Joel E. Ferris High School
|Joel E. Ferris High School|
|3020 East 37th Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Excellence for everyone|
|School district||Spokane Public Schools District 81|
|Color(s)||Scarlet & Silver|
|Athletics||WIAA Class 4A,
|Athletics conference||Greater Spokane League|
|Rival||Lewis and Clark|
|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. The school was named in 1961 for Joel E. Ferris (1874–1960), one of Spokane's leading citizens. 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.
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.  
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
- 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.
- 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
Rubber Chicken History
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.
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- Connor Halliday (class of 2010): Washington State football quarterback; holds NCAA record for most pass attempts and passing yards in a game
- Ryan Lewis: producer and DJ who performs alongside Macklemore; attended the school for his freshman and sophomore years
- Alex Prugh (class of 2003): professional golfer, Web.com and PGA Tour
- Jeff Robinson (class of 1988): defensive end, tight end, long snapper for 16 NFL seasons (1993–2009)
- Wayne Tinkle (class of 1984): professional basketball player in Europe, head coach at Oregon State University
- Austin Washington (class of 2004): professional soccer player
- George Yarno (class of 1975): guard for ten NFL and two USFL seasons (1979–89)
- John Yarno (class of 1973): center for NFL's Seattle Seahawks (1977–82)
- Gary J. Volesky (class of 1979): United States Army Major General and commander of 101st Airborne Division
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- "Joel Ferris is name for school". Spokesman-Review. April 13, 1961. p. 1.
- Spokesman-Review: "Schools, TV station consider cutting ties", July 26, 2012.
- "Congrats, SPS musicians!". Spokane Public Schools. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "4A Boys | Ferris edges Kentridge in 2 OTs for state title", The Seattle Times, March 4, 2007.
- "Fire select six players in SuperDraft", Major League Soccer, January 18, 2008.
- 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.