Snohomish High School

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Snohomish High School
Snohomish High School.jpg
1316 5th Street
Snohomish, Washington 98290
United States
Coordinates 47°55′08″N 122°06′00″W / 47.91889°N 122.10000°W / 47.91889; -122.10000Coordinates: 47°55′08″N 122°06′00″W / 47.91889°N 122.10000°W / 47.91889; -122.10000
Type Public
Established 1894
Principal Eric Cahan
Enrollment 1,725 (2013-14)
Color(s) Red and white         
Nickname Panthers

Snohomish High School is a secondary school located in the Snohomish School District, in Snohomish, Washington, United States. SHS, built for 1200 students, contains 1794 9th–12th graders (as of 2013-2014).[1] The school serves primarily those students living north of the Snohomish River. Glacier Peak High School, which opened September 4, 2008, serves primarily those students living south of the Snohomish River.


Before SHS actually opened it was a courthouse with a small jail section underneath. SHS first opened in 1894 at the completion of the original A building. The school underwent many remodels through the 1980s, including changes to the B building. These changes removed the last vestiges of 'old' Snohomish High School, making the building completely modern. Among the changes made to the B building were the removal of its decades-old fixed wooden bleachers and over-painting of many student-painted murals from the 1960s and earlier. There were also additions of music, science, and vocational buildings during this time. In an attempt to curb overcrowding, the C building was constructed and opened in 1999, adding ten more classrooms. As the school became more crowded, it received a grant to remodel the campus, tearing down the B building was a major change. Parts of B building have been incorporated into the schools newer buildings.

General information[edit]

The school is currently 253,458 square feet (23,547.0 m2) in area, plus 896 square feet (83.2 m2) per additional portable classroom. The school has a total of 90 classrooms. During the 2012-2013 school year, 1825 students were enrolled at SHS.


The Serpentine Parade is a Homecoming tradition that has been held in Snohomish for 50 years.[2] The annual event draws crowds from the city, as every Snohomish High School student, in their school colors, marches from Avenue D to the Snohomish Aquatic Center (formerly known as Snohomish Junior High or the "Freshmen Campus"), past Central Elementary, down to First Street, and back to SHS on Avenue E. The parade is held the Friday afternoon of Homecoming each year.


Snohomish High School. The 2013 addition with new Performing Arts Center in background

Snohomish Senior High School consists of a complex of buildings in an open campus layout. At the south end of the campus are the A and B buildings. These used to be connected via an overpass, which was removed during the summer of 2009 during the A building renovation. North of the B building was the Performing Arts building, or PAC, but it was demolished. A new Performing Arts building is currently under construction on the same section of campus the old PAC stood on. North of the A building are the cafeteria and New Gym. Attached to the west side of the New Gym is the new Auxiliary Gym. North of that, near the teacher parking lot, is the C building which houses science as well as some art classes. Just west of the New Gym is the brand-new D building, which houses many classes including art, science, math, and auto mechanics. Originally west of the C building and north of the Music building was the V building, where the vocational and art classes met, but it was demolished in the summer of 2008 to make room for D building and additional staff parking. The interior of A building was torn out and renovated during the summer of 2009, and is now complete with the Main and Counseling offices (originally situated in A building before the renovation) moved into B building.

New tennis courts and south end faculty parking now run parallel to each other on 5th Street.

Sports and athletics[edit]

SHS is a member of the WESCO North division of Washington state, and consistently competes near the top of its division in both boys' and girls' sports. The 2007–08 season yielded two state championships for the school, one in boys' swimming and the other in boys' baseball. Snohomish's biggest high school rivalry is in football against Glacier Peak High School.

State championships won[edit]

  • Baseball (1998, 2008)
  • Basketball, boys' (1970)
  • Chess (1984,2016)
  • Cross country, boys' (1960, 1965)
  • Cross country, girls' (1995, 1996, 2002, 2003)
  • Debate (2012, 2013)
  • Football (1976, 1978)
  • Golf, boys' (2001, 2009)
  • Soccer, boys' (2000, 2006, 2014, 2015)
  • Soccer, girls' (1984, 1997)
  • Swimming, boys' (2006, 2007, 2008, 2016)
  • Swimming, girls' (1998, 1999, 2000, 2016)
  • Track, girls' (1988, 2001, 2002, 2016)



Snohomish High School has both instrumental and vocal music classes.

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble are band classes. The marching band (Panther Band) and jazz band are extracurricular options for musical students, although Panther Band is required for freshmen coming into band.

The Treble Choir, Women's Ensemble and Crimson Singers Jazz Choir are the vocal music classes. The Voices of Men and Treble Choir replaced Concert Choir in 2012, making Crimson Singers the only mixed-gender choir of the school, though the choirs frequently work together.

Choral groups[edit]

The Snohomish High School Vocal Music Department consists of the Crimson Singers (Jazz Choir), Women's Ensemble, Treble Choir, and Voices of Men. Entrance into Crimson Singers and Women's Ensemble is by audition only.

Instrumental groups[edit]

The Snohomish High School band program was started in 1929 and today consists of four curricular performance groups including Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, with the latter two requiring auditions. There are also two jazz bands, Jazz I and Jazz II. Entrance into Jazz I is by audition only.

Band members may elect to perform in the extracurricular marching/pep band. During fall the band performs at football games, and at basketball games during the months of winter and early spring.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Snohomish High School has many clubs, including chapters of Future Farmers of America and the National Honor Society.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Snohomish High School". Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Serpentine_09". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "State Tournament History". Retrieved July 1, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Steve Hardin". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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