Clover Park High School
|Clover Park High School|
Clover Park High School entrance.
|11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
|School district||Clover Park No. 400|
|Number of students||1100|
|Color(s)||Green, gold, and white|
|Athletics||SPSL 2A 2010 Football Champions, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, State 2A 2011 Boys Basketball Champions, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Wrestling|
|Rival||Lakes High School|
The high school was established in 1938 due to the rapid expansion of nearby military posts at Fort Lewis.
The cornerstone of the first Clover Park High School was laid June 28, 1938. According to the 1981 Clover Park yearbook, Klahowya, on February 23 of that year a fire destroyed the gym (where the fire had been started), the music center and the business department. Junior Alfred Shropshire was arrested and convicted for starting the fire. One wing of the original school is now used for the school district's Student Services Center.
The class of 1963 was the leading edge of the Baby Boom and was the largest graduating class of CPHS. The class of 1964 was actually larger, but in 1963, the class of 1964 split in half and formed the rival school Lakes High School.
Approximately 1100 students are enrolled each year. Their school mascot is the Warriors and the colors are kelly green, gold, and white. During the 2014/2015 school year the current principal, Tim Stults, took the reins from the former principal, John Seaton.
In 2006, CPHS was listed in the OSPI (Washington State Office of Public Instruction) document The High Schools We Need: Improving an American Institution. The OSPI document states, "Clover Park is committed to maintaining high expectations for rigorous performance from students."
According to OSPI the evidence of effectiveness:
(1) Between 2002 and 2010, WASL scores increased by 30.4 percent in reading, 4.4 percent in math, 43.7 percent in writing, and 6.9 percent in science.
(2) Over the past seven years, student achievement increased and the gaps narrowed between the racial, ethnic, gender, cultural, and economic class groups within the school.
(3) The annual dropout rate declined from 14.1 percent to 5.5 percent between 2001 and 2010.
(4) The school successfully made adequate yearly progress in all areas in 2005 and was not mandated to do a plan for improvement.
(5) The college retention rate of students who received the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship as high school juniors averaged more than 75 percent in each year 2002-2004.
(6) Retention of highly qualified faculty has increased over the last five years.
Out of the approximate 1100 student body, 68 percent are minorities, and 69 percent receive a free or reduced lunch. 10.2% of the student population is transitional bilingual. 69% of the teachers hold master's degrees and 100% are considered "highly qualified" according to No Child Left Behind Guidelines.
Smaller Learning Communities Program
In August 2003, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promised $540,000 over five years to the school to "support personalized learning environments where all students achieve." The school is thus sometimes referred to as a "Gates Grant school," in reference to the donation.
The highly diverse school used the grant to engage in major restructuring as part of the "Smaller Learning Communities Program" (SLCP) which is intended to help large schools create smaller and safer communities within themselves. The program has received criticism, as parents complained that dividing the school into separate "houses" limited the selection of courses, and that attempts to "Raise the Bar" for all students had the effect of "dummying down" the challenges available to more able students.,
CPHS is now recognized as a leader in high school reform by the School Redesign Network at Stanford University and OSPI for the improvements in student learning and for narrowing the achievement gap. (SRN case study/ OSPI High Schools We Need).
Every year, Clover Park participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held in house to select the Clover Park Princess, who goes on to compete against other regional schools, for the Daffodil Festival Queen title. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of the regional festival. The Clover Park band accompanies the float of Clover Park's princesses every year in the parade, held annually in April. Jaymee Marty is the only princess from Clover Park to become queen, in 1985.
Notable Alumni & Staff
Notable Clover Park High School alumni and staff members include:
- John Greek and Rich Dangel, guitarists with The Wailers, who wrote "Tall Cool One" while at the school;
- John Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Alaska Airlines from 1995-2003.
- Cap Peterson Major League baseball outfielder (1960 graduate)
- Nanci Donnellan, sports radio broadcaster better known as The Fabulous Sports Babe (1966 graduate)
- William (Bill) Priedhorsky Los Alamos scientist (1969 graduate)
- Bryan Monroe (1983 grad), former president of the National Association of Black Journalists, former vice president and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines, and editor of CNNPolitics.com.
- Matt Elisara, co-vice-principal during the 1996-1997 school year. Played for Denver Gold football team.
- Jackie Kellogg (1989 grad), MLB draft pick of the Kansas City Royals and CFL Grey Cup Champion with the Calgary Stampeders
- Jane McCarthy (1990 grad) KREM 2 Television Anchor
- Ira Jarmon (2003 grad), played at Eastern Washington University where he won two Big Sky Conference Championships
- Tavita Pritchard (2005 grad), former starting QB for Stanford University.
- Ropati Pitoitua (2003 grad), New York Jets Defensive End
- Mike Reed, NFL player
- Steve Sloboda - (1992 grad), Voted Best Real Estate Agent by Readers of South Sound Magazine.
- Bruce Walter (1989 grad), Gulf War Veteran & Accomplished U.S. Marine Corps Sniper
The CPHS fight song is performed to the music of the Washington State University fight song.
Fight, fight, fight for Clover Park High
Win the victory
Fight, fight, fight for our green and white
Best in the west, you know we'll all do our best
So on, on, on, on, on to the end
Honor and glory we must win,
So fight, fight, fight, for Clover Park High and victory
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y up and at em' go and get em' Clover Park High
- Smith (WA09) - Press Release - Smith Announces Education Grants
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- Arches Unbound: Lofty Ideals
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- "Ropati Pitoitua". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "MIKE REED". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- Daffodil Festival Queens
- Taylor, Jayme. Clover Park School District Community Relations. (253) 583-5042.
- Aden, Carlin B. A Schoolhouse That Grew Wings.
- The Sounding Board. Volume 12, Number 3, January, 1981. Published by Clover Park School District No. 400.
- Odyssey. 1981 Clover Park High School Yearbook.