The HHS spirit rock was removed this week after repeatedly being painted with offensive messages. Below is a message from Superintendent Enfield to HHS students.
A story about the removal of the rock aired on KOMO news.
Dear Highline High School Students,
Nearly two years ago when we first had issues with spirit rock I met with many of you to hear how it affected you and what you thought we needed to do better moving forward. One of the things you told me was that during difficult times you want to hear from me directly. So I have written this message for you and asked your teachers and school leaders to share it.
Last week spirit rock was once again painted with hateful, offensive messages. While we do not know who was responsible for this, we do know that whenever something like this happens it angers us all, and rightfully so. It also undermines the hard work that you and the staff at Highline are doing to create a culture of respect and inclusion. After speaking with your principals and our school board members, we together have made the decision to remove spirit rock next week because as leaders and members of this community, we believe we owe it to you to take action.
We recognize that spirit rock was a class gift to the school, and we will consult alumni for their ideas about its future. I also encourage you to contact me with your ideas. While the rock may hold good memories for some, it is not the positive symbol it once was.
We are proud of you, we support you and we want you, today’s students, to be the face of Highline High School.
Together, let’s demonstrate to our community that in Highline we believe love and respect is more powerful than hate and ignorance.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.