2020 Highline HS Golf Tournament Cancelled Due to Covid 19 And Rescheduled for 2021
It is with great sadness that the Highline High School Alumni Foundation announces cancellation of our annual “Golf Day” which was scheduled for August 21st. Please share this message with others that have golfed with you in our tournament as we don’t have email addresses for all participants.
With the restrictions in place for the Covid 19 Virus and the potential for another wave once restrictions are lifted, we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel this year.
We hope you will all return in 2021!
The revenue from “Golf Day” provides for approximately 3 scholarships each year. With this loss of revenue, we’re hopeful that many of you are in a position to donate to the Alumni Foundation Scholarship Fund. Now more than ever these funds are needed for scholarships for graduating seniors. Please visit:
Click on “Contribute Now” page and follow the prompts.
Highline High School Alumni Foundation
Golf Day Committee
Introducing David Sabey 2018 Alumnus of the Year
Highline grad David Sabey reminisces about his school days
By Dave Sabey
As someone who has built and managed critical infrastructure for decades, I can appreciate the need to look forward and construct something new.After all, perhaps the most critical infrastructure we have is our schools, where we teach children needed skills and also connect them with their friends and neighbors within the walls of a community asset. The next generation deserve the best investment we can provide, and that begins with a high-quality school building.
But as a graduate son of another Highline High School grad (my Dad, Harold Sabey graduated in 1938), I can't help but look back and reflect on the history of the school and my own experiences there. I was in the Highline school district from Sunnydale Elementary on Des Moines Way where Mrs. Freit was my First-Grade teacher (I fondly remember each and every one of my elementary school teachers they were so remarkable), to Sylvester and then on to Highline High School. But it was at Highline High, in particular, where I learned the importance of community, met many good lifetime friends and where I received the inspiration to build my career and create something the community could be proud of. It's no accident that Sabey Corp. is headquartered right down the street in Tukwila, because I wanted this company and the jobs we create to be right here in the southend where I grew up. I love going around the country and jokingly saying that I didn't get very far in life, since my office is a very short distance from where I grew up.
It was at Highline High School where I met Lou Tice (my Highline Football Coach), who made an indelible impact on my life and helped me identify the tools I needed to build my career. He taught me the importance of teamwork and that no one person is bigger than the greater goal. He gave me the important tool of how to set very bold and high goals and then he gave me the confidence and the humility to believe that there were "moonshot" experiences in my future, "...if you can dream it, you can accomplish it. Seldom do you exceed you own expectations, so you better dream big" he would say. And then he would go on to say that the world belongs to the implementers. You must work hard and long with good people to accomplish great goals.
Lou also taught me that in all good endeavors, there should be no losers. I have never forgotten those ideals.
Because what I learned at Highline impacted my life so positively, I've tried my best to pass that forward and promote and invest in K-12 schools and universities throughout the state. We all need to do everything we can to invest in kids, family, and healthy communities so that the next generation can develop strong local roots and the skills needed to thrive in this world - which then stimulates the cycle of reinvestment back into the community indefinitely.
Unfortunately, at 90 years old the Highline High School Building wasn't in the best shape internally or externally to serve the community any longer. We still take pride in all that the original school provided to generations of high schoolers and at the same time we can be excited for what the new buildings will provide going forward. I am pleased to see that some of the historic look will continue on.
It is my hope that the newly built school will foster an environment that promotes learning, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and serves as a source of innovation and excellence for this generation of kids. Outstanding schools have the potential to inspire young learners to grow into big thinkers and innovators.
This community and South King County have changed much over the decades. We are a transportation and trade hub, we have some of the brightest minds and global leaders in healthcare, technology, data, retail and right in our backyard. This region is at the forefront of the new global economy and it is up to those future generations to continue and grow that success. As a second generation Highline Graduate, it is my dream that this new facility will continue to provide the young men and woman that the world most needs now.
About the Sabey Corporation
Sabey Data Centers is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center operator/developers in the world. Being privately-owned may mean that ours is never a household name, but to us, it means a complete focus on building value by serving one customer at a time.
