Tricia Anderson, a member of the Highline High School Class of 1977 and a Burien resident, has been named the 2023 Alumnus of the Year by the Highline High School Alumni Foundation (HHSAF). Anderson has been an active volunteer in the HHSAF and several other organizations, including the American Heart Association, Washington Green Schools, Mary’s Place, the Highline Historical Society, and the Assistance League of Seattle. She has held various leadership positions in the HHSAF, including as the chair of the scholarship committee, a member of the finance and golf fun day committees, fundraiser for the "Rusty Nuts Car Show" in conjunction with "The Bean of Seahurst,” and board member. Anderson also volunteers weekly at the HHS Student Closet, which provides clothing and other items donated by community members to students and families.
Anderson's dedication to volunteering and supporting Highline High School staff and students has earned her recognition from the Highline College, where she was named a Distinguished Alumni in 2004. She has also had a successful career in public service with the King County court system and at Abbott Construction, a high-end construction company started by Dawn and John Abbott, both HHS graduates.
The HHSAF was founded in 1995 and has since provided 440 scholarships to HHS seniors, totaling over $1 million. In 2022, the Foundation added the "May Mettler Future Nurse Scholarship,” bringing the total number of scholarships awarded in 2023 to 25. The Foundation's programs have had a significant impact on HHS students and their families, beyond just financial support.
Highline Principal Clint Sallee has praised Anderson's positive attitude and commitment to her work, as well as the Alumni Foundation's support for HHS students. Those interested in supporting the HHSAF or learning more about its programs can visit the Foundation's website at HHSAF.org.