Kamiakin High School

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Kamiakin High School
Kamiakin High School, Kennewick, Washington (ca. 2008).jpg
Main entrance in 2008
600 N. Arthur St.
Kennewick, Washington 99336
United States
Coordinates 46°13′02″N 119°11′17″W / 46.2172°N 119.188°W / 46.2172; -119.188Coordinates: 46°13′02″N 119°11′17″W / 46.2172°N 119.188°W / 46.2172; -119.188
Type Public, four-year
Motto Motto: Be the best you can be!
Established 1970
School district Kennewick S.D. (#17)
Superintendent Dave Bond
Principal Chris Chelin
Faculty 88
Grades 9th-12th
Enrollment 1,705 (May 2015)
Campus Suburban
Campus size 30 acres (12 ha)
Color(s)      Scarlet
Athletics WIAA Class 3A,
Yakima Valley District Five
Athletics conference Mid Columbia
Mascot Braves
Nickname KaHS
Rivals Southridge Suns
Kennewick Lions
Newspaper The TomaTalk
Yearbook Totem
Feeder schools Highlands Middle School
Desert Hills Middle School
Information 509-222-7000

Kamiakin High School is a public high school in Kennewick, Washington, the second of three comprehensive high schools in the Kennewick School District. Kamiakin opened in the fall of 1970 and serves the district's northwest portion. The school colors are scarlet and gold and the mascot is the Braves.


The school is named after Kamiakin, a chief of the Yakama Tribe in the 19th century and a leader of the American Indian side in the Yakama War.

Kamiakin went through a remodel from 2002–04 that added 15 new classrooms, a new gymnasium and converted the existing lecture hall into an auditorium capable of seating 600 people as well as updating safety to meet standards throughout the campus.[5]


Kamiakin is generally considered to be one of the highest ranked public high schools in all of southeastern Washington of size 3A or 4A (along with Hanford High School in nearby Richland) and is ranked among the top 1,500 best high schools in the nation by Newsweek.[6] Kamiakin's four year graduation rate is 89.4% and 92.4% after five years, around 13% higher than the state average.[7]


In 2014, 511 AP Exams were given with 87% of students enrolled in an AP classes electing to take the exam. (Kamiakin is subsidizing AP tests starting in the 2015–2016 school year. Some teachers do require an AP test as a portion of the class. Each student may choose whether or not to take the test and must pay the reduced price should he or she decide to take it.) The school's HSPE(High School Proficiency Exam) scores annually rank higher than district and state averages with a passing rate around five percent higher than the state average in both reading and writing.[7]

Running Start[edit]

Running Start is a program offered to Kamaiakin students, as well as other Washington State students, in grades 11 and 12. Kamiakin Running Start students get the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits from college courses taken at the nearby Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington. Students do not pay tuition, but they are required to pay mandatory fees, buy their own books, and provide their own transportation.[8][9][10]

Post Graduation[edit]

In 2014, 67% of Kamiakin graduates continued their education immediately after high school, 72% after two years, at a postsecondary school, 5% higher than the state average. Of the 67% choosing to further their education 84% choose to do so in state, 49% of whom choose to attend Columbia Basin College.[11]


The school has 19 varsity teams, 12 junior varsity teams and nine "C" teams. Kamiakin's football and soccer teams play their home games at Neil F. Lampson Stadium, while a majority of the other varsity sports compete on campus.


Kamiakin competes in WIAA Class 3A, with the state's second largest group of schools.

Kamiakin is one of eight schools in the hybrid 3A/4A Mid-Columbia Conference, along with Chiawana, Hanford, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Southridge, and Walla Walla high schools. Kamiakin is one of only seven schools with the 3A classification in the state's Yakima Valley District Five, which includes Benton, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties.


Kamiakin's biggest rivals in most sports are Southridge High School in southwest Kennewick and Kennewick High School in east Kennewick. In football, the annual game with the much larger 4A Pasco High School ranks as one of the fiercest among high school rivalries in the state.



  1. ^ "About Superintendent Bond". Kennewick S.D. 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Staff – Principals". Kennewick S.D. 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Staff – Assistant Principals". Kennewick S.D. 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Administration". State of Washington, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Washington State Top Public Projects". Daily Journal of Commerce. 2003. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Newsweek names Kamiakin a top school". Tri-City Herald. 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Washington State Report Card". Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "What is Running Start?". Kennewick S.D. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Running Start Program". SBCTC. May 19, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Running Start". OSPI. August 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "High School Feedback Reports". Education Research & Data Center. 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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