Stadium High School HEADLINES
1875 – Tacoma incorporates as a city.
Stadium High School’s unusual profile owes to its unusual history. It’s a product of the economic depression of 1893, the competitive spirit of a man named Henry Villard, and the architectural talent of Frederick Heath, a Wisconsin native who moved to Tacoma and became one of the most versatile and prolific West Coast architects of the early 20th century.
“Old Woman’s Gulch” was named after fishermen’s widows and formed by torrents of water rushing to Puget Sound.
Even people who’ve never set foot in Stadium High School have strong emotional ties to it.
Shortly after Stadium High School turns 100, Marie Aitken will turn 103.
Jeff Hayes has explored every nook and cranny of Stadium High School.
Tarzan graduated from Stadium. Ditto Daniel Boone, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, Mildred Pierce’s husband, Bert, and James Cody, that fellow who was always getting sideways of Humphrey Bogart in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
Stadium High School’s fairy-tale turrets and majestic setting overlooking Commencement Bay have enthralled onlookers for a century – even as its interior gradually disintegrated into a mishmash of outdated, dysfunctional spaces.
Anyone who’s ever remodeled a house knows about finding the unexpected.
The Stadium High School project is one of 18 public projects statewide using the “general construction/contractor manager” or GCCM arrangement.
The City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has presented an award for the renovation of historic Stadium High School.
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