Lake Washington High School

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Lake Washington High School
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LWHS main entry
12033 Northeast 80th Street
Kirkland, King County, Washington 98033
 United States
Coordinates 47°40′25″N 122°10′52″W / 47.67361°N 122.18111°W / 47.67361; -122.18111Coordinates: 47°40′25″N 122°10′52″W / 47.67361°N 122.18111°W / 47.67361; -122.18111
School type Public, High School
Motto "aLWays Rising."
Opened 1922,[1] 1949,
2011 (renovation)
School district Lake Washington S.D.
Principal Christina Thomas
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,642 (Oct 2016)[2]
Language English
Hours in school day 8:00 am – 2:31 pm
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Purple &      White
Athletics conference KingCo 3A
Mascot Kangaroo
Team name Kangs
Rivals Juanita
Feeder schools Kirkland Middle School
Rose Hill Middle School

Lake Washington High School is a four-year public high school in Kirkland, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle. It is one of four main high schools in the Lake Washington School District, with an enrollment capacity of approximately 1,500 students.[3] Located in the Rose Hill neighborhood east of downtown Kirkland, LWHS competes in the KingCo 3A athletic conference; the school colors are purple and white and its mascot is the Kangaroo.

History and facilities[edit]

The New LWHS

Kirkland High School opened in 1923, northwest of downtown Kirkland at the site of Heritage Park.[4] With the formation of the Lake Washington School District in 1944, the high school was given its present name. It moved to its present location in 1949, with doors opening in January 1950.[1] The former building became the junior high and was later known as Terrace Hall; it burned in a spectacular fire in 1973.[4]

Kirkland's team name was the "Hornets" until 1935, when the class of that year decided to change the mascot to the "Kangaroos".[5]

Nearing six decades in age, the LWHS campus underwent an extended renovation project beginning in the summer of 2008. The new gymnasium opened during the 2009–10 school year, and the main school building was completed during the summer of 2011. The renovation, including school parking lot, was completed in late December 2011, while students were on winter break. The new building was designed to facilitate the newly implemented "house system."

Formerly a senior high school (grades 10–12), LWHS added freshman to its campus in August 2012, and its feeder junior high schools (Kirkland, Rose Hill) were converted to middle schools (grades 6–8).[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


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