Nathan Hale High School (Washington)

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Nathan Hale High School
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10750 30th Ave. NE


Coordinates47°42′27″N 122°17′40″W / 47.70750°N 122.29444°W / 47.70750; -122.29444Coordinates: 47°42′27″N 122°17′40″W / 47.70750°N 122.29444°W / 47.70750; -122.29444
School districtSeattle Public Schools
PrincipalJill Hudson
Enrollment1,177 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)             Red, white, and blue
NewspaperThe Sentinel

Nathan Hale High School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is part of Seattle Public Schools, and is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools.[3]


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 prompted a need for a new high school. 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, Meadowbrook was replaced by Nathan Hale, named after the Continental Army soldier. 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 what is currently Jane Addams Middle School. 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 only 1,206 students. Two years later, it had a student body of 2,002. By the late 1960s, enrollment had reached 2,400, and 24 portables were in use.[4]


A new learning resource center opened in the fall of 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 Jane Addams Middle School 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.[4]


  • 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
  • Marni 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. Taking these tests was not a graduation requirement for the junior class, but would be for the sophomore class. Many teachers, parents, and administrators had questioned the worthiness of the new state testing requirements.[5]

Newspaper and website[edit]

Nathan Hale's journalism class, headed by Ted Lockery, writes for the Sentinel,[6] the school's official newspaper and website.


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 also has a Radio class taught by Richard J. Dalton.


Nathan Hale is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The school has been in the second largest classification, known as 3A, since the 1984-85 school year. It was previously in the largest classification. The Raiders are a member of the Metro League and Sea-King District.[7]

Hale has traditionally been a rival of Ingraham High School[8] 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.[9] In 2014 the rivalry with Roosevelt was rekindled by Roosevelt's return to the Metro League.[10]

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: boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse, and ultimate. The boys' lacrosse team was founded in 1992, making Hale the first public high school in Seattle to have a field lacrosse team.[11]

In 2016, former NBA star Brandon Roy was hired as the head basketball coach, and top recruit Michael Porter Jr., as well as his brothers Jontay and Coban, 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 The basketball team completed the 2016-17 season undefeated, defeating Garfield High School 68-51 in the class-3A state championship game in Tacoma, Washington.[12]

WIAA state championships[edit]

Nathan Hale has won five team state championships.[13]

Sport Year
Boys' cross country 1966
Boys' gymnastics 1970
Girls' track & field[14] 1971
Boys' soccer[15] 1985
Boys' basketball 2017

† = Boys' gymnastics is now a defunct sport.

Individual state champions[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]




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  2. ^ "Nathan Hale High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Lilly, Dick (November 20, 1996). "Six Notable Schools - They Shine With Creative, Unique Approaches". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Nile; Marr, Carolyn J. (2002). "Nathan Hale High School". Building for Learning: Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000. Seattle Public Schools. OCLC 54019052. Republished online by HistoryLink by permission of the Seattle Public School District: Seattle Public Schools, 1862-2000: Nathan Hale High School, HistoryLink, 2013-11-29, retrieved 2018-01-01
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  6. ^ Sentinel
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  10. ^ Thomasseau, Allison. "Ballard, Garfield, and Roosevelt rekindle rivalries in Metro 3A League". USA Today High School Sports. USA Today. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. ^ Smith, Craig. "Prep Beat -- Franklin And Hale Poised To Add To Lacrosse History". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  12. ^ "No. 1 Nathan Hale (Wash.) wins 3A state title led by showtime dunks from Michael Porter Jr". USA Today High School Sports. 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  13. ^ a b WIAA Tournament History
  14. ^ Spruill, Scott. "Girls Team State Meet Champions". Washington Track. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  15. ^ PARIETTI, WALT (May 26, 1985). "JEFFERSON WINS 3RD STRAIGHT TITLE". Seattle Times.
  16. ^ Raley, Dan (April 23, 2008). "Where Are They Now? Swimming great now gets her kicks from soccer". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  17. ^ Raley, Dan (July 15, 2008). "Where Are They Now? Colella left hanging on swimming replay". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  18. ^ USATF Leadership Page
  19. ^ Washburn, Gary (December 22, 2008). "Schmetzer to assist Schmid in 2009". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  20. ^ RALEY, DAN. "Where Are They Now? Ed Simmons, former NFL tackle". Seattle PI. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  21. ^ "History : 70 Greatest Redskins". Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  22. ^ Paynter, Susan (August 11, 2006). "NPR host proves what falls down can pop back up". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  23. ^ Lewis, Mike (February 9, 2007). "Historian's voice still fighting to be heard". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  24. ^ Diep, Eric. "Growing Up in Capitol Hill". Complex Music. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  25. ^ Owen, Rob. "Hari Sreenivasan: From Nathan Hale High to 'PBS NewsHour'". Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 November 2012.

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