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About This School

Stadium is a public high school in Tacoma. The principal of Stadium is Gail Barnum. 1,619 students go to Stadium and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 24% of the 1,619 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Stadium is 20:1. Community Based Trans Program is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 47%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 6% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 14%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 57%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    How is there such a broad extreme from one teacher to another as to how they teach. It's hard to believe all the teachers at Stadium are all in the same school. Don't have a standard for all the teachers there and train their teachers so they would know how to live up to the schools teaching motto. I just recently went to talk to one of my Son's teachers about his grades. He has good grades in some classes and bad in others so I went to speak to teachers. Some teachers are respectful to parents but don't know how to handle the kids and play spiteful games with my son making it impossible for him to get answers about class assignments. Other teachers are respectful to parents and students. In other words they teach by example. His grades are better in the classes where he can feel comfterable talking with his teachers. One teacher is disrespectful to me/his father and the students. This teacher plays favorites helps some kids more than others. My son is begging this teacher for help and can't get it. If a teacher is ready to throw in the towel from frustration I can understand but education is also very important. I got a disrespectful e-mail from this same teacher. I'm in shock.

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to SHS currently and am a sophomore. if you are a parent who's child is going to attend stadium soon you should know that our big sports teams- like football and basketball havent won in about 90 yrs. but our smaller teams- soccer lacross and swim do very well (the boys swim team won state in 2011-2012 school year). as for the academics the teachers vary (since they are all in the union) they are rarely given crique about their teaching. some are good some are very bad. the way to get things done is take charge with the counclors (dont let them boss u around) ask students who the best teachers are. we have a drug problem but if your kid is already good then dont worry. so in conclusion teachers vary our big sports teams suck and we have been known for our drug problems (like all highschools)

  • (3 years ago)

    great place for kids to learn and grow! I am happy with my sons experience here. I would send any kid here and feel good about the recomendation!

  • (3 years ago)

    The pride and tradition at this school is amazing and the building is incredible

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very impressed dwith what SHS is able to accomplish with the broad and diverse studentbody. It is able to handle kids who take AP and go to the Ivy League and kids who are heading to the military trade school and the world of work. They have an award winning and very popular music program excellent science program and lots of extracurriculars. Their main teams don't do so well but they excel in the small sports like swimming soccer lacrosse etc. The language programs are excellent and of course the castle school building and stadium rocks. My daughter has blossomed here she had the choice to go here SOTA Bellarmine and she chose SHS and has never regretted it. Boosters are extremely active and the administration is responsive.

  • (4 years ago)

    I recently came to the SotA (School of the Arts Tacoma) in freshmen year I got to go to Stadium. I was hesitant to switch because the large amount of friends I had met at Stadium and the classes I got to attend. My brother (who is the same age as me) is still going to SHS and we like to compare schools I am reluctant to say but he always wins. Just remember no matter how bad you may think a school is think of all the great things it has and think if you don't have them the school spirit honor classes sport teams more then one language taught etc. Please don't listen to the people complaining about the school just because they didn't know how to take advantage all this great school has to offer.

  • (4 years ago)

    I as a student disliked this school it did not give me any good memories. I felt like i was driven out of the school. I am now a sophomore and i still attend Stadium High I'm trying to transfer out.

  • (5 years ago)

    I currently have 2 sons in Stadium one a sophmore one a freshman. A little to early to tell with my freshman but I know Stadium has halped tremendously with my Sophmore.... going from almost all F's in 8th grade to now an A-B student.

  • (7 years ago)

    Stadium high is a terrible place to learn. Communication is spread thin causing confusion. terrible athletics departement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just graduated from Stadium this Spring and I feel so fortunate to have gone here. It seems to be the school that either you love or hate and most people love it. It's more of a liberal school but that suited me just fine. I found my education to be great. The AP classes offered at Stadium are tremendous and the Foreign Languages are awesome. The German French and two of the Spanish teachers are amazing. And the school spirit at Stadium is incredible. That's the kind of school I would send my child to.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a very shy freshman at Stadium. She seems to be coming out of her shell this year because the coaches teachers and kids are so nice. She has went from an 'average' middle schooler to an honor roll kid in AP classes. I just can't believe the positive difference H.S. is making in her life. The only drawback I have found is getting call backs from the councelors.

  • (7 years ago)

    I can't believe the negative comments on this site. We had six boys graduate from Stadium and they all have different strengths. The school was great for all of them. The music program is especially good. The bands do well in contests all over and they have gone to Europe New Orleans California and many other places to perform. The teachers and the principal are great!

  • (7 years ago)

    I used to live in the town of Acton Massachusetts and attended Acton-Boxborough Regional High School until my senior year when we had to move for my dad's job. Compared to AB the quality of education here at stadium is downright horrible. The class sizes are huge and led by horrible teachers there is less than 100% graduation nowhere near 98% of kids go to college (like at AB). You can't get off campus or driving privileges here; the students aren't trusted. Few horrible sports teams poor music program and drama bad academic teams and other extracurriculars few and bad. There are only like 5 AP classes compared to AB's 20 and the building may look cool from the outside but it's not a 90 000 000 dollar state of the art school. I really miss AB and Stadium is a horrible place to learn.

  • (8 years ago)

    If you work hard you'll do fine here.

  • (8 years ago)

    We had a wonderful experience at Stadium.

  • (9 years ago)

    Stadiums teachers are very clueless. At least the other schools I have been to the teachers cared somewhat of whether you passed their class or not. Stadium says they hold the students to their highest potential but when I was there I found that it was hard to follow the teachers. They told us the straight answer but they never took the time to explain ANYTHING. The whole entire school board is pure sloppy.

  • (9 years ago)

    Stadium is an amazing school. I'm a junior now & I love everything about it - i love the students (especially c/o 2006) I love the teachers I love everything about it - it may be a big school and we have some occasionally fights here and there but its nothing our school cant handle. Everyone works together well - I'm in ASB at school and we all love to work hard to make sure that the school year is the best it can be. Parents students & teachers make it great for a fun learning enviroment!

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm a sophomore this year and Stadium's had its problems and all but not every high school is perfect. Stadium I think is by far one of the greatest high schools. Many of the teachers are willing to explain and take their own time to help you understand something if you don't get it the first time around. There are really great after-school activities too that almost anyone can participate in. I love going to Stadium and people can trash Stadium all they want but I don't think they'll find a better high school than ours. -TANG c/o 2007

  • (9 years ago)

    The classes are so big that in the first two weeks that you dont know what teacher you are going to have for sure. The Teachers Could use some work. the big thing is students that are out of control some of the students are always trying to pick a fight. The staff in the office is great. The sophemore Class right now (class of 2007) is the biggest calss right now and there is a limited amount of teachers so the classes are full from 28-34 studests per calss.

  • (10 years ago)

    I loved this school! I went to high school here for just a few months but the teacher's are great and overall it is a high school that is at highest quality. My sister now attends a local Christain school and it's not even close to Stadium's quality. Every high school will have drugs and bad students and fights but Stadium stands out by the simple fact of how the teachers/staff and students handle it togehther. Plus the education part is great too. I one day hope to be a teacher here at Stadium!

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