The Highline High School Alumni Foundation is a non profit organization founded in 1995 that helps generate funding to provide scholarship opportunities for Highline High School students and complete special projects at the High School. The Foundation has sponsored over $500,000 in scholarships since its inception.
The Foundation greatly appreciates the generous support from its alumni and friends and hopes to continue to generate additional scholarships of greater magnitude with your help in the future. In addition to providing academic support, the Foundation also provides a communication link for alumni and friends to find important events and activities connected with Highline High School.Go Pirates!
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"Highline High School and the Burien community are fortunate to have such a hard working, committed Alumni Foundation supporting our students through a variety of recognition and award programs." -- Mike Fosberg, Former HHS Principal and Alum
Highline HS Open House May 18th 2019
Last year Highline High School had a final open house. It was the last opportunity to walk the halls of the our high school and share great times and stories with ex students, teachers, and community leaders. HHS was originally opened in 1924 and has now been demolished and is under reconstruction.
For the next few years all HHS students will be relocated to a temporary school while they wait for the new Highline High school to open in 2021.
2019 Membership Drive
Thanks to You… Our membership drive for 2019 brought in over $90,000 for scholarships!
In 1995, the fledgling non-profit Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded one $500 Harry Lemon Memorial Citizenship scholarship to a graduating HHS senior. In 2018, we gave scholarships in Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Social Studies, World Language, Music, Fine Arts and Photography. We also awarded money to seniors with special needs, seniors who improved their success during high school, a student exhibiting exceptional citizenship, a 4-year college attendee in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) discipline, students pursuing vocational education, a future teacher, an engineering or business student, and an AVID student pursuing STEM studies.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to give back to others,” says Michael Walsh, a ’77 grad and 2017 Alumnus of the Year. He will donate $100,000 per year for 5 years beginning in 2019. This in addition to the $20,000 he already gives annually. The entire amount will be used for college scholarships for Highline seniors and has allowed us to increase the amount of many of our scholarships. A grateful thank you to Michael!
Our main funding sources are your Alumni memberships, our annual Golf Day, the All-Class Reunion, plus donations, endowments and memorial gifts. Please join us for $10 annually or become one of our 824 Lifetime Members for $100. Each year we also honor the Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees and the HHS Alumnus of the Year.
Introducing Our New 2019 Scholarship Recipients
HHS Alumni Foundation 2019 Scholarship Recipients (Names for photo caption)
Ray Levya; Dai Le; Nasheli Ambrosio Juarez; Sierra Svetlik; Iliana Rodas-Brito; Lily Luu; Jacqueline Mendoza
Gabriella Rodriguez; Amanda Short; Stella Fosberg; Nikola Roso; Christina Cervantez; Brianna Pruitt; Haley Riggs; Helen Mattson
Michael Walsh Donates $500,000 Scholarship Fund to Highine Alumni Foundation
News Release from the Highline High School Alumni Foundation
Pirate Grad Comes Through Big for Highline High School Alumni Foundation
BURIEN – Highline High School Alumni Michael Walsh has made a gigantic financial pledge to the school’s Alumni Foundation.
Walsh, a 1977 graduate, will donate $100,000 per year for five years beginning in 2019. This amount is on top of the $20,000 he already gives annually. The entire amount will be used for college scholarships for Highline seniors.
“I’m thrilled and ecstatic,” said Foundation President Gary Korsgaard, a 1964 Highline graduate. “This is just a super opportunity for us to help more students. We had a goal to expand our program and it has come true. Michael Walsh is truly an amazing individual.”
Walsh was the 2017 Highline High School Alumni of The Year. For his part, he says this is his way to give back to the community where he was raised.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to give back to others,” Walsh commented. “I want to help kids with vision to better themselves and the world. The last thing we need is to have our best students not make good decisions in their lives because of financial needs. Also, it’s much more fun to give money while you’re alive so you can see the good being done.”
Walsh gave the Alumni Foundation credit for building trust with donors. “The Foundation has done a great job with selecting kids, so that gives me and other donors faith that our dollars will be spent wisely,” he observed. The Foundation started in 1995 and offered one $500 scholarship. In 2018, it gave out 23 scholarships worth $67,000. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded a total of 341 scholarships worth $618,000.
Walsh was what he called a “boss nerd” while in public school in Burien. In ninth grade, he rode his bicycle from Sylvester Junior High to Highline High School to take all available calculus and science classes. Once he completed these, he attended Highline Community College for advanced classes while still in high school.
He attended Cal Tech and quickly found that he was no longer the smartest guy in the room. “The whole place was populated with boss nerds from their high schools,” he laughed. “I liked that, and I wanted to learn how to hang in that room!”
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Cal Tech, he earned a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern. While working on his doctorate at Northwestern, he discovered the personal computer. “I just blossomed from there,” he said. “I realized what a powerful tool this would be.” The doctorate went by the wayside and he was involved in six startup tech companies – all unsuccessful. The seventh was a home run: He was one of the founders of Coupons.com, which has since been acquired by Quotient Technology. Walsh is just starting retirement and looking forward to more philanthropy.
Walsh currently funds four scholarships through the Alumni Foundation: A $5,000 scholarship in the name of retired Highline teacher Don Bunger, targeted at students with a science and engineering bent; and three $2,500 scholarships in the name of his parents, Roger and Linda Walsh, for students moving into vocational careers.
“I owe so much to my parents, who sacrificed a lot to help me fund my education, and to the community as a whole that supported my education,” Walsh concluded.