Pullman High School

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Pullman High School
Pullman High School Logo.jpg
510 NW Larry
Pullman, Washington
Type Public
Established c. 1890, 1972 (current)
School district Pullman S.D. (#267)
CEEB code 480935
Principal Erik Heinz
Teaching staff 40
Grades 912
Enrollment 671 [1] (2010–11)
 • Grade 9 164
 • Grade 10 166
 • Grade 11 184
 • Grade 12 166
Student to teacher ratio 20:1
Classrooms 60
Color(s) Blue & Gray          
Athletics WIAA Class 2A,
District Seven
Athletics conference Great Northern League
Mascot Greyhound Pullman High School Mascot.jpg
Rivals Moscow, Clarkston
Yearbook Kamiaken
Feeder schools Lincoln Middle School
Elevation 2,590 ft (790 m) AMSL
Pullman HS is located in USA
Pullman HS
Pullman HS
Location in the United States
Pullman HS  is located in Washington (state)
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Pullman High School is a public secondary school in the city of Pullman, Washington, the home of Washington State University.

It is the only traditional public high school in the city and in the Pullman School District (#267). A four-year high school, it accepts students from Lincoln Middle School in Pullman (fed by three public elementary schools: Franklin Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School) and other schools around the area in different towns. Pullman High School's mascot is the greyhound and the school colors are blue and gray.


Pullman High School formerly occupied the building that is now the Gladish Community Center at Main and State Streets (46°43′50″N 117°11′00″W / 46.7306°N 117.1833°W / 46.7306; -117.1833).[2] Built in 1929, it closed as PHS in 1972 was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[3]

The present campus opened 44 years ago in September 1972 as an "open concept" design with minimal walls.[4] It is located on Military Hill at the northwest outskirts of the city. The $2.8 million bond for the new school was approved by voters in November 1969, with 61.5% in favor.[5]


New entry, gymnasium, and academic wing under construction, 2016.

Pullman High School's facilities are divided into three areas: the main school building and two wings that house the "breezeways" connecting them. The school has a two-floor library, The downstairs is for computer labs and after-school programs.


Pullman high school has one of the highest passing rates for the WASL in the state for public schools.[6] The school was named a national Blue Ribbon School in 2008[7]


Pullman High School is a member of the Great Northern League, and offers football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, cross-country, track and field, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, as well as numerous other extracurricular activities.

In the 2004–2005 school year, Pullman won the state championship (2A) in baseball and girls' track and field. In the following school year the Greyhounds added the football and volleyball championships as well as another in girls' track and field. In the 2006-2007 school year girls swim went almost undefeated in their pre district meets. In the 2007-08 school year, football, volleyball, girls' swim, baseball, softball, track (both), girls' basketball, tennis (both), and swim (boys) all participated in their state tournaments. For the 2008-09 year, football finished fifth in state, volleyball finished fourth in state, boys basketball went eighth in state, while the girls were fifth. The softball team won its first league title in 2009.

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway attended Pullman High for his freshman year (1975–76) after attending Lincoln Middle School. His father Jack was an assistant football coach at Washington State for four seasons, from 1972 through 1975, under head coach Jim Sweeney. When Sweeney left after the 1975 season, Jack became the offensive backfield coach at neighboring Idaho in February 1976,[8] but then was hired as the head coach at Division II Cal State Northridge six weeks later.[9] The Elways moved to the San Fernando Valley in southern California, and John played his final three years of high school football at Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, and graduated in 1979.[10]

PGA Tour star Kirk Triplett (class of '80) attended Pullman High all four years, and then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Nevada in Reno,[11] where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in civil engineering. Triplett joined the PGA Tour in January 1990 and the PGA Tour Champions when he became eligible in the spring of 2012.

NFL quarterback Timm Rosenbach moved to Pullman from Montana after his sophomore year and graduated from PHS in 1985.[12][13] He played college football in town for the WSU Cougars under head coach Dennis Erickson and then professionally for several seasons.


Pullman High School offers a great deal of extracurricular activity including: Drama (Member of the International Thespian Society) which took best in fest at the state festival, JSA (Junior State of America), Band, Math Team (state champions 2006–2007), Choir, Yearbook, ASB, Key Club (home club of Division 56 Lieutenant Governor Grace Chung, Pacific Northwest District Communications Director Tony Zhang, and immediate past Pacific Northwest District Treasurer Aneesh Pappu),[14] Science Bowl (has won the regional competition, advancing to nationals 7 out of the last 8 years),[15][16] Knowledge Bowl (state champions in 2010), FFA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Recycling Club, Destination Imagination, Bob Saget Fan Club and Orchestra.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Pullman High School 2010-2011 Annual Report Card
  2. ^ "Picture of the Past". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. photo. May 5, 2007. p. 6D. 
  3. ^ Woolsey, Josh (March 8, 1999). "Gladish continues to invest in community". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B. 
  4. ^ Gray, Amy (September 25, 2007). "District officials consider high school's future". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington). p. 3A. 
  5. ^ "New school bond Ok'd in Pullman". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). November 5, 1969. p. 5. 
  6. ^ PHS Annual Report Card
  7. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools
  8. ^ "Jack Elway joins Idaho grid staff". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). February 18, 1976. p. 16. 
  9. ^ "Short cuts". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). March 26, 1976. p. 29. 
  10. ^ Pierce, Oliver (January 24, 1987). "From Pullman to Pasadena". Idahonian (Moscow). p. 17. 
  11. ^ "Triplett qualifies for PGA". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. December 5, 1989. p. C2. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Kevin (Nov 6, 1984). "The Natural". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. B1. 
  13. ^ Blanchette, John (July 17, 1985). "They're growing up fast". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. C4. 
  14. ^ International, Key Club. "PNW District Board". Pacific Northwest District Key Club. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/rsb/Tri-Cities.htm
  16. ^ http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/rsb/spokane.htm
  17. ^ "Ex-Eastern coach Red Reese is dead at 75". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 19, 1974. p. 10. 

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Coordinates: 46°44′49″N 117°11′10″W / 46.747°N 117.186°W / 46.747; -117.186