Clover Park High School - History



The high school was established in 1938 due to the rapid expansion of nearby military posts at Fort Lewis.

The cornerstone of the first Clover Park High School was laid June 28, 1938. According to the 1981 Clover Park yearbook, Odyssey, on February 23 of that year a fire destroyed the gym (where the fire had been started), the music center and the business department. Junior Alphred Shropshire was arrested and convicted for starting the fire. One wing of the original school is now used for the school district's Student Services Center.

The class of 1963 was the leading edge of the Baby Boom and was the largest graduating class of CPHS. The class of 1964 was actually larger, but in 1963, the class of 1964 split in half and formed the rival school Lakes High School.

Approximately 1100 students are enrolled each year. Their school mascot is the Warriors and the colors are kelly green and white with gold accents. During the 2005/2006 school year the current principal, John Seaton, took the reins from the former principal, Paul Tytler, who is now part of Stanford University's School Redesign Network.

In 2006, CPHS was listed in the OSPI (Washington State Office of Public Instruction) document The High Schools We Need: Improving an American Institution. The OSPI document states, "Clover Park is committed to maintaining high expectations for rigorous performance from students."

According to OSPI the evidence of effectiveness:

(1) Between 2002 and 2010, WASL scores increased by 30.4 percent in reading, 4.4 percent in math, 43.7 percent in writing, and 6.9 percent in science.
(2) Over the past seven years, student achievement increased and the gaps narrowed between the racial, ethnic, gender, cultural, and economic class groups within the school.
(3) The annual dropout rate declined from 14.1 percent to 5.5 percent between 2001 and 2010.
(4) The school successfully made adequate yearly progress in all areas in 2005 and was not mandated to do a plan for improvement.
(5) The college retention rate of students who received the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship as high school juniors averaged more than 75 percent in each year 2002-2004.
(6) Retention of highly qualified faculty has increased over the last five years.

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