Welcome to North Thurston High School!

  • Welcome to North Thurston High School! We opened in 1955 and are a comprehensive high school that serves 9th through 12th grade in Olympia and Lacey, Washington. We have an award-winning staff and a slew of unique programs and opportunities for students. Go Rams!

Unique things we do at North Thurston

    • Advanced Placement and advanced/honors classes in 12 areas in over 35 sections with half of our students enrolled
    • Math peer tutoring program
    • Award-winning marching band
    • English Language Learners program serves students district-wide
    • College in the High School classes offering college credit
    • The Renaissance Leadership program provides academic and student recognition programs
    • 2009, 2013, and 2014 Washington Achievement Award Winners
    • Award-winning Library and Information program
    • Community service clubs partner with local Rotary, Kiwanis, MADD, Thurston Together, United Way of Thurston County, and Project Zero
    • Military Support Group supports students of active duty military members and works in connection with JBLM
    • Our Career and Technical Education programs connect students with industry leaders
    • AVID program to prepare students for college readiness and success; is offered at each grade level.

Current Goals

  • Academic Gap Goals:

    • Increase the percentage of Pacific Islander / Native Hawaiian students passing all classes from 52% in the fall of 2022 and 55% in the spring of 2023 to 70% each semester in the fall and spring of 2023-24.
    • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiians regular attenders for the 2022-23 school year were 25% in the fall and 21% in the spring. Our goal is to raise both Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiians to 35% for fall 2023 and spring of 2024.

    Download the whole School Improvement Plan >> (PDF) Updated spring 2024

AESD Accredited!

  • We are AESD (Association of Educational Service Districts) Accredited 2017-2023


  • North Thurston High School is a community of learners committed to individual excellence. We empower learners by fostering an environment that promotes intellectual and emotional growth. We believe in equity and unity while celebrating diversity. We are a safe and caring community where all strive to learn, grow, and achieve.

Partners in Education

Community Involvement

  • North Thurston values the strong support of our families, alumni, and community. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, tutoring, participating in events and field trips, helping in the classroom, and more. 

Survey Results



  • To view Enrollment Statistics, Demographics, and State Test Scores, view the Washington OSPI Report Card.

Building History

  • North Thurston High School was built in 1954 on 38.4 acres. It is located at 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE in Lacey.

    By 1967, the auto shop and pool were added, followed by the library in 1972.

    From 1983-1984, the building was completely demolished and rebuilt, except for the library, auto shop, and pool. The auditorium, known today as the Koval Center for the Performing Arts, was added in 1995.

    A technology upgrade was completed in 1996 and an HVAC upgrade was completed in 2000. In 2003, utilizing bond and state assistance funds, the pool was modernized, due in part to severe structural earthquake damage. In 2009, the pool boiler was upgraded. Exterior building upgrades of the Koval Center were completed in 2010 utilizing state grant funds. In 2011, energy-efficient lighting upgrades were completed in the gym utilizing state energy grant funds. The 175,459 square foot building, including 67 instructional spaces, plus 16 portable classrooms serve ninth through twelfth grade.

    As part of the 2014 Bond, a complete modernization was completed with an updated main building, separated bus loading area, art installation, walkways, and more.