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.
Before the ribbon was cut and attendees were able to get a preview of the temporary school, there was an opportunity to address the crowd. Highline School Board president and Highline High School alumnus, Bernie Dorsey, said, “This ribbon cutting is important because it demonstrates the value that we have in educating or students and it will be followed by another great day when we cut the ribbon on the new Highline High School.” Aaron Garcia, a member of the Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee and Evergreen alum, opened his speech by acknowledging that we are on Coast Salish land and must learn and recognize what the the struggle of indigenous people is on their land. He admitted that he really wanted to rebuild Evergreen first but that when he sat down and listened to what the community you realize what they need and Highline had to be rebuilt first. Co-Principals Mr. Tremain Holloway and Clint Sallee came up and thanked the voters and everyone present. Then Highline High School student Gabriela Martinez was invited to say a few words about the new school and temporary site.
After Gabriela finished speaking, everyone was invited to stand around the ribbon that was about to be cut by Highline High School student Andrea Talamantes. Surrounding Andrea as she was preparing to cut the ribbon was three other students, Mr. Holloway, Mr.Sallee, and more. Everyone counted down from three until the ribbon was finally cut. Additionally, Mr. Sallee and Mr. Holloway we presented the with the keys to the temporary Highline. Then everyone present was invited to walk around the open classrooms, cafeteria, gym, office, and library.
The handful of students that were present at the open house that day were very impressed by Olympic site. Highline High School student Gabriela Martinez said “I am actually excited to come here”. Hopefully the rest of the students are as excited as those that were at the open house.