Sabey Data Centers grew out of Sabey Corporation’s forty year history as a designer, builder and operator for leading innovators of the day: Boeing Electronics’ clean rooms, ADP’s first data center, McCaw Cellular’s first cell phone switches, and Exodus Communications, provider of the world’s first internet colocation services —all were breaking new ground in industries of world-wide importance.
Today, with more than two million square feet of mission critical space and another one and a half million under development, Sabey Data Centers continues to serve the world’s most exciting and exacting enterprises and institutions with customized data center solutions that are efficient, reliable and quick to market.
And trusted. Our clients’ satisfaction is our most prized asset; we’re committed to it from the beginning with design/build through construction into commissioning and operations with our superb critical environment management team. Our clients think of us as a trusted partner.
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Alumni Foundation Hosts Golf Tournament Raising over $11,430.00!
Alumni Assoc. & Low Family Sponsor New Gary Low Memorial Scholarship
New Head Football Coach Deontae Cooper Attends HHSAF Golf Tournament and provides vision for the football program and how you can help the team be successful!
HHSAF awards scholarships to 2019 HHS graduates totalling over $90,000!
Howard Call (former President of the Alumni Foundation, Highline teacher, and coach) forms committee to elect HHS Athletic Hall of Fame Members. Send your suggestions
Once again we appreciate our incredible HHS golf tournament hole sponsors and prize donors. Please support tour local business sponsors!
Highline Conducts Final Open House Walk Thru in May in Preparation for Demolition and Reconstruction
Introducing Our New 2019 Scholarship Recipients
HHS Alumni Foundation 2019 Scholarship Recipients (Names & Scholarship Sponsors for photo caption)
Ray Levya (BECU Turnaround); Dai Le (Roger & Linda Walsh); Nasheli Ambrosio Juarez (Dick Dahlgard Visual Arts); Sierra Svetlik (Donald Bunger Future Technology); Iliana Rodas-Brito (Tom Sawyer AVID); Lily Luu (Nancy Tully Memorial Business Dept.); Jacqueline Mendoza (World Language Dept.)
Gabriella Rodriguez (BECU Turnaround); Amanda Short (John P. Ashley Family); Stella Fosberg (English Dept.); Nikola Roso (Donald Bunger Future Technology); Christina Cervantez (Dr. Alan Gunsul); Brianna Pruitt (Mavis Luksan); Haley Riggs (Uli & Gayle Chi Mathematics); Helen Mattson (Roger & Linds Walsh)
HHS Golf Tournament and Gary Low Memorial Scholarship
Cathy and Gary Low have been attending the Highline High School Alumni Foundation golf tournament together for decades. Gary has always loved golf and often leads his team to a first-place finish. While Gary heads to the practice putting green to prepare for the tournament, Cathy becomes immersed in her role as the golf committee chair and leads her outstanding Alumni team to ensure everything is ready so that all the guests enjoy a fun and rewarding tournament experience! Thanks to Cathy’s efforts this year the golf tournament committee raised over $11,430 for HS student scholarships!
Cathy’s work begins early each year mailing out notices to all members that played the prior year along with drafting articles and flyers for the HHS website. Cathy hosts multiple planning meetings throughout the year and prepares comprehensive spreadsheets in order to cover every detail. Cathy receives and tracks all payments, develops a list of all golfers, and helps solicit hole sponsors and prize donors tracking the status of all critical items. During the day of the tournament, Cathy arrives early and organizes the registration desk, greets golfers, sells mulligans and raffle tickets, distributes packets to each golf cart, and collects all funds. Then once the guests hit the links to enjoy the day, Cathy is busy setting up the meeting room with gifts and prizes, so everything is perfect when the golfers finish and prepare for lunch in the dining area. For years Cathy has worked together perfecting this process with the help of long -time friends and Alumni Board members Howard Call, Patti Burgess, and Sally Newton.
