HHS Alumni & Community Day a Big Draw
More than 600 Highline High School alumni, staff and family filled the halls of Highline High School with stories, memories and hugs last Saturday.
The farewell celebration demonstrated the fond memories and appreciation our community has for this school, built in 1924. Betty Carter (‘45) and George Bauer (‘45) were the earliest alumni in attendance at HHS Alumni & Community Day.
Even some soon-to-be 2019 graduates dropped in to check out the event.
2-Year Construction of New School Starts in July
Multiple generations of Pirates viewed the designs of the new school on display from Bassetti Architects. Staff from the district's capital construction department answered questions.
Skanska Construction Company will begin the demolition and construction phase this summer. Students will attend school at the Olympic Interim Site for two years, until the new facility opens in fall 2021.
Alumni gathered on the front lawn at 3:00 p.m. for a large group photo. School Board President Bernie Dorsey ('78) held the Pirate flag for the photo. “I’m sad to see it go, but I’m really excited for the future memories to come,” he said.
Some former staff, including teacher Justine Richards, who taught typewriting and debate from 1950-85, came for the farewell event.
Attendees enjoyed coffee and cookies in the hexagon-shaped cafetorium. Refreshments were donated by Burien Press, B-Town Blog, Classic Eats and Orht Real Estate Group, all with student or alumni connections.
In the main gym, extra yearbooks from the past were a hot commodity for the HHS yearbook staff. HHS Booster Club, Key Club and ASB supplied alumni with lots of purple and gold clothing. Alumni took photos in a photo booth with a student wearing the Captain Highline mascot outfit or holding "Class of..." signs.
The Highline Heritage Museum loaned historic clothing and memorabilia for the large library display case. Alumni were able to use white gloves to look through the school’s collection of old yearbooks, searching for photos of grandparents and parents. Copies of documents on display included the 1924 letter to “High Line High School” from the state Department of Education, a dedication invitation, the 50th Anniversary Homecoming pamphlet and early school newspaper mastheads.
Attendees expressed interest in purchasing Pirate Pride Pavers for the new south courtyard, inscribed with names and graduating year. The Highline Schools Foundation would welcome a co-sponsor to make this idea a reality.
Thank you to the many alumni and community members who attended the event and to our volunteers and community partners who made it possible.