March 19, 2015
It only happens every 100 years—that’s literally once in a lifetime—so don’t miss it!
As you have read throughout this issue of the “Tukwila Reporter”, the Foster High School centennial is upon us. One century ago, Foster issued its first-ever diploma to Ava Sophia Adams. The world has never been the same since that historic moment, with 100 years of brilliant, compassionate, unique alumni following in her footsteps.
Bulldog graduates include internationally renowned composers and musicians, fire chiefs and service people, governors, lawmakers, inventors, scientists, doctors, artists, writers, entertainers, executives, journalists, community advocates and leaders … they are everywhere doing everything. Personally, I am proudest when I walk through the halls of our schools and see alumni who have come back to make one of the biggest possible contributions to their community—they are educators. For instance, how incredible is it that Foster High Principal Pat Larson is herself a proud Bulldog?
Foster’s legacy is prodigious, and we certainly have some partying to do for its 100th birthday! Foster High is the heart of the Tukwila community, and we invite everyone to come for singing, dancing, remembering, connecting, food, and fun during the official celebration starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the school. We have had RSVPs from alumni and staff spanning the decades, so you are sure to see some familiar faces.
As we gear up for the big shindig, I want to give special recognition to two groups.
First, thanks to the centennial planning committee. For more than a year, this group of dedicated volunteers has met to plan a celebration that truly embodies the Bulldog spirit. The Classes of 1944 to 2015 are represented on the committee, and it has been a true grassroots and team effort to pull off—with great success and creativity—an event of this magnitude. THANK YOU from the entire Foster community. In particular, kudos to Linda Abernathy, Pat Brodin, Louise Jones Brown, Leda Buller, Pat Dowd, Allan Ekberg, Greg Fisher, Cierra Ghafari, Erin Goodwill, Alan and Kate Gunsul, Riley Haggard, Mikel Hansen, Jim Harding, Pam Harris, Ramie Havens, Vince Koester, Ron Lamb, Pat Larson, Anita MacPherson, Bonnie and Steve Mullet, Sharon Nakata, Sara Niegowski, Dean Radford, Joan Ricketts, Mike Shannon, Erin McGibbon Smith, Mark Wahlstrom, Keith Williams, and Ed Ziolkowski.
Second, thanks to the current Foster High students. As always, they are prepared to be the most gracious and vibrant hosts when the school opens its doors for the celebration. In addition to honoring Foster’s past this Saturday, I am excited to share its present and future with you. If you have not been to the school recently, prepare to have your socks knocked off (but pick them right back up because the sock hop starts at 7 p.m.!) by how worldly, optimistic, and engaging you will find our high schoolers. They are an impressive group, deftly carrying the Foster tradition into the next century.
I will see you on Saturday wearing purple! If not, you’re going to have to wait another hundred years…
Dr. Nancy Coogan
Superintendent, Tukwila School District