Skyline High School (Washington)

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Skyline High School
Skyline High School 01.jpg
Main entrance in April 2011
Location
1122 228th Ave SE

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Coordinates47°36′00″N 122°01′55″W / 47.600°N 122.032°W / 47.600; -122.032Coordinates: 47°36′00″N 122°01′55″W / 47.600°N 122.032°W / 47.600; -122.032
Information
TypePublic, four-year
Established1997
School districtIssaquah S.D. (#411)
PrincipalKeith Hennig
Faculty128 [1]
Teaching staff90.10 (FTE)[2]
Grades9-12
10-12 (2005-10)
Enrollment2,169 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio24.07[2]
CampusSuburban
Campus size50 acres (20 ha)
Color(s)Green & Silver     
AthleticsWIAA Class 4A,
SeaKing District Two
Athletics conferenceKingCo 4A
MascotSpartan
YearbookThe Horizon
Feeder schoolsBeaver Lake Middle School
Pine Lake Middle School
Information425-837-7700
Elevation550 ft (170 m) AMSL
Websiteshs.issaquah.wednet.edu

Skyline High School is a four-year public secondary school in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle. The third and newest high school in the Issaquah School District, it opened in the fall of 1997 and serves the district's northern portion. The school colors are green and silver and the mascot is a Spartan.

Overview[edit]

The 50-acre (0.20 km2) campus is at the northern boundary of the school district, and straddles the apex of the Sammamish Plateau in the city of Sammamish, at an approximate elevation of 550 feet (170 m) above sea level. For five academic years (2005–10), Skyline was a three-year senior high school (gr. 10–12). Its students fed from the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, a 9th-grade-only school which also included the freshman class for rival Issaquah High School. Prior to 2005, two middle schools directly fed Skyline: Beaver Lake and Pine Lake. Pacific Cascade was reassigned as a middle school (grades 6–8) in the fall of 2010[3] and the two high schools (Skyline and Issaquah) regained their freshmen classes.

To accommodate the return of the freshman class, Skyline underwent a significant renovation from 2007-10 that added 24 new classrooms and science labs, a new black box theater and 3-D art room, and additional athletic facilities. Bassetti Architects was the architectural firm for the renovation.

Skyline is one of three high schools on the Sammamish Plateau, all close in proximity along 228th Avenue. Eastlake High School, in the Lake Washington School District, opened in 1993 and is about a mile (1.6 km) north of Skyline. Between the two public high schools is Eastside Catholic, a private secondary school which relocated to Sammamish in 2008.

Academics[edit]

Skyline has the reputation of being a competitive academic school, with an on-time graduation rate of 95.1%.[4] Skyline offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Career-related Program to all juniors and seniors. Freshmen and sophomores who are accelerated in math also have access to IB Mathematics courses. Skyline offers a range of IB classes, which can be taken alongside standard classes.

Skyline also is part of the Running Start program. Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. The added bonus is the cost savings, as students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, thus accelerating their progress through the education system.

Athletics[edit]

With 19 varsity teams, 13 junior varsity teams and seven "C" teams, the athletic program provides opportunities for hundreds to compete.

Classification[edit]

Skyline competes in WIAA Class 4A, with the state's largest schools. SHS competed in 3A for its first seven years, then moved up to 4A for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 academic years. It dropped back to 3A for two years (2006–07 and 2007–08), then returned to 4A for 2008–09. Skyline is one of 9 schools in the KingCo 4A conference, along with Issaquah, Newport, Eastlake, Redmond, Bothell, Inglemoor, Mt. Si, and Woodinville. KingCo 4A is the only 4A conference in the state's SeaKing District Two, which includes Seattle and east King County.

State titles[edit]

Skyline's football program has seven state titles ((3A) 2000, (4A) 2005, (3A) 2007; (4A) 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012),[5] and many alumni have played Division I college football. The girls' soccer team has five 4A state titles (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018), and the girls' swim and dive team won three consecutive 4A state titles (2009, 2010, 2011), beating the competition by over 50 points each time, as well as titles in 2015 and 2016.The boys swim and dive team won their first 4A state title in 2018.[6] In track and field, the girls' team won the 3A state title in 2007. In Ultimate Frisbee, the Spartans went 7-1 during the regular season and won the 2013 Spring B-Division championship. The team later went on to win the Spring Reign B-Division Championship, one of the largest youth Ultimate tournaments in the country.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Controversies[edit]

2014 rape and subsequent victim harassment campaign[edit]

In 2014, two members of the Skyline football team raped a 16-year-old girl. According to the lawsuit filed in October 2018 by the victim and her younger sister, the Issaquah School District refused to investigate the two players. The two individuals pleaded guilty in a juvenile court, and were forced to transfer out of Skyline.

Many Skyline students responded by starting a targeted harassment campaign of the victim to force her to transfer so the football players could come back. This included cyber-bullying, personal confrontations, firebombing the victims house, and planting drugs on her. In one instance, former Skyline football coach Brad Burmester responded "Preach on, brother" to a tweet saying that the victim should be the one to transfer.

After the victim's graduation the harassment was targeted towards her younger sister who continued to attend the school.[8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Washington State Report Card: Skyline HS". State of Washington, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Skyline High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Issaquah School District E-News, Friday 12 Sep 2008
  4. ^ "2009 Washington State School Report". Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Instruction. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  5. ^ "Skyline Gridiron Club". Skyline Booster Club. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  6. ^ "2009 Annual School Performance Report" (PDF). Issaquah School District. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  7. ^ "Spring Reign 2015". DiscNW. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  8. ^ "2 women suing Issaquah School District for bullying, retaliation". Bonneville International. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Rape victim's suit against Issaquah School District claims they didn't investigate abuse". Sinclair Broadcast Group. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Issaquah School District Complaint | Negligence | Intentional Infliction Of Emotional Distress". Scribd. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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