Lake Stevens High School

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Lake Stevens High School
2908 113th Avenue NE
Lake Stevens, Washington 98258
United States
Type Public Secondary School
Motto "Home of the Vikings"
Established 1936
School district Lake Stevens School District
Principal Leslie Ivelia
Grades 10–12
Color(s) Purple, gold         
Mascot Viking
Information (425) 335-1515

Lake Stevens High School is a high school located in Lake Stevens, Washington, United States, in the Lake Stevens School District. LSHS currently educates grades 10–12.


LSHS first opened in the early 20th century where North Lake Middle School is currently located. LSHS has since moved to its current location on 113th Avenue, and the current school was remodeled in the 1990s and again in the summer of 2007. In the summer of 2010, the football stadium was torn down and remodeled to fit more people.

'Pink Palace'[edit]

From 1936 to 1979, Lake Stevens High School was located on the grounds that is now where North Lake Middle School currently occupies. Painted with a surplus of pink paint left over from WWII efforts, the school was eventually nicknamed the Pink Palace. After the 1978-1979 school year, the building was demolished, and students began at the current LSHS location in the fall of 1979. In July 2007, a raging inferno tore through the upper portion of the 100 building. No one was injured (school was out for the summer), but some damage was incurred by the school.

General information[edit]


The annual year book is called The Rune, honoring the Scandinavian heritage of the LSHS Viking Mascot. First published as The Rune' in 1933, the 75th volume was commemorated in the 2007-2008 school year. Every year the Rune comes up with themes to try and capture the spirit of the school year as well as show different and diverse sides of high school life. Mr.Barry Cogswell has been the advisor since 2015. The 2017-18 editors are Patrick Brooks and Madison Woll.

Alma Mater[edit]

Now we gather to pay homage to the school - we love so well. To our high school, dear Lake Stevens, let our devotion tell. Lift the Chorus, speed it onward, let our voices ring. Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, we thy praises sing. Spread before us dear Lake Stevens, glistening in the sun, held against the heart of nature, till earth and sky are one. Lift the Chorus, speed it onward, let our voices ring. Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, we thy praises sing.


Supporting the theme of Scandinavian heritage, the LSHS student newspaper is named, The Valhalla. It is a student-run, student-produced publication. LSHS began publishing a student newspaper in 1925.

The Valhalla became a fully digital operation in 2005. It is produced using Adobe InDesign and printed at a local print shop. The Valhalla is best known for its "Top Ten" list, which offers a humorous look at events or items on the minds of students. In the past, the paper was typically heavy on sports and A&E. After a conflict in the 2006-2007 school year, The Valhalla was finally released from prior review and thus was able to print more controversial stories, although still maintaining a careful policy for fear of falling back into the prior review system.

Following the lead of most top student and professional non-daily publications, The Valhalla transformed from a traditional newspaper format to a news magazine in 2005. In the 2007-2008 school year, the Valhalla adopted somewhat of a hybrid layout, mixing elements of both newspapers and news magazines. The Valhalla, in the same year, also adopted a new view of its journalistic style, providing more relevant and hard-hitting stories that would make the paper relevant even in a school that got its news from the daily VTV broadcast.


Lake Stevens High School has four bands which all play at both the fall and spring concerts and at a large amount of festivals and ensembles. These bands are the two jazz bands, the wind ensemble, and the concert band. They also have a Drumline known as 'Purple Thunder' directed by David Nefos. All the bands are directed by Mr. Neil Proff. He also directs the Woodinville Jazz Ensemble. All the bands come together to make the Viking Pep Band, which plays at all home football and basketball games and participate in school assemblies. The bands have won many awards from festivals such as MPMEA, Pasco, and BDX.

Sports, Athletics and Clubs[edit]

LSHS is a member of the 4A WESCO North division of Washington State.


The varsity Wrestling team has won 11 state titles: 1990, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,2012,2013,2016 under coach Brent Barnes. The team went 18 years without losing a WESCO league match, last losing to Lynnwood High School during the 1993 season. In the 2007-2008 season, the streak ended with a loss to Snohomish High School by a margin of 18-31. However, the team went on to win the state championship that same year. MTV featured the Lake Stevens High School wrestling team in an episode of True Life in 2012, the episode entitled, "On The Mat".

Girls' Basketball[edit]

Girls' basketball team played in the 2008 state tournament.


The Lake Stevens High School football team is currently led by football head coach Tom Tri. He has led the Lake Stevens Vikings to numerous undefeated, playoff seasons ever since his takeover in 2004.

Boys' Soccer[edit]

The boys' soccer team has been nationally ranked by the Adidas National Soccer Association of America.[citation needed] In the 2006 season, their peak ranking was #9 in the national poll and #2 in their region, they finished fourth in state that year. In 2010, the boys' soccer team completed its most successful season to date, winning Wesco North and All Wesco district titles and eventually making it into the state finals. In the same year, the boys' soccer team was also ranked #21 out of 50 on ESPN's FAB 50, which ranks the top 50 teams in the nation.

Cross Country[edit]

The Lake Stevens High School Cross Country team, led by Coach Chaffee, has sent runners to the state meet for several years in a row. Their most recent season (2017) ended by sending the girls varsity team on to the state championship meet for the first time in many years.

Performing Arts[edit]


Lake Stevens High School offers an Introduction to Theatre and an Advanced Theatre course.


Lake Stevens High School offers Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, and Treble Choir. Choir is directed by Ms. Heidi Forslund at both LSHS and Cavelero Mid High School.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  6. ^ Myhre, Rich (September 25, 2012). "Pride of Lake Stevens joins Sports Hall of Fame". Everett Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lake Stevens grad called up to the majors". Everett Herald. June 5, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 48°01′21″N 122°04′49″W / 48.02250°N 122.08028°W / 48.02250; -122.08028