The history behind Renton High School

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Kierra Frazier, Staff Writer

Renton High School is the oldest high school in the Renton School District. Renton High was built and founded on the land originally owned by the Duwamish Tribe in March 1911. According to the Renton High School page, when the school first opened, there were only 43 students that attended: “17 freshmen, 19 sophomores, 3 juniors, and 4 seniors.”

The school had been through a lot between the years 1911 through 1969.

The Renton High page also shares that, “The school stood on wooden pilings, which started to rot when Lake Washington was lowered owing to the building of the ship canal. The timbers cracked and the crowded building sank a few inches during the 1923 graduation ceremonies. It was replaced by a larger school in March 1932. In 1941 the old building was torn down and a new addition was added. The school remodeled in 1969.”

In addition, Renton High School’s mascot is the Indians. The name was adopted in honor of Henry Moses. Henry Moses attended Renton in the years of 1916-1920. He was the last chief of the Duwamish tribe. When he passed away in January 1964, his widow and the rest of the Duwamish tribe asked Renton High School to keep the nickname “the Renton Indians” to honor his memory.

Today, Renton High’s mascot still remains the Indians, with an attendance now of over 1000 students enrolled.

Renton is full of amazing staff, students, clubs, and sports.