Olympia High School (Olympia, Washington)
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|Olympia High School|
1302 North St.
|Motto||We, the Olympia High School Community, are dedicated to personal excellence and responsible citizenship.|
|Established||1882, 1907 became William Winlock Miller|
|School district||Olympia School District 111|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Mascot||The Bear ("Pepper")|
Olympia High School (OHS), commonly referred to as Oly, is a public high school in the southeast part of Olympia, Washington along the city's border with Tumwater. As the first of two comprehensive high schools in the Olympia School District, it also is one of the oldest public secondary schools in the state of Washington.
Olympia High School opened in 1882 as additional public schooling beyond 1-8 curriculum, and graduated its first class in 1886. OHS shared a few locations with elementary schools before having its own building in 1907, when OHS became officially named William Winlock Miller School, a high school. The 1907 building was built on a square block donated by the widow of pioneer leader William Winlock Miller on ground immediately east of the today's sunken gardens, part of the Washington State Capitol Campus. That building burned in 1918, its Tenino sandstone was salvaged in 1920 to construct the face of the Power House on Capitol Lake, used to heat Washington's permanent capitol campus that proceeded in construction.
The next structure for W.W. Miller High School was built in 1919 between 12th and 13th Streets on Capitol Way because the state had purchased the land near the sunken garden to increase the Capitol grounds. An auditorium, gymnasium, and more classrooms were added to that building in 1926; however, any further expansion on this site was impossible. As the school's capacity needed increasing, 40 acres (160,000 m2) between Carlyon Avenue and North Street were purchased.
Until 1955, Oly drew students from all of Thurston County, WA, except its most southern reaches. But Oly's catchment area split in 1955 with the creation North Thurston High School, then split again in 1961 as Tumwater High School opened, then once again with the spawning of Capital High School in 1975. Today's location of OHS opened in 1961, and underwent a full renovation, completed in the summer of 2000 that enclosed the 9 separate buildings of the 1961 design.
- 56% scored 3, 4, or 5 on AP tests
- Drop out rate: 11.47%
- Graduation Rate: 91.6% (2016)
- SAT Score Average: verbal = 560, Math = 556
- 58 Vocational Class Offerings
- Cooperative agreement with New Market Vocational Skills Center
- Alternative programs provided in the areas of: Direct Instruction in Reading and Math, Academic Contractual Learning, and Social Affective Block for students with adjustment needs.
Olympia High School is a 4A-division member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Olympia High School is known for their athletics teams consistently placing in the top 10 for the 4A classification.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Cross Country, Girls'||1||1978|
|Volleyball, Girls'||2||1998, 2011|
|Winter||Basketball, Boys'||2||1929, 1986|
|Swimming, Boys'||3||1956, 1957, 1985|
|Tennis, Boys'||4||1983, 1984, 1998, 2012|
|Track and Field, Boys'||2||1932, 1998|
|Track and Field, Girls'||1||2006|
State Championships, second place:
Boys' Basketball - 1987, 1998; Girls' Golf - 1997; Girls' Gymnastics - 1998; Girls' Soccer - 1988, 1995; Boys' Swimming - 1958, 1970, 1972; Girls' Swimming - 1989, 1995; Boys' Tennis - 1979, 1982, 1990, 2007; Girls' Tennis - 1982, 1999; Girls' Volleyball - 1981
- General Muir S. Fairchild, 1913, Vice Chief of Staff for USAF, first Academy commander, key air war strategist in World War II, World War I Flyboy
- Eric Alexander, '86, Jazz musician
- Gerry L. Alexander, '54, Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court
- Floyd Brown, '80, author, speaker and media commentator
- Adam Conley, '08, current MLB player (Miami Marlins)
- Gretchen Christopher, '58, singer, The Fleetwoods
- Bruce P. Crandall, '51, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Ret.) (helicopter pilot, call sign "Snake", in movie We Were Soldiers)
- Daniella Deutscher, '94, actress
- Barbara Ellis, '58, singer, The Fleetwoods
- Ira Flagstead, former MLB player (Detroit Tigers, Boston Braves, Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Rickie Lee Jones, '74, singer, songwriter, producer
- Kathleen Hays, '70, financial reporter on the Bloomberg TV network
- Douglas Massey, '70, professor of sociology and former President (2000–01) of the American Sociological Association
- Bill Moos '69, Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska
- Moon Mullen, former MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies)
- Joy Osmanski, '93, actress, television series The Loop
- Don Rich, '59, guitarist/fiddler/band leader for Buck Owens and the Buckaroos
- Travis Shook, '86, jazz musician
- Irene Stewart, '75, Seattle School Board member
- Gary Troxel, '58, singer, The Fleetwoods
- "Olympia High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- Booming. "1979 Grammy Best New Artist". The New York Times.
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