Late last month, Tyee High School supporters wore their hearts on their sleeves to celebrate a Groundbreaking Ceremony, which marked the beginning of the construction project for a new state-of-the-art high school in SeaTac.

“What a heartwarming, joyful afternoon with elected officials, alumni, school leaders, staff, students, families, construction and labor partners…and a free ice cream truck,” organizers said. Vanir Construction Management provided the ice cream treats.

Event mementos included a commemorative card with old and new school images from Integrus Architecture, and pieces of the cafeteria stage floor from the old school.

A project banner featuring a rendering of the new high school design hung from the old football field goal posts as the backdrop to the groundbreaking ceremony.

Speakers included:

  • Donny Stevenson, Honorable Council Vice Chairman, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Victoria Terry, Principal, Tyee High School
  • Jurnee Robinson, Past ASB president & 11th Grade Student, Tyee High School
  • Scott Logan, Highline Chief Operations Officer
  • Monty Anderson, Executive Secretary, Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Dr. Ivan Duran, Superintendent
  • Azeb Hagos, Carrie Howell, Aaron Garcia Virgen and Joe Van, School Board Members
  • Adam Smith, U.S. Representative
  • Dave Upthegrove, Councilmember, King County
  • Iris Guzman and Senayet Negusse, Councilmembers, City of SeaTac
  • Robin Adams, Alumnus & Representative, Friends of Tyee
  • Kyla Blair, Past Chair, Yes for Highline
  • Ellie Daneshnia, Executive Director, Capital Planning & Construction
  • Amy Vanderhorst, Principal Architect, Integrus
  • Darnell Cola, Vice President & Area Manager, Vanir Construction Management
  • Curt Gimmestad, Vice President Industry Engagement, Absher Construction Company

“Thank you to everyone who joined us in the hot sun to celebrate what SeaTac and the entire Highline community can accomplish when we work together to keep our Highline Promise to our students — our future!”

More info on the new Tyee High School is here.


Below are photos of the event, courtesy Highline Public Schools: