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Nathan Hale High School

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Type  Public
Principal  Jill Hudson
Grades  9-12
Phone  +1 206-252-3680
Number of students  1,171
Opened  1963
Faculty  102
Enrollment  1,171
District  Seattle Public Schools
Mascot  Raider
Nathan Hale High School
Address  10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, USA

Nathan Hale High School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington. Nathan Hale is part of Seattle Public Schools and is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools.


Early years

The area northeast of Seattle was part of the Shoreline School District until 1954. For a number of years that area had only one secondary school, Jane Addams. Steady population growth during the 1950s prompted a need for a new high school. In the planning stage, the school was given the temporary name of Northeast High School. This was later changed to Meadowbrook High School. The site for the new school, originally part of the Fisher Dairy, had most recently been the Meadowbrook Golf Course owned by the Tachell family. While the school was under construction, new guidelines and procedures for the naming of schools were adopted. As a result, Meadowbrook was replaced by Nathan Hale, named after the Continental Army soldier. Once built, the factory model school building and parking lot were positioned on either side of Thornton Creek, which runs west to east through the property. The site is directly across the street from what is currently Jane Addams Middle School. Nathan Hale High School was one of several schools for which the Seattle Parks Department paid a portion of the building construction in exchange for title to adjacent land to be used for recreational facilities. The first principal, Claude Turner, helped design the school. In its first year, Hale opened to sophomores and juniors only, with only 1,206 students. Two years later, it had a student body of 2,002. By the late 1960s, Hale’s enrollment had reached 2,400, and 24 portables were in use.


A new learning resource center opened in fall 1972, nearly doubling the size of the school’s original library. The community chose to use bond money for the learning resource center, rather than for an auditorium, so the high school continued to use the Jane Addams Middle School auditorium for its dramatic productions. From 1964 through the mid-1970s, Nathan Hale was a sports powerhouse, winning the Metro championships in several sports three out of four years in a row. The music department also excelled, with the stage band capturing numerous regional awards. The district’s 1978 desegregation plan cut the number of schools feeding Hale from ten to four. Some of these feeder schools were closed, drastically cutting into Hale’s enrollment, despite the addition of 9th graders in September 1979. Some students who would have attended Hale were sent to south end schools.


  • Claude Turner, 1963–1970
  • Gordon Albright, 1971–1974
  • Robert Bell, 1975–1983
  • Barbara Arnold, 1984–1986
  • Andres Tangalin, 1987–1989
  • Tom Lord, 1989–1992
  • Eric Benson, 1992–2003
  • Judy Peterson, 2003–2004
  • Lisa Hechtman, 2004–2007
  • Martini Campbell, 2007–2009
  • Dr. Jill Hudson, 2009–present
  • State Testing Boycott

    As of April 23, 2015, all 280 juniors at Nathan Hale boycotted the Smarter Balanced state tests. Taking these tests was not a graduation requirement for the junior class, but would be for the sophomore class. Many of teachers, parents, and administrators previously questioned the worthiness of the new state testing requirements.


    Nathan Hale's journalism class, headed by Ted Lockery, writes for the Sentinel, Nathan Hale's official newspaper and website.


    Nathan Hale is home to the nationally acclaimed radio station KNHC. It is mostly student-run, but has a full-time DJ. KNHC plays dance music, and is one of six stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for inclusion in Billboard Magazine's weekly Hot Dance Airplay chart. In addition, Nathan Hale boasts a Radio class taught by Simon Thwaits and Richard J. Dalton.


    Nathan Hale is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The school is currently in the second largest classification, known as 3A, and has been so since the 1984-85 school year. Prior to that it was in the largest classification. The Raiders are a member of the Metro League and Sea-King District. Hale has traditionally been a rival to Ingraham High School and Roosevelt High School due to the close proximity of the three schools, but the rivalry with Roosevelt diminished when the school changed classifications in 1997. In 2014 the rivalry with Roosevelt was rekindled by Roosevelt's return to the Metro League.

    The school supports 16 WIAA activities, including: baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, softball, coed swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Three non-WIAA sanctioned sports are also fielded: boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, and ultimate. The boys lacrosse team was founded in 1992, making Hale the first public high school in Seattle to have a field lacrosse team.

    In 2016, former NBA star Brandon Roy was hired as the head basketball coach and top recruit Michael Porter Jr., as well as his brothers Jontay Porter and Coban Porter, transferred to the school when their father, Michael Porter Sr., became the assistant coach at the University of Washington. This led to the school becoming nationally relevant, including a national #1 ranking on

    WIAA State Championships

    Nathan Hale has won four team state championships.

    † = Boys gymnastics in now a defunct sport


  • Lynn Colella - U.S. Olympic swimmer and silver medalist
  • Rick Colella - Two-time U.S. Olympic swimmer and bronze medalist
  • Paul Dade - Former Major League Baseball player
  • Rick Fehr - Former PGA Tour golfer
  • Jordan Malloch - Two-time U.S. Olympic sprint canoer
  • Bill Roe - Former president of USA Track and Field
  • Brian Schmetzer - Head coach of the Seattle Sounders FC
  • Ed Simmons - Former tackle for the Washington Redskins. Simmons played 11 seasons for the Redskins, winning two Super Bowls. Named one of the 70 greatest Redskins of all time.
  • Other

  • Luke Burbank - Host of the podcast TBTL and radio show Ross & Burbank
  • Walt Crowley - Local historian and co-creator of the website
  • Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore - Hip-Hop artist
  • Casey Sander - Actor, played Wade Swoboda in all five seasons of Grace Under Fire
  • Sol - Hip Hop artist
  • Hari Sreenivasan - PBS NewsHour anchor
  • References

    Nathan Hale High School Wikipedia

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