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aroyalstory stories from lynnwood high school

aroyalstory stories from lynnwood high school compiled by mahlialin jeannette maynor

“ ” This year, for the first time in the history of Lynnwood High School, there will be a graduating class. This is the class of ‘73. The same class that spent a year at College Place Junior High, and the same class that opened up LHS for generations to come. We have built traditions that will stand a lifetime jeromekarnofski 1973laureate

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ONCE UPON A TIME... Magical trees, a chicken paradise and “home of the royals”


CLASS OF ‘73 & KARNOFSKI “We are alive and free, we are the class of ‘73”


CHIMERICAL Our mascot and a family of Royals


ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW The growth of diversity at LHS

Traditions 20

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RETURN TO CAMELOT What was the first homecoming like?

FROM ‘73 TO 2012 Traditions that make LHS Royal THE BENCH MOB Breaking and entering, stealing, a spandex cat suit and years of school spirit THE HOLY GRAIL OF HOMECOMING The birth of the Spirit Boot

Fin nior tra hool & se e old sc th

Athletics 30 30 31


RACE TO THE FINISH- LINE Levy loss affects track team FOOTBALL 2004 A win after five- year losing streak

Legends 33

MORE THAN TECHERS Tribute to four phenomenal teachers

A new home 38

RAZING THE PASS Final farewell to the old Lynnwood High School


THE END... A chapter ends and another begins


Beginning In the city of Lynnwood there are hundreds of stories waiting to be told. This is a royal story...

The Beginning The Beginning

Once upon a time...

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edar, spruce, hemlock and Doug-fir trees covered every inch of Alderwood Manor. In 1889, ten miles east of Edmonds, a Scottish stonemason named Duncan Hunter filed a homestead claim for 80 acres of land and built a cabin in the secluded forested area becoming the first non-Native American permanent resident in present day Lynnwood. The plethora of trees that covered Alderwood Manor attracted many loggers. Between 1900 and 1920 logging companies, such as the Puget Mill Company, turned the city from acres of forest to thousands of acres of tree stumps as tall as thirty feet. By 1920 the land was being sold as five to ten acre Ranchettes. A 30acre demonstration farm was built to teach local landowners how to raise chickens on their Ranchettes. People traveled from all over the country with the hope of becoming successful egg farmers. By August 1921, Alderwood Manor was the second largest egg producer in America, recognized by the American Poultry Association as one of the country’s greatest poultry centers, and was home to one of the most famous chickens in the world, Babe Ruth. Ruth laid an egg nearly everyday for a year. However, after the Great Depression, the egg business began to fail and people who invested in chicken farming went into other businesses and services which was the beginning of a real community. After Highway 99 was created in 1927, the small town of Alderwood Manor was connected to the rest of the world. In 1937 Karl O’Beirn, a Seattle realtor, platted the land he owned along Highway 99 in Alderwood Manor and named his lumber store Lynnwood, after his wife Lynn O’Beirn and the current city name, Alderwood. Soon, everyone was using the name Lynnwood for their businesses. On April 23, 1959 the city of Lynnwood became incorporated. Eleven years later, a brick castle called Lynnwood High School was being built on 30th Avenue West and 189th Street South West. This became a place where about 310 students and over 40 faculty members laid the foundation for years of tradition, academic excellence, athletic triumphs and failures, and stories that will be passed along to grandchildren for years to come. Lynnwood went from a magical land of trees to an egg paradise. In 1970 a group of special people began writing a royal story. ..


The Beginning

The story begins in the Spring of 1970.

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The Class of 1973 sits in the brand new Lynnwood High School building listening to Mr. Karnofski speak on the very first day of school. In 2009 that building was demolished and rebuilt on North Road in Bothell.


group of teenagers from Alderwood and Lynnwood Junior High School came together under the leadership of Jerome Karnofski, the first Principal, to develop a theme, mascot, crest, colors and the many other aspects that go into creating a school for Lynnwood High School. A school, that at that 9 time, no one had stepped foot on.

