Nathan Eckstein Middle School

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Eckstein Middle School
Eckstein Middle School 01.jpg
Bryant / Wedgwood,
Seattle, Washington

United States
Type Public
Established 1950
School district Seattle Public Schools
Principal Treena Sterk
Faculty ~70
Grades 6-8
Enrollment ~1300
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track, Ultimate
Mascot Eagles

Nathan Eckstein Middle School (originally Nathan Eckstein Junior High School) is located in Seattle, Washington and is part of the Seattle Public Schools.


Eckstein Middle School is part of the Seattle Public School District and located on the border of the Wedgwood and Bryant neighborhoods. It was named after Nathan Eckstein, a Seattle businessman, Seattle School Board member, and onetime director of Seattle Public Schools.

The school was originally opened as a junior high school in 1950 to 790 students. In 1971, it was changed into a middle school, teaching students in grades six through eight. It now serves about 1,200 students, over 200 of whom are enrolled in the special education program and employs almost 70 certificated teachers.

Eckstein is known for its academic program, elective offerings, and award-winning music and technology education programs.

In 1998, Richard Riley, the U.S. Secretary of Education, chose to deliver the State of Education address in the school's auditorium.[1]

The building is a designated city landmark.

Music Program[edit]


Eckstein has five orchestras. They are the Beginning, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Camber orchestras, taught by Mr. Smith. The Beginning, Junior, and Intermediate orchestras are string ensembles, and the Senior orchestra is a symphony orchestra. Every year the orchestras perform at the Western Washington University Music Festival along with many other festivals. Senior goes on a retreat to Icicle Creek Music Center to work for four days at the beginning of February. The Eckstein orchestra has won a notable amount of awards.

Band Program[edit]

Eckstein has five Bands, not including the Jazz Bands. They are all taught by Cuauhtemoc Escobedo, except for the Beginning band, which is taught by Jean Marie Kent. Beginning band is for students beginning in the 6th grade instead of Elementary. Junior Band is for 6th graders, who played band in Elementary school and are at an average skill level for their age. Intermediate Band consists of mostly 7th graders, and usually about 0 to 8 6th graders who are above average skill level. Wind Ensemble is mainly for 8th graders, but less commonly obtains 7th graders and more recently, 6th graders.

Jazz Band[edit]

Eckstein has three jazz bands, two of which meet as a class during the school day, and one of which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. All three Jazz bands are taught by Moc Escobedo. The Senior Jazz Band attends the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, and the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada.[2]

Eckstein Logo Contest[edit]

On March 2013, a Eckstein student named Jeremy Zhang has entered & won the Eckstein Logo Contest. The Logo is consist of the Letter 'E' representing the Eckstein community with the diverse Eagle heads that symbolize the students of the school. The wings represents the teachers and staff that helps and support the Eckstein community of students.

Jeremy Zhang - WInner of the Eckstein Logo Contest March 2013

Notable Alumni[edit]

John Wilds, San Diego Symphony Orchestra


  1. ^ Tamra Fitzpatrick, Jolayne Houtz, Why Riley Picked Eckstein For Speech, Seattle Times, February 16, 1998. Accessed 30 September 2008.
  2. ^ Eckstein Middle School cleans up at Reno Jazz Festival. Their main competition is Hamilton International Middle School Jazz Band. Eckstein lost to them at Clark College, Bellevue High School, and Bellevue Community College, and has never won against them.[1], Seattle Times, May 4, 2012
  3. ^ Martin, Jonathan. "Obama's mother known here as "uncommon"" The Seattle Times 8 Apr. 2008. The Seattle Times Company. 9 Feb. 2009

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Coordinates: 47°40′55″N 122°17′39″W / 47.68194°N 122.29417°W / 47.68194; -122.29417