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News Release
Bellevue High School Centennial Celebration -- Bellevue School District - 09/27/23

Celebrating one hundred years of education and commitment to community 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — On Saturday, September 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., students, staff, family, and friends from far and near will convene at 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA., marking 100 years of existence for Bellevue High School! Food, games, performances, and an antique car display are just a few of the things planned for both old and new friends of the school and community. There will also be a campus-wide scavenger hunt and historical tour marking significant times for the school, students and alumni. Many memorable events are planned for enthusiastic partygoers who will be a part of the illustrious history.    

   Known for its longstanding academic excellence, the recent US News & World Report ranks Bellevue High School as a top-performing public high school and #5 in Washington state. Principal Vic Anderson said, "Bellevue has become one of the leading hubs of technology and industry in the Pacific Northwest and beyond over the last several decades. We've grown into a diverse population with an international flair, and this is one opportunity to open our doors and tell the story of Bellevue High School and the community that supports public education and our youth with unflinching commitment and dedication."   

 The Bellevue Schools Foundation, Bellevue High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), and Eastside Heritage Center partnered with the Bellevue School District to bring great significance and fun to the event. Superintendent Kelly Aramaki shared, "Bellevue High School has been educating high school students, including my grandfather, who graduated from Bellevue High in 1931. We are in a region where members of the Duwamish and Snoqualmie tribes hunted and fished, European settlers mined for coal and logged, and Japanese immigrants farmed and raised produce. Now a global hub of innovation, technology, and business, welcoming people from around the world, Bellevue has been called home to many. In my grandfather's 1931 senior annual, the dedication on page five states: ‘We, the Senior Class of 1931, do dedicate this Annual to the future students of Bellevue High School in the hope that they will continue the growth and prosperity of our school.’ All these years later, that hope has been realized, and I can't wait for our community to see what we will accomplish together as Bellevue's beloved community in the next 100 years."  

Bellevue High School's history can be traced back to 1923 when it first became an accredited four-year high school — 30 years before the Bellevue community became a city. Classes were then held in a two-room school built in 1892 at the southeast corner of 100th Avenue and Main Street. Two additional moves and 100 years later, the building's most recent construction was completed in the summer of 2012.   

The Bellevue School District, with over 18,000 students and 28 schools, is a diverse and dynamic district in East King County, Washington. Its mission is "To serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another's humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students."  

Attached Media Files: BHS Celebration_9.27.23