Vashon Island High School

Vashon Island High School

Vashon Island High School is a public high school located on Vashon Island, Washington. Vashon Island High School is the only high school to serve the island although there are private schools that run from preschool through 8th grade. VHS runs 9th through 12th grade. Classes are 70 minutes in length, except on certain occasions, such as half-days. The school has two language courses available; Japanese and Spanish. VHS puts on at least one play a year with at least one of the drama classes. The school's athletic nickname is the Pirates. Currently VHS has an enrollment of 518 students and 44 faculty and staff.The Principal of VHS is Susan Hanson and the assistant principal is Stephanie Spencer.

Despite being accessible only by ferries, Vashon Island High School has a large number of off-island commuter students who come from West Seattle, the Kitsap Peninsula and Tacoma.

One of the most notable teachers at VHS was Mr. Jason Tanguay ( [http://www.everestnews.com/everestnews/jasonteverest2004.htm Everestnews] ) who climbed Mt. Everest in 2004 and climbed Mt. Vinson on Antarctica in 2005. Mr. Tanguay completed his 100th ascent of Mt. Rainier this summer 2006, after retiring as a teacher to pursue other job opporitunities.

External links

* [http://vashonsd.org/vhs/ Official website]
* [http://www.theolefolks.com/vashon/ Vashon High School - Class of 1961]


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