Left to right, top row: Olivia Beckham (Uli & Gayle Chi Mathematics), Julissa Gallegos (Donald Bunger Future Technology), Yusuf Ali-Halane (World Language Department), Citlaly Ramirez (Roger & Linda Walsh), Jacob Hines (Mavis Lukson), Hai Quang Le (Harry E. Lemon), Fredy Galpani (Roger & Linda Walsh), Nizama Djuderija (English Department) and Sydney Williams, Highline High college and career access specialist
Second row: Rodha Sheikh (Social Studies Department), Katie Gatto (Emily Nishimura Herod), Faith Todd (Science Department), Shelbianne Figgins (McEachern Family Fine Art), Cassidi You (Roger & Linda Walsh), Diana Algomeda-Villada (Dr. Alan Gunsul), and Adanech Makey (Mavis Lukson)
Front row are Jonathan Soledad (Dick Dahlgard Photography), Kodie Frankele (Patti Burgess Future Teacher), Kyle Pitz (Music Department) and Kelvin Herbruger (Nancy Tully Memorial Business Department)
Not pictured: Tajinique Ruffin (The Turnaround) and Alexiz Gomez (The Turnaround)
What Highline Means to Me…
By Katie Gatto, winner of the 2015 Emily Nishimura Herod Scholarship
After spending the last four years of my life here at Highline, it’s hard to think of going anywhere else. This is the place where I’ve attended all four years of high school. Starting out my freshman year, I wasn’t really sure this is where I wanted to go. I was tempted to attend Aviation or Mount Rainier. However, now I can proudly say I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. After freshman year, my involvement sky rocketed and I’ve considered Highline a second home. Whether it was attending cheer practice in the morning at 5:45 am or missing dinner because I stayed late at gymnastics practice or had an ASB activity to help with, I enjoyed every second of being here. The staff and students are like family to me and I would go up to bat for any of them.
I know in June I will have to say goodbye, and it saddens me. I have invested so much time at Highline, I’m not sure what I’ll do when I leave. Though college will bring new experiences and relationships, I don’t want to lose the ones I have created here. My gymnastics coaches are like my best friends and second parents. Ms. Valu, my counselor, has answered countless questions about college, school and life. Ms. Box has had my back for everything imaginable. I wouldn’t have had such a blessed experience without any of their support. Everyone from my 9th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Binns, to my advisor, Ms. Johnson, who’s been with me all four years, have impacted me and influenced the person I am today. These aren’t just people I go to see every day to turn in assignments, they’re people I treasure. Even though most of them probably don’t know what kind of impact they’ve left on me, I can tell you what I’ve learned from each of them. When I’m surrounded by these teachers and staff, I always feel at home.
Within my four years of high school I have found many ways to help the students and staff at Highline. Whether it was coming in before school one day to clean Ms. Hinderlie’s classroom after she’d been gone, or picking up trash under the bleachers after all the basketball games I attended, I never hesitated to help. I found enjoyment in keeping my school clean, because it reflected the amount of pride I have in being a Pirate. As my senior project, I chose to redo the Seamount school banners hanging in the gym because it would help give a minor face lift to the place, and it would let everyone know what this school has meant to me. Being a part of leadership has also given me many opportunities to show my dedication and love for Highline. I have planned, executed, and been a part of all of the ASB events and assemblies Highline has put on the past three years. I was filled with excitement when Ms. Box chose me to plan LASC, a Seamount League leadership conference this year at Highline, because it gave me an opportunity to showcase our leadership class and the students. I believe Highline has many wonderful students, volunteers, and staff, so any chance I get to brag I’ll take.
From the start, Highline has taken hold of my heart, and I love being a Pirate. It’s no coincidence that alumni who pursue to be teachers come back here for a job. I’m not sure I could really describe how much Highline has meant to me, and the only word I can think of to sum it all up is home, but I hope I’ve given enough of a glance at what this school has done for me.
From The Pres - Gary Korsgaard Class of 1964
Another successful year, with our very well-attended All- Class Reunion, our fun Annual Golf Tournament, and the Burien 4th of July Parade. Another very generous contribution of $20,000 from Michael Walsh, class of 1977, towards our scholarship fund, helping Highline seniors with $53,200 in scholarships. And I made it through my first year as President.
My personal goals for the Foundation are to see more alumni and friends of Highline step forward with more contributions of money and time, to see more corporate contributions from local, national or international business.
On another subject, what I keep hearing more and more is the condition of our beloved Highline High School is deteriorating at a rapid rate. Many students, faculty and staff are very proud of Highline, but no longer proud of the building they must be in daily. So for those who still live in the District - the next time there is a bond issue regarding rebuilding the school - please vote yes.
