Highline High School
With passage of the 2016 bond, we will rebuild Highline High School. The new building will open in fall 2021. We are involving 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. Planning workshops with staff help the architects support the educational specifications in the design. We will continue to alert you to opportunities to provide community input and respond to the design work.
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Check out photos of our progress starting with planning and community meetings below. Work on site will start summer 2019. The new school will open fall 2021.
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
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 The building has outdated, failing mechanical systems.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 School, Franklin High School, and Stadium High School.
Here you can view before and after photos of school projects done by Bassetti Architecture.
Curious counselors and teachers from Highline High School checked out the Olympic Interim site in February. The renovation is almost done. Here are photos so you can preview. Watch for an Open House announcement!
The Highline High School (HHS) project is right on schedule according to Bassetti Architects. They met with community members to share the final design and next steps.
Highline Public Schools has changed school boundaries and feeder patterns for fall 2019. Use our on-line tool to look up your fall 2019 neighborhood schools. Learn more.
Highline and Port of Seattle officials recognized U.S. Representative Adam Smith for passing federal legislation, which preserves noise mitigation funding for schools impacted by noise from SeaTac airport.
Highline High School (HHS) students and staff gave feedback to Bassetti architects and the interior designer at a committee meeting in October. The group meets one more time and will hold a community meeting in the spring to celebrate the finished design for the new school.
Here is a progress report on projects big and small voters approved in the November 2016 bond.