Edmonds Woodway High School

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Edmonds-Woodway High School
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Front entry of building
United States
TypePublic secondary school
MottoThere are two kinds of people in this world: Warriors and those who wish they were!
School districtEdmonds School District
PrincipalTerrance Mims
Enrollment1,642 (2016-17)[1]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Purple, green, yellow and orange                 
MascotThe Warrior

Edmonds-Woodway High School is one of five high schools in the Edmonds School District in Edmonds, Washington, United States. It serves students in grades 9-12. Edmonds-Woodway is ranked as the #318 high school[2] in America by Newsweek Magazine.

As of 2019, the current principal is Dr. Terrance Mims.

History and facilities[edit]

Edmonds-Woodway was formed when Edmonds High School and Woodway High School, both schools in the city of Edmonds, merged in 1990, they combined the Edmonds and Woodway High School colors (gold, purple, orange and green), although purple and green are the dominant colors used. The school used the old Woodway High School building until construction on a new facility at the old Edmonds High School site.[citation needed] Prior to the merger, the two schools were academic and athletic rivals, despite sharing feeder middle schools.[3]

The new school, which opened in 1998, is located close to Highway 99 and is accessible from Interstate-5, it is designed around a central courtyard with a separate theater building and classrooms organized in small learning communities. It received several regional and national design awards, including the 1990 Masonry Institute of Washington's Masonry Excellence Award for the use of masonry throughout the project, as well as the national annual design award of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, the 1999 James D. MacConnell Award for outstanding new educational facilities.[4] Bassetti Architects of Seattle was the architectural firm for the new building.

In June of 2018, the building's clock tower was named after longtime administrator, Geoff Bennett, who retired after being honored at the school's graduation ceremony. [5]

Past principals include Miriam Mickelson (2012-2015), Michelle Trifunovic (2007-2012), Alan Weiss (1995-2007). Rainer Houser was the first principal of Edmonds-Woodway from 1990 to 1995.[6][7]


IB Program[edit]

In 1996, Edmonds-Woodway became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme;[8] the Edmonds-Woodway IB program is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, with 22 IB classes, over 400 IB-enrolled students and over 90 full-IB Diploma graduates (2017).[citation needed]

AP Program[edit]

In addition to its 28 IB courses, Edmonds-Woodway offers two Advanced Placement (AP) courses: AP Statistics and AP Calculus.[9]

National student recognition[edit]

In 2009, Edmonds-Woodway student Sally Chu was named as the school's first US Presidential Scholar.[10] In 2005, the school had eight National Merit Scholar finalists, the most of any high school in the state.[citation needed]In 2006 the Edmonds-Woodway Deaf Academic Bowl Team competed for the first time, it was the first team in the history of the Academic Bowl to win a Regional competition their first year.


Deaf community[edit]

Edmonds-Woodway has the largest deaf and hard-of-hearing student population in the Edmonds School District, due to programs offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.[citation needed] The school offers an American Sign Language (ASL) program.

Lifeskills program[edit]

Edmonds-Woodway has a Lifeskill Program for students with "mild to moderate developmental disabilities."[11] Lifeskills students at Edmonds-Woodway often take part in the annual Washington State Special Olympics.[12] During the 2011 Winter Games in Wenatchee, Edmonds-Woodway students brought home awards.[13]


The school is the location of the Edmonds School District Stadium, which is the home field for all high schools in the Edmonds School District. EW's traditional in-district athletics rival is Meadowdale High School. In 2008, the boys' tennis team won state in doubles tennis.[citation needed] The boys wrestling program has produced multiple State and Academic State champions. [14]

Music program[edit]

The Jazz Ensemble I has been accepted into the Essentially Ellington jazz festival on five occasions, in 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2017.[citation needed] The band also participates regularly in Starbuck's Hot Java Cool Jazz performance held at the historic Paramount Theater in March each year, they have also attended the Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, Oregon where the two outstanding soloists of the festival (band and choir) were both EWHS students.[citation needed] They have also participated regularly in the University of Idaho Jazz Festival Moscow, Idaho at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, where they won the Sweepstakes Award in 2018; the program has a thriving jazz combo culture and has supported winning jazz combos several times including 2018.[citation needed]

Edmonds-Woodway has three concert bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. Choirs include Bel-Canto, Mello-Aires and Dorian Singers. Orchestral groups include three orchestras including Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and the auditioned Philharmonic Orchestra. For select concerts, the Full Orchestra includes advanced wind and percussion players from the Wind Symphony group. One academic music course is also offered: IB Music, which teaches music theory and music history.[citation needed]

Jazz Alley[edit]

Spring Jazz Night is a celebration of senior jazz band performers and is held at Jazz Alley in Seattle. All current jazz bands perform as well as an alumni band with several notable professional jazz alumni.[citation needed]

Big Band Dance[edit]

Held every year in spring, the dance is set entirely to live swing music, mostly from the 1920s to 1950s; the school's jazz bands perform, as well as the College Place Middle School jazz band and Madrona Middle School's jazz band.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Edmonds Woodway High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Newsweek Magazine. http://www.newsweek.com/id/201160/?q=2009/rank/301
  3. ^ Christilaw, Steve (September 28, 1988). "Extra spice for Edmonds-Woodway rivalry". The Seattle Times. p. F6.
  4. ^ CEFPI list of MacConnell Award winners Archived March 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2012-07-10
  5. ^ End of an Era at Edmonds-Woodway https://myedmondsnews.com/2018/06/end-of-an-era-at-edmonds-woodway-as-long-time-vice-principal-geoff-bennett-retires/
  6. ^ http://www.waleadershipacademy.org/about/staff/houser.php, retrieved 2013-02-13
  7. ^ http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910607&slug=1287644, retrieved 2013-02-13
  8. ^ International Baccalaureate Organization, retrieved 2012-07-10
  9. ^ Edmonds-Woodway Curriculum Guide http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/lib02/WA01001167/Centricity/Domain/787/12%20-%2013%20CURRICULUM%20GUIDE.pdf
  10. ^ List of 2009 US Presidential Scholars http://www.ed.gov/programs/psp/awards.html
  11. ^ Edmonds-Woodway Academic Programs and Information http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/lib02/WA01001167/Centricity/Domain/115/ew.pdf
  12. ^ Special Olympics Coach Becki Bell has her day in Edmonds http://myedmondsnews.com/2011/01/special-olympics-coach-becki-bell-has-her-day-in-edmonds/
  13. ^ Special Olympians Enjoy Success and Have Fun at State Championships http://edmonds.patch.com/articles/athletes-take-home-awards-from-state-championship
  14. ^ "High School WIAA Seattle Times State Athletes of the Week".
  15. ^ "The Seattle Times: Arts & Entertainment: Edmonds actress having fun with "Scary" movies, growing career". Seattle Times. 2006-04-21. Archived from the original on 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  16. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2044985/
  17. ^ https://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/Edmonds-High-School/193679?page=0

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