Joel E. Ferris High School

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Joel E. Ferris High School
3020 East 37th Avenue
Spokane, Washington
United States
Coordinates 47°37′11.1″N 117°21′57.1″W / 47.619750°N 117.365861°W / 47.619750; -117.365861Coordinates: 47°37′11.1″N 117°21′57.1″W / 47.619750°N 117.365861°W / 47.619750; -117.365861
Type Public high school
Motto Excellence for everyone
Established 1963
School district Spokane Public Schools District 81
Principal Ken Schutz
Grades 9–12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Scarlet & Silver         
Athletics WIAA Class 4A,
District VIII
Athletics conference Greater Spokane League[1]
Mascot Saxon
Rival Lewis and Clark
Yearbook The Exeter
Elevation 2,350 ft (716 m) AMSL

Joel E. Ferris High School is a four-year public high school in Spokane, Washington, part of Spokane Public Schools. In southeast Spokane, it was built at a cost of $3,235,861 and opened on September 3, 1963.[2] The school was named in 1961 for Joel E. Ferris (1874–1960),[3][4] one of Spokane's leading citizens.[5] The school colors are scarlet and silver and the mascot is a Saxon.

The school is also the location of the studios of KSPS-TV, a PBS member station owned by the school board, which serves eastern Washington and surrounding states, as well as enjoying significant viewership in the province of Alberta, Canada.[6]

The school recently underwent a major redevelopment, designed by NAC Architecture, with nearly the entire campus having been rebuilt. The project took most out of the school district's 320 million dollar project for all schools. [7] [8]

The original Saxon emblem and shield was designed in 1965. It was challenged as too aggressive in 1999 but the original artist contested the issue saying "That is a Saxon doing what Saxons do" and the emblem and shield were left alone.


  • Bands and Choirs: San Francisco Heritage Festival Sweepstakes Champions 2014[9]
  • 4A Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival Champions 2011
  • 4A Football State Champions 2010
  • Total Boys' State Cross Country Champions 1968, 1980, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
  • 4A Boys State Cross Country Champions: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
  • 4A Boys 3rd place State Cross Country: 2001, 2002, 2008
  • 4A Boys 4th place State Cross Country: 1998, 2010
  • 4A Boys 5th place State Cross Country: 2000
  • 4A Boys 6th place State Cross Country: 1997
  • 3A Boys State Cross Country Champions: 1980, 1981
  • 3A Boys 2nd place State Cross Country: 1974, 1988, 1995
  • 3A Boys 3rd place State Cross Country: 1973, 1993
  • 3A Boys 4th place State Cross Country: 1978, 1979,
  • 2A Boys State Cross Country Champions: 1968
  • Boys' Class 4A state basketball championship 1994, 2007 and 2008.[10]
  • Girls' track team are current 4A academic champions.
  • GRAMMY Signature School for the 1998-99 school year
  • Marching Band and Drill Team: 1997 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade
  • Newsweek top 1300 high schools in 2008[citation needed]

Rubber Chicken History[edit]

The "Rubber Chicken" spirit contest is a cheering competition between Lewis and Clark and Ferris High Schools. Josh Collins, ASB President at Lewis and Clark in 1983, suggested to his counterpart at Ferris that a student competition between the two schools might serve to increase student spirit at both schools. The idea was accepted by both schools and an ugly rubber chicken was chosen to symbolize a reward deeply sought but without actual value.

Since 1983, the rules have undergone many evolutions. Currently, the student bodies are judged on sportsmanship, creativity, attendance, volume, drill team performance at half-time, application of events to the school or rubber chicken theme.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Greater Spokane League". Greater Spokane League. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ferris High School". Spokane Daily Chronicle. August 29, 1963. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Joel E. Ferris, civic leader, banker, dies". Spokesman-Review. December 15, 1960. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Ferris services set for Saturday". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 15, 1960. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Joel Ferris is name for school". Spokesman-Review. April 13, 1961. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Spokesman-Review: "Schools, TV station consider cutting ties", July 26, 2012.
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  9. ^ "Congrats, SPS musicians!". Spokane Public Schools. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "4A Boys | Ferris edges Kentridge in 2 OTs for state title", The Seattle Times, March 4, 2007.
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  12. ^ "Fire select six players in SuperDraft", Major League Soccer, January 18, 2008.
  13. ^ Lawrence-Turner, Jody (15 March 2014). "Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, EWU alumnus, to lead Army’s storied 101st Airborne Division". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 

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