Roosevelt High School (Seattle, Washington)
|Roosevelt High School|
|South entrance in February 2008
"What I am to be I am now becoming"
|1410 NE 66th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98115
|Established||1922, 92 years ago|
|Color(s)||Green & Gold|
|Athletics||WIAA Class 3A,
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
|Athletics conference||Metro 3A,
|Newspaper||The Roosevelt News|
Roosevelt High School (RHS) is a public secondary school located in the Roosevelt neighborhood of in Seattle, Washington. Opened 92 years ago in 1922 and part of the Seattle Public Schools, Roosevelt continues to be one of the largest schools in the greater Seattle area.
The school offers a wide variety of academic courses as well as extracurricular activities. In a yearlong series of reports on RHS, NPR described it as "an above-average school in a below-average school district."
The school is named after President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919); the school's team, the Rough Riders, is named after Roosevelt's famous military regiment. It subsequently gave its name to the Roosevelt neighborhood and nearby Roosevelt Way N.E.
The school was designed by the Seattle School District's architect, Floyd Naramore, and constructed in 1921-22. From 2004 to 2006, the building was seismically retrofitted, modernized, and expanded while many of the school's original architectural elements were preserved. During this time classes were held in Lincoln High School. Architects for this work were Bassetti Architects.
Programs, groups, and clubs
Roosevelt High School has the only full-time drama program in the Seattle School District . Eight periods of drama are offered per day including directing, acting, technical theater, production, design, and a complete musical theater program. There are four private voice teachers, a vocal director, and a choreographer for the annual musical.
Roosevelt High School remains one of the last two public schools in the Seattle Metropolitan area that offers Latin. The Latin language club is affiliated with the National Junior Classical League, and remains one of the largest local chapters.
In the Hands for a Bridge program, members choose to travel to either South Africa or Northern Ireland, where they help foster dialogue about diversity, prejudice, and social change. This group was created in 2001 by teachers Tom Nolet, Francene Watson, and Danny Rock with assistance from the University of Washington's Comparative History of Ideas program and the Jackson School of International Studies. Each student accepted to this program is enrolled in the HFB class, where an intensive semester-long study of literature, history, and the arts focuses on cultures in conflict. The Northern Ireland travelers visit Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry which is led by John Harkin, while the South African travelers visit Isilimela Comprehensive School and Bellville High School (Hoërskool Bellville) in Cape Town.
In 2006, students and their teachers designed a robot to fly in a weightless environment. When a sensor on the spherical robot perceives a beam of infrared light, it stops its rotation and, with the force caused by a set of motors spinning heavy flywheels, rotates the "front" to face the source of light.
Roosevelt High School was home of the first successful program in Seattle oriented around students with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high functioning autism.
The marching band performs halftime shows at all home football games, basketball games, and occasionally volleyball games. Known as "The Pride of Seattle," this group of students also travels to and performs in multiple parades in the Northwest each year.
The Roosevelt Orchestra program includes the Concert Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra. The orchestras perform annually at various concerts and competitions, including the annual Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, Oregon. In the 2013 festival, three groups out of the five (including a quintet and a sinfonia group) took first place in their divisions.
The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs and competes all over the nation and has traveled internationally. The band has been a finalist many times in the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York, receiving Honorable Mention in 2010 and winning third place in 2000, second place in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2012, and first place in 2002, 2007 and 2008. Every year, the jazz band groups travel to Moscow, Idaho to compete in the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival, one of the largest festivals for young people in the world. Besides its renowned jazz band, there is an excellent vocal jazz, as well as two after-school jazz bands: Jazz Bands II and III. Jazz Band III was introduced at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year because of an increased number of jazz musicians arriving at Roosevelt.
Besides the jazz bands and orchestras, student musicians have the option to be in one of two concert bands. One band is called the Cadet Band, and consists predominantly of freshmen. The second concert band is the award-winning Symphonic Band, which competes in several local competitions.
Roosevelt High School is well known for its drama program. Each year they have a "Dramafest", a series of twelve student produced plays, a Winter Production, and a Spring Musical.
The boy's basketball team has won three state championships; in 1946, 1973 & 1982 and placed 2nd in 1965 & 1987. The most recent state playoffs appearance occurred in 2009.
As of May 2013 the student demographics were:
64.9% - White
14.9% - Asian
6.7% - Black/African American
8.6% - Hispanic/Latino
0.9% - American Indian/Alaska Native
4.0% - Two or more races
Alumni of Roosevelt High School include:
- Former U.S. Senator and Washington State Governor Daniel J. Evans
- Musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
- Musician Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe)
- Musician Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
- Musician Eldon Hoke (The Mentors)
- Musician Jim Matheos (Fates Warning)
- Musician, photographer, director, and DJ Ryan Lewis
- Actor Richard Karn (Home Improvement)
- Actor Henri Lubatti
- Actor Chad Kimball
- Actor Howard Duff
- Musician Sara Gazarek
- Author Betty MacDonald
- Author David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars, 1994, and East of the Mountains, 1999)
- Hedge fund manager Chris R. Hansen
- Former NBA star James Edwards
- Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen
- Former NFL wide receiver Mark Pattison
- Former NFL Tight End Lee Folkins
- Former NFL Guard/Center Tom Turnure
- Former LPGA golfer Ruth Jessen
- Nobel Prize Winner Linda Buck
- Nobel Prize Winner Robert Lucas, Jr.
- Former Seattle Mayor Gordon Clinton
- Basketball Player Marcus Williams
- Actress/Model Rose McGowan (Also went to The Nova Project High School)
- Astronomer James Whitney Young (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
- Cartoonist/Author Lynda Barry
- Cartoonist Charles Burns
- Producer/Author/Blogger Jane Hamsher
- Musician Sir Mix-a-lot
- Oscar Winning Director T.J. Martin 
- Bachelor Winner, Catherine Giudici
- Artist Jonathan Matas
- Actor Hallock "Skip" Beals
- [http://roosevelths.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1708880/File/Counseling%20Office/2013-2014%20school%20profile%2010-13.pdf?sessionid=30922fe6996113d363fcbaaa0a5f213a schoolId=1060&OrgType=4&reportLevel=School&year=2012-13 "OSPI school report card 2012-13"]. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- NPR : One Year in the Life at Roosevelt High School, A Special Report
- Roosevelt High School Rough Riders
- Hands For A Bridge » About
- Hands For A Bridge
- http://www.seattlepi.com/local/241396_lcenter20.html. Missing or empty
- RHS Music Program
- "EE Winners".
- "WIAA History".
- The Heart of the Game at the Internet Movie Database
- "Roosevelt State Results".
- NSPA winners
- Washington OSPI school report card 2012-13. Retrieved 2013-11-14
- Lee Folkins "Lee Folkins". FanBase.com.
- Tom Turnure "Tom Turnure". FanBase.com.
- Smith, Craig (September 23, 2007). "Ruth Jessen, 1936-2007: LPGA Tour star started in Seattle". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roosevelt High School (Seattle, Washington).|
- Official website
- Roosevelt PTSA website
- "Roosevelt High School: One Year in the Life", NPR radio article
- Roosevelt High School Foundation
- Roosevelt High School Marching Band
- Roosevelt High School Jazz
- Roosevelt High School Drama
- Roosevelt High School Sports