Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Mallis and De Hart, Architects (firm); Wick Construction Company (firm); Joseph Henry Dillon DeHart (architect); William Mallis (architect); Andrew P. Wick (building contractor); Peter D. Wick Jr. (building contractor); Peter D. Wick Sr. (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1960-1961

15343 25th Ave NE
Briarcrest, Shoreline, WA 98155

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In 1959, the Shoreline School District #412 developed a general fund budget of $4,606,414 to operate its school system, of which local taxes paid for 17% of the cost, State of Washington funds contributed 60%, and county, federal and nontax sources provided the remaining 23%. In that 1959-1960 school year, 78% of the funding paid teachers' salaries. An additional $1,902,055 was set aside to pay for two new schools, Shorecrest High School (completed 1961) and Aldercrest Elementary School (finished in 1962). At this time, land was purchased near 12th Avenue NW and West 195th Street for an elementary school and the architectural firm of Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson received the commission to design a fourth junior high for the district, Kellogg Middle School, completed in 1962. (See "Shoreline School Budget Approved," Seattle Times, 10/07/1959, p. 55.)

The Shoreline School District #412 laid out the Shorecrest High School on a 50-acre site at the intersection of 25th Avenue and East 155th Street. According to the Seattle Times of 09/04/1960: "The $2,250,000 school, consisting of a number of dispersed building units surrounding open courts and connected by covered walks, will provide facilities for 1,200 pupils. Completion is scheduled late next summer." The article indicated that the school would contain 156,000 square feet of space accommodating 60 "teaching stations." The architects emphasized the fireproof materials used--reinforced concrete, masonry block and steel-frame construction--as well as the school's advanced fire alarm system. (See "$2,250,000 High School for Shoreline," Seattle Times, 09/04/1960, p. 22.)

Building History

The Seattle Times reported in 1960: "The Wick Construction Co. has been awarded a general contract for construction of the Shoreline High School, to be built at East 158th Street and 25th Avenue N.E. The mechanical contract went to Ballou Plumbing & Heating, and the electrical contract to the City Electric & Fixture Co. Total cost of the facility will be $2,277,759." (See "Contracts," Seattle Times, 06/07/1960, p. 22.)


In 2012-2013, alterations occurred to Shorecrest's Main Building and Gymnasium, as well as the construction of a Performing Arts Building. At this time, the old gymnasium, J Hall, and Shop Building were demolished to make way for a main 3-story classroom building, finished in 2014. According to an article in the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch web site, "Current work under way includes installation of forms and reinforcing steel and concrete being poured for stair towers of the new building." (See Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, "Udpate [sic]: on Shorecrest, Shorewood Construction," accessed 04/08/2015.)

PCAD id: 19523