Puyallup High School
|Puyallup High School|
|School district||Puyallup School District|
|Color(s)||Purple and gold|
|Mascot||Viking ("Viktor" in costume)|
Founded in 1890 as Central High School, the first nine students graduated from the school in 1893. In 1902, the first class to complete four years of high school graduated. In 1928 the new high school building was completed at an approximate cost of $30,000-$35,000. The name of the school then changed from Central High to Puyallup High School. In 1919 the school was expanded adding a junior high along with the gym and auditorium. In 1926 a total of 112 students graduated.
The next year (1927), fire hit PHS and the graduation ceremony was held at the Liberty Theater. A new and larger auditorium was added in 1935.
The 1949 Olympia earthquake on 13 April 1949 was the first major earthquake to hit Puyallup High School. PHS was not spared as there was serious damage to the building and auditorium. In 1965 the school suffered from the effects of yet another earthquake and again damage was done to the school—Puyallup High School was the only school closed in Pierce County. The band was recording that day, and there are still records in circulation with the sounds of the earthquake. The Nisqually earthquake on 28 February 2001 was the next earthquake to cause damage at the school.
The first of the major remodeling projects occurred with the main classroom building in 1971. The gym was remodeled in 1984 and the Library Science Building in 1986. The entire campus was closed during the 1993-1994 school year during a major renovation. The 1,600 students were housed in portable buildings, spare rooms in churches, and other facilities around the city of Puyallup. Walls, beams, and structures were altered or removed to improve the structure and enhance the teaching and learning methods of the day. Every effort was made to retain the original design of the structure. The old gym was lost, but a new commons area was added. Part of the front steps were removed, but the auditorium was improved while maintaining the architecture and elegance of the facility. The architectural firm of Burr, Rising, Lawrence and Bates was awarded a Historic Renovation - Citation Award in 1996 for their work on the renovation.
Academically, for the 2005–2006 school year, between the four comprehensive high schools in the Puyallup School District, Puyallup ranked 2nd, having beaten Rogers and Walker with an 87% in the reading WASL, 47% in the math WASL, 86% in the writing WASL, and 37% in the science WASL.
Every year, Puyallup High School participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held to select the Puyallup High School Daffodil Princess who then competes, with other regional schools, for the title of Daffodil Festival Queen. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of this regional festival. The Puyallup High School marching band accompanies the float of Puyallup's princesses in the locally televised Daffodil Parade, held annually in April.
The Puyallup High School Alumni Association provides scholarships to qualifying seniors. Students can apply in September directly through PHS. These scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual dinner and auction held each December. Generous community members, alumni and philanthropists donate items for the live auction. Items are also available by raffle and silent auction. The event draws graduates and friends of PHS and is held at the Puyallup each year. Details are posted on their website linked below.
Puyallup High School reunion activities are managed by the Viking Booster Club with the help of many alumni volunteers.
- Killian Larson - Led the Nation NCAA Division 1 basketball in rebounds per game in 2013-14 as well as currently playing professionally in Europe.
- Joshua Garnett - NFL Offensive Linemen, 1st round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft
- Frank B. Brouillet - Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State Representative: 25th District, Educator 
- Gail Bruce - AAFC and NFL player
- Chris Bullock/Doug Gilbert - Professional wrestler known as Doug Gilbert Responsible for the training of Dwayne Johnson held many titles around country.
- Loren Carpenter Carpenter invented the A-buffer hidden surface determination algorithm. The PXR24 compression scheme used in Industrial Light & Magic's Open EXR file format is based on Carpenter's work. He is the recipient of two Academy Awards. Loren Carpenter is attributed by Alvy Ray Smith as being responsible for choosing the name PIXAR for what would become Pixar Animation Studios. Loren is listed as one of the 40 founding employees of PIXAR.
- Billy Joe Hobert - former NFL quarterback.
- Brock Huard - former NFL quarterback; radio host for 710 ESPN Seattle.
- Damon Huard - former NFL quarterback.
- Victor L. Kandle - World War II soldier, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Class of 1939.
- Senator Jim Kastama - 25th Legislative District, Washington state. Class of 1978.
- Chad Lindberg - American Actor starring as Jesse in Fast and Furious.
- Dane Looker - NFL wide receiver - St. Louis Rams.
- Darren McGavin - Actor: 'The Old Man' in the classic Holiday Film "A Christmas Story".
- Ryan Moore - professional golfer, lettered four years on Viking golf team while attending Class 1A Cascade Christian High School.
- Simeon Moses - Winner of VH1's "The Pick-Up Artist 2". Class of 1998.
- Adam Grant - Former NFL offensive lineman Denver Broncos
- "School History". Puyallup School District. 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "ABSTRACTS OF EARTHQUAKE REPORTS FOR THE PACIFIC COAST AND THE WESTERN MOUNTAIN REGION, 1950, MSA-62, April, May, June, 1949". U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
Puyallup. Many injured. Damage estimated at $300,000 by Building Inspector. High School damaged severely with collapse of stage in auditorium.
- "Earthquakes and Schools" (PDF). National Institute of Building Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
At Puyallup High School, three boys on the stage just managed to escape when the roof collapsed.
- "1965 Earthquake (Sound is Art)". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Business returns to normal Thursday for Pierce County". Pierce County Front Page News. February 28, 2001. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
Puyallup School District officials informed Pierce County Emergency Management that Puyallup High School incurred an estimated $200,000 damage and is closed until further notice.
- "Awards: American Association of School Administrators". BLRB Architects. Archived from the original on September 10, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Puyallup High School". OSPI Washington State Report Card. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Alumni Information". Puyallup School District. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Frank B. Brouillet: An Oral History" (PDF).
- Loren Carpenter
- "Jim Kastama: Biography". Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Puyallup High School
- Puyallup High School Alumni Association
- Daffodil Festival Royalty
- Viking Booster Club