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he group of students that made these decisions was called the Steering Committee. The theme they chose was “Old English” based off the old town of Alderwood Manor which is where Lynnwood High was located. “A lot of the motifs, designs and so forth were based around maybe what you would consider, maybe medieval period, historically,” said Duane Lewis, former history teacher and current LHS track coach. To make their presence known in the high school community, the art teacher at the time offered the idea to student artists for creating a symbolic mascot. After narrowing it down to three choices, students chose Pam Carbary’s design featuring the mythical Chimera. “Pam Carbary was one of the steering committee in the spring of We had to do this all the first year patriciaparkhurst

1970, one of twenty,” said Karnofski, “she was one of the prime movers. She drew up the Chimera.” Once the mascot was decided, a group of students developed the school crest. With the mascot on both sides as if it was guarding the shield, they depicted the Chimeras as heroes. The top left shows the Olympic rings and a torch, the symbol of brotherhood. In the top right corner there is a comic face and a harp which represent the extracurricular activities of the school. On the bottom left is a pen and scroll,


Left around the tableMembers of the Steering Committee, Michelle Arseneu, Kathy Kremal, Janet Lowman, Flip Elvrum, Terry Warringgton, Bobdenisevarriano McDonald, Cindy Bogart, Ron Davis, Jeannin Evan, Mike Wieght, Kathy Takis, Mike Murdock, Colin Myron and Pam Carbary.

representing scholarship. The bottom right contains a wreath and gavel, showing leadership and justice. The top of the crest reads “Semper Regnans” which translated from Latin means, “Always Ruling.” Along with that, the students added a crown at the top to symbolize the new “Royal” power that would shine through the Edmonds School District. The student body voted for the name of the school’s yearbook from four choices; all from the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, who is regarded as the “Father of English literature.” The choices were The Serf, The Yeoman, The Almagest, and The Laureate. The Laureate, which was chosen, is directly translated to “old English person recording history

BREAKING THE RULES- Female teachers were required to wear dresses or skirts to work and it wasn’t until one of the teachers broke the rules that it became normal for female teachers to wear pants. “Teachers were supposed to wear dresses, they couldn’t wear pants to school,” said Patricia Parkhurst, class of ‘73,”and Mrs. Ryan [who later married

through poetry.” They chose black, old gold and white for the school colors, and “Home of the Royals” as the school slogan. “The school colors were picked for us,” said Patricia Parkhurst, class of ‘73, “before we became a school... and it had to do with, we couldn’t have school colors that were already in play. The black and gold was pre-selected. And then the Royals was selected also, but there was a big controversy over it. So we had to vote, and there were choices like the lions, the royals, and the longhorns. And the longhorns, I would guess it came in second in the end. It may have come in first with the faculty. We had to write the school song, we had to write the music. We had to do this all the first

Principal Jerome Karnofski] was a rebel and she would wear pants. And we’re talking like, this in the 70’s, so it was polyester pants suits. So, it would be like pants and a matching jacket. And she would wear those, and I’m sure she got a few lectures. But after she broke the moral, then the next year it was a pretty common for women to wear pants to work.”

at College Place Junior High. We were marking time at College Place Middle.” In September of 1971, construction of Lynnwood High School was complete and students and staff moved in. “The year we moved into the school, here was this, to us, this beautiful Lynnwood High School with all this room,” said Karnofski. “You know with 700 [people] and the school was built for at least 1200, 1400.” Pride was something everyone had once they moved into their school. “[There was] a lot of pride, I think,” said Parkhurst, “we were proud of it.” There was also relief. “It was a relief, it was cool,” said Denise Varriano, class of 1973, “we finally got away from all those kids.” But the story doesn’t end here. After moving into Lynnwood High School the class of 1973, their parents, and the faculty had to overcome many obstacles, break and bend the rules, and work hard to get us to the chapter Lynnwood High School is in right now.


The students, with the help of faculty and parents, decided almost everything before actually attending school in the official LHS building. “We were naming things but we really didn’t have them yet,” said Karnofski, “not each day, but in a way each day because you took small steps to making a decision, each week something was added. And the kids, it was up to them, it was their school, you know we had staff and one thing or another, and gave them some divine guidance.” In 1970 Lynnwood High School opened with about 300 sophomores under the leadership of Jerome Karnofski, the first principal. The first year they were housed at College Place Junior High School while Lynnwood High School was being built. It wasn’t until September of 1971 that the class of 1973 finally moved into their new school. “Actually getting into the building wasn’t until September 1971,” said Karnofski, “so 1970, the first year the sophomore class, 300, resided


“Our junior year had actually something really cool,” said DeniseVarriano, class of 1973, “We had seven classes with a rotating schedule. The first day you had periods one through five and a lunch. The second day you had 2-6, and it kept going up and skipped. It was really tricky to remember what classes you had to go to but we figured it out. Then you see it was all of 1972, 71-72, when we were juniors, we had something new they brought out called modular units. They figured you had 15-20 minutes of actual learning time. After that you’re no longer going to be listening to a teacher. So, they figured classes would be twenty minutes and then you had ten minutes to go to our next class. And some classes like jewelry, pottery, and something like that would be a two- mod class or a mod and a half, most of your study classes were one mod classes.” Each student had a total of nine mods, or periods. “When we first

