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 and 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 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.[1]

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

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[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 include Amy Ullen, Kristina Cummins, Joann Boswell,Robin Tuckett, and Heidi Fredericks. The current TAC Director is Harrison Fry.

Past Shows Include:

2006-2007: Romeo and Juliet, Murder's In The Heir

2007-2008: The Miracle Worker, Ask Any Girl[disambiguation needed], Little Shop of Horrors

2008-2009: The 11 Variations of Friar John, The Crucible, Anything Goes

2009-2010: Trouble at the Talent Show, Anatomy of Gray, Much Ado About Nothing, Once On This Island

2010-2011: Little Women, The Ugly Duckling, The Brother's Grimm, The Music Man

2011-2012: Our Town, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Pirates of Penzance

2012-2013: Harvey, Aida

2013-2014: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Julius Caesar

2014-2015: The Voice of the Prairie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Tempest

2015-2016: Macbeth, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oliver!

2016-2017: Twelfth Night, Little Shop of Horrors, The Mousetrap

2017-2018: Frankenstein, Guys And Dolls, The Wind in the Willows

Notable alumni[edit]


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