A high school is more than a mere edifice where the contents can be shuffled and emitted back out in another repository. A person’s high school becomes a huge part of their very foundation for a lifetime.
We hold high school reunions because that time of our life is the most indelible of all our experiences. High school is the formula that creates our dearest friends, our sharpest memories and our grandest dreams. A student goes to elementary schools and middles schools, but they become their high school.
Closing Henry Foss High School might save a sum of money in the short term, but it will dissect a wonderful community of students who are high achievers and fantastic people. It is a disgrace to burden the lives of these students because the adults in their lives have failed. Even if the school were to reopen in three years, it will never be the same and the students who made it what it is will never be the same. Regardless of where they end up, it will not feel like their school.
I urge the Tacoma School District to make this decision about the students rather than about facilities. A school district should always have the best interest of the students as its first priority and closing Foss cannot, in any manner, be construed as what it is best for the students.