Shorecrest High School

Shorecrest High School

Infobox School | name = Shorecrest High School

imagesize = 175px
motto = Seeing far... Working close... Creating choices...
Building excellence... We are Shorecrest
established =
type = Public
principal = Patrick Hegarty
enrollment = 1424 (as of April 2005)
free_label = Colors
free_text = Navy Blue, Forest Green, and Old Gold.
Otis, the fighting Scot.
location = 15343 25th AVE NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
information = (206) 361-4286
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Shorecrest High School is a public high school in Shoreline, Washington (grades 9 through 12). Located at 15343 25th Ave. NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155, Shorecrest was founded in 1961 and its mascot is Otis the "Highlander", and students refer to themselves as "Scots," or the "Highlanders," a reference to the Clan Gordon. Shorecrest is one of the two high schools in the Shoreline School District.


chool Organization

Shorecrest is a comprehensive high school offering a broad spectrum of educational programs in academics, the arts, and applied learning. Instruction is organized by departments; many staff work collaboratively both inter- and intra-departmentally. Opportunities for participation and leadership in school decision-making are encouraged at Shorecrest. Leadership groups include Department Heads, the Administrative Team, school-wide committees, and Site Council.


Running Start

Shorecrest High School offers Running Start, a program that allows juniors and seniors a chance to receive high school and college credit for classes at the Shoreline Community College during the school day. Juniors and seniors may earn high school and community college credit without charge for tuition through the Running Start program. Students must provide their own transportation and purchase their own books. With the exception of PE, Shoreline School District graduation requirements are not waived for Running Start students. Running Start courses may, however, satisfy particular graduation requirements (e.g., vocational credit, fine arts credit, etc.)

tudent Body

The Shorecrest Student Body can be seen helping out around the greater Seattle area. The students of Shorecrest have a very large interest in current events and always seem to making a change. The Students of Shorecrest High School won the Maxpreps "Most Spirited High School in the nation" in the winter of 2007.

Community Service

All students are required to complete 60 hours of community service in order to graduate. This program officially begins during the sophomore year and is monitored through the 10th grade English class. Students can volunteer their services at schools, community agencies, hospitals, and many other places.

enior Projects

All seniors are required to successfully plan, prepare, present, and assess a Senior Project as a graduation requirement. The project is coordinated through the Senior World History and Literature course and the Senior Project Office. Each senior will work with a mentor and present their project to a panel of reviewers.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) exemplifies scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Eligible for membership are sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher. There is an application process that takes place in February of each year. To remain a member students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and participate in official NHS sponsored activities every semester.

Performing Arts

Shorecrest is regionally renowned for its excellent performing arts programs, including its award winning bands, orchestras, choirs, and drama programs. The Shorecrest Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art theater that houses many of the school's concerts and performances, and is often rented by community organizations.

In the 2007-2008 school year, the members of the Marching Band, Choir, Pipers, Highland Dancers and Flags traveled to Dublin, Ireland, and competed in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. To raise money for the trip, the music department competed in the [ KZOK Battle of the Bands Contest] . It was announced on February 8th, that Shorecrest High School has won the Battle of the Bands Contest, winning $10,000. []

On March 7th, the band who played the ACDC tune for the contest played at TAP. The $10,000 was awarded after the band performed their version of "It's a Long Way to the Top (If you Want to Rock and Roll)" by ACDC. Following the check, the band performed "Hey Baby" and the Fight Song of Shorecrest as a little "diddy" as Kaci, one of the staff of KZOK, put it. The audio of the event can be heard at Type "Shorecrest" in the search box. The event was also filmed by KOMO 4.

On March 17th, 2008, the Shorecrest High School Marching Band performed in the Dublin parade, and received Best Youth Band.

Some other notable historic performances for the Shorecrest High School Marching Band include the 1989 Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington D.C. and the 1991 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.


The Highlander Marching band consists of over 100 musicians accompanied by Highland Dancers and Flags. The band members wear the traditional kilt and uniform of the Clan Gordon. The Highlander Marching Band has performed in numerous local, national and international parades and events, and won many prestigious awards. The band is an all-volunteer group which rehearses outside of class time and prides itself on fine student leadership. The drum line is the heart of the band and its members are distinguished by their red jackets.