Sally Newton (left) Cathy Low (right)
Most unfortunately this year everything changed for Cathy and her family. Gary left home one day to play a round of golf at Auburn Golf Course, the site of this year’s HHS Alumni golf tournament, and Cathy received a call that Gary’s heart had given out while on the course playing the game he loved. Everyone was devastated when Cathy received the news and informed the committee members of this tragic event.
During Gary’s memorial service Cathy gave notice that she may not be able to return as the golf committee chair this year as the tournament was planned for the Auburn golf course where Gary passed. Later in the year Cathy reconsidered and returned to her committee leadership role with a renewed spirit to use this event to host a memorial to honor the life of her husband Gary. Cathy designed an amazing memorial sign as a tribute to Gary’s life which was posted on the tee box of the 16th hole and Gary’s good friends also sponsored another memorial sign on the 11th tee box dedicated to their best friend. Cathy also invited her entire family with grandkids to participate in the tournament. Cathy’s grandkids helped pass out many of the raffle gifts, prizes, and golf awards as they wanted to take an active role in the personal tribute to their grandfather. (Low Family Picture Below)
Cathy Low & Family
Once the raffle was completed Patti Burgess and Sally Newton thanked Cathy for her brave leadership, asked Cathy’s family to stand, and then unveiled the creation of a special Gary Low Memorial Scholarship award sponsored by the HHSAF Golf Committee for her and her family. If you would like to donate to the Gary Low Memorial fund, please note the attached flyer. Every year the HHSAF provides multiple scholarships to Highline students valued at $4,000 each. The goal of the golf committee is to help solicit volunteer funding so that Cathy and her family can select a student and provide them with a full scholarship in May of 2020 as a lasting tribute to her best friend and loving husband Gary Low.
New Highline Head Football Coach Deontae Cooper Outlines Future Vision for The Pirate Football Team
Deontae Cooper was the guest speaker at the Highline High School Alumni Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at Auburn Golf Course on August 16th. The HHSAF tournament is normally held every year on the 3rd Friday in August with all proceeds going towards scholarships for Highline seniors. This year’s tournament raised over $11,000 and was attended by 150 players and guests. Last year, the HHSAF provided 20+ scholarships valued at $90,000. Since 1995 the HHSAF has issued 341 scholarships totaling $618,000.
DEONTAE COOPER BIOGRAPHY
Coach Deontae Cooper was recruited by Coach Steve Sarkisian at the University of Washington in 2010. At Citrus HS in California Deontae gained nearly 7,500 yards with 107 TD’s. He was rated as one of the 10 best running backs in the nation. During his freshman year Deontae tore his ACL and missed the entire season due to surgery and rehabilitation. Most unfortunately Deontae returned to the field only to reinjury his ACL again in 2011 and once more in 2012. Starting in 2013 Deontae played multiple years for the Dawgs and recorded 163 yards against Oregon State in one game averaging nearly 16 yards per carry. After Coach Sarkisian departed to become head coach for USC, Deontae transferred to San Jose State for his final year and then went on to the Oakland Raider training camp as a free agent. Deontae was an assistant coach for Bellevue HS prior to coming to Highline.
