Tumwater High School
|Tumwater High School|
|700 Israel Road SE
|School district||Tumwater School District|
|Color(s)||Green and white|
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 town has supported athletics at Tumwater High School and the recently formed Black Hills High School. The school's teams are known as the T-Birds, and have experienced success at the league, district and state level for all of their teams since the school's founding.
Tumwater is best known for its football programs. Most of the success can be credited to 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 four times, and made the state playoffs more than 23 times. The most recent state title they won under Coach 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 boys' (third year straight, a school record) and girls' basketball (second straight year) teams making state together in back-to-back years for the first time in school history.
The Tumwater volleyball program has also had a lot of success over the years, including winning the state championship in 2008 and 2014.
|Season||Sport||Number of championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||5||1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2010|
|Volleyball, girls'||2||2008, 2014|
|Spring||Fastpitch softball, girls'||2||1993, 2006|
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
When Tumwater High School was in the semi-finals, Ronnie Hastie pointed upward after he scored. He got a penalty.
Tumwater Acting Company
The Theatre program at THS has an outstanding history, including many national and state titles for their multitude of talented students. Past TAC Directors include Amy Ullen, Kristina Cummins, Joann Boswell,Robin Tuckett, and Heidi Fredericks. The current TAC Director is Harrison Fry.
Past Shows Include:
- Barrett Martin, '86, musician, Screaming Trees
- Larry Nielson, '66, mountaineer, 1st American to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen, on 7 May 1983, age 35