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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Highline High School

View from PAC roof of structural steel progress on SE corner of new HHS.

With passage of the 2016 bond, we are rebuilding Highline High School. The new building will open in fall 2021. We involved the school community of Highline High School in planning and design of their new school through the HHS Design Review Committee, community meetings and feedback opportunities. Staff helped the architects support the educational specifications in the design. 

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We will continue to update you about construction progress on this HHS project page, Highline Public Schools social media and the Keeping Our Promise monthly enewsletter for community members. Sign up! 

Progress Photos

Check out photos of our progress. You helped plan, review designs or were invited to community meetings in 2017 and 2018. On HHS Alumni Day in May 2019, we all said goodbye to the old building and took a group photo. Skanska took over the site in July 2019. Crews completed demolition by the first week of November. Construction is moving from the southeast corner to the northwest corner of the site. The new school is scheduled to open September 2021.

HHS Demolition (July - October 2019)

Skanska sign on fence in front of photo of HHS in the evening with stained glass pirate visible.
Photo of HHS with terracotta removed and %22We've Moved%22 sign on fence.
Crews removing terra-cotta details from HHS.
Crew salvaging terracotta medallions from HHS.
HHS Demolition
Demolition of east side of HHS.
HHS Demolition Photo: Placard on Fence about Bricks
Placard on HHS Fence:  Unfortunately due to toxins in the brick mortar, bricks cannot be salvaged or handed out to the public
Thank You, Highline Voters! sign in front of demolition and drilling activities.
View of north side of old HHS, mostly demolished.
Demolition of DECA building, former entrance to original theater.
View through chainlink fence framing demolition from south side of HHS.
HHS Demolition from south side of site.
HHS demolition from south side of site.
Demolition activities at HHS.
Driling deep pier pilings for seismic safety at new HHS site.
Close-up of drilling deep pier pilings at HHS.

HHS Alumni Day 2019

Group photo of HHS alumni on front lawn on HHS Alumni & Community Day, May 18, 2019.
Display of historic HHS items loaned from museum for HHS Alumni Day
HHS alumni holding Pirates banner in front of entrance.
Alumni and former staff of HHS visiting on Alumni Day.
HHS alumni couple pose for photo booth at Alumni Day with %22Class of 1967%22 sign.
HHS alumni pose with %22Class of 1978%22 sign at photo booth on Alumni Day, includes School Board President Bernie Dorsey.

Designs & Plans

Architects Share Final Design Details, February 2019.

Please call 206-631-3002 to request to see the HHS display boards in person or for accessibility assistance. 

Northwest corner of new Highline High School, showing 2-story north building and 3-story south building.

Timeline

HHS will be hosted at the Olympic Interim School for two years during construction of the new school, starting in fall 2019. 

Planning & Design | February 2017 - February 2019

Bid & Award | February - July 2019

Construction | July 2019 - July 2021

Occupancy | July - August 2021

School Starts | Fall 2021

Background

Highline High School is over 90 years old and was 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 have selected Bassetti Architects to design Highline High School. Bassetti has successfully rebuilt a number of historic schools, including Roosevelt High SchoolFranklin High School, and Stadium High School.

Here you can view before and after photos of school projects done by Bassetti Architecture.

HHS Construction Updates