The Bush School
|The Bush School|
|3400 E Harrison St
Seattle, Washington 98112
|Founder||Helen Taylor Bush|
|Head of school||Dr. Percy Abram|
|Grades||K to 12|
|Campus size||6 acres (24,000 m2)|
|Accreditation||Northwest Association of Accredited Schools|
|President of the Board of Trustees||Chris Jones|
|Head of Upper School||Ray Wilson|
|Head of Middle School||James Franklin|
|Head of Lower School||Dr. Elaine Aoki|
|Head of Athletics||Jo Ito|
Founded in 1924 by Helen Taylor Bush in her home on Dorffel Drive E., the school moved to its present location on Lake Washington Boulevard E. in 1930. This land had previously been occupied by Lakeside School, which moved to Haller Lake in the north end of the city.
Helen Bush–Parkside, as it was then known, was coeducational through 6th grade. 7th through 12th grades were girls only. In 1970, the Upper School began accepting boys, and the school changed its name to The Bush School.
During the 2005-06 school year, Bush began a remodel of the Lower School (Grades K-5) campus; the project was called "Build Bush Phase 2." The original Lower School buildings were torn down and grades 1-4 were housed at the Spruce Street School campus for the majority of the 2005-06 year. The 5th grade was located in a portable classroom, for about half the year, then moved up to the Upper School for the second half. Originally, grades 1-4 moved to ICS, but relocated when concerns about the air quality arose. The remodel was officially finished in November 2006. The new campus includes modern brick buildings, a new library, a turf playfield, a new gymnasium, a fitness center, and new K-5 classrooms.
The school's mission is "To spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities."
Students are given the opportunity to do homestays in various countries, and can apply to do a Senior Project during the last month of their high school career. Students may also play on various sports teams, and take part in school plays and musicals. Bush offers a wide variety of sports, including soccer, track and field, cross country running, cross country skiing, golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and ultimate frisbee.
- Meg Greenfield, a political editorial writer and Washington insider
- Dave Dederer (1982) and Chris Ballew (1983), members of the band the Presidents of the United States of America
- Members of the band Sweet Water, originally known as S.G.M.
- Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the first woman and first African American to be president and chief executive officer of the foundation.
- Bonnie McKee