Sehome High School

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Sehome High School
Sehome New Logo.png
2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
Bellingham, Washington 98225 United States
Coordinates48°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
MottoSpiritus Vadum Permaneo
This Spirit Will Forever Last
School districtBellingham School District
PrincipalSonia Bell
Staff31 (2004-05)
Faculty53 (2004-05)
Number of students1,191 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Green & Gold
Information(360) 676-6481
NewspaperThe Rising Tide

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.[2]


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.[3] 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,[4][5] with its first graduating class matriculating in 1968. In 1996 the school had approximately 1,700 students.[4] In 2008 Sehome had an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12.[2]


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 cross country, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball, fastpitch, golf, and track & field.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


The school district's own Facilities Planning Task Force recommended that the original Sehome High School be rebuilt, due to the age and deterioration of the existing structure(s). The new school was built behind the existing structure, which allowed the existing facilities to remain open during construction.

The completed two-story building has a central commons area, similar to other high schools in the district, a 400-seat auditorium for drama and music performances, main and auxiliary gymnasiums, ceramics studio, and improved facilities for other clubs, classes, and activities.

Students began attending classes on January 30th 2019 with completion of the athletic fields and parking lots set for August 2019.

The architect for this project was Dykeman, and the general contractor was Dawson Construction.

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  1. ^ "Sehome High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sehome High School, College Profile.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Sehome High School, Origin of the name Sehome.
  4. ^ a b Sehome High School Virtual Museum, History, School Overview[permanent dead link].
  5. ^ Sehome High School Virtual Museum, History, The Making of Sehome High[permanent dead link].
  6. ^ a b Sehome High School, Activities. Archived 2010-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ wikipedia
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2016-12-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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