During Deontae’s career at the UW he was elected as a team captain and was awarded the prestigious Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award in recognition for the impact he had upon his teammates and others in the community. A UW teammate commented that “Deontae set a real high bar for having a don’t quit, believe in yourself, kind of mentality”. UW sportswriter Adam Jude wrote that “During his perpetual rehabilitation, strangers wrote him supportive letters and posted appreciative messages on his Facebook page. Deontae gave talks to High School classes about not giving up. He found solace and service in that, in being an Inspirational Story for others” Adam Jude added the following quote from Greg Smith, Husky fan from Orting in his Seattle Times article. “I will truly miss Deontae. I watched his first spring training years ago and remarked that he was so quick and so smooth, I envisioned great things from him. And we did get great things from Deontae. He epitomized the concepts of hard work, dedication, and inspiration. Good luck to him. To me, he is a Husky legend.” FUTURE VISION FOR HIGHLINE PIRATE FOOTBALL TEAM
Coach Cooper outlined the following vision for the future of the Pirate football team. Deontae wants to build a new culture of community and student support with improved academics. His goal is to develop outstanding students and model players leveraging a proactive football booster network. Deontae was an assistant coach at Bellevue and experienced the benefits of having strong community support. Deontae has also collected an incredible new staff of assistants that played college football for the UW and other college programs. He sees this as an important strategy to help mentor and motivate his players. Deontae desires to work with the HS counselors to increase academic proficiency and to develop a safe and positive place for kids to meet, develop, and work together. The team is currently raising funds to provide sports drinks and other essentials for the players team room. Coach Cooper mentioned that many of the great athletes in the Highline school district have shown a tendency to leave and attend other schools that are more competitive and have increased resources. Coach Cooper wants to build a strong alliance of community leaders and boosters to help him increase player retention and build a long- term sustainable competitive model.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To help coach Cooper accomplish his vision you can join the Highline High School Pirate Booster Club. For more information, please contact Jessica Kido. Jessica’s email address is Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica can be reached at 206-250-9891. Booster Club options include:
Single person @ $25 with 1 booster T-shirt
Family @ $40 for 2 adults with 1 booster T-shirt
Super @ $60 with game punch card for 5 football games with 1 booster T-shirt
Mega @ $100 with game punch card, booster t-shirt and HHS Hoodie Sweatshirt
Coach Cooper plans to distribute a newsletter every few months to outline his goals, and provide an assessment on the academic, financial, and player development progress of his team. Coach Cooper mentioned that given the current condition of the Highline football program it may take some time to achieve his overall vision, but he is fully personally invested for the long term. Judging by Deontae’s prior life achievements involving leadership, motivation, inspiration, and overcoming adversity, the Pirate program could not ask for a more qualified leader, coach, and mentor. Please help Deontae by volunteering to support these kids and your local high school!
Howard Call Looking for Potential HHS Hall of Fame Candidates
If you have an recommendations for Howard for applicants for review for the HHS Alumni Hall of Fame please send them to any of the individuals below to pass on the Alumni Committee.
Gary Korsgaard at email@example.com
Michele (Ham) Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Ostic at email@example.com
Thanks to our 2019 Golf Tournament Hole Sponsors and Prize Donors!
The Tin Room Bar and Theater
Burien Trophy and Awards - Angie Coy - Jackson
Frankie's B Town Bistro - Frank Genzales c/o 1965 & Frank Yellam c/o 1973
Sabrina Mandich, DDS
Abbot Construction - Trish Anderson & Doug Klein
Big E Auto Rebuild - John Willard
Jeff Abolofia, DDS
Vision Collision - Justin Knowles
LJR Coins - Paul Raine
Class of 1967
Betty Carter - c/o 1945
Ray Conner - c/o 1973
Barry Rodda - c/o 1963
Gary Korsgaard - c/o 1964
Mike Dunne - c/o 1965
Marc Anderson - c/o 1972
Brenda Hershey - c/o 1977
Larry and Dian Olson - c/0 1960
Kevin and Beth Ostic - c/o 1971
Patti Stewart Burgess - c/o 1950
Cathy Low & Family - c/o 1967
Howard and Jackie Call - c/o 1957
Rich and Sally Newton - c/0 1970
Jack Kalina & Classmates - c/o 1957
Pancake Chef - Loren Sisley c/o 1958
Alden (Punky) & Linda Esping - c/o 1955
Steve Kaiser & Suzie Golden - c/o 1971
Pape Machinery - Scott Behham c/0 1987
The Ashley Family - Jeff Ashley - c/0 1977
Special Products Company - Scott Salzer c/0 1971
Hawthorne & Company - Dave Hawthorne c/ 1975
Roger Price, Dan Galloway & Mike Mutter - c/0 1967
Bob Carlson, Rod Taylor, Rich Anderson & Herb Grisham c/o 1962
Boeing Employees Credit Union
Kahler Glen Golf Resort
DeZir Premium Liquors, Todd Olson
Phillip Kelly, LAc
The Seattle Seahawks
Burien Fish House
909 Coffee and Wine
The Greek House
Salmon Creek Cafe
Iris & Peony
Please support our local business partners that have helped us raise over $11,400 for HHS student scholarships and let them know how much you appreciate their contributions!