In 1995, the fledgling Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded one annual $500 Harry Lemon Memorial Citizenship scholarship to one HHS graduating senior. This year, we will award 21 scholarships awards at $3000 each:
One each year per department, determined by the HHS Faculty, for seniors in the following nine subjects: Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Social Studies, World Language, Music, Fine Arts and Photography
Three each year for seniors with special needs
Two each year for seniors who started ninth grade without much success, then turned around and were prepared for college by their senior year
Three each year for seniors who are exceptionally involved in school, community, volunteerism- citizenship
One $5000 scholarship, in honor of an outstanding teacher at Highline
Three scholarships for students who are pursuing a vocational education
Our main funding sources are your Alumni memberships, plus generous donations, endowments and memorial gifts. Please consider donating this year to this worthy cause. We also raise scholarship funds at our annual Golf Day and the All-Class Alumni Reunion. It is our privilege and honor each year to award the Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees and the HHS Alumnus of the Year. Last year’s Alumnus of the Year was Gary Ohrt, 1964. See our website for more information about Gary and our Hall of Fame Honorees.
Volunteer with us! We would welcome a little bit of your time, your energy and your ideas.
2015 Membership Drive Results
1 Year Dues $ 1,530
Lifetime Members $ 2,900
Member Donations $13,665
Other Donations: $15,770
Golf Day Proceeds: $ 8,034
Thank you for your generous donations for HHS Scholarships
Gary Ohrt - 2015 Alumnus of the Year
Left to Right - Vicki Fisher (HHS Principal), Gary Ohrt (Alumnus of the Year), Gary Korsgaard (Alumni Foundation President)
Some words from Gary Ohrt, ’64, 2015 Alumnus of the Year
“I actually think Boy Scouts did more to impact my life than high school. I was not a great student, very average, but scouting taught me values and positive thinking where I believed I could achieve anything that I set my mind to. I enjoyed my years at Highline and had some great teachers, but did not have the best study habits so cannot think of any one thing that impacted my life from Highline. I was in Boy Scouts until I was 16 or 17 and was an Eagle Scout which inspired to do the best I could in everything I attempted.
When I was 28 years old, I was passed over for an office manager position at US Steel Supply where I worked for 10 years. I do not have a college education, so this was part of the problem and my age was the other part. I was too young in their thinking to handle the position. This made me think that if I wanted to be really successful, that I needed to have a business of my own. I became acquainted with two guys that were in the stainless steel business who lived in Canada and we started PAC Stainless Ltd in Seattle when I was 29. The next year we started PAC in Canada and both of the Canadians were my partners for the next 36 years. We had offices in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada and Seattle, Houston, Baton Rouge and Atlanta in the USA. We are one of the largest distributors of stainless steel tubing in the USA and Canada.
We sold PAC Stainless in September of 2012 and I continued working for PAC until April of 2015 when I retired from the day to day business. I am still one of the owners and Chairman of the Board, and work from home 10 to 15 hours per week for PAC. I have also been a real estate investor since I was 25 years old. I started out buying & building apartments and then moved to building industrial and commercial warehouses. I continue to build and lease warehouses in the Houston market. This keeps me very busy.
My wife Susan and I believe we have been very fortunate and blessed so we want the funds that we contribute to directly affect the local community. For this reason, we have chosen to support the Highline Hospital, local YMCA, local schools and other South End Charities.
At this stage in my life, my wife, children and grandchildren are my greatest joys.
When I started out in real estate, I met Vince Varacalli who was a local real estate agent and investor. I learned a lot from Mr. Varacalli, who unfortunately has passed away, but was a huge influence on me when I started. Duane Stober, who was a past President of the Highline Hospital Foundation, encouraged me to be philanthropic towards the Hospital and the YMCA. Susan and I made the decision to support these local charities because we felt so strongly that we wanted our gifts to stay locally and directly help family and friends as well as everyone in the community.
I feel very proud of starting PAC Stainless Ltd and building it into one of the largest distributors of stainless steel tubing in the USA. Starting out with just Susan and me the first year, and building it into 4 locations in the USA with 65 employees is a very good feeling”.
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Left to Right - Peter Fewing Class of 1981 inductee in the Hall of Fame with HHS teacher and soccer coach Tim Crawley
2015 Hall of Fame InducteesBob Jones - Class of 1975 Football and Wrestling (not pictured)Peter Fewing Class of 1981 - Soccer & Cross Country (Pictured with HHS DECA Teacher and Soccer Coach Tim Crowley2011 & 2012 Track 1600 M State Champions:Breezy Brookbank - Class of 2013Michelle Stolz - Class of 2012Tracy Stolz - Class of 2012Whitney Diggs - Class of 2013Colleen Pacholski - Class of 2013
2014 Hall of Fame InducteesBreck Ivy- Class of 1995 - Track, Football, BasketballCarol Clingan-Class of 1951 - Soccer, Basketball, Softball, TennisDave Larson- Class of 1969 - Baseball Coach
2013 Hall of Fame InducteesPhil Mathison - Class of 1956 - TennisZura Goodpaster -Class of 1959 - Football, Basketball, Track Kathy Seba - Class of 1980 - Basketball, Track, and SoftballDaniel Stark- Class of 1996 - Wrestling
2016 Reunion Information
Class of 1956 - 60th Reunion
Class of 1956 - 60th Reunion
August 20th, , 2016 at Glen Acres Club - 4 to 7 pm
Contact: Shirley Vanasse Flaherty
Phone #: 253-332-1867
Class of 1966 - 50th Reunion
Class of 1966 - 50th Reunion
September 24th, 2016 at Normandy Park Cove from 4:30 – 9:30.