Stadium High School

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Stadium High School
Address
111 North E Street
Tacoma, Washington, Pierce, 98403
United States
Information
School typePublic
Statusopen
School districtTacoma Public Schools
CEEB Code481395
PrincipalKevin Ikeda
Grades9-12
Campus typeClosed
School Color(s)Royal Blue, Gold
MascotTiger
NicknameTigers
NewspaperStadium World
YearbookTahoma
Website
 
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Stadium High School
Address
111 North E Street
Tacoma, Washington, Pierce, 98403
United States
Information
School typePublic
Statusopen
School districtTacoma Public Schools
CEEB Code481395
PrincipalKevin Ikeda
Grades9-12
Campus typeClosed
School Color(s)Royal Blue, Gold
MascotTiger
NicknameTigers
NewspaperStadium World
YearbookTahoma
Website

Stadium High School is a 100-year-old high school in Tacoma, Washington and a historic landmark. It is part of Tacoma Public Schools, or Tacoma School District No. 10 and is located in the Stadium District, near downtown Tacoma. The original building burned to a shell while it was still a partially constructed hotel designed by Hewitt & Hewitt that was being used for storage. It was reconstructed for use as a school according to designs by Frederick Heath,[1] and a "bowl" stadium was added.

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History

The high school and the eponymous stadium, with Commencement Bay in the background (2008).

The main building was constructed by architects Hewitt and Hewitt[2] for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and the Tacoma Land Company at what was then known as Blackwell Point. Construction began in 1891 with the intention of building a luxury hotel resembling a French chateau. The Panic of 1893 however, brought construction to an abrupt halt when the Northern Pacific was faced with financial disaster. The unfinished building became a storage facility, with much of the building materials still inside. On October 11, 1898 the building was gutted by a massive fire. The walls remained standing and the Northern Pacific began to dismantle the structure removing some 40,000 bricks that would be used to construct still-existing train stations in Missoula, Montana and Wallace, Idaho.

The Tacoma School District purchased the gutted building February 19, 1904 with the intent of turning it into a high school. The redesign and later renovations were planned by the school's architect Frederick Heath.[3] It was repaired and renovated into a school.[4] Given it's extraordinary locale and design, on the inside it looks, feels and operates like a typical, overcrowded, underfunded American High School.[5]

The reconstructed building opened September 10, 1906 as Tacoma High School. Seven years later, the name was changed to reference the adjacent Stadium Bowl. Later additions included a circular lunchroom, an underground swimming pool, a science and industrial arts complex,[4] a gymnasium, and a multi-story parking lot structure with tennis courts on the roof.

The stadium, also designed by Frederick Heath, dates from 1910 and is in a location once known as Old Woman's Gulch. It was originally much grander than it is today, with a seating capacity of 32,000. Among those who spoke there were Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, William Jennings Bryan, and Billy Sunday.[6]

The stadium was originally built in 1909–1910 using steam shovels and sluicing to move more than 180,000 cubic yards (140,000 m3) down the edges of the gulch to create a flat playing field of 2.5 acres (10,000 m2). Wooden molds were built to cast concrete for 31 rows of stadium seating surrounding the playfield.[6]

The original structure exceeded what the soils could support. A restoration project in the 1970s had to sacrifice roughly half of the seating capacity because of instability; in 1981 a burst storm drain washed away the scoreboard and the bayward end zone of the football field. (Then reporter for the school newspaper, "The Stadium Tiger", David Smith, was at ground-zero during the crisis as the street collapsed in front of the school. See reference to former students below) This was followed by a further restoration allowing the stadium to reopen in 1985.[6]

The school was the filming location for many of the scenes of the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

Renovation

In 2005-2006 the school underwent a major renovation, seismic upgrade, historical restoration, and expansion. Bassetti Architects were the design architects and Merrit Pardini Architects (later Krei Architecture) were the architects of record for this work.[7] During this work students were temporarily relocated to the old site of Mount Tahoma High School in the south end, just over 7 miles (11 km) away.

The 100 year celebration of Stadium High School was held in September 2006. At the celebration, a Guinness World Record was set for the largest recorded school reunion. 3299 alumni attended.[citation needed]

Daffodil Festival

Every year, Stadium participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held in house to select the Stadium Princess, who goes on to compete against other regional schools, for the Daffodil Festival Queen title. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of the regional festival. The Stadium band accompanies the float of Stadium's princesses every year in the parade, held annually in April.

In the years of 2006 and 2007, no one in Tacoma submitted a float, a requirement for participation in the festival. The festival board waived the requirement, but in 2008 warned that if no group within Tacoma School District boundaries presented a float, Tacoma and its students, including the Royal Court program, would be barred from participation in the 2009 parade. In response, the Stadium High School Environmental Club decided to build a float, ensuring Stadium and other area schools inclusion in the Daffodil Festival for 2009.[8]

Annie Jeong of Stadium crowned Daffodil queen 2010.[9]

Notable alumni

Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Stadium High School is host to an NJROTC program. It develops leadership, self-discipline, citizenship, and patriotism within students. The unit at Stadium is known as the Admiral James S. Russell Tiger Cadet unit.

References

  1. ^ [1] News Tribune
  2. ^ http://www.klippert.com/Stadium/History.html
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ a b Plaque outside the school, May 22, 1992. Consulted 16 August 2008.
  5. ^ http://www0.tacoma.k12.wa.us/schools/hsx/stadium/
  6. ^ a b c Plaque outside the stadium, May 28, 1993. Consulted 16 August 2008.
  7. ^ Bassetti Architects
  8. ^ Santos (April 6, 2008). "Students keep city of Tacoma in the festival". The Tacoma News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/327902.html. Retrieved 2008-04-09. [dead link]
  9. ^ Santos (03/13/1012:05 am). "Stadium student crowned Daffodil queen". The Tacoma News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/03/13/1107909/stadium-student-wins-crown.html?storylink=fb. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Some famous and notable graduates," The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), September 9, 2006.
  11. ^ "St. Olaf Band Roster 2011-2012". 2012-06-28. http://www.stolaf.edu/music/stolaf_band/musicians.html. 
  12. ^ Eng, Lily (1996-12-19). "Former Captive's Life Troubled". Seattle Times. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19961219&slug=2365863. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  13. ^ Roberts, C.R. (2008-05-07). "Ice cream pioneer Irvine Robbins got start in Tacoma". The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/261/story/354060.html. Retrieved 2008-05-12. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 47°15′58″N 122°26′53″W / 47.26623°N 122.44816°W / 47.26623; -122.44816