Issaquah High School

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Issaquah High School
700 2nd Ave SE
Issaquah, Washington 98027
United States
Coordinates 47°31′20″N 122°01′44″W / 47.5223°N 122.0288°W / 47.5223; -122.0288Coordinates: 47°31′20″N 122°01′44″W / 47.5223°N 122.0288°W / 47.5223; -122.0288
Type Public, four-year
Established 1901 (1962)
School district Issaquah S.D.
Principal Andrea McCormick [1]
Grades 9–12 (10-12, 2005-10)
Enrollment 2,300 [2] (2014)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and gold         
Athletics WIAA Class 4A,
SeaKing District Two
Athletics conference KingCo 4A,
Crest Division
Nickname Eagles
Rival Skyline, Liberty
Yearbook The Sammamish
Feeder schools Issaquah Middle School
Pacific Cascade M.S.

Issaquah High School is a four-year public secondary school in Issaquah, Washington, United States, a suburb east of Seattle. Also known as Issaquah Senior High School or IHS, it is one of three high schools in the Issaquah School District and serves students in grades 9–12 from the central portion of the district. Issaquah High serves Issaquah, Sammamish, and Bellevue.


Founded in 1901, Issaquah was the only high school in the school district until Liberty High School opened in 1977. Previously located near the Issaquah Middle School campus, IHS moved to its present site in southeast Issaquah in 1962.

Growth of enrollment at IHS has coincided with the growth of the Issaquah community. The Issaquah School District completed the construction of the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus in 2005, making it the new home to the freshman class of IHS and nearby Skyline High School. IHS enrolled only three grades (10-12) for five academic years (2005–10) while an extensive remodeling of the school took place.[3] The cost of the remodel totaled $61,500,000. IHS is now the district's largest school. The three stories accommodate 1,850 students. There are three classroom wings, science labs, a main and auxiliary gym, commons, and administrative spaces.[4]

Mascot controversy[edit]

In 2003, the school changed its team name from "Indians" to "Eagles". The change came after The Church Council of Greater Seattle adopted a resolution calling for an end to all Native American imagery in school mascots in 2002.[5][6]


Issaquah High School competed in the largest school classification (AAA) in athletics through the 1996-97 school year, when new WIAA classifications were introduced: 3A and 4A.[7] With the opening of Skyline High School in 1997, IHS lost a significant amount of its enrollment and competed in Class 3A through the 2007-08 academic year. With continued growth, Issaquah moved up to 4A, the largest school classification, for 2008-09, and is a member of the Kingco 4A conference. In 2014, the IHS golf team, led by Tommy Bakamus, won Kingco and districts. The team went on to win 2nd in state, and Zack Overstreet won 1st place in state.

The IHS baseball team won its first state championship in 2000, and won the state title again in 2004 and 2007.

In November 2007, the girls' soccer team won the state championship. The girls' soccer team also won the state championship in 2004,[8] 2006[9] and 2007.[9]

The IHS girls' gymnastics team entered the 2002 state championship meet as the lowest-seeded team, but ultimately won the state title.[10][11]

The 15-16 girls' soccer team won the 4A State Championships 2-1 over West Valley. This was their first state championship in 4A since 2007, when they were a 3A school.[12]


The student body of IHS is:

  • Black 1.7%
  • Asian 18.4%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native 0.2%
  • Hispanic 6.8%
  • Pacific Islander 0.1%
  • Multiracial 4.9%
  • White 67.1%[2]


Issaquah High offers the Advanced Placement program, with more than 16 college-level courses. In 2013, IHS had 11 National Merit Finalists and 24 National Merit Commended Scholars. More than 90% of IHS students earned a 3 or better in AP exams.

The Advanced Sports Med Class placed 1st at National Competition and were the WCTSMA Team State Champions.[13]


IHS is home to the only multi-school full symphony orchestra in the country.


ASB sponsored a “Munch Madness Food Drive” collecting over 25,000 non-perishable items for the Issaquah Food Bank. IHS Varsity athletes launched “Project Unify”, a basketball program pairing Special Olympians with Varsity athletes to train and play in a basketball competition. The Multi-Cultural Club sponsored Multi-Cultural Night, honoring and celebrating cultures from all around the world for the Issaquah community.[13]


In 2013-14 IHS staff includes 103 certified and 44 classified staff. Over half of the certificated staff have master's degrees.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "IHS Administration". Issaquah School District 411. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Issaquah School District accessed 2014-02-27
  3. ^ Summer’s good weather gets school construction projects ahead of schedule : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds and More in Issaquah, WA
  4. ^ "Issaquah High School Renovation and Addition, Issaquah." Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Structural, Civil and Seismic Engineering. Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc., n.d. Web. 13 Oct 2013. <>.
  5. ^ "Issaquah High School changes mascot". The Associated Press. 2003-06-27. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ Bach, Ashley (2003-06-26). "Issaquah picks Eagles as school's new mascot". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  7. ^ - Classifications then and now - accessed 2011-11-15
  8. ^ Matt Masey (2004-11-21). "3A girls soccer: Issaquah title a first". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  9. ^ a b Joshua Mayers (2007-11-18). "3A Girls Soccer: Issaquah makes it 2 in a row". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  10. ^ Terry Wood (2002-02-17). "3A/2A gymnastics: Dinsmore finishes sweep of medals". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  11. ^ Sandy Ringer (2002-02-16). "3A/2A gymnastics: State championship a first for Issaquah". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  12. ^ Issaquah girls capture 4A soccer championship
  13. ^ a b c Issaquah School District accessed 2014-02-27
  14. ^ "Jennie Reed Foundation". Retrieved 9 February 2016. 

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