October 6, 2015
UPDATED — 12:47 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015
The Issaquah School District will add a new secondary school in 2016, and it already has a name.
Gibson Ek High School, described on its website as an innovative, interest-based learning opportunity, will open Sept. 1, 2016 on the site that currently houses Issaquah Middle School.
The new school comes after the Issaquah School Board voted last year to shut down Tiger Mountain Community High School, which has served as the district’s alternative high school since 1971.
But district officials stressed that Gibson Ek is not an alternative school, nor is it replacing Tiger Mountain, which will close following the 2015-16 school year. Read more
February 21, 2014
May 30, 1911, was a special occasion for Issaquah resident Mabel Ek.
So special, in fact, that the moment called for a new outfit. Ek arrived at Issaquah’s Baptist Church, near what is now the Darigold plant, wearing a new dress, knitted gloves and shoes specially ordered from Oregon.
City residents, of which there were only 500 at the time, arrived in droves to honor Ek and her classmates Mary and Olive Gibson.
After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.