball, and boys soccer programs all won state titles.