Timberline High School (Lacey, Washington)

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Timberline High School
Timberline High School Front.JPG
Main entrance in November 2009
Location
6120 Mullen Road SE
Lacey, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates 47°00′27″N 122°48′00″W / 47.00753°N 122.8°W / 47.00753; -122.8Coordinates: 47°00′27″N 122°48′00″W / 47.00753°N 122.8°W / 47.00753; -122.8
Information
Type Public, four-year
Established 1970, 2008 (current)[1]
School district North Thurston Public Schools
Principal Dave Lehnis
Assistant principals Denise Landwehrle
Paul Dean
Faculty 83 (2011-12) [2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,579 [2] (May 2012)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green & Gold            
Athletics WIAA Class 3A,
West Central District III
Athletics conference Narrows League (3A)
Mascot Blazer
Rival North Thurston
Newspaper The Blazer
Website

Timberline High School is a comprehensive public secondary school in Lacey, Washington. Opened in 1970 and part of North Thurston Public Schools, its school colors are green and gold and the mascot is a blazer.

Timberline primarily receives students from Komachin Middle School. At one point the school building was also home to the experimental high school, New Century High School. Timberline's original floor plan was open, similar to the Juanita concept; the original building was fully demolished during the 2007–08 school year.[1]

Athletics[edit]

Timberline competes in athletics in WIAA Class 3A and is a member of the Narrows League (3A) , which includes: Capital, Tumwater, North Thurston, Foss, Shelton, Wilson, and Lincoln high schools.

State Championships
Season Sport Year Class
Fall
Winter Basketball, Boys 1980 AA (now 3A)
Wrestling 1975 AA (now 3A)
Spring Track, Boys 1983 AA (now 3A)

Timberline also had a successful football team from 2000 to 2008, racking in 5 league championships. Jonathan Stewart, an NFL running back with the Carolina Panthers, is a 2005 graduate of Timberline. The Blazers also reached the final four of the 3A State baseball tournament at Safeco Field in 2009. In 2010–11, the girls' basketball team was undefeated during the regular season at 20–0 and finished 23–2, making the school's first appearance in the state girls' tournament.

Arts[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Timberline Theatre Company[edit]

The Timberline Theatre Company is under the direction of Brenda Amburgy. "Timberline Theatre Company" refers to the mainstage productions Timberline drama puts together. Each season, there are two plays (fall and winter), and the Spring Musical.

There was a surge of interest in the Timberline Theatre Company in the academic year 1990-1991. In the spring of 1992, an unprecedented number of minority students auditioned for the year's spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. A good number of those students were also members of the school's contemporary hip-hop dance crew known as the Highsteppers. In the fall season of 1992 under the direction of Sylvia Sparling, Timberline Theatre Company began auditions for The Outsiders, a book written by S.E. Hinton and a movie made popular in the early 1980s. The number of ethnic minority students in this production increased again with several of the minority students from South Pacific returning. To the surprise of many, most of the lead roles were played by these students who previously had limited-to-no theatrical experience. The Outsiders was a slight deviation from previous TTC productions. Instead of being in the fall, The Outsiders was in the winter (February 1993). It was also a modern-day adaptation rather than being set in the same time period as the actual story. This adaptation may have been reflective of the "gang-culture" that was existent at the school at the time. For the first time however, The Outsiders production involved a somewhat tightly-choreographed and planned fight scene using martial arts for the story's big "rumble" between the Socs and the Greasers.

Over the years, the Timberline Theatre Company has won several nominations, awards, and special achievements. In the Spring of 2005, Timberline became the first high school in the United States to perform The Civil War. The rendition earned them eight different nominations during the 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical Awards, winning Outstanding Achievement for Distinctive Programming.[3] From 2007-2009, the Timberline Theatre Company had relocated to the Timberline Black Box while the original theatre went under construction. The first and only show performed in that space was Bang Bang You're Dead, a drama by William Mastrosimone. Their performance won them a double-superior rating at the Washington State Thespian Festival, one of the highest awarded honors.[4] After moving into the new theatre, the first show performed was Grease. This was Timberline Theatre Company's third time performing Grease.

