Wilson High School

Replacement & Modernization Phase II

About this project

The goal of this phase of the Wilson High School modernization included upgrading buildings, modernizing systems, consolidating the campus, completing field upgrades and making entries and plazas more inviting. This project happened in phases with the intent to minimize impact and disruption to student activity.

Phase 1 improvements included:

  • Demolishing the old 400 and 600 halls and replacing them with a 30,000-square-foot, two-story academic building. This building features seven general learning spaces for students that include collaborative areas, small and large group presentation areas and an outdoor learning space. Special features include a state-of-the-art culinary arts program and broadcast studio.
  • Expanding the weight, wrestling and aerobics room.
  • Improving campus electrical, heating and ventilation systems.
  • Renovating locker rooms and other improvements to the gymnasium and pool buildings.
  • Other offsite improvements required by the City of Tacoma.
  • Phase 2 improvements included:

  • New two-story academic building
  • New music building
  • New athletic complex, including new track and artificial turf
  • Renovated gym and pool
  • Project statistics:

    Square footage - 30,000
    Total projected cost: $60.7 million
    Percent complete - 100%
    Open date - September 2016 (for academic building); gym and pool reopened in early 2017; music building, track and field completed in summer 2017

    Architect - NAC Architecture
    Contractor - Absher Construction

    News & updates

    Updated construction completion timeline

  • Academic building - Complete
  • Weight and wrestling room - Complete
  • Gym - Complete
  • Pool - Complete
  • Track and field construction - Complete
  • New music building - Complete
  • Questions? Email planning@tacoma.k12.wa.us for more information.


    Wilson High School opened in 1958 as a campus-style school that included 12 buildings spread out over 12 acres of land. But, with funds from the 2001 bond, the district completed stage one of its renovation.

    Phase one was completed in August 2006, with one three-story building replacing five previously existing structures and eight portables on the school grounds. The project added 42 classrooms in total, including: nine science classrooms, six business and marketing classrooms, and two remodeled and expanded art rooms.

    A therapeutic learning center was added to the school along with a new state-of-the-art library and media center to allow students to explore learning with the help of new technologies. Also, the career center, guidance center and administrative offices were updated and located at the new front of the school.​​​​​

    The most recent phase of construction began in 2015.