Chief Sealth Class of 1980
This Website is dedicated to news and activities of and for the Alumni of Chief Sealth Class of 1980.
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Chief Sealth High School is a public high school in the Seattle Public Schools district of Seattle, Washington. Opened in 1957 in southern West Seattle, Chief Sealth has roughly one thousand students, who comprise one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse student bodies in Washington State.
Chief Sealth High School is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) school, offering IB courses and the full IB diploma program. In addition, it offers Academy of Finance, Academy of Travel and Tourism, Graphic Arts, Performing Arts, Proyecto Saber, and Sports Marketing.
Its current principal, John Boyd, is himself a former Sealth Seahawk, graduating in 1982. Nicknamed "Vanilla Thunder", Boyd was the leading scorer (16.1 points per game) in Sealth's best-performing basketball team (24 and 2, 4th in Washington State). They had All-Metro honors for two consecutive years and retired Boyd's jersey number 24.
Begun in 1975 at Chief Sealth High School, Proyecto Saber (Spanish for "Project: To Know") is a "school within a school", providing help in all academic areas to the neighborhood's Latino community. Currently, there are about 250 students enrolled in courses offered by this one-of-a-kind bilingual/bi-cultural program at Chief Sealth High School, Ballard High School and Denny Middle School in the Seattle Public Schools District. With an education-can-make-all-the-difference mantra, Proyecto Saber not only provides homework assistance, but also offers workshops that deal with topics such as racism, leadership, famous Latin Americans, etc. There is also a mariachi band, a youth club and an annual Cinco de Mayo assembly.
Chief Sealth students have produced several documentaries, including The Diaries of High Point, which won an Emmy Award. An environmental studies pilot program incorporating photography, environmental research, and service learning, supported by wildlife photographer Art Wolfe (a Sealth alum), provides opportunities for Sealth students to mentor students at nearby schools. Students in the Sports Marketing program have researched and documented Negro League Baseball player movements in the western United States, focusing on the career of Buck O'Neil. In 2004, Chief Sealth High School hosted the first Negro Leagues Baseball Museum exhibit on the west coast. In 2006, Sealth students, Chunda Zeng, Jasdeep Saran, and Yuto Fukushige, rode bicycles from Seattle to Kansas City, Missouri to raise funds for the Museum's Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center.In 2007, Chief Sealth seniors earned more than 1.4 million dollars in grant and scholarship money for college.
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