With passage of the bond, we will rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible. Our next step is to involve the school community of Highline High School in planning and design of their new school. We will share information about a process for selecting a design committee in the coming weeks.
Highline High School is over 90 years old and has been identified as a top priority for capital improvements. The building has outdated, failing mechanical systems. Because it was built in and for an earlier era, it is not up to current fire or earthquake codes. The electrical infrastructure cannot support the technology we expect in today’s schools.
Highline has undergone several additions and partial renovations, which have extended its use well beyond its expected lifespan. The latest renovation, 25 years ago, remodeled classrooms in the main building but did not address major systems such as heating and plumbing. An independent building evaluation
conducted in 2013 found plumbing in poor condition, mechanical systems failing, leaks in sprinkler systems and failing cornice joints, among other issues.
We recognize that the Highline High School building holds a special significance in the community. We are committed to preserving as much of the facade as financially and structurally feasible. We have selected Bassetti Architects
to design Highline High School. Bassetti has successfully rebuilt a number of historic schools, including Roosevelt High School
, Franklin High School
, and Stadium High School
Here you can view before and after photos of school projects done by Bassetti Architecture.
Below are pictures of Highline High School taken in 2014. Click the icon on the upper left of the gallery to learn more about each photo.