Highline High School

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Highline High School
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225 South 152nd Street

Burien, Washington
United States
Coordinates 47°28′00″N 122°19′49″W / 47.466544°N 122.3304°W / 47.466544; -122.3304Coordinates: 47°28′00″N 122°19′49″W / 47.466544°N 122.3304°W / 47.466544; -122.3304
Type High School
Established 1924
School district Highline Public Schools
Principal Vicky Fisher
Staff ~108
Grades 9-12
Number of students ~1495
Color(s)           Purple and Gold
Athletics conference Seamount League
Mascot Pirate

Highline High School is a high school in Burien, Washington, United States, located about 3.5 highway miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Highline High School, the flagship high school of the Highline School District, opened its doors in 1924 and served the cities of Burien, Des Moines, and an area south of Seattle now known as White Center. Today those cities all have their own area high schools, but at the time Highline was the only high school in the area.

The name Highline, for which the school was named, derives from the original name for Des Moines Memorial Drive, which was called the "High Line Road" for its location along the ridge between Puget Sound and the Miller Creek Valley.[1] Today the name represents the geographic area for Burien, Sea-Tac, Des Moines and White Center. As one of the oldest high schools in Washington State, Highline High School has a long tradition of sports, academic, and community service excellence.

Adjacent to the school is the Highline Performing Arts Center, which is used by the local community organizations, schools, and dance competition companies.


Highline participates in the Seamount Sports League.


  • Cheerleading
  • Drill Team

Fall sports[edit]

  • Cross Country: Coached by Rex Post
  • Football: Coached by Mike Johnson
  • Soccer (Girls): Coached by Jeb Binns
  • Swimming (Girls): Coached by Rachel Loy
  • Volleyball: Coached by Mary Legate
  • Golf: Coached by Shane Stenesen
  • Tennis (Boys) : Coached by Scott Babcock

Winter sports[edit]

  • Basketball (Boys): Coached by Shane Stenesen
  • Basketball (Girls): Coached by Darrin Stoltz
  • Gymnastics: Coached (Retired) Dawn Tessandore
  • Swimming (Boys): Coached by Cindy Akana
  • Wrestling: Coached by Casey Rice

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball (Boys): Coached by Casey Rice
  • Fastpitch (Girls): Coached by Emily Ezpeleta
  • Soccer (Boys): Coached by Tim Crawley
  • Tennis (Girls) : Coached by Scotty "Bone-Man" Babcock
  • Track (Girls)& (Boys): Coached by Rex Post


The school puts on multiple shows a year. Their productions have included an adaptation of Goethe's Faust, and Lindsay Price's Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Melba Eyler & Evelyn A. Yeager, "The Many Roads to Highline," page 3. Highline Publishing Co., 1972
  2. ^ http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/supreme/bios/?fa=scbios.display_file&fileID=sanders
  3. ^ "Highline Schools Foundation gives out gold stars to five outstanding individuals". Highline Times. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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