Burlington-Edison High School

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Burlington-Edison High School
301 N. Burlington Blvd
Burlington, Washington 98233
United States
Coordinates 48°28′40″N 122°20′12″W / 48.47778°N 122.33667°W / 48.47778; -122.33667Coordinates: 48°28′40″N 122°20′12″W / 48.47778°N 122.33667°W / 48.47778; -122.33667
Type Public high school
Established 1943 (1943) (as Burlington-Edison)
School district Burlington-Edison School District
CEEB code 480130
NCES School ID 530078000155[1]
Principal Todd Setterlund[2]
Teaching staff 64 (as of October 2015)[3]
Grades 9 to 12
Number of students 1101 (as of October 2015)[3]
Color(s)          Blue and gold
Mascot Tiger
Rivals Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and Anacortes
Yearbook Tinas Coma[4]

Burlington-Edison High School (commonly abbreviated to B-EHS) is a public high school in Burlington, Washington. It serves students in grades 9–12 in the Burlington-Edison School District, including the communities of Burlington, Bow, Edison, and Alger. The current administration is made up of principal Todd Setterlund, and assistant principals James Campbell and Jeff Demorest. The mascot is the Tiger, and the school colors are blue and gold.

In 1943, Burlington High School combined with Edison High school to form Burlington-Edison High School. The Edison High School mascot was the Sparkplugs and their colors were red and white. Burlington-Edison High School kept the Tiger mascot when the schools combined, as well as their blue and gold colors. Burlington-Edison's main rival is Mount Vernon High School.[5]


In the 2013-2014 school year, the total student population was 1,099. 64.7% of those students were White, 29.9% were Hispanic, 2.3% were Asian, 0.7% were African American, and 1.3% were American Indian or Native Alaskan. As of October 2013, 41.2% qualified for free or reduced lunches.[6]

Kirkby Field[edit]

Burlington-Edison High School's stadium was named in November 1992 after legendary Burlington-Edison athlete Roland Kirkby.[7] It is the home to the Tiger Football team. During the 1970s and 1980s they experienced great success, winning state championships in 1971, 1977 and 1986 under coach Glenn Rickert.

Hall of fame[edit]

Starting in the winter of 2005, Burlington-Edison High School has honored outstanding former athletes. Every winter at a home basketball game, honorees are inducted. The Hall of Fame is displayed in the foyer of the main gym.[8]

Intelligent Design controversy[edit]

In 1997 it became known to the public that longtime biology teacher Roger DeHart had been teaching intelligent design in his curriculum through excerpts of Of Pandas and People and Inherit the Wind. This event brought forth national attention and controversy. From 1986 to 1997, Roger DeHart had subtly posed the intelligent design theory in the classroom. After parents of one of DeHart's students notified the American Civil Liberties Union, the group threatened to sue the Burlington-Edison School District if DeHart didn't stop teaching intelligent design. The event sparked large debate, and support groups for both sides were formed. DeHart was later reassigned to earth sciences, and in 2001 he resigned and took a teaching job at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. He taught there for one year before transferring to a Christian school in California.[9][10]

Video production[edit]

Friday Morning Show - A weekly show airing on school television every Friday at the start of second period has three main goals: to inform, recognize, and entertain the students.

Video Annual - A collection of clips, segments, and commentaries put together by a select group(s) of students into one video to be sold at the end of each year. This yearly DVD is sold to the students.

Senior Video - A yearly DVD made to be sold to students to highlight, look back on, and memorialize the current graduating class of B-EHS. Generally made up of segments, and clips of seniors, and senior events, sports, etc.

Class Time - Sports and Entertainment Marketing is taught by Jeff Brandenburg for both periods 4 and 6. Class time is spent producing movies such as "flagpole" or "Homemade Infomercials". The Friday Morning Show is open for a video production student to sign up and take responsibility for each week. Also the Video Annual and the Senior Video is generally assigned or given to a willing student(s) to complete and have ready to sell by the end of the year. This class is only available to Junior and Seniors at B-EHS.


Education - The Naval Junior ROTC Unit at Burlington-Edison, also known as the "Tiger Company" teaches leadership, followership, and basic skills needed to succeed in the world today. Program advisors are Captain Bailey, USN Retired, and Chief Hull, USN Retired. The unit consists of 90-100 students on average.

