Mount Tahoma High School

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Mount Tahoma High School
4634 S. 74th St.

CoordinatesCoordinates: 47°11′21″N 122°30′06″W / 47.18917°N 122.50167°W / 47.18917; -122.50167
TypePublic secondary
PrincipalDavid McColgan
Grades9th - 12th
Enrollment1,560 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)             Cardinal, White, Gold

Mount Tahoma High School is a high school in Tacoma, Washington. It opened in 1961 and is a part of the Tacoma Public School District. The school's mascot is the Thunderbird. it is not to be confused with Tahoma Senior High School


Mount Tahoma opened its doors in the South Tacoma neighborhood in 1961. It is named after the Native American name for Mount Rainier. The school was built by a California contractor in the 1960s and wasn't very accommodating for its Washington students. The original school layout consisted of three open air courtyards, with a college style open campus. Frequently, students carried parkas or umbrellas from class to class. 2004 was the last year that students would be in the original Mount Tahoma building. Students and staff moved to the new building, which fit more with the Pacific Northwest weather.

New Building[edit]

Built in 1961, the setting of Mount Tahoma High School drastically changed in September 2004. The school is located on 74th Street and overlooks Mount Rainier (which is the namesake for Mt. Tahoma.) The new campus features 93 teaching spaces, including 81 classrooms, eight technology labs, wireless networking throughout the building, a 600-seat performance arts theatre, two gymnasiums, a pool, weight room, aerobics room, athletic fields and a 3,500 seat stadium. The offices are located in the front of the main entrance and are connected to the large 900-seat commons. There are 9 science classrooms with a 90-foot greenhouse and nursery. Mount Tahoma's counseling center is the hub of career activities, which enable students to access college information and career opportunities.[2]


  • School Conference - West Central, District 3, Narrows League, Bridge Division
  • School Interhigh League - GPS, Greater Puget Sound
  • School Mascot - Thunderbirds
  • School Colors - Cardinal/White/Gold

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Mt Tahoma". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^[permanent dead link]

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