Des Moines-- It is official, Highline High School’s temporary home for two years is open and ready for staff and students. The ribbon cutting of the Olympic Site, now Highline High School, was attended by a handful of current and incoming students, elected officials from Des Moines city council, the Burien and Des Moines Chief Police, Highline School Board members, and Highline staff and administrators.
The Pirate's Anchor is Highline High School's student run newspaper. Our purpose is to inform the students of Highline High School what is happening on their school campus and in the Burien community and evoke student opinion. The Pirate's Anchor offers four sections of news: B-Town Life, Sports & Clubs, Student Life, and Keeping Up With Highline.
This year, the Pirate’s Anchor was awarded an Excel Grant by the Highline Schools Foundation. The Highline Schools Foundation was founded in 1999 to support students and staff of Highline School District.
In my last few months at Highline High School, I have been reflecting on my team here at Highline. One of the greatest privileges I had was to be a part of the HHS football team for four years.
On April 25th, 2019 the NFL held its annual draft. The draft is where all 32 National Football League teams come together to select eligible collegiate athletes. For someone to be eligible for the NFL draft they would have to be out of high school for at least three years. These collegiate athletes are from colleges around the world.
On Saturday, I went to a small burger joint called The Little Chicken Burger on 8th Ave off 152nd and it was surprisingly good. If you want a good burger for a good price I would honestly tell you to go to The Little Chicken Burger.
Friday, May 3, Highline High School had its first of hopefully many Solidarity Days. A whole day was set aside for this event.
What’s going to happen to the sports teams next year at the Olympic site? Where are the athletes going to practice? Where will games be held? I went to ask Mrs. Box about what’s going to happen over the next 2 years at Olympic. When I went to Mrs. Box she gave me the following information.
Everyone loves vacations! This is especially true where we are leaving to other places; far away from our daily tasks and stress. In my case, my favorite place to visit is my home, in Mexico, where my family and my friends are always waiting for me.
Coming this Friday, May 3, a new event has been planned for Highline students, Solidarity Day. This particular day has been set aside in hopes of contributing to Highline’s desire to create a culture the students can rally behind and offer support to students who feel they need more reassurance that the school stands with them.
On April 18th College Access Now (CAN) took fifteen students from Highline High School to visit Western Washington University. I was one of the lucky students who turned in their permission slip on time before the spots were quickly claimed.
During the week of spring break the King County Library System (KCLS) hosted four Selena themed events called “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom Bash”. Selena is an important figure to Mexican-American and Latinx people because of her cultural and musical influence. I attended two of those four events, which were the Baila Esta Cumbia Dance and the Selena-Inspired Pop Up Market.
With Head Football Coach Mark Cross and Offensive Line Coach Kevin Hernandez leaving Highline coaching this school year, many were questioning who was going to take the position of head coach next year. It was announced on Monday, April 15 that former UW player Deontae Cooper would be the new head football coach for next year.
The Highline Pirates baseball faced off against the Evergreen Wolverines at a night game on April 8. Highline took off taking a quick 0-15 lead in the first inning.
On April 1 some teachers pranked their students for April Fools. Additionally, at least one teacher was pranked by unknown culprits.
With the move to the new school next year, some students have said they may attempt to transfer schools because of the commute [district policy determines students who may transfer], students are going to new schools because the boundaries are being redrawn, and rising housing costs are forcing families to leave our district.
On March 22, the Highline Drill Team competed at the Yakima SunDome for the Dance and Drill State Championships. They qualified to compete in all three routines at districts.
On March 5 the second meeting regarding Proposed Tenant Protections was held at the Burien Library. There had already been a meeting before this one the week before that was structured the same and talking about the same topics.
There has been some talk of where the best place to get a haircut is. I asked a couple of students around Highline High School to see where they go. Here are their recommendations.
On March 7, 2019, I attended the Student-led Conferences to interview a few students, parents, and teachers about the conference.
On March 14, 2019, Highline High School held another one of its pep assemblies. Like years prior, this assembly was held to recognize Highline’s sports programs and achievements.
On March 6, 2019, Juniors across the district gather at their schools for their annual SAT testing. The length of the test is three hours and 50 minutes. The SAT is a standardized test used by many colleges as a factor for determining admission.
Updated: March 14, 2019 11:42am Due to the previous cases of vandalism of the Highline High School’s spirit rock and after so many complaints from the students; the future of the rock has been decided. The Spirit Rock is scheduled to be removed by the end of next week.
On January 28, there was a letter that was posted at several businesses that was distributed by the so-called New Black Panther Party (the actual Black Panther Party said that there is no affiliation and this group may not even exist.) That stated that they are a militant modern day expression of black power and that encourages violence against many different groups of people and that they are afraid of changes due to increased immigration and go on to say how they want to replace the members of the Burien City Council that voted to have Burien become a sanctuary city.
On Friday, January 22 there was a whole staff community lunch around Burien. This lunch included a few selected parents, community members, students, and teachers.
Throughout the month of February Highline has done one thing to honor Black History Month and/or Black students. On February 26th, Highline had a Black History Month Assembly.