Sehome High School

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Sehome High School
Sehome High School (logo).jpg
2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
Bellingham, Washington 98225 United States
Coordinates 48°43′39″N 122°28′53″W / 48.72750°N 122.48139°W / 48.72750; -122.48139Coordinates: 48°43′39″N 122°28′53″W / 48.72750°N 122.48139°W / 48.72750; -122.48139
Type Public
Motto Spiritus Vadum Permaneo
This Spirit Will Forever Last
Established 1966
School district Bellingham School District
Principal Michelle Kuss-Cybula
Staff 31 (2004-05)
Faculty 53 (2004-05)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,133
Color(s) Green & Yellow
Mascot Mariners
Information (360) 676-6481
Newspaper The Rising Tide
Yearbook Windjammer
Sehome High School

Sehome High School is a public school in Bellingham, Washington, located approximately 90 miles (140 km) north of Seattle and 52 miles (84 km) south of Vancouver, B.C.. The school serves students mainly from the western and southwestern sections of the City of Bellingham and is a part of the Bellingham School District.[1]


Sehome High School took its name from the early Town of Sehome (now part of Bellingham), which in turn was named for Chief Sehome of the Samish tribe.[2] The school opened in 1966 on a site of over 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land and at a total cost of $3,835,152,[3][4] with its first graduating class matriculating in 1968. Between 1985 and 1993 the school installed a video network, satellite dish, and over 250 personal computers for student use.[5] In 1996 the school had approximately 1,700 students.[3] In 2008 Sehome had an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12.[1]


Sehome High is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC). The school requires its students to complete a High School and Beyond Plan and requires students meet the published standards on the English and Writing sections of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). Sehome High offers courses, with about 226 students sitting for 366 exams in the 2008-09 school year. The school also offers Running Start and Tech Prep programs. Sehome's 3 graduating students in 2008 averaged SAT scores of 390 Verbal, 375 Math, and 355 Writing; ACT scores averaged 14.8 English, 14.3 Math, 16.2 Reading, 14.2 Science, with a Composite score of 15.1. The school upholds an 82% graduation rate.


Sehome offers students a variety of activities and clubs, including Bike/Outdoors Club, Bowling, Bridge Building, Cheerleaders, Chess Club, Coffee House, DECA, Drama, Earth Service Corps, Flava Multicultural Club, Honor Society, Key Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Knowledge Bowl, Mock Trial, Ocean Science Club, Robotics, Students for Global Awareness and Outreach, Detective Club, Science Olympiad, and Zodiac (an interdisciplinary sailing activity in the San Juan Islands.)[6]

Sehome High School is in the Northwest Conference (NWC), and the school mascot is the Sehome Mariner. The school's sports program is governed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), the Northwest Conference, and the district's Athletic Code and Standards. In sports, Sehome offers its students crosscountry, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball, fastpitch, golf, and track & field.[6]

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The Bellingham School District's own Facilities Planning Task Force recently recommended that the school be rebuilt, as many of the buildings are in overall poor condition and the various entrances and exits are a major security concern, which was somewhat overlooked when the school was originally constructed. Many of the walkways between buildings are not covered, exposing students to the harsh and unpleasant weather synonymous with the region.

The proposed two-story building would have a central commons area for students to gather, similar to other high schools in the district, and improved facilities for fine arts, science, athletics, and other such classes and activities. The rebuild is expected to break ground in Spring 2017.

The new school would likely have improved classroom technology, as most of the current computers and electronics throughout the school have been retrofitted over time. [8] [9]


  1. ^ a b Sehome High School, College Profile.
  2. ^ Sehome High School, Origin of the name Sehome.
  3. ^ a b Sehome High School Virtual Museum, History, School Overview.
  4. ^ Sehome High School Virtual Museum, History, The Making of Sehome High.
  5. ^ Sehome High School, A Brief Sehome Timeline.
  6. ^ a b Sehome High School, Activities.
  7. ^ wikipedia
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