Clockwise from left- Students look at three possible choices for the school crest. Everything was voted on democratically and later a Board of Control, similar to an ASB, was put in place. Debbie Heed as Juliet and Dan Newell as Romeo, prepare for the first LHS play held on November 15, 1972. Tickets cost $1.00 for students with ASB cards. Jim Newberry, wrestling at 108 pounds, tries to pin his opponent, unsuccessfully. LHS defeated Inglemoor 39-16 that day. A photo from the school newspaper, The Fragment, at the end of the 1972 school year.

opened up Lynnwood we had a nine period day,” said Lewis, “so the class periods were only about 35 minutes long and lunch counted as one of those periods, so then you could say it was an eight period day. And than every student had a period during the day that was called time management and they could hopefully stay out of trouble, but they could wander the school. For instance, if they needed to go to the library, they could go to the library during that period of time, if they wanted to go into the lunchroom or the commons during that period of time they could do that. It was more of basically teaching them independence in their studies.” Back then the faculty gave the students a lot of freedom but their time management periods weren’t always put in use.“ [It was] a time we all took advantage of,” said Varriano.

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Chimerical A brief history of our mascot

The word chimerical is used to describe anything wild or fantastic.



n 1970 the steering committee voted on Pam Carbary’s represented on the High School’s coat-of-arms and donated idea to make Lynnwood High School’s mascot the it to LHS. Hay’s sculpture has the head and body of a lion chimera. and tail of a snake. In Greek mythology, the chimera is a fire- breathing Hays used poly-urethane foam to carve the Chimera female monster with the head of a lion, a goat body, and a out and laminated it with fiberglass and resin. Hays then made dragon’s tail. Quoting from the Iliad by Homer- Chapter six, the base of the sculpture out of oak from the now torn-down lines 178-182: “The Chimera, a creature none Kinnear Mansion in Seattle. The wood from might approach, a thing of immortal make, She is the personification of a the mansion was brought around the Horn not human, Lion fronted and snake behind, by ship in 1887 and gave the sculpture an storm cloud a goat in the middle, and snorting out the aged traditional look. margarethays breath of the terrible flame of bright fire.” “It is my hope this creation will add to your The Chimera can be seen all throughout history. tradition,” Hays said. “She is the personification of a storm From the Etruscans bronze statue in 500 BC, to the middle cloud, and without a doubt you are the only school in the ages where the word Chimera was used to refer to Gothic world with this centuries-old, unique symbol.” Architecture to denote any fantastic, imaginary beast used in decoration. In Europe, dozens of Chimeras can be seen Above- Lynnwood High School’s wild and fantastic mascot showing school on castles, churches, and public buildings. A few can even be spirit at a football game in 2006. In 2011 spotted on the neo-gothic architecture at the University of our mascot created a Facebook. RightWashington. The donated sculpture of the chimera In 1974 a lady named Margaret Hays created a made by Margaret Hays sits in the LRC where it is still located. sculpture of the Chimera to coordinate with the chimera

Living the Chimerical Life 19 73 12

In 1973 the mascot was Chris Wyrick. One of the first to wear the Chimerical suit.

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Chimeras was a popular club in ‘78. Headed by Deb Pittis, they strived for student participation.

Sometime before 1995 our mascot was accompanied by the Spirit Barrel at assemblies.

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October 2011 our mascot made a Facebook by the name of “Carl the Chimera.”

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Victory’s our trade, We stand to fight with winning victory spirit. Don’t let that spirit ever die, Fight with all our might, We’ll have a victory for black and gold. We’ll win today. Shouting our name forever, Royals are famed. We proudly guard our name forever more.

RoarLionRoar stories reprintedfrom theroyalgazette2009

R-O-Y-A-L-S- LHS Royals


olin Myron was a member of the first graduating class of Lynnwood High School. His daughter, Shaylene, was part of the last class to graduate from the original building. In between the two Myrons, other members of the Myron family 13 have walked the halls of LHS. Here are their stories.

The Beginning

From the first days in 1970...



he year was 1970. I was a ninth grader at Alderwood jr. high. The next year I would be a sophomore at the new Lynnwood High School. That year I volunteered to be on a committee made up of Alderwood and Lynnwood jr. highs students, as well as faculty members from the new Lynnwood High School to develop a theme for the new school, colors, mascot, etc. The theme of “Old English” was developed from the old town of Alderwood Manor, where the new school was being built. We didn’t attend the new school as sophomores, but instead went to College Place Jr. High with seventh and eighth graders, as the new Lynnwood High wasn’t completed. Our sports teams played a sophomore sports schedule.

