Washington High School (Washington)

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Washington High School
Established 1969
Type Public secondary
Principal James Hester
Students (2007-08) 879: 153 Seniors, 230 Juniors, 233 Sophomores, 263 Freshmen
Grades 9–12
Location Parkland, Washington, USA
District Franklin Pierce School District
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White, and Blue
Mascot Patriots

Washington High School in Parkland, Washington is named after the country's first President, George Washington.[1]

Academics[edit]

Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Statistics, Literature, and History. Language classes offered are Spanish, Japanese.

'Freshman Success' Program[edit]

This is a Washington High School program that was first put into action in 2004 ~ 2005 and it makes sure that Freshman do their best this year because we all know that the transition from Middle School to High School is tough. And since the drop-out rate is mostly based on the Freshman year, this program was developed. [2] Thanks to Freshman Success, WASL scores have skyrocketed since last year.

Activities[edit]

Clubs at WHS are Bible Study Club, AFJROTC (unit WA-083), Drama Club, National Honor Society, Youth Against War & Racism, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Gay-Straight Alliance, Math Team, Awareness Presentation Team (a part of AFJROTC), Knowledge Bowl, Key Club, Latino Club, Polynesia Club, Asian Club, MESA, Guitar Club, and Youth Leading Change.

Athletics[edit]

Cross Country, Cheer leading, Track & Field, Football, Golf, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Tennis, Baseball, Fastpitch, and Swimming.

Ronnie Owens Field[edit]

In November 2009 there was a shooting in a Parkland coffee shop resulting in the deaths of four Lakewood Police officers, including officer Ron (Ronnie) Owens, a Washington High School alumnus. An honorable assembly was held at the Patriot Dome. At the assembly, videos and pictures of him during high school were shown off of a projector and Ronnie Owens' sister [Ronda LeFrancois] spoke, thanking the school. She said "I have never been so proud to be a Washington Patriot." The school raised $1,000 to donate to his family. The JROTC gave Ronnie Owens' wife an American flag that was flown over the Lakewood Police Department, and his daughter was given Patriot Pride Gear [Washington High School Patriots; school symbol]. The baseball field, where Ronnie Owens played baseball for Washington High School, was renamed 'Ronnie Owens Field'. Now Washington High School Patriots proudly wear baseball caps with Ronnie Owens' initials on the side. His baseball and basketball uniform numbers were retired, and are now displayed in the trophy case next to the Patriot Dome.

Notable alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 47°08′38″N 122°27′19″W / 47.14389°N 122.45528°W / 47.14389; -122.45528