Puyallup High School

Puyallup High School
Puyallup, Washington
United States
Type Public secondary
Motto N/A
Established 1890
School district Puyallup School District
Principal Dave Sunich
Grades 10–12
Enrollment 1,589 (2013-2014)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and gold
Mascot Viking ("Viktor" in costume)
Website http://phs.puyallup.k12.wa.us/

Puyallup High School is a high school in the Puyallup School District in Pierce County, Washington state, commonly referred to as PHS.


Originally founded in 1890 as Central High School,[1] the first nine students graduated from the school in 1893. In 1902, the first class to complete four years of high school graduated. In 1928 the new high school building was completed at an approximate cost of $30,000-$35,000. The name of the school then changed from Central High to Puyallup High School. In 1919 the school was expanded adding a junior high along with the gym and auditorium. In 1926 a total of 112 students graduated.[1]


The next year (1927), fire hit PHS and graduation was held at the Liberty Theater. A new and larger auditorium was added in 1935.[1]


The 1949 Olympia earthquake on 13 April 1949 was the first major earthquake to hit Puyallup High School. PHS was not spared as there was serious damage to the building and auditorium.[2][3] In 1965 the school suffered from the effects of yet another earthquake and again damage was done to the school—Puyallup High School was the only school closed in Pierce County.[1] The band was recording that day, and there are still records out there with the sounds of the earthquake.[4] The Nisqually earthquake on 28 February 2001 was the next earthquake to cause damage at the school.[5]


The first of the major remodeling projects occurred with the main classroom building in 1971. The gym was remodeled in 1984 and the Library Science Building in 1986. The entire campus was closed during the 1993-1994 school year during a major renovation. The 1,600 students were housed in portable buildings, spare rooms in churches, and other facilities around the city of Puyallup. Walls, beams, and structures were altered or removed to improve the structure and enhance the teaching and learning methods of the day. Every effort was made to retain the original design of the structure. The old gym was lost, but a new commons area was added. Part of the front steps were removed, but the auditorium was improved while maintaining the architecture and elegance of the facility. The architectural firm of Burr, Rising, Lawrence and Bates was awarded a Historic Renovation - Citation Award in 1996 for their work on the renovation.[6]


Academically, for the 2005–2006 school year, between the four comprehensive high schools in the Puyallup School District, Puyallup ranked 2nd, having beaten Rogers and Walker with an 87% in the reading WASL, 47% in the math WASL, 86% in the writing WASL, and 37% in the science WASL.[7]

Daffodil Festival

Every year, Puyallup High School participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held to select the Puyallup High School Princess who then competes, with other regional schools, for the title of Daffodil Festival Queen. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of this regional festival. The Puyallup High School marching band accompanies the float of Puyallup's princesses in the locally televised Daffodil Parade, held annually in April.

Alumni Association

The Puyallup High School Alumni Association provides scholarships to qualifying seniors. Students can apply in September directly through PHS. These scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual dinner and auction held each December. Generous community members, alumni and philanthropists donate items for the live auction. Items are also available by raffle and silent auction. The event draws graduates and friends of PHS and is held at the Puyallup each year. Details are posted on their website linked below.

Alumni Reunions

Puyallup High School reunion activities are managed by the Viking Booster Club with the help of many alumni volunteers.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. 1 2 3 4 "School History". Puyallup School District. 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  2. "ABSTRACTS OF EARTHQUAKE REPORTS FOR THE PACIFIC COAST AND THE WESTERN MOUNTAIN REGION, 1950, MSA-62, April, May, June, 1949". U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved May 17, 2012. Puyallup. Many injured. Damage estimated at $300,000 by Building Inspector. High School damaged severely with collapse of stage in auditorium.
  3. "Earthquakes and Schools" (PDF). National Institute of Building Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2012. At Puyallup High School, three boys on the stage just managed to escape when the roof collapsed.
  4. "1965 Earthquake (Sound is Art)". Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. "Business returns to normal Thursday for Pierce County". Pierce County Front Page News. February 28, 2001. Retrieved May 17, 2012. Puyallup School District officials informed Pierce County Emergency Management that Puyallup High School incurred an estimated $200,000 damage and is closed until further notice.
  6. "Awards: American Association of School Administrators". BLRB Architects. Archived from the original on September 10, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  7. "Puyallup High School". OSPI Washington State Report Card. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  8. "Alumni Information". Puyallup School District. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  9. "Frank B. Brouillet: An Oral History" (PDF).
  10. Loren Carpenter
  11. http://www.disneyresearch.com/people/loren-carpenter/
  12. http://alvyray.com/Pixar/PixarMyth4.htm
  13. http://alvyray.com/Pixar/default.htm
  14. "Jim Kastama: Biography". Retrieved May 17, 2012.

Coordinates: 47°11′28″N 122°18′07″W / 47.19111°N 122.30194°W / 47.19111; -122.30194

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