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The next year, we moved into the new Lynnwood High as juniors with no senior class. Our sports teams that year played a varsity sports schedule (guess how good we were). My class never had a class above us our whole time in high school. We were the first graduating class from the new Lynnwood High School and the year was 1973. Back then, the Alderwood Mall was just a big dirt area. School lunches were 40 cents ( 60 cents for a supper!), milk was nickel. Guys had long hair and no earrings (not many, anyway) and girls wore hot pants! Messages were sent on a folded piece of paper. Cell phones and computers belonged to the “Starship Enterprise.” Times were good. Now comes 2009, the last year of Lynnwood High School before it moves to a new site and building. My daughter Shaylene will be the last graduating class from this building. From the first to the last--I never would have thought that back in 1973!

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Right- Colin Myron, class of ‘73, in 1970. Myron was a yell king at Lynnwood High as well as a member of the Steering Committee. His daughter, Shaylene, was one of the last to graduate from the old LHS building in 2009. Below right to left around the tableMembers of the BOC, a group similar to an ASB. Cindy Kinnard, Robin Hill, Howard Willham, Mike Murdock, John Thomas, Kathy Takis, Debby Jamison, Richard Boe, Jerry Carsleader, Bob McDonald, Greg Smith, Jan Irwin, Philip Elvrum, Kris Wyrick, Kenny Kid, and Rozanne Karlick

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M the last in 2009 shaylenemyron classof2009

y dad and I always t a l k about how Lynnwood High School has changed over the years. He was in the first graduating class back in 1973 and I, his daughter, will be the last class, the class of 2009, graduating

form the original building. There are some similarities and differences between the first Lynnwood High School graduating class and the last. The building itself is now “old” and sinking.” From the creation to the demolition, one thing is still the same; however, Lynnwood High will

always be remembered as the most-spirited school in Western Washington. Growing up in a home full of Lynnwood spirit has been a wonderful privilege. My dad was a yell king, kind of like a male cheerleader, and I have been a cheerleader for the last two years. Everyone in my family has attended Lynnwood High Schooldad, mom, uncles, aunts, cousins, and my brother. We have all shared the Lynnwood Spirit. Diversity is another thing Lynnwood will always be known for. Our school has always had many different cultures and languages. As I take my last walks through the halls during my senior year, I will take every memory with me. I will remember my dad’s stories as well as my own. My family’s memories of LHS will last longer than the original Lynnwood High School building.

Left- Shaylene Myron, daughter of Colin Myron, in 2009. Like her father, who was involved in cheer, she too was a LHS cheerleader. Above-The 1973-74 school year cheerleaders, LHS cheerleaders in the ‘80s and more throughout the years.


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Garfield Exchange


ynnwood High School is like an ocean filled with hundreds of fish of all colors of the rainbow. But that’s not how it has always been. In the early years of Lynnwood High School, there was hardly any diversity. “We had a black person, one,” said Patricia Parkhurst, class of ’73, “and a couple of Japanese. Half white half Japanese. That was our minority population. We were a really white school. We only had one minority family.” Despite the lack of diversity many people changed. “Being a Japanese American in our time was unsettling, just like the Germans,” said Mike Varriano. “A lot of German Americans were in our area. There was prejudice and strain going on out there. A lot of us decided we were going to be different. We were a generation that saw a president shot in the head. Our government’s intents weren’t always good. We were 16 cynical and I still have it.” Then in 1973 a group of Royals did an exchange

with Garfield High. “They took a group of students down to Garfield High School and they came to our school. They’re coming out to this white, brand- new high school,” said Parkhurst, “that was a nerving block.” One of the Royals who spent time at Garfield High School was Mike Varriano. “I was one of them,” said Varriano.“It scared us to death because they had all the riots in Chicago, there was all this anger coming out in violent forms and all our parents wanted was to get along.” And soon Lynnwood High School did. Since then LHS has gone from an all white school to a United Nations. Every year dozens of foreign exchange students come to LHS and Lynnwood High’s diverse population continues to grow “It’s like a united nations school,” said Andrea Coglon. “I have kids from Russia, from Asia, from probably every country. We’ve certainly had kids from 40 countries. It makes a wonderful accepting atmosphere.”


Traditions Royal

Throughout the decades of LHS history, tradition have come and gone. These are Royal traditions...


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“Returnto Camelot” Ever wonder what the first Homecoming was like?

