Kennewick High School

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Kennewick High School
500 S. Dayton St.
Kennewick, Washington
United States
Coordinates 46°12′14″N 119°07′27″W / 46.204017°N 119.124116°W / 46.204017; -119.124116Coordinates: 46°12′14″N 119°07′27″W / 46.204017°N 119.124116°W / 46.204017; -119.124116
Type Public
Established 1904
Principal Ron King
Color(s)          Orange & black
Mascot Lions
Newspaper Lion's Roar
Yearbook Keewaydin

Kennewick High School is a public high school located in eastern Kennewick, Washington. It was founded in 1904 to serve the educational needs of the new city of Kennewick.[citation needed] It is one of only a few schools to have its music department honored with the title of "Grammy Signature School".[citation needed] The school is part of the Kennewick School District.

The current building, constructed in 1954 and originally named Edwin S. Black Senior High School, is located at 500 S. Dayton St., and incorporates the remainder of the second high school building, which until 1966 served as Park Junior High School (now known as Park Middle School) as an annex.[clarification needed] Both buildings were renovated in the mid-1990s, the annex first, then the main building.[ambiguous] The first building has long since been demolished, the location became until 1994 the location of Kennewick School District 17's administration.[ambiguous]

For 64 years until the founding of Kamiakin High School, Kennewick High School served as the sole high school in the city. Its colors are orange and black, and its mascot is a lion. Football and soccer games are played at Neil F. Lampson Stadium, which is located on the high school's grounds and is shared by both Kamiakin and Southridge High School.


Recently, because of a change in enrollment accounting by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Kennewick High, along with Kamiakin and Southridge, was reclassified as a 3A school. As a result, the Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference (which consisted of 11 schools), was reconfigured into the Mid Columbia Conference. The new conference now consists of 8 schools; four 3A and four 4A. Kennewick High is in the 3A division, along with Kamiakin, Southridge, Hanford High School. The 4A division consists of Richland High School, Pasco High School, Walla Walla High School, and Chiawana High School. Kennewick High School has a traditional rivalry with Kamiakin High School, however in recent years both schools have become bigger rivals with Southridge High School than with each other.

Fight song[edit]

The school's fight song, "Onward Kennewick", is based upon the University of Wisconsin–Madison's fight song, (as well as the Wisconsin state song) "On, Wisconsin!", with the words 'Onward Kennewick' replacing 'On, Wisconsin', as well as minor changes in the lyrics, depending on whatever sport season it was. Otherwise, the song's lyrics are the same.

Onward Kennewick, onward Kennewick
Lions, fight for fame
Pass the ball right down the field (court) boys
Touchdown (Basket) ev'ry time!
Onward Kennewick, onward Kennewick Lions, fight for fame
Fight, Lions, fight-fight-fight
To win this game!

K! E! N! NEW! I! C! K!

(next two stanzas unspoken)

Fight, lions, fight-fight-fight To win this game!!!

Notable alumni[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2010, Kennewick High School started their Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame committee of Kennewick High School selects inductees from a pool of nominations submitted by the community. Requirements included having excelled in the arts, science, athletics, the military or in community service after graduation.


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