Redmond High School (Washington)

Redmond High School (RHS) is a four-year public high school located in Redmond, Washington, one of four high schools in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Opened in 1964, Redmond High School is the second oldest high school in the Lake Washington School District.[8] Redmond Middle School and Evergreen Middle School (grades 6–8) feed into Redmond High School (grades 9–12).

Redmond High School
Inner Courtyard With Solar Panels.jpg
Central Courtyard in 2014
17272 Northeast 104th Street[1]


School typePublic
School districtLake Washington School District
SuperintendentDr. Jane Stavem [3]
PrincipalJill VanderVeer[4]
Teaching staff101.43 (FTE)[5]
Enrollment2,008 (2018–19)[5]
Student to teacher ratio19.80[5]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Dark Green & Gold         [1]
Athletics conferenceKingco 4A[6]
RivalsEastlake High School[citation needed]
NewspaperThe Blaze
Feeder schoolsRedmond Middle School
Evergreen Middle School
Timberline Middle School

Redmond High School sits atop Education Hill in Redmond, in an updated building which opened in 2003 with a two story structure[4] that features many environmentally friendly energy alternatives such as a large photovoltaic array and a state-of the-art geothermal heating system.[9][10] The original building opened in 1964 and underwent extensive remodelling during the 1983-84 and 2011-2012 school years.[11]

As of 2020, the principal of Redmond High School is Jill VanderVeer and the three assistant principals are Andrew Hosford, Rob Jones, and Colette Roche. Jill VanderVeer entered her position at the start of the 2019-20 school year, replacing the former principal Jane Todd, who was principal from 2006 to 2019, replacing Brian Hunter, who was principal until 2006.[12]


Main walk in front of RHS
Front of RHS Main Building
Staff/Student Front Parking Lot

Redmond High School offers classes throughout a diverse range of academic and artistic subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, World History, American History, Physical Education, Photography, Studio Art, and Anatomy & Physiology. Students have the option of taking Regular, Honors, or Advanced Placement (AP) classes in most key subject areas. RHS consistently has strong showings on standardized tests including Measures of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs).[13] The school consistently has graduation rates over 90%.[14]

In 2013, Redmond High School produced 17 National Merit Semifinalists.[13] The school has also had students become Semifinalists in both the Siemens Competition (2012)[15] and the Intel Science Talent Search (2014).[16]

Paula Ferguson, the orchestra director at RHS, received the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award in 2013 for outstanding leadership and instructional skills.[17] Sandy Hargraves, a math teacher, received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching in 2009.[18] Brian Anderson, an English teacher, received the Golden Apple Award in 2006 for excellence in teaching.[19]

Mike Town, the former AP Environmental Science teacher, and five students were presented the Presidential Environmental Youth Awards by President George W. Bush in 2008 for leading the "Cool Schools Program," which resulted in the reduction of over $550,000 of energy and waste costs for the district, through conservation measures.[20] Town also received the Green Prize in Public Education by the NEA for the program, which has prevented the emission of 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, and has since included over 150 schools worldwide.[21]

In June of 2019, Redmond High School won several awards in its participation in Microsoft's annual Hunt the Wumpus competition. One team took home the first place trophy for "Most Innovative.". Another team won second place for "Best Implementation." These groups worked over a period of several months in preparation for this annual event.[22]

Performing artsEdit

The Performing Arts Center (otherwise known as the PAC) showcases performances by the RHS Concert and Jazz Choirs (currently directed by Jackson Pinder), the Concert and Jazz Bands (currently directed by Andrew Robertson), Chamber, String, and Symphonic Orchestras (currently directed by Paula Ferguson), and musicals and plays by Redmond Drama (formerly led by Misty Doty, then Brian Toews, now Anna-Lisa Notter).[23] Redmond's Music Department attends competitions and festivals throughout the region annually, including the PLU Orchestra Invitational, and the 'Music in the Parks' festival at Disneyland and Silverwood Theme Parks. In 2009 and 2013, Redmond High School orchestras performed at Carnegie Hall, and they returned joined with the Jazz Ensemble in 2016. [24] Several years, students in the band program have been selected to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The PAC is also the performing venue for the Eastside Symphony.[25]


