Woodrow Wilson High School (Tacoma, Washington)
|Woodrow Wilson High School|
1202 N. Orchard St.
|Type||Public High School Secondary education|
|Color(s)||Red, White, & Blue|
Woodrow Wilson High School is a four-year public secondary school in Tacoma, Washington. It is one of five traditional high schools in the Tacoma Public School System and is located at the intersection of Orchard Street and 11th Street. Wilson's current principal is Dan Besett; assistant principals are Shane Silva and Bernadette Ray.
Dale Chihuly, a glass artist who graduated from Wilson, established HillTop Artists, a glass working program at Wilson. For a $20 fee, students can blow glass, make glass beads, and participate in kiln work. This program is run by glass artists who trained with Chihuly at the Pilchuck Glass School.
Every year, Wilson participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held in house to select the Wilson Princess. The Princess must have at least a 3.5 GPA and must be a senior. She will go on to compete against other regional schools for the Daffodil Festival Queen title. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of the regional festival. In April, the Wilson band accompanies the Wilson Princesses on a float in the annual parade.
Wilson participates in Cross Country, Girls' Soccer, Football, Girls' Swimming, Boys' Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Boys' Water Polo, Boys' Basketball Girls' Basketball, Boys' Swimming, Girls' Bowling, Wrestling, Project Unify, Boys' Baseball,Girls' Fast pitch, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, Golf, Girls' Water Polo, and Track. The Wilson Boys Swimming and Diving team has won 29 State titles, with 24 consecutive titles between 1960-1983. The Boys Water Polo Team has won 4 state Titles. The Girls Bowling team have won 3 State Titles. The Boys Track And Field Team has won 6 State Titles. The Baseball team has won 1 State title in 1977. The Boys Golf Team has won 2 State titles.
- Theodore Bundy, serial killer, graduated in 1965, executed in 1989
- Dale Chihuly, noted glass artist
- Xavier Cooper, defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns
- Joey Gjertsen, midfielder for the San Jose Earthquakes
- Kaye Hall, 1968 Olympic gold and bronze medalist in women's swimming
- Dick Hannula, former swimming coach, won 24 consecutive State swimming titles 1960-1983
- Leo Randolph, 1976 Olympic gold medalist in boxing
- Darrell Robinson, holder of the 400-meter national high school track record (44.69 seconds) since July 24, 1982
- Geoff Tate, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band Queensrÿche
- Desmond Trufant, cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, first round selection in 2013 NFL Draft
- Isaiah Trufant, former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns
- Marcus Trufant, former cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks
- John Zamberlin, former linebacker for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs; former head coach at Idaho State University
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- "Wilson". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 10, 2018.