Kennewick High School
|Kennewick High School|
|500 S. Dayton St.
|Color(s)||Orange & black|
|Website||Kennewick High School|
Kennewick High School is a public high school located in eastern Kennewick, Washington. It was founded in 1904 to serve the educational needs of the new city of Kennewick. It is one of only a few schools to have its music department honored with the title of "Grammy Signature School". The school is part of the Kennewick School District.
The current building, constructed in 1954 and originally named Edwin S. Black Senior High School, is located at 500 S. Dayton St., and incorporates the remainder of the second high school building, which until 1966 served as Park Junior High School (now known as Park Middle School), as an annex. Both buildings were renovated in the mid-1990s, the annex first, then the main building. The first building has long since been demolished, the location became until 1994 the location of Kennewick School District 17's administration.
For 64 years, until the founding of Kamiakin High School, Kennewick High served as the sole high school in the entire city. Its colors are orange and black, and its mascot is the lion. Football and soccer games are played at Neil F. Lampson Stadium, which is located on the high school's grounds and is shared by both Kamiakin and Southridge High School.
Recently, because of a change in enrollment accounting by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Kennewick High, along with Kamiakin and Southridge, was reclassified as a 3A school. As a result, the Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference (which consisted of 11 schools), was reconfigured into the Mid Columbia Conference. The new conference now consists of 8 schools; four 3A and four 4A. Kennewick High is in the 3A division, along with Kamiakin, Southridge, Hanford High School. The 4A division consists of Richland High School, Pasco High School, Walla Walla High School, and Chiawana High School. Kennewick High School has a traditional rivalry with Kamiakin High School, however in recent years both schools have become bigger rivals with Southridge High School than with each other.
The school's fight song, "Onward Kennewick", is based upon the University of Wisconsin–Madison's fight song, (as well as the Wisconsin state song) "On, Wisconsin!", with the words 'Onward Kennewick' replacing 'On, Wisconsin', as well as minor changes in the lyrics, depending on whatever sport season it was. Otherwise, the song's lyrics are the same.
Onward Kennewick, onward Kennewick
Lions, fight for fame
Pass the ball right down the field (court) boys
Touchdown (Basket) ev'ry time!
Onward Kennewick, onward Kennewick Lions, fight for fame
Fight, Lions, fight-fight-fight
To win this game!
K! E! N! NEW! I! C! K!
(next two stanzas unspoken)
Fight, lions, fight-fight-fight To win this game!!!
- Adam Carriker, NFL player for the Washington Redskins, former player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Geraldine Dawson, PhD, renowned Clinical Psychologist specializing in autism
- Michael Farris, founder and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, founder and chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, constitutional lawyer
- Ray Mansfield, 2x Super Bowl winner for the Pittsburgh Steelers, former Hall of Fame player for the Washington Huskies
- Leilani Mitchell, WNBA player on the New York Liberty
- Cheryl K Smith, Attorney and Drafter of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, and author of Goat Health Care, and Raising Goats for Dummies
- Russ Swan, Former MLB player (San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians)
Hall of Fame
Kennewick High School has since 2010 a Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame committee of Kennewick High School selects inductees from a pool of nominations submitted by the community. Requirements included having excelled in the arts, science, athletics, the military or in community service after graduation.
- Michael Farris, United States constitutional lawyer, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College, Class of '69
- Blanche Dickinson Pratt- co-founder of the East Benton County Historical Society, Class of '21
- John Dexter Smith- inventor, Class of '43
- Ray Mansfield, 2x Super Bowl winner for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Class of '59, Hall of Fame player for the Washington Huskies
- Jim Jesernig, politician, Class of '75