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    Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Opening of Ingraham High School Classroom Addition
    Posted on 09/11/2019
    Cheerleaders perform at Ingraham Ribbon cutting ceremony

    Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Opening of Ingraham High School Classroom Addition

    On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Ingraham cheer squad joined district leadership, elected officials, and Principal Martin Floe to celebrate the opening of the school’s new classroom addition. In her remarks, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau recognized all of the work it takes to complete a capital construction project.

    “All great things require a collective and focused effort,” Juneau said.

    More Classrooms, Fewer Portables

    Students returned to an enlarged Ingraham High School when classes began on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The new two-story addition on the north side of the school provides 18 new classrooms, two new science labs, a makerspace, small group collaboration spaces, and a new main entrance. Most portables on the campus have been removed, with classes moving into either the previously existing buildings or the new addition.

    a group of people with a wide red ribbon in front of them and scissors in their hands


    Originally opened in 1959, Ingraham High School was built around a series of courtyards to bring light into hallways and classrooms. In 2011, a 12-classroom addition at the west end of the school continued this pattern, incorporating an interior courtyard into the two-story building.

    The exterior of the auditorium and connecting foyer, and the exterior of the gymnasium were designated as historic landmarks in 2017. Design and construction of the new addition did not alter these landmarks.

    Designing for Growing Enrollment

    Enrollment growth at the high school level, particularly in the north portion of the city, led the district to plan for a 500-student classroom addition as part of the Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy, which was approved by Seattle voters in February 2016.

    The design for the addition drew on input from a School Design Advisory Team (SDAT), which included the school principal and staff, three members of the local community, and district administrators. The SDAT developed site-specific design goals and provided input into how to convey a sense of the Ingraham school culture.

    Flexible Learning and Gathering Spaces

    The district’s Educational Specifications for High Schools called for learning support spaces that provide opportunities for students to participate in a wider range of learning activities. The addition incorporates these spaces with open and enclosed small group collaboration spaces.

    A new student forum adjacent to the new entry provides a large student gathering space. The new makerspace provides new learning opportunities and opens to a courtyard to support student projects.

    Teaching areas are organized around open collaboration spaces that are located along the courtyards, continuing the open courtyard concept of the original building and the 2011 addition.

    With the 46,000 square-foot addition, Ingraham can accommodate up to 1,700 students in grades 9 through 12.


    This project incorporates an innovative solar heat control system through the use of operable blinds along a two-story glass wall. Tied to air handling controls, these blinds raise or lower when needed for warm or cool days.

    Additional Work Included

    The project also included improvements to other buildings on the campus. Parts of the existing roof were replaced with funding from BTA IV. Earthquake safety and water system improvements were installed, funded by the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy, approved by voters in 2013.

    Ingraham High School is located at 1819 N. 135th St.