Tumwater High School

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Tumwater High School
700 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, Washington
Coordinates 46°59′10″N 122°54′59″W / 46.98611°N 122.91639°W / 46.98611; -122.91639Coordinates: 46°59′10″N 122°54′59″W / 46.98611°N 122.91639°W / 46.98611; -122.91639
Type Public secondary
Established 1961
School district Tumwater School District
Principal Jeff Broome
Faculty 87
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green, White          
Mascot Thunderbird

Tumwater High School is a secondary school in Tumwater, Washington serving grades 9-12 in Thurston County. It is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Tumwater School District. Tumwater High School generally draws students from the portions of the Tumwater School District east of Interstate 5 and the Littlerock area west of I-5.


Tumwater High School offers athletic teams in cross country, golf, football, soccer, dance, swim and dive, tennis, volleyball, basketball, bowling, wrestling, baseball, fastpitch, and track and field. Tumwater also offers a club Rifle Team, which currently holds two national championships.

The T-Birds have experienced success at the league, district and state level for all of their teams since the school's founding almost 50 years ago. Tumwater is best known for its high school football programs. The town has supported athletics at Tumwater High School and the recently formed Black Hills High School. The team is better known as the T-birds. Most of the success can be directed toward Tumwater head football coach Sid Otton, who took over the reins in 1973. In the 2005 season the school broke the all-time Washington state wins record of 273 wins. During Otton's tenure, Tumwater has won five state titles, been nationally ranked 4 times, and made the state playoffs more than 23 times. The most recent State title they won under Coach Sid Otton was on December 4, 2010 against Archbishop Murphy High School in the 2A State Football Championship with a score of 34-14.

Tumwater has also experienced success on the basketball court with both the boy's (3rd year straight - school record) and girl's basketball (2nd straight year) teams making state together in back-to-back years for the first time in school history.

Tumwater High School is a 2A-division member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.[1]

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 5 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2010
Volleyball, Girls 2 2008, 2014
Winter 0
Spring Fastpitch Softball, Girls 2 1993, 2006
Total 9

State Championships, 2nd place:

Girls Basketball - 2007, 2010; Girls Cross Country - 1984; Fastpitch Softball - 1992; Boys Golf - 1997, 1998; Boys Tennis - 1986; Boys Track and Field - 1992; Girls Volleyball - 2007, 2011

Prayer in the End-Zone Controversy[edit]

When Tumwater High School was in the semi-finals Ronnie Hastie pointed upward after he scored. He got a penalty.

Tumwater Acting Company (TAC)[edit]

The Theatre program at THS has an outstanding history, including many National and State titles for their multitude of talented students. Past TAC Directors: Amy Ullen, Kristina Cummins, Joann Boswell, and Robin Tuckett. Current TAC Director is Heidi Fredericks.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Barrett Martin, '86, Musician, Screaming Trees


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