Highline HS Open House May 18th 2019
EVENTS IN 2019
May 18th - 11 am to 2 pm - All Class Reunion - No Host Luncheon at Angelo's in Burien
May 18th - 1 pm to 4 pm - Highline High School Open House - Group Photo on Front Steps at 3 pm
May 19th - 6 to 8 pm - Highline High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship Reception - ERAC
June 15th - 11 am Highline High School Graduation at Highline Memorial Stadium
June 25th - Celebration of Last Day of School - Students, Alumni, and Community Members - Assembly in the Gym to Celebrate the Past, Parade thru the HS lead with the HHS band, then enjoy the party on the front lawn with a cake to celebrate the future.
July 4th - Burien Parade - Bring your classic car and join other HHS Alumni in the parade
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.
2020 Reunion Information & Contacts
Let us know about your reunion so we can post all 2020 reunions!
The Reunion info below was for 2019. Pending 2020 reunion info coming soon!
Class of 1969- 50th Reunion
August 17th 2019 - Saturday
Normandy Park Cove
Check the following for more info
On Facebook Group - Highline High School Class of '69"
More Info to Follow Soon
Class of 1979- 40th Reunion
September 27th & 28th 2019
Azteca Restaurant in Burien
Rainer Golf and Country Club
6:45 to 8 PM
Contact Diana Miller
2018 Athletic Hall Of Fame
Left to Right - Kaitlyn's mom, Anthony Watkins, and Coach Dave Stark
Mr. Dave Stark, 2018 inductee, was a teacher and coach at Highline High School for 40 years (in the same classroom). He graduated from the purple and gold of North Kitsap High in 1965 where he played football and wrestled. He attended Olympic College (AA degree), served four years in the Air Force, another three years in the Air National Guard, and earned a BA in Science and an MA in Educational Technology from Western Washington University.
Mr. Stark has five children and 14 grandkids, dome of which he coached at Highline, including 3 state qualifiers in wrestling. He coached football, wrestling and girls’ softball and was head coach of all three sports at one time. One of his softball teams finished fourth at stated, his wrestling teams won 5 league championships and with the advent of women’s wrestling, had a second place winner at state.
Enjoyment of student successes is a highlight of his career. His advice for you…”Don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it.”
Dave and wife Amy enjoy their large and extended family. He has been active in auto racing throughout the area and can be seen rolling multiple times in one event. Congratulations to longtime teacher and coach.
Coming from a family of nine children, including twin brother Brian, 2007 grad Anthony Watkins competed in football, basketball, and track while at Highline. His advice to current students is to “do everything 120%, the best that you can do.” Living this advice, he became 1st team quarterback, 1st team defensive back and MVP of the Seamount League. Participating in basketball (3 years) and running track were all other accomplishments. Running both hurdle events and all sprint races, he cruised to a best time of 49.8 in the 400 at state. He was offered several football scholarships, eventually selecting Oregon State University, playing 4 years and earning a degree Exercise Science with options in nutrition and fitness. Anthony was student of the year and voted best physique for his class. He enjoyed history in Mr. Dave’s class.
He is currently working on a Master’s degree at the University of Washington and works in the fitness and strength program with the UW football team. He is involved in fitness and other ventures here in Burien and is the husband of our other inductee, Kaitlyn. We are happy to have him accept for her today and welcome 4 year old Kameron and their families.