Left to right- Lynnwood High School’s first Royal Court, Ellen Bray and Jackie Dugas standing and Kim Nau, Cathy Reese, and Sandy Hollenbeck sitting. On October 19, 1973 the first Homecoming football game, dance and crowning of the Royal Court was held. The football team played against the Mountlake Terrace Hawks, who continue to be our ultimate rivals.

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he class of 1973 started Lynnwood High School. And in October of 1973, they were welcomed home by their fellow Royals, with the theme of “Return to Camelot.” Lynnwood High School’s first Homecoming was filled with excitement and hard work that set the foundation for years of exciting, wild, Royal Homecoming days and events. 18 The week first Homecoming week included Royal Mums, 25 cent buttons, slaves, dancing and a bonfire.

Royal Mums were corsages featuring our school colors and were sold by our school Medics club. Similar to the Senior Servants fundraiser Lynnwood High school does today, the first Homecoming had a slave day. This event was put on by the Girl’s Club and involved boys buying girls who were up for auction. Students would buy classmates for real money. The money would then go to the class who won the poster contest. Massive, vibrant posters splattered with black and gold paint covered every inch of the LHS halls. Each class was assigned a part of the school and would compete against each other for the best decorating. This is another tradition we continue today, also known as Deck the Agora. Prior toLynnwood’s Homecoming dance, a dance marathon was held that lasted for 24 hours and was supervised by teachers at all times. A car caravan was also something that the first Homecoming included. The Pep Club organized a car caravan that was escorted by police to Edmonds Woodway High School ,where Lynnwood’s football team went head to head with Mountlake Terrace High School. The goal was that they would be able to, “clip the Hawks wings.” To close the historic first Homecoming week, a bonfire was held. This continued to be a Royal tradition until our building began to fall apart and could no longer take

Everything at the old Lynnwood High School had an Old English flavor to it, including the names of the buildings. “The gym was Champion Hall, one was Caxton hall,” said Jerome Karnofski. “Camelot was one.” The lunchroom was called the Commons and the majority of the building names began with the letter C. “The senior cove was a section of about 60 lockers that were not in the direct hallway where students would walk to their classes,”said Jason Henne ‘09, “so it was a big deal to get a locker in there because it was a space just for seniors and we would decorate it. We even had a couch in there for a little bit.”



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Homecoming& Traditions

Clockwise from left- Jim McKinnon in the 90s at a pep assembly with a lama. A student sports a spider man suit during a Homecoming week less than a decade ago. A couple promenade around the gym with the hope of being crowned the next Homecoming winners. A member of the LHS football team in 1973. We were destroyed by Snohomish, Meadowdale, and Seattle Prep. among other schools. Students gather around the Homecoming bonfire anxiously waiting for the football captain to destroy the Mariner whale. Seniors from 2002 pose in the Senior Cove. The class of 1973 had to raise money for everything and one way they did that was by having fundraisers. One of the popular fundraisers was donkey basketball. Basketball with real donkeys.


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hen the lights dim during the Homecoming assembly and the only audible sound is of your neighbor’s whispering and the quiet music playing over the speakers, that’s the sign that the princesses and princes have arrived For years marketing teacher Don Ide, who has taught at LHS since 1992, and English teacher Andrea Coglon, who has taught at LHS since 1986, have had the privilege to escort the kids. “Boy, what an honor,” said Ide. “And I think I speak for Mrs. Coglon when I say that as well. She has been escorting the male students. Something so important to everyone on campus and to our spirit that I get to do that, what a tremendous honor. And I’ve always said that my job in doing this is to calm the ladies down and to make sure they have a really good time. And I also give them lifesavers. Keep them from freaking out.” Coglon remembers all the years she escorted students as well. “Forever, Mr. Ide and I [have been escorting],” said Coglon. “Mr. Ide always had those little candies or those big individually- wrapped life savers and he’d give one to the boys, girls, and one to me.”


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The Bench Mob Breaking and entering, short -shorts, and a pair of gold boots


he story behind the boot starts in the summer of 2000, before my junior year. My friends and I decided to go exploring inside the old Martha Lake Elementary, which was an abandoned school, no longer in use. As we explored the building, we came upon several large cardboard boxes. Inside the boxes were school uniforms from the 70’s, from all of the high schools in the Edmonds School District. For whatever reason they were storing all of these old uniforms in this abandoned elementary school so we decided to take the old LHS basketball uniforms. Looking back now, as an adult, this was clearly breaking and entering as well as theft, but one thing that makes me feel better about the whole thing is that on May 26th, 2001, someone started a fire in that old elementary school 22and it burned to the ground. Those uniforms would have burned along with the building and never seen again.

articleby jasonhenne classof2002

The thing about basketball uniforms from the 70’