EWHS grads, families and friends celebrate with gala cap-and-gown reception along Main Street

It started as an idea generated by students that went viral, and it all came together Sunday afternoon on Main Street hill in Edmonds. Members of the Edmonds-Woodway High School Class of 2020 donned caps and gowns and filled the sidewalks to greet — and be greeted by — parents, friends and well-wishers honoring them on their achievement in a graduation procession like no other.

“This is great!” said E-W grad Jadyn Waram. “I’d rather be here right now than in a stuffy old gym! This is something I’ll really remember!”

The parade of cars, motorcyles, golf carts, trucks, bicycles – anything that rolled – began building shortly before 4 p.m., and by 4:30 Main Street was a solid mass of horn-honking traffic stretching from 5 Corners to 9th Avenue.

Packed with enthusiastic (and very vocal) supporters, many vehicles sported balloons, streamers, and signs, all in the green and purple school colors.

All of the Edmonds School District high schools canceled their traditional graduation ceremonies this year due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Instead, seniors at all schools — including Edmonds-Woodway — were videotaped receiving their diplomas and videos are being produced to document the occasion for each high school.

Edmonds-Woodway’s video is set to be released on June 12, the students’ original graduation date.

— Photos by Larry Vogel




    1. My understanding is that with the merger of Edmonds and Woodway High Schools, the school colors were also combined.

      1. From the Edmonds Woodway High School Wikipedia entry:
        “Edmonds-Woodway was formed when Edmonds High School and Woodway High School, both schools in the city of Edmonds, merged in 1990. They combined the Edmonds and Woodway High School colors (gold, purple, orange and green), although purple and green are the dominant colors used. The school used the old Woodway High School building until construction on a new facility at the old Edmonds High School site.[citation needed] Prior to the merger, the two schools were academic and athletic rivals, despite sharing feeder middle schools.[3]

        The new school, which opened in 1998, is located close to Highway 99 and is accessible from Interstate-5. It is designed around a central courtyard with a separate theater building and classrooms organized in small learning communities. It received several regional and national design awards, including the 1990 Masonry Institute of Washington’s Masonry Excellence Award for the use of masonry throughout the project, as well as the national annual design award of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, the 1999 James D. MacConnell Award for outstanding new educational facilities.[4] Bassetti Architects of Seattle was the architectural firm for the new building.

        In June 2018, the building’s clock tower was named after longtime administrator, Geoff Bennett, who retired after being honored at the school’s graduation ceremony. [5]

        Past principals include Miriam Mickelson (2012-2015), Michelle Trifunovic (2007-2012), Alan Weiss (1995-2007). Rainer Houser was the first principal of Edmonds-Woodway from 1990 to 1995.[6][7] “

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