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Roosevelt High School
What I am to be I am now becoming
1410 NE 66th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98115
United States USA
Type Public
Established 1922
Principal Brian Vance
Faculty 84[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,710[1]
Color(s)      Green      Gold
Mascot Rough Riders
Information (206) 252-4810

Roosevelt High School (RHS) is a public school in the Seattle Public Schools district of Seattle, Washington, USA. Founded in the 1920s, Roosevelt continues to be one of the largest schools in the greater Seattle area. The school offers a wide variety of academic courses as well as extracurricular activities. In a yearlong series of reports on RHS, NPR described it as "an above-average school in a below-average school district."[2] The school is named after Theodore Roosevelt; the school's team, the Rough Riders, is named after Roosevelt's famous military regiment. It subsequently gave its name to the Roosevelt neighborhood and nearby Roosevelt Way N.E.[3] The school was remodeled from 2004 to 2006, during which classes were held in Lincoln High School. The building was seismically retrofitted and modernized, and many of the school's original architectural elements were preserved.


Programs, groups, and clubs

Roosevelt High School has the only full-time drama program in the Seattle School District[citation needed] . Eight periods of drama are offered per day including directing, acting, technical theater, production, design, and a complete musical theater program. There are four private voice teachers, a vocal director, and a choreographer for the annual musical.

Roosevelt High School remains one of the last two public schools in the Seattle Metropolitan area that offers Latin[citation needed]. The Latin language club is affiliated with the National Junior Classical League, and remains one of the largest local chapters[citation needed]; headed by Nora Macdonald, the Latin Language teacher.

In the Hands for a Bridge program, members choose to travel to either South Africa or Northern Ireland, where they help foster dialogue about diversity, prejudice, and social change. This group was created in 2001 by teachers Tom Nolet, Francene Watson, and Danny Rock with assistance from the University of Washington's Comparative History of Ideas program and the Jackson School of International Studies. Each student accepted to this program is enrolled in the HFB class, where an intensive semester-long study of literature, history, and the arts focuses on cultures in conflict[4]. The Northern Ireland travelers visit Hazelwood Intregrated College and Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry which is led by Paul Elwood and Chris Brownlee, while the South African travelers visit Isilimela Comprehensive School and Bellville High School (Hoërskool Bellville) in Cape Town[5].

In 2006, students and their teachers designed a robot to fly in a weightless environment. When a sensor on the spherical robot perceives a beam of infrared light, it stops its rotation and, with the force caused by a set of motors spinning heavy flywheels, rotates the "front" to face the source of light.[6]

Roosevelt High School was home of the first successful program in Seattle oriented around students with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high functioning autism.[citation needed]



Marching band

The marching band performs halftime shows at all home football games, basketball games, and occasionally volleyball games. Known as "The Pride of Seattle," this group of students also travels to and performs in multiple parades in the Northwest each year [7].


The Roosevelt Orchestra program includes the Concert Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra. The orchestras perform annually at various concerts and competitions, including the annual competition in Gresham, Oregon.[8] The group recently placed second in the 2010 festival, with first place going to crosstown rivals Garfield in a close decision.

Jazz band

The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs and competes all over the nation and has traveled internationally. The band has been a finalist many times in the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York, winning second place in 2005 & 2009 and first place in 2002, 2007 and 2008[9]. Every year, the jazz band groups travel to Moscow, Idaho to compete in the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival, one of the largest festivals for young people in the world. Besides its renowned jazz band, there is an excellent vocal jazz, as well as two after-school jazz bands: Jazz Bands II and III. Jazz Band III was introduced at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year because of an increased number of jazz musicians arriving at Roosevelt.

Concert bands

Besides the jazz bands and orchestras, student musicians have the option to be in one of two concert bands. One band is called the Cadet Band, and consists predominantly of freshmen. The second concert band is the award-winning Symphonic Band, which competes in several local competitions[citation needed].


Roosevelt High School is well-known for its drama program[citation needed]. Each year they have a "Dramafest", a series of ten to fifteen student produced plays, a Winter Production, and a Spring Musical.

However this year they are doing two musicals a fall musical (White Christmas) and a spring musical (TBA).


Girls' basketball

The girl's basketball team has won one state championship [10] and had a wide-release theatrical movie, The Heart of the Game based on their experiences.[11]


Roosevelt offers several languages, including: Latin, Spanish, Japanese, French, and is the only school in the city that offers American Sign Language.


The Roosevelt News is a National Pacemaker Award winning paper[12] produced monthly by students and overseen by a staff advisor. visit


59.9% - White
22.3% - Asian
9.0% - Black
7.4% - Hispanic
1.4% - American Indian/Alaska Native[13]

Notable alumni

Alumni of Roosevelt High School include:


  1. ^ a b "Washington State Report Card - Seattle Public Schools - Roosevelt High School". Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  2. ^ NPR : One Year in the Life at Roosevelt High School, A Special Report
  3. ^ Roosevelt High School Rough Riders
  4. ^ Hands For A Bridge » About
  5. ^ Hands For A Bridge
  6. ^
  7. ^ RHS Music Program
  8. ^ ::Welcome to RHS orchestra::
  9. ^ "EE Winners". 
  10. ^ "WIAA History". 
  11. ^ The Heart of the Game at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ NSPA winners
  13. ^

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