Extra Curricular - The class also offers many teams for the students to be a part of. These teams include Color Guard, Drill Teams, Physical Strength, and Air rifle teams. Each team competes monthly at a meet hosted by different JROTC schools in the area. Students that are on the teams are required to show up each morning at 6:20 for practice. Drill Teams practice on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; Color Guard on Wednesday.

Field Trips - As a part of the curriculum, the freshman class, NS1, takes a field trip to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and gets a private tour of the operations that take place there. The Sophomore/Junior class, NS2, takes a field trip to Bangor Sub Base on the Olympic Peninsula. On occasion in the past the Senior class, NS3, has taken a field trip aboard a Naval Destroyer for a day, but due to terror threats and security, these have been put to a stop.[citation needed]


Volleyball - The girls Volleyball program is one of the most successful programs in the entire state. Coach Tawnya Brewer has taken this program to the State tournament the past 10 years in a row, and has won the 2A State Championship 3 out of the last 5 years: 2011, 2013, and 2015. The Volleyball program has placed in the top 8 in State 9 out of the last 10 years. Coach Brewer's Teams have won 10 Conference / League Championships: 1996, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015. Coach Brewer's Teams have won 8 District Championships: 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013. Coach Brewer's teams have won 1 Academic State Championship: 1996. Coach Brewer's Teams have won 10 State Trophies: 3 State Championships; one 4th-place finish in 2010; three 5th-place trophies: in 2000, 2006, 2014; one 6th-place trophy in 2012; and two seventh-place trophies in 2007, and 2008. Coach Christie Peterson won 2 State Volleyball Championships in 1982, and 1983.

Soccer - The girls soccer program has seen recent success, earning trips to the state tournament in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, they had a final record of 19-4, claiming the Northwest League Championship and 2nd place in districts, losing to Archbishop Murphy High School. That same season, the Girls Soccer team placed second in the state, losing 2-1 to Fife High School in the championship game.[11]

Golf - The golf program has earned state championships in 1975, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997. They finished second in 1983, and their 1988 and 1989 second-place finishes were just a preview for the four straight state titles to follow and five in eight years.[11] The girls golf team won state titles in 1989 and 1990[11] in the 3A division, they also finished second in 1993, 1995, 1999, and 2000. The golf program has also had many individual state champions, including the following:

Cross Country - The Cross Country team under coach Sue Wright has seen much success over the past half-decade. In 2004, they traveled to state and placed 5th. The following year they returned to state and placed 3rd. In 2006, the Tigers finished their season with only one loss. They won the League and District meets and traveled once again to state, earning first place. The following year, the team returned to state, again taking first. In 2008, they made the state tournament, but lost the first-place trophy to rival Sehome, finishing second. In 2009, the team returned to state once more, taking first for the third time in four years. In 2012, the girls team qualified for state for the first time in school history and placed 5th. The girls team also placed 5th in 2013, while Rayn Joy Norton became the Class 2A State Champion. The boys team were Academic State Champions in 2013.

Football - The Tiger football team won state titles in 1971, 1977 and 1986 led by coach Glenn Rickert. The Tigers have found recent success in the past decade under head coach Bruce Shearer, who retired after the 2011 season. They have made the state playoffs 6 straight years from 2005 and present, including a state championship run against the Prosser Mustangs in 2007. The football game between the Burlington-Edison Tigers and the Mount Vernon Bulldogs, known as " Battle of the Bridge" is played every year either at Kirkby Field or Bulldog Stadium. On January 13, 2012, B-EHS hired alumni Herb Lehman, Class of 1995, after the retirement of Bruce Shearer, to take over the reign of the Tigers Head Coaching job. Herb Lehman played Defensive End for then coach Jack McTaggart from 1991-1994, then came back to B-EHS in 1999 to become to Defensive Coordinator Coach under Shearer.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Burlington Edison High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Staff Directory". Burlington-Edison High School. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Washington State Report Card". Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Burlington Edison High School - Tinas Coma Yearbook (Burlington, WA)". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "B-EHS Website". Burlington-Edison High School. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  6. ^ http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?schoolId=2347&reportLevel=School&year=2012-13
  7. ^ "Roland and Verne Kirkby". Stumpranchonline.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Burlington-Edison High School Report of Accreditation" (PDF). Burlington-Edison High School. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  9. ^ Goffredo, Theresa (2001-08-10). "Marysville on edge over new biology teacher". Everett, Wash.: The Herald. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  10. ^ "Science or Myth? A Documentation History of Events". The Burlington-Edison Committee for Science Education. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  11. ^ a b c WIAA State Championship History Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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