Ogden High School is recognized as an architectural landmark in Ogden, and was designed by the architectural firm of Hodgson and McClenahan. Other buildings of historical interest designed by Hodgson and McClenahan include Peery's Egyptian Theatre, the Regional Forest Service Building, and the City and County Building.
The construction of Ogden High School was a Works Progress Administration project. Its Art Deco style shows three distinct influences: Zigzag Moderne is a style that was primarily articulated in skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, with its familiar step-back top. Streamlined Moderne was commonly used in gas stations, diners and roadside amenities, where corners curved and parallel lines echoed the streamlined characteristics of new cars and locomotives. Classical Moderne was an adaptation of Greco-Roman style with Deco elements. Construction was completed in 1937, at the cost of $1.2 million, an amount that staggered the minds of many. Numerous taxpayers protested the building of such a lavish educational facility, often calling it the "million dollar" high school.
In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provided a $10,000,000 matching grant to restore Ogden High School. A bond was passed by the district for the remodeling of Ogden High School, which was to include a new cafeteria, gym complex, and performing arts center. The Weber County Heritage Foundation has also made contributions to this project: The foundation has given a total of $13,000 to the Ogden School Foundation to help complete the renovation of the auditorium.