Mount Tahoma High School

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Mount Tahoma High School
Established 1961
Type Public secondary
Principal Kevin Kannier
Students 1,610 (2010)
Grades 9th - 12th
Location 4634 S. 74th St.,
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Coordinates Coordinates: 47°11′21″N 122°30′06″W / 47.18917°N 122.50167°W / 47.18917; -122.50167
Colors              Cardinal, White, Gold
Mascot Thunderbirds
Yearbook Totem
Newspaper Tower

Mount Tahoma High School is a high school in Tacoma, Washington. It opened in 1961 and is a part of the Tacoma Public School District. The school's mascot is the legendary Thunderbird.


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.

New Building[edit]

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.[1]


Some of the clubs offered at Mount Tahoma include:

Club Teacher
Anime Club Mr. Frank AKA Hollywood
A.O.K (Act of Kindness) Mrs. Rudolph
ARC (Achievement Revolution Committee) Ms. Johnson
Band Mr. Dago
Chess Club Mr. Blazey
Choir Ms. Putain
Dance Team Mrs. Steffke
DECA (Distributive Club of America) Mrs. Johnson
Drama Mrs. Pletcher
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Mrs. Robnett
Gamers Mr. Lord
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).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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

Fight song[edit]

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.


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