This 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and 2007 grad set the Washington State 3A soccer scoring record with 105 goals. Kaitlyn (Heinsohn) Watkins also ran a leg of the 2007 4 x 100 relay. Her accomplishments in soccer earned her 1st team All-State, plater of the week, MVP Seamount Player of the Year, and district championship. While attending the University of Montana in Missoula for four years, her honors in soccer included Rookie of the year as a freshman, and player of the year as a sophomore. Kaitlyn lives in Burien with husband Anthony and four year old Kameron. She is actively employed by the Disney Corporation seeking advancement in the Tech talent area. Her motto for each of you, “Do not be afraid of failure, rely on self-esteem use your qualities, capabilities and remember, age doesn’t matter.”
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.
(Contact: Foundation President Gary Korsgaard, 206-300-8529; Marc Anderson, 503-819-0375)
Mike Walsh Sponsors 4 Schloarships With New Donald Bunger Future Technology Award
Front Row: L-R Leann Barnes (Donald Bunger Future Technology Scholarship), Caitlynn Rahal, Nghi Lam, Noel Rodriguez (Walsh Family Scholarships)
Back Row: Sponsor Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh & Donald Bunger With Future Technology Award Winner Leann Barnes
Patti Burgess with Future Teacher Scholarship Recipient Valerie Tran
John P. Ashley & Family with Scholarship Recipient Christian Hagler
Howard Call (Former HHS Alumni President) Coach and Teacher to Offer $5,000 Scholarship for Class of 2019
Former Alumni Presidents - Howard Call and Sally Newton
Howard Call, former Alumni Association President, teacher and coach at Highline High School announced a preliminary offer at the Scholarship Celebration meeting to fund a scholarship for a Highline student in 2019 on the track team. More details to follow!
Highine HS to Relocate to Olympic Interim School in 2019-2020 For Remodel
New HHS Construction Preserves Past, Looks Ahead
Strong community support, including alumni, community members, families, staff and students, for Highline High School’s new construction assures that the chosen design will be reminiscent of the past, yet look to the future. Therebuilt north entry will use existing materials salvaged from the original main entrance, either existing brick or new brick matching the existing red brick veneer as closely as possible. The project team has been exploring possibilities for including historical pieces and honoring history in the new school. Final design approval by the school board will take place in 2018. Hopefully the ornamental busts of significant figures and Pirate stained-glass window will be preserved to welcome future generations of students. HHS will remain open one more year, then Olympic Interim School will house students for two years during construction, with the opening of the new and improved Highline High School slated for the fall of 2021.
Find additional information on the Highline High School & Highline Schools websites.
Join Our 2019 Pirate Alumni Crew!
We are searching for new volunteers with fresh ideas, alumni class representatives and more. We welcome your ideas for updates for our website, articles for our annual newsletter, and nominations for Alumnus of the Year and for the Alumni Hall of Fame. Have some information to post about an upcoming Class Reunion? Let us know the details and we’ll share it on our website.
If you are interested, contact:
Gary Korsgaard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele (Ham) Miller at email@example.com
Kevin Ostic at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2019 Alumni Board Members
Introducing Our Current Board Members:
President – Gary Korsgaard 1964
Vice President - Joanne Bakken Pease 1970
Treasurer - Scott Salzer 1971
Secretary - Martha Brock 1958
Member At Large - Sally Newton 1970, Tricia Anderson 1977
Alumni Soundings Coordinator – Michele Ham Miller 1978
Golf Day – Kevin Ostic 1971, Larry Olson 1960
Scholarships - Patti Burgess 1950, Tricia Anderson 1977
Membership - Cathy Low 1967
Website - Kevin Ostic 1971
Facebook Manager – Marc Anderson 1972
Athletic Hall of Fame – Howard Call 1957
What Highline Means To Me by Benji Box
What Highline Means to Me…
By Benji Box, winner of the 2017 Harry E. Lemon Memorial Scholarship
Highline is and always has been my second home. I am a third generation Pirate, with generations one and two both coming back to teach at this school. I have been involved with sports since my freshman year, always doing three sports a year. I have some of the greatest friends anybody could ever ask for, including both students and staff. I worked tirelessly this year to help pass Proposition1, which will help Highline Schools District ease the pressures they are currently feeling and rebuild Highline High School. Even before I was a freshman, I was at and around this school because my mother teaches here. This taught me to love the school and people here, so seeing people disrespect the school really makes me mad. I hope you consider me for this scholarship.
