Mountlake Terrace High School
|Mountlake Terrace High School|
"To be, not to seem."
|Mountlake Terrace, Washington, USA|
|Type||Public Secondary School|
|Established||1960 (rebuilt in 1991, minor renovations in 2012)|
|School district||Edmonds School District #15|
|Grades||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Enrollment||1,400 (approx., as of 2012)|
|Mascot||Herkey the Hawk|
Mountlake Terrace High School is a public high school located in the Seattle, USA, suburb of Mountlake Terrace. It is the third largest high school in the Edmonds School District. The school is known for its basketball team.
The school is a registered Project Lead The Way magnet school. Project Lead The Way is a national STEM educational program that helps give middle and high school students the education they need to develop strong backgrounds in science and engineering. The High School offers engineering and robotics classes that offer college and university level credit if an AP exam is taken. Approximately 100 students are enrolled in the program.
In September 2003 the school reorganized under five "small schools,"  each with an emphasis: the Terrace Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Discovery School, the Innovation School, the Renaissance School and the Achievement, Opportunity and Scholarship School. The school received a $833,000 grant in return for their participation. The effort had been met with mixed reactions. Students were to stay in a school until their junior year, or file a petition with an Administrator to transfer. The "small schools program ended in 2008, after which MTHS returned to a traditional high school format.
The Mountlake Terrace Theatre Company is one of the top high school theater groups in the United States. The school's theatre sports team has won the Hogan Cup competition at the Market Place Theatre at Pike Place Market twice.
Mountlake Terrace High School is known for its music program. The top wind band, Chamber Winds, performs at music festivals, such as the University of Washington Music festival and Central Washington University's music festival, and also has gone on European tours. There are three concert bands and two jazz bands. They have gone to the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and Competition in New York in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2012; they placed third in the competition in 2005 and in 2011, they also received an honorable mention in 2002. The jazz band has gone on several European tours. The top jazz choir, Dynamics, was a winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, 2007, the third win in a row for the choir. Mountlake Terrace has an all girls audition choir, Accents, as well as having a non-audition, all girls Chamber Choir. The MTHS orchestra has been to Gresham, Oregon, and other places.
Mountlake Terrace High School's athletics department offers programs for the 2010-2011 year:
Boys football, girls volleyball, boys tennis, cross country, girls soccer, girls swimming, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys swimming, wrestling, track and field, soccer, girls tennis, boys baseball, girls Fastpitch softball, golf (boys and girls).
The 2005 football team had the best record in twenty years for the school, with a 5-5 record. The 2005 team had four players move onto Junior College at Ventura Community College. In 2008 the team amounted a 4-6 record, concluding with a victory over Monroe High School. In 2009 the team went 6-4 and made it to the playoffs for the first time in school history.
The Fight song is to the tune of the University of Michigan's fight song, and the chorus is as follows: Hail to the Hawks so valiant; Hail to the conquering heroes; Hail to the Terrace Hawks; The leaders of the West.
- Mark O'Connor, fiddler (musician). He has talked about how there was virtually no music program when he attended the school.
- Ryan Strieby, professional baseball player. Plays first base for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Class-AAA Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
- Seamus Boxley, American professional basketball player who currently plays for a team in the Ukraine.
- Adam Jude, Seattle Times UW Football beat writer, formerly of the Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
History and facilities
- Edmonds School District
- PLTW, retrieved online 2011-05-16
- Small Schools Project, retrieved online 2011-05-16
- Seattle Times article, 2005-02-16, retrieved online 2011-05-16
- Bob Geballe. "Bill Gates' Guinea Pigs". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
- de Barros, Paul (2005-05-16). "Local school bands swing, nearly sweep competition". Seattle Times.
- School website, accessed online 2011-05-16
- Debbie Bennet. "Mountlake Terrace Hawks Football".
- Mark O'Connor. "Diaries:Mountlake Terrace High School graduate of 1979".
- New High School Goes Green, 2009-06-25, retrieved online 2011-05-16
- Mountlake Terrace High School website
- The Hawkeye
- MTHS bands website
- Project Lead The Way
- Catherine A. Wallach, Converting a Comprehensive High School Into Small Learning Communities: A Case Study of Mountlake Terrace High School, 2002