Nathan Hale High School

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Nathan Hale High School
NHHS 01.jpg
10750 30th Ave NE
Seattle, Washington 98125 USA
Type Public
Opened 1963
Principal Jill Hudson
Faculty 102[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,171[1]
Color(s)              Red, white, blue
Mascot Raider
Newspaper The Sentinel
Yearbook Heritage

Nathan Hale High School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington. Nathan Hale is part of Seattle Public Schools and is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools.[2]


Early years[edit]

The area northeast of Seattle, was part of the Shoreline School District until 1954. For a number of years that area had only one secondary school, Jane Addams. Steady population growth during the 1950s meant a new high school would soon be needed. In the planning stage, the school was given the temporary name of Northeast High School. This was later changed to Meadowbrook High School. The site for the new school, originally part of the Fisher Dairy, had most recently been the Meadowbrook Golf Course owned by the Tachell family. While the school was under construction, new guidelines and procedures for the naming of schools were adopted. As a result, the name Meadowbrook was replaced by Nathan Hale. Once built, the factory model school building and parking lot were positioned on either side of Thornton Creek, which runs west to east through the property. The site is directly across the street from Jane Addams. Nathan Hale High School was one of several schools for which the Seattle Parks Department paid a portion of the building construction in exchange for title to adjacent land to be used for recreational facilities. The first principal, Claude Turner, helped design the school. In its first year, Hale opened to sophomores and juniors only, with just 1,206 students. Two years later, it had a student body of 2,002. By the late 1960s, Hale’s enrollment had reached 2,400, and 24 portables were in use.[3]


A new learning resource center opened in fall 1972, nearly doubling the size of the school’s original library. The community chose to use bond money for the learning resource center, rather than for an auditorium, so the high school continued to use the Addams auditorium for its dramatic productions. From 1964 through the mid-1970s, Nathan Hale was a sports powerhouse, winning the Metro championships in several sports three out of four years in a row. The music department also excelled, with the stage band capturing numerous regional awards. The district’s 1978 desegregation plan cut the number of schools feeding Hale from ten to four. Some of these feeder schools were closed, drastically cutting into Hale’s enrollment, despite the addition of 9th graders in September 1979. Some students who would have attended Hale were sent to south end schools.[3]


  • Claude Turner, 1963–1970
  • Gordon Albright, 1971–1974
  • Robert Bell, 1975–1983
  • Barbara Arnold, 1984–1986
  • Andres Tangalin, 1987–1989
  • Tom Lord, 1989–1992
  • Eric Benson, 1992–2003
  • Judy Peterson, 2003–2004
  • Lisa Hechtman, 2004–2007
  • Martini Campbell, 2007–2009
  • Dr. Jill Hudson, 2009–present

State Testing Boycott[edit]

As of April 23, 2015, all 280 juniors at Nathan Hale boycotted the Smarter Balanced state tests. These tests are not a graduation requirements for the junior class, but will be for the sophomore class. Many of teachers, parents, and administrators previously questioned the worthiness of the new state testing requirements.[4]


Nathan Hale's journalism class, headed by Ted Lockery, writes for the Sentinel, Nathan Hale's official newspaper and website.


Main article: KNHC

Nathan Hale is home to the nationally acclaimed radio station KNHC. It is mostly student-run, but has a full-time DJ. KNHC plays dance music, and is one of six stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for inclusion in Billboard Magazine's weekly Hot Dance Airplay chart. In addition, Nathan Hale boasts a Radio class taught by Simon Thwaits and Richard J. Dalton.


Nathan Hale is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The school is currently in the second largest classification, known as 3A, and has been so since the 1984-85 school year. Prior to that it was in the largest classification. The Raiders are a member of the Metro league and Sea-King district.[5] Hale has traditionally been rivals with Ingraham High School[6] and Roosevelt High School due to the close proximity of the three schools, but the rivalry with Roosevelt diminished when the school changed classifications in 1997.[7] In 2014 the rivalry with Roosevelt was rekindled as Roosevelt returned to the Metro League.[8]

The school supports 16 WIAA activities, including: baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, softball, coed swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Three non-WIAA sanctioned sports are also fielded, these include boys and girls lacrosse and ultimate. The boys lacrosse team was founded in 1992, making Hale the first Seattle public high school to field lacrosse team.[9]

In 2016, former NBA star Brandon Roy was hired as the head basketball coach and top recruit Michael Porter Jr., as well as his brother Jontay Porter, transferred to the school when their father, Michael Porter Sr., became the assistant coach at the University of Washington. This led to the school becoming nationally relevant, including a national #1 ranking on

WIAA State Championships[edit]

Nathan Hale has won four team state championships.[10]

Sport Year
Boys Cross Country 1966
Boys Gymnastics 1970
Girls Track & Field[11] 1971
Boys Soccer 1985

† = Boys gymnastics in now a defunct sport

Individual State champions[edit]


!Michael Porter Jr. !Boys Basketball !2016-17

Notable alumni[edit]




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  10. ^ a b WIAA Tournament History
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  13. ^ Raley, Dan (July 15, 2008). "Where Are They Now? Colella left hanging on swimming replay". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ USATF Leadership Page
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  19. ^ Lewis, Mike (February 9, 2007). "Historian's voice still fighting to be heard". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ Diep, Eric. "Growing Up in Capitol Hill". Complex Music. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Owen, Rob. "Hari Sreenivasan: From Nathan Hale High to 'PBS NewsHour'". Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 

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Coordinates: 47°42′27″N 122°17′40″W / 47.70750°N 122.29444°W / 47.70750; -122.29444