Mount Tahoma High School
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|Mount Tahoma High School|
|Grades||9th - 12th|
|Location||4634 S. 74th St.,
Tacoma, Washington, USA
|Colors||Cardinal, White, Gold|
Mount Tahoma opened its doors in the South Tacoma neighborhood in 1961. It is named after the Native American name for Mount Rainier. The school was built by a California contractor in the 1960s and wasn't very accommodating for its Washington students. The original school layout consisted of three open air courtyards, with a college style open campus. Frequently, students carried parkas or umbrellas from class to class. 2004 was the last year that students would be in the original Mount Tahoma building. Students and staff moved to the new building, which fit more with the Pacific Northwest weather.
Built in 1961, the setting of Mount Tahoma High School drastically changed in September 2004. The school is located on 74th Street and overlooks Mount Rainier (which is the namesake for Mt. Tahoma.) The new campus features 93 teaching spaces, including 81 classrooms, eight technology labs, wireless networking throughout the building, a 600-seat performance arts theatre, two gymnasiums, a pool, weight room, aerobics room, athletic fields and a 3,500 seat stadium. The offices are located in the front of the main entrance and are connected to the large 900-seat commons. There are 9 science classrooms with a 90-foot greenhouse and nursery. Mount Tahoma's counseling center is the hub of career activities, which enable students to access college information and career opportunities.
Some of the clubs offered at Mount Tahoma include:
|Anime Club||Mr. Frank AKA Hollywood|
|A.O.K (Act of Kindness)||Mrs. Rudolph|
|ARC (Achievement Revolution Committee)||Ms. Johnson|
|Chess Club||Mr. Blazey|
|Dance Team||Mrs. Steffke|
|DECA (Distributive Club of America)||Mrs. Johnson|
|FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)||Mrs. Robnett|
|GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)||Ms. Mulkey|
|Hip Hop Club||Mr. Crisostomo|
|Jr. NAD||Mrs. Tygart, Mr. Rocke, Mrs. Chandler, Mrs. Osness|
|JROTC||MSG House, LTC Baynes|
|Key Club (Community Service)||Mr. Gordon|
|Knowledge Bowl||Ms. Leonard|
|National Honor Society||Mrs. Hughes|
|Pep Club||Ms. Putain|
|Robotics Club||Mr. Murray, Mr. Meinhart|
|Associated Student Federation/Student Council||Mrs. Rudolph|
|Varsity Cheerleaders||Mrs. Robnett|
|TV Club||Mr. Killion|
- School Conference - West Central, District 3, Narrows League, Bridge Division
- School Interhigh League - GPS, Greater Puget Sound
- School Mascot - Thunderbirds
- School Colors - Cardinal/White/Gold
- Originally the School Colors were Crimson/White/Gold (Reference: Mt Tahoma Annual '65). Newer versions have Red/White/Gold (need reference). The newest version appears to be Cardinal/White/Gold (need reference).
- Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore), class of 1968, an Emmy-award winning sportscaster and American football wide receiver
- Steve Kirby, Democratic Representative of Washington State's 29th Legislative District
- Ron Cey, Class of 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers 3rd Basemen from 1973-1982, co-MVP for 1981 World Series
- Ray Horton, Class of 1978, retired NFL cornerback and current Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator
Go, T-Birds, Go
Fight, T-Birds, fight
Go, go, go, go, T-Birds!
We're the Mount Tahoma T-Birds
And we proudly bear our name
We will cheer our team to victory
As we shout about our fame
Red and white and gold forever
Let our spirits ever soar
So let's cheer for Mount Tahoma
And its glory evermore!
The original Mount Tahoma Fight Song went like this:
From the '65 Annual - "We're the Mount Tahoma T-Birds, and we proudly bear our name. We will cheer our team to victory, and we'll shout about our fame. Crimson, White and Gold forever; Let our spirits ever soar.... So let's cheer for Mount Tahoma and her glory ever more!!
On July 8, 2008 Mount Tahoma welcomed a new principal, Kevin Kannier, as Greg Eisnaugle finished the last of his three years due in his contract with the Tacoma Public School District.