From a Grateful Joseph Swim-Balcom, 2017 English Department Scholarship Winner…
To the wonderful Highline High School Alumni Foundation,
It is a true honor to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 English Department Scholarship. As a freshman, I saw seniors being recognized who had won scholarships and dreamed of it being my turn, hearing my name called and accepting a scholarship. What you Alumni do for all of us Pirates is remarkable, it goes far beyond funding scholarships - it’s keeping the Pirate Legacy alive. As a low-income student, someone who has worked their tail off knowing I couldn’t afford college on my own, it means EVERYTHING to me that your generosity propelled me to being able to pay for college and allowed me to fulfill a long time dream. Please never for one second think you or your generosity is not appreciated, because it is. Moving forward, continuing my education, I will always have thanks and a gratitude for you in my heart. All through my mind next year, and even looking back as an adult and elder, I will cherish this honor, remember it, and continue to make you, and the rest of Highline proud.
(Joseph will be studying Journalism at WSU.)
Why I Want to be a Teacher…
By Alyda Marincovich, winner of the Patti Stewart Burgess Future Teacher Scholarship
I want to become a teacher because I have been influenced by so many great teachers in my time in school. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of my students like so many of my teachers have made in mine. In my opinion, teaching is about more than having the students learn the material and be able to recite it for a test, it’s about helping them grow their interests and explore their interests. I would like to teach language art and social studies because those are the subjects where creativity can thrive. In language arts, students are able to explore worlds and apply what they learned to our own world. They can see what decisions the characters make that didn’t work out and figure out what they could have done differently if they were in the same situation. They can also write down any of their problems and solve them in their own way that may not be possible in real life; it give them the opportunity to see beyond themselves into what might be. With social studies, students are able to learn about those that came before us and get to know their world and explore their stories. They can learn from the mistakes of our forefathers to see that those don’t get repeated. The humanities are a place where students can learn from others to bring them into a more informed adulthood.
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Use the "Contribute Now" Page
And Donate to the Highline High School Alumni Foundation
The Alumni Foundation has partnered with E commercce processing to install a safe and reliable ecommence solution on the Contribute Now page so you can simply donate by using your credit or debit card. This option helps reduce our administrative expenses and make it easier to reach out to a wider network of former alumni and friends directly through the web. Our system has been live for years and is available for annual donations, golf hole sponsorships, the annual golf tournament, and reunions and you will immediately recieve a tax deductable receipt!
Please consider donating to our worthy cause. Make checks payable to:
HHS Alumni Foundation, PO Box 66647, Burien, WA 98166
Or pay by credit card on our Website under the Contribute Now tab.
Recently retired Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner, who was previously President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The second highest ranking executive in the company, Conner started out as a mechanic on Boeing’s Renton factory floor building 727s. Yet another Highline High School Alum success story
2018 All Class Reunion Information)
The All Class Reunion was held May 19th in the auxilary gym. We had 29 member from classes 1949 to 1979. Everyone had a great time visiting with old friends and new!
If you are planning a reunion in 2017 contact Michele Ham Miller (Class of 1978) - Email Memill59@comcast.net
Please provide the following information: Class Year, Date & Time, Location, Reunion Contact Names and Phone Numbers, and Internet Links to Your Website.
Highline High School Alma Mater
Through the halls our voices ringing
Praising Alma Mater
Proudly we hear praises singing
As we stand together.
The Purple and the Gold
Loyally we pledge ourselves
to our colors bold.
Words and music written by Diane Williams Read, Class of 1950. Diane received a $15.00 reward and says, "Too bad there weren't royalties!" Diane is one of our newest Lifetime Members. Thank you and welcome, Diane!
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