The marching band frequently competes in the Victoria Parade, and has taken first place for the last six years.

Shorecrest is unique among High Schools in that it boasts a bagpipe band. Our Music department offers bagpipes as a class for credit. The Pipers perform at many school events and are at the lead of the Highlander Marching Band.


The Shorecrest orchestra has also won several first place awards in various competitions. The orchestra is growing rapidly and continues to bring in more students each year. In May 2008, the Shorecrest orchestra performed in Idaho at Silverwood's "Music in the Parks" festival. They placed first in the large high school division, was named the best overall high school orchestra, and earned the highest rating of all musical ensembles in the entire festival, which included orchestras, bands, jazz bands, and choirs.


Shorecrest's drama program has won the award for best overall performance in the 5th Avenue Theater's high school musical awards, as well as numerous acting awards.

tudent Activities

tudent Media

* "Tattoo" (literary-arts magazine)
* "Highland Piper" (newspaper)
* "The Loch" (annual)
* "SCNN" (news)


*Art Club
*Bible Study
*Black Student Union
*Chess Club
*Connecting Muslims and non-Muslims
*Drama Club
* [ Gay Straight Alliance]
*Interact Club
*International Club
*Key Club
*Link Crew (freshman orientation program)
*Math Team
*Photography Club
*Science Club
*SCOA (Student Club Officer Association)
*Speech and Debate Team
*Swing Club
*The Piper (the school newspaper)
*Youth Court

Department Heads

*Shereen Henry, Patty Mitchell (Math)
*Vince Santo Pietro (Science)
*Jen Etter (English)
*TBA (Business)
*Maureen Nemeth (World Languages)
*Tami Johnson (Art)
*Dave Johnson (Music)
*Brandon Christensen (Physical Education)
*Lane Loland (Social Studies)

Laptop Program

Last year Shorecrest High School received its long-awaited technology grant, given by a large bond passed by the voters in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. First piloted in the middle schools, Kellogg and Einstein, 2006-07 was the first year they were implemented for all high schoolers and middle schoolers. Students could choose to not get a Macbook. Each student was required to sign a restrictive terms of use as well as pay a $70 fee for insurance and a laptop case.

Every student received a Macbook pre-loaded with district deemed "necessary" software, including Microsoft Office and iLife. However, certain programs such as chat clients, DVD Players, and other applications and functionalities of the computer were removed for security, efficiency, and time constraints. While students were not the administrators and could only modify basic preferences (Desktop, Mouse, etc.) and could not install, download, or modify their district owned laptops, in certain cases exceptions were made for students to install specific programs for curricular use.

In the initial months of the program's first school year, many people experienced frustration with the laptops. A district wide poll later in the year indicated that while parents and students were supportive, if only lukewarm, of the technology integration program, teachers had many more reservations and qualms about the laptops. These included: web filtering, bandwidth bottlenecks, widespread gaming including flash as well as emulated console games, chatting, pornography, and countless violations of the terms of use. While the district exercised a lenient policy towards punishment, severe or obvious violations such as downloaded pornography or modification of system files often resulted in a suspension or equivalent punishment.

The school district network operates with the Websense web site filter. The filter fulfills two rolls: safeguard the internet to assauge parental fears of unsupervised school internet use, and restrict student ability to pursue non-curricular activities. Controversy arose when certain websites were found to be blocked by websense, including all personal hosting websites, websites affiliated with LGBT topics, YouTube (for bandwidth reasons), "hobbies" websites, almost all chat client websites, and proxies. In some cases, this blocking was unintentional, and performed automatically by the Websense software. Blocking policies in these instances were reviewed on a case by case basis, and changed if necessary. In other cases, such as personal websites, there is a 60 minute daily quota enforced, so that those sites are not completely blocked. In remaining instances, for websites such as Youtube, MySpace, Facebook, and other websites that are not academic related, web sites are completely blocked. The Websense filter only affects the school district network, and does not affect home networks.

