Southridge High School (Kennewick)

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Southridge High School
Type Public
Established 1996
Principal Mr. Biehn, Mrs. Hamaker-Teals, & Mr. Christman
Enrollment ~1,500
Color(s) Navy Blue & Gold
Team name Suns
Rivals Kennewick Lions, Kamiakin Braves

Southridge High School is a public high school located in the city of Kennewick, Washington, United States (in Benton County). The school is part of Kennewick School District. Construction of the $30 million building began in 1995, with classroom doors opening in the spring of 1997. The plans for Southridge High School were originally designed for a high school on the east side of the country; however, the school was never built and the Kennewick School District purchased the blueprints and plans. During construction, classes were held at Fruitland Elementary School, under the direction of Principal Ron Williamson.[1] The first commencement was held inside the Toyota Center in June 1999.[2] Southridge was the third 4A school constructed in Kennewick, but with the reorganization of leagues in 2006, Southridge became a 3A school and is now a member of the Columbia Basin League.[3] Yet again, in 2008, it was decided that Southridge would be put back under the 4A schools along with 2 other high schools in Kennewick, WA. Once again in 2010 Southridge was brought back down to a 3A school.


The 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus lies within a valley on the southwest border of Kennewick. Southridge is located several miles away from the majority of its students.

The school's main complex, divided into wings A through F, was designed by the architecture firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson of Minnesota; Joe Lavernier Construction of Spokane was the general contractor.[4] The B, C and D-wings are classrooms, each containing two floors with eight classrooms per floor as well as lockers. The A-wing houses the auditorium, cafeteria and music rooms. The F-wing contains one large gym and a small gym as well as a weight room - with locker rooms and training room both located downstairs. The E-wing contains the library and main offices.

The wings are all connected by a long crescent-shaped hall with A and F-wing at the north and south ends, respectively. The E-wing is in the inner curve, and wings B, C and D branch off along the outer curve.

The school grounds include football and baseball fields, as well as softball fields, a track, several soccer fields and eight lit tennis courts. The school uses the Kennewick Public Pool as it does not have one of its own.

Home of the Suns[edit]

The school nickname, the Suns, was selected in a vote among the first freshman class (Class of 1999). The mascot is a gorilla named "Sunny" and was inducted into SHS in the 2006-2007 school year.

The school colors are blue and gold (originally blue, silver and gold). The school fight song, Southridge Will Forever Hold My Heart, was written in 1996 by a Southridge student to the tune of the Notre Dame Victory March.

Southridge also boasts a nationally ranked debate program. Since its inception in 1996-1997, the squad has competed at the State Tournament, winning the state championship in Public Forum debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate and Individual Events (Forensics).[5] The team has won at several State and National Invitational events, including the Whitman College Invitational, the University of Puget Sound Tournament, the James Logan MLK Memorial Tournament, the Lewis and Clark College Invitational, the National Forensic League's National Tournament, and the Tournament of Champions. In 2016, the Southridge public forum team of Lukas Garcia and Charlie Landefeld won the state championship in Public Forum for the first time in the school's history and qualified and competed at the 2016 Tournament of Champions (debate). It is considered the most prestigious and competitive American high school debate tournament. Southridge also has a storied Mock Trial Program. Winning back to back YMCA Mock Trial regional championships in 2012 and 2013, and attending the Washington State YMCA tournament multiple times.

The Southridge Drama department and Drama Club produce several ensemble performances each year.

Southridge also has one of the best engineering technology programs in the state, led formally by Jim Hendricks, who was invited to join Tri-Cities STEM School, Delta High, in 2009. It offers college-level projects like power supplies and "Sumo" robots, with which it compete with Battelle. Its material science course offers the chance to create a sterling silver ring and a personal piece of stained glass, both designed by the students. The course was taught by Roy Bunnell.

Former Southridge student Danica Lyn Stewart achieved acting success in her adult life and can be seen on NBC's daytime soap Passions.[6]


Southridge participates in the Columbia Basin Big Nine (CBBN) 3A. The CBBN is the former Columbia Basin League which is the former Big Nine. Football and soccer games are played at Neil F. Lampson Stadium, which is located on the grounds of Kennewick High School. Southridge shares the stadium with Kennewick and Kamiakin High School. In their brief existence, the Suns have won state championships in dance for 4 years (2004–2008), golf, soccer, and baseball,[7] along with several individual state championships in tennis, gymnastics, Swimming, diving, ice hockey, and wrestling.

Fight song[edit]

The Southridge High School fight song is sung to the beat of the Notre Dame Fight Song.

All hail to our Southridge High
Bring on the challenge, let's do or die
Honor, fame, and glory too
Guardians of the GOLD & BLUE!

We are the finest under the sun
Carry the fight 'till victory's won
Greatest school to you & I
That's almighty Southridge High

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Coordinates: 46°10′45″N 119°11′42″W / 46.17917°N 119.19500°W / 46.17917; -119.19500