Welcome Timberline High School! Home of the Blazers!
Welcome to Timberline High School, the home the Blazers! Founded in 1970, Timberline serves 9-12th Graders in Lacey, Washington and is the largest school within the North Thurston Public Schools.
- 2020 US News Best High Schools: Ranked in the top 100 Washington State High Schools
- A Seattle Post-Intelligencer Top School for Student Involvement in Sports
- An active AVID School
Our unique programs & partnerships
- Outstanding elective programs in the Visual and Performing Arts, Career and Technology, World Languages, and Health & Fitness classes
- Intervention classes for students needing extra support
- Strong Advanced Placement program in a variety of academic areas
- Highly Certified AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program helps students further prepare to be college and career ready
- Comprehensive Peer Tutoring offered during and after school
- Nationally award-winning journalism program and student newsmagazine, The Blazer
Current School Goals
Academic Gap Goal:
- The percentage of students failing one or more classes will decrease by 8% in the first semester of the 2021-22 school year from 28% to 20%.
Behavior Gap Goal:
- By June 2022 the percentage of students self-reporting that “There is at least one adult who I can talk to if I have a problem” will increase by 15% from 75% who say always/almost always to 90% who say always/almost always.
Download the whole School Improvement Plan >> (PDF) Updated spring 2022
Mission: At Timberline High School, we take pride in being a comprehensive high school. We strive to help all of our students become college and career ready. We do this by offering strong academic and extracurricular programs as well as focusing on the social-emotional well-being of all students.
About our building
Timberline High School opened in 1970 as an open-concept school. At the time, this was a popular approach to the design of new high schools. Instead of classrooms, the school was divided into “pods,” and students attended classes according to modular scheduling of large classes in lecture halls and small group classes in open areas. They also had unscheduled time each day for self-directed learning.
That approach to teaching and learning soon evolved into a more traditional model. Teachers began to create makeshift classrooms using bookcases, cabinets and any other material on hand, and the schedule was changed to six class periods every day.
In 2006, construction of the “new Timberline” began. The school underwent a major $59.7 million modernization and addition project, and the main building was moved a few hundred yards from what is now the student parking lot. The gyms, pool, theatre, fine arts classrooms and auto shop areas were also remodeled. The new building has three floors of classrooms and is organized around the Commons, library, administrative offices and food service. The 197,728 square foot building, including 81 instructional spaces, plus 8 portable classrooms serve ninth through twelfth grade.