Surprised. Pleased. Excited. Those are the words our students, families, teachers and community members used to describe their feelings about our freshly renovated Olympic Interim Site at the ribbon cutting and open house May 2!
Olympic Interim School
With passage of the 2016 bond, we are making improvements to the Olympic site, so it can be used to house Highline High School students during the construction of HHS, and during future school construction projects. HHS students and staff will use the Olympic Interim School for two years, from fall 2019 through spring 2021.
Site Location: 615 South 200th Street, Des Moines
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UPDATE: Feb. 7, 2018--This timeline has been updated to reflect that HHS will now move in during the summer of 2019.
Planning & Design | January 2017 - June 2017
Bid & Award | July - September 2017
Construction | October 2017 - October 2019
Substantial Completion | October 2018
Final Completion | November 2018
Moving in Phase | January - September 2019
School Starts | September 2019
Renovations include fresh paint inside and out, new flooring, landscaping, renovated gym floors, lighting, new built-in reception and work areas, signage and hundreds of steel plates to attach the walls to the foundations of the three original buildings to meet seismic safety codes. Portable classrooms were added to the site to increase capacity and to replace a large section of the center building.
The renovated Olympic Interim Site features:
47 new portable classroom buildings including:
- 7 science classroom buildings
- 5 special education classroom buildings
- Individual heating and air conditioning units
- Elevated metal walkways and ADA-accessible ramps
4 portable restroom buildings plus multiple restrooms in the original buildings
Includes ADA-accessible restrooms in original buildings and in one of the portable restroom buildings
3 renovated original buildings including:
- Building A
- Auxillary gym
- Athletics locker rooms and offices
- Performance arts
- Building B
- Computer technology
- Building C
- Main office
- Special education classrooms
- Administrative spaces
- Staff room
- Building A
Constructed in 1955 as a junior high school and later converted to an elementary school, in recent years the facility housed Mount Rainier High School students and Raisbeck Aviation High School students while their schools were under construction.
Before Highline High School students move in, we are required to make additional seismic improvements to meet current code requirements.
In addition, portable classrooms will be added to the site to increase capacity and to replace a large section of the center building. The timeline has been updated to host HHS students for two years instead of three. HHS students will attend school at the Olympic Interim School for two years, from fall 2019 until spring 2021.
You are invited to be part of the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of our Olympic Interim site on Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Or drop by from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for the open house.
You are invited to tour the renovated Olympic Interim Site on Thursday, May 2, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at 615 South 200th Street in Des Moines. A family meeting for incoming HHS 9th-grade students and families begins at 6:00 p.m.
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!
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.
Here is a progress report on projects big and small voters approved in the November 2016 bond.