Over 44 student organizations exist at Redmond High School, ranging from ethnic groups such as Latinos Unidos and Asian Student Association, to sports such as Robotics and Bowling.[26]

The academic teams at Redmond High School include Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, Math, DECA, Mock Trial, Model UN, Orca Bowl,[27] Programming (or Computer Science), and Speech and Debate. RHS Knowledge Bowl teams are known for excellence at the state level and consistently place at state competitions, most recently winning 7th and 8th place at the state tournament.[28] In 2014, the Redmond High School Orca Bowl team also enjoyed great success placing second at the state level.[29] The RHS Model UN debuted at the Washington State Model UN (WASMUN) Conference at Seattle University in 2011. The RHS Feminism club made their debut in 2016, followed by the RHS ACLU club in 2017.

The DECA Class also operates the Student Store, and since 2008, has sent at least 10 participants to the International Career Development Conference per year.[30][31][32][33] The Student Store closed in 2014.


Redmond High School's sports department participates in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's Kingco Athletic Conference, at the 4A level. Redmond had previously been a member of the Kingco 4A level from 1997 to 2015, was moved to 3A for the 2016-2018 cycle after 22 schools chose to opt up to 4A, and returned to 4A for the 2018-2019 season. [34] Redmond offers 14 varsity sports as well as cheerleading and dance teams.

In Fall, Redmond offers Cross Country (Coed), Football (Boys), Tennis (Boys), Golf (Boys), Soccer (Girls), Swimming (Girls), and Volleyball (Girls).

In Winter, Redmond offers Basketball (Boys, Girls), Wrestling (Coed), Swimming (Boys), and Gymnastics (Girls).

In Spring, Redmond offers Track and Field (Boys, Girls), Soccer (Boys), Baseball (Boys), Golf (Girls), Badminton (Girls), Softball (Girls), and Tennis (Girls).

The annual football game against Eastlake has been discontinued because it is traditionally a favorite of fans because of Redmond's rivalry with Eastlake.[citation needed] (Eastlake, which opened in the fall of 1993, was attended by sophomores and juniors who had attended or would have attended Redmond)

Redmond High School is one of only two high schools in the world to produce two IQA World Cup Champions.[citation needed] Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, is the other.

School spiritEdit

RHS School Logo

Redmond High School's mascot is the Mustang, and the school colors are predominantly dark green and gold, though in most ceremonies and events black is also included. A customary tradition against the only real rival of RHS, Eastlake High School, is to completely wear black at the "Black Out" sporting events. Fan participation cheers are also a tradition at the games. A spectator 'wave', dubbed the 'Roller Coaster' and a group jump known as 'Truckin' are favorites.

Redmond High School Pep Band is organized yearly to play at home football and basketball games. Three students (one for football and two for basketball) are selected as Pep Band Directors, though only the football director is known as Drum Major. New and popular songs are added by request of the students and staff. The current fight song (2003-) is set to the Blazing Saddles theme, with lyrics written by band director Andy Robertson. The former fight song was set to the University of Wisconsin–Madison's fight song, On, Wisconsin!.

The school newspaper, The Blaze, is written by the Newspaper class and distributed in color. In 2014, a group of graduating seniors distributed a parody of The Blaze titled "The Laze" as a senior prank, facetiously emulating the newspaper's style and tendencies.


The Redmond High School campus is centered in one large building containing academic classrooms, a student cafeteria, a central courtyard, three gymnasiums, and a performing arts center. The B Wing extension, added in 2012, includes several additional classrooms. Several portable classrooms are also set up in close proximity to the main building.

For athletics, Redmond High School maintains Walter L. Seabloom field which accommodates both football and track & field events. The campus has two additional open grass fields, baseball and softball fields, and six tennis courts. For aquatic events, Redmond High School utilizes Redmond Pool which is across the street from the main campus.

Notable alumniEdit


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  30. ^ LWSD News From the Schools 2008
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  38. ^ "Team USA, ROB MUNN". Retrieved 22 January 2020. High School: Redmond High School (Redmond, Wash.) ‘08

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