As of the 2007-2008 school year, a Mac Minder restriction is initially placed on every students' computer. These restriction include a limit of three hours of internet time after school hours during the school week and a total of five hours computer time during the weekends. A few weeks into the school year, students were given the option to submit a signed parent consent form to modify or remove their laptop's restrictions, despite the fact that many students had already found out how to "freeze" the program.

Clan Gordon Heritage

An elected student panel selected Shorecrest's mascot after a phase of thorough research. They first decided on a name--"Shorecrest" is the crest of a shoreline--and then selected the blue, green and gold color scheme. These colors, they discovered, coincided with the colors traditionally used by Clan Gordon in Scotland, so the students decided to adopt the Clan's palette. The panel sent a letter to the leaders of the Clan, who granted Shorecrest permission to be "part" of Clan Gordon–-every person who passes through Shorecrest becomes an honorary member. In addition, the school adopted many other features associated with the Clan: the names of Shorecrest's publications ("Highland Piper", "Loch", and "Tattoo") all have Scottish roots, and the marching band still sports the traditional costume of Clan Gordon, from kilt to sporran. Additionally, the clan's motto, found on its traditional crest, "bydand", has been translated as 'abiding' or 'resilience'.

Notable Alumni


*Ray Pinney, Former National Football League offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers
*Marc Wilson, Former National Football League quarterback with the New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders
*Michelle Akers, professional soccer player and member of the 1991 and 1999 world-champion U.S. Women's National Teams
*Glendon Rusch, Major League Baseball pitcher
*Terry Karg, Former Arena Football League QB with the Tampa Bay Storm and Connecticut Coyotes. Currently the Offensive Coordinator for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers
*Allen James, 1982, two time Olympian, 1992/1996 track and field athlete of the century at Western Washington University
*Kristina Thorson, Pitcher for the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch. Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in 2006 for University of California

Arts & Entertainment

*Rainn Wilson, actor (attended but transferred before graduating)
*Sean Nelson, frontman of the alternative rock group Harvey Danger
*Jeff Kashiwa, jazz musician
*Kevin Martinez, drummer for the band Down We Go
*Jeff Sifferman, guitarist for the band Down We Go
*Sanjaya Malakar, 7th place season 6 American Idol Contestant

Government & Law

*Rick Bender, Former Washington State Senator and Legislator (1973-1991)
*Dan Kristiansen, Current 39th District Washington State Representative (R)
*Kevin Phipps, Native American of the year 2007


* Baseball
* Tennis
* Cross Country
* Football
* Volleyball
* Soccer
* Swimming
* Basketball
* Gymnastics
* Wrestling
* Golf tees
* Track

Notable Athletics History


* 1992 Boy's Basketball Wesco Champs
* 1992 Boy's Basketball 2nd State
* 1993 Boy's Basketball Wesco Champs


* 1992 Boy's Football Wesco Champs
* 2005 Boy's Football Wesco Champs


* 1992 Boy's Tennis Wesco Champs


* 2001 Girl's Softball 4A State Champions


* 2004 4th In State
* 2006 3rd In State
* 2007 4th In State


* 2005 Boy's Soccer 3A State Championship
* 2005 Boy's Soccer Wesco 4A North Championship
* 1992 Girl's Soccer State Championship

Cross Country

* 2006 Boy's State Cross Country High Scorers
* 2007 Boy's State Cross Country 13th place

Math Olympiad

* 2006 State Math Olympiad 2nd Place

Hip Hop Team

* 2006 Hip Hop State Championship
* 2007 Hip Hop 3rd Nationals
* 2007 Hip Hop 2nd at State

Track & Field

* 2006 Track and Field 3A 2nd Place

Men's Swim and Dive

* 2007 Men's Swim/Dive Wesco Championship


*Weezer recorded a promo single acoustic version of Pink Triangle at Shorecrest in 1997 after the school won a contest to have the song played during lunch. [] A video recording of this performance appears on Weezer's DVD, Video Capture Device.
*Shorecrest won the "2008 most spirited high school award"

External links

* [ Main Shorecrest School Website]
* [ Shorecrest History of the Scottish Arts]
* [ Shorecrest Pipers and Highland Dancers]
* [ Shorecrest Gay Straight Alliance]

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