Since then, the Timberline Theatre has produced the following musicals: Ragtime, Hairspray, Chicago, and Showboat. Timberline became the first high school in Washington state to perform Showboat in the spring of 2013.

Performing Arts[edit]

Performing Arts is the advanced drama class. Students audition for this class in the spring. Performing Arts puts together skits for the homecoming/prom assemblies, as well as puts together Wednesday Morning Live, which is a comedy show based on the style of Saturday Night Live. Most students in Performing Arts have been in Drama 1 or Drama 2, and participate in the Timberline Theatre Company.

Newspaper[edit]

Timberline High School is home to The Blazer news-magazine, a student run paper that has been in production since Dan Hardebeck re-launched publication in 2000. The paper consists of an average of forty students and one adviser. Since its relaunch, The Blazer has won the state WJEA competition eight times, and has grown to national fame. Most recently at the 2013 JEA National Convention in San Francisco, the staff won fourth place in the nation.

Choir[edit]

The Timberline Choir is under the direction of Terry Shaw. Timberline has five choirs-four that take place during the school day and one that assembles after school. There are two audition groups, Chamber choir (composed of 16 girls ranging in years from sophomore to senior; 4th period) and Symphonic Choir (mixed choir, aged from sophomore to senior; 3rd period). Also during the school day are two non-audition groups, Treble choir and Concert choir. Treble choir is an all-girls choir that meets during 5th period. Concert choir is a mixed choir that rehearses during 6th period. After school, MAN Choir takes place. MAN (an acronym meaning "men assemble now") Choir usually has about 30-40 'men' ranging in age from freshman to senior. MAN Choir performs at the winter concert and returns for the spring concert.

Band[edit]

There are three bands at Timberline: the Concert Band (non-audition) and the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band (audition required). All three are under the direction of Cal Anderson. All of the bands perform together at the school's basketball and football games, but are split into separate groups for daily practices and during formal concerts. The bands often compete in local competitions and festivals, and the Jazz Band regularly performs at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which takes place annually in Moscow, Idaho. In the spring of 2008, the band went to Disneyland, where they performed in Toontown.

Winter Festival[edit]

Held the week before Winter vacation, the Winter Festival is the biggest concert for the arts programs at Timberline. The Winter Festival is held at the North Thurston Performing Arts Center, and is divided into two nights. The first night the non-audition groups perform, and the second night the audition groups perform. This two-day event is both complex and unique, as it is the only concert during the entire year where all the art groups perform. This gives the opportunity for performances involving two or more groups.

Notable alumni[edit]

History[edit]

The original building was completed in 1970. During the first week of school in 1970, the 700 students that attended met in the gym because it was the only completed part of the building. The school was an open-concept design with a flexible modular schedule and open areas. The 1977-78 school year was the first major change, where the schedule was changed to a more traditional 7-period schedule, with the open-concept retained. In 1978, it was changed to a 6-period schedule. Major changes took place in 1980 when a $3.3 million construction was undertaken. Classes took place in portables until spring 1981. The construction included the Language-Arts building, auto shop, graphics and journalism areas, weight room and wrestling addition, and the student commons. During the 1985-86 school year, the softball and soccer fields were added. In 1987, the all-weather track was completed. In 1989, the heating and air conditioning systems were updated. In 2000, the swimming pool was renovated. In 2006, voters approved a $66 million fund to build a new building, and in 2008, the new building was opened, and the old one was destroyed later that year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of Timberline High School". Timberline High School. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Timberline High School, 2011–12". State of Washington: OSPI. May 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2005 5th Avenue Theatre High School Awards
  4. ^ Timbeline Theatre Company Website
  5. ^ "Jeff Monson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 

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