Timberline High School (Lacey, Washington)

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Timberline High School
Timberline High School Campus
6120 Mullen Road SE
Lacey, Washington
United States
Coordinates 47°00′27″N 122°48′00″W / 47.00753°N 122.8°W / 47.00753; -122.8Coordinates: 47°00′27″N 122°48′00″W / 47.00753°N 122.8°W / 47.00753; -122.8
Type Public
Established 1970, 2008 (current)
School district North Thurston Public Schools
Principal Paul Dean
Faculty 83 (2011-12)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,579 (May 2012)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green & Gold         
Athletics conference District Three, Narrows League (4A)
Nickname Blazers
Rival North Thurston
Newspaper The Blazer [1]
Yearbook The Cairn

Timberline High School is a comprehensive public secondary school in Lacey, Washington. Opened in 1970 and part of North Thurston Public Schools, its school colors are green and gold and the mascot is a blazer.

Timberline primarily receives students from Komachin Middle School. At one point the school building was also home to the experimental high school, New Century High School. Timberline's original floor plan was open, similar to the Juanita concept; the original building was fully demolished during the 2007–08 school year.[2]


Timberline competes in athletics in WIAA Class 4A and is a member of the Narrows League (4A) , which includes: Capital, Tumwater, North Thurston, Foss, Shelton, Wilson, and Lincoln high schools.

State Championships
Season Sport Year Class
Winter Basketball, Boys 1980 AA (now 3A)
Wrestling 1975 AA (now 4A)
Spring Track, Boys 1983 AA (now 4A)



Timberline Theatre Company[edit]

Timberline Theatre Company puts together two plays (fall and winter), and the Spring Musical every year.

Performing Arts[edit]

Performing Arts is the advanced audition drama class.


Timberline High School is home to The Blazer news-magazine, a student run paper that has been in production since 2000, and at times before that. The paper is staffed by an average of forty students and one adviser. Since its relaunch, The Blazer has won the state WJEA[clarification needed] competition eight times.[citation needed]


Timberline has five choirs-four that take place during the school day and one that assembles after school. There are two audition groups, Chamber choir (composed of 16 girls ranging in years from sophomore to senior; 4th period) and Symphonic Choir (mixed choir, aged from sophomore to senior; 3rd period). Also during the school day are two non-audition groups, Treble choir and Concert choir. Treble choir is an all-girls choir. Concert choir is a mixed choir. After school, MAN Choir takes place. MAN (an acronym meaning "men assemble now") Choir usually has about 30-40 'men' ranging in age from freshman to senior. MAN Choir performs at the winter concert and returns for the spring concert.


There are three bands at Timberline: the Concert Band (non-audition) and the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band (audition required). All of the bands perform together at the school's basketball and football games, but are split into separate groups for daily practices and during formal concerts.

Winter Festival[edit]

Held the week before Winter vacation, the Winter Festival is the biggest concert for the arts programs at Timberline. The Winter Festival is held at the North Thurston Performing Arts Center, and is divided into two nights. The first night the non-audition groups perform, and the second night the audition groups perform.

Notable alumni[edit]


The original building was completed in 1970. During the first week of school in 1970, the 700 students that attended met in the gym because it was the only completed part of the building.

The school building had an open-concept design and the class schedule was a flexible modular one, based on 15-minute increments. Nearly all instruction was individualized.

The first major change to scheduling was in the 1976-77 school year, which had a more traditional 7-period schedule. In 1978, it was changed to a 6-period schedule. The math department was the last to conduct primarily individualized instruction, doing so until the 1982-1983 school year.

Major changes to the building took place in 1980 with a $3.3 million construction project. Some classes were held in portables until spring 1981. The construction included the Language-Arts building, auto shop, graphics and journalism areas, weight room and wrestling addition, and the student commons.

During the 1985-86 school year, the softball and soccer fields were added. In 1987, the all-weather track was completed. In 2000, the swimming pool was renovated.

In 1989, the heating and air conditioning systems were updated.

In 2006, voters approved a $66 million fund to build a new main building, and in 2008, the new building was opened and the old main building demolished later that year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Online newspaper
  2. ^ a b "History of Timberline High School". Timberline High School. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Timberline High School, 2011–12". State of Washington: OSPI. May 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Monson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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