Highline College

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Highline College
Seal of Highline College
Former name
Highline Community College[1]
DistrictCommunity College District IX[2]
TypePublic community college
Established1961 (1961)[3]
Endowment$43,700,000 (2016-17)[4]
PresidentJohn Mosby, Ph.D.
Location, ,
United States

47°23′19″N 122°18′03″W / 47.38861°N 122.30083°W / 47.38861; -122.30083
CampusSuburban, 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Sporting affiliations
Northwest Athletic Conference
Sports9 Varsity teams

Highline College is a public college in Des Moines, Washington. Highline was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County, Washington. The main campus covers 80 acres (320,000 m2). As of 2015, there were approximately 17,000 students and 350,000 alumni of the college.[6]


Highline College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. The current campus in Des Moines was built in 1964 with additional buildings added in following years to meet student and technology needs. The school was known as Highline College until 1967 when the Washington State Legislature passed the Community College Act of 1967, and the name became Highline Community College. In June 2014, Highline's board of trustees voted to change the name back to Highline College.[7] Starting in the fall of 2014, Highline was approved to offer four Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs.[8] Classes are also offered at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center at Redondo Beach and additional service-area locations such as Burien and White Center.[9]


The demographics of Highline are diverse due to both the local population and the acceptance of international students. As of 2015, 26% of all students are categorized as White, 20% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 17% African American, 19% Hispanic/Latino, and 1% Native American. The total number credit and non-credit students is 16,917, while 65% of those are credit students. The student body is 59% female and 41% male.[10]


Highline has several nationally accredited programs of study. The college itself is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Nursing program is accredited by National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment. The Paralegal program is also approved by the American Bar Association.[11]


The Highline College Foundation was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help raise funds to improve the quality of education at Highline College.[12][12] The Foundation often holds events and allows donations to be made in an effort to raise funds. With a donation of $500 the Foundation allows individuals or groups to create their own fund that others may donate to. Both students and faculty members can take advantage of the Foundation, through scholarships and grants respectively.


The Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) is located approximately ten minutes south of the Highline College campus at Redondo Beach Park, and promotes the understanding of the South Puget Sound ecosystem.[13] A new facility, 2,500 square feet (230 m2) large and situated on a 260-foot (79 m) pier, opened in 2008.[14]


Highline College competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) as the Thunderbirds, fielding men's and women's teams for basketball and soccer, a men's wrestling team, and women's teams for golf, softball, tennis and volleyball.[15]


CWU-Des Moines[edit]

Central Washington University has a campus facility located on Highline College's campus. There is a partnership between the schools that allows students to take classes from both Highline and CWU concurrently. Both bachelor's and master's degrees programs are available along with certification programs.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Highline Reverts to Original Name » Highline College". www.highline.edu. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ RCW 28B.50.040(9)
  3. ^ Authorized by Laws of 1961, ch. 198, Approved by Governor Rosellini March 20, 1961.
  4. ^ https://documents.highline.edu/highline/Highline-College-Facts-and-Information-2017-2018.pdf
  5. ^ "Facts and Information » Highline College". communications.highline.edu. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Highline Facts". Highline College. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  7. ^ "Highline will revert to original name". Highline College Media Releases. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  8. ^ "Media Releases". communications.highline.edu. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Communications & Marketing". Communications.highline.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  10. ^ "Highline Facts". 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  11. ^ "Accreditation". Highline College. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  12. ^ a b "Highline College Foundation". 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  13. ^ "About the MaST Center - Highline College". 2007-11-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-06-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  14. ^ "Highline College's Marine Science and Technology Center". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  15. ^ "Highline College Thunderbird Athletics". Highline College. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  16. ^ "Rice, Norman B. (b. 1943 ) - HistoryLink.org". www.historylink.org. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Alexis Denisof Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  18. ^ "Trevor Smith UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  19. ^ "Brian Scalabrine NBA Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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Coordinates: 47°23′19″N 122°18′03″W / 47.38861°N 122.30083°W / 47.38861; -122.30083