High School Sports
School spotlight: Garfield High School
Location/district: Central District/Seattle
Colors: Purple and white
Enrollment: 1,688 (grades 9-12)
Biggest rival: Franklin
Last state title: 2001 (boys swimming)
When it opened: 1920 (originally East High, renamed after President James A. Garfield in 1923)
Notable alumni: Bruce Lee, legendary martial artist and actor; Jimi Hendrix, rock 'n' roll icon; musician Quincy Jones; Joyce Walker, Harlem Globetrotter and college All-American basketball player at LSU; Yasser Seirawan, international grandmaster chess player; Ernestine Anderson, jazz musician; Minoru Yamasaki, architect who designed World Trade Center; Chuck Carroll, UW running back and 1928 college player of year; Debbie Armstrong, Olympic gold medalist skier; Jack Benaroya, real-estate mogul and philanthropist; Kenneth Alhadeff, philanthropist and former Longacres co-owner; Moriguchi family, owners and operators of Uwajimaya.
Bet you didn't know: Aside from its perennial mass of National Merit Scholars and a Washington-best 11 state titles in boys basketball, Garfield's strongest program is its award-winning jazz band headed by Clarence Acox.
Fight song outtake:
"I'm so glad that I go to Garfield High,
Singing glory hallelujah, I go to Garfield High."
Web site: www.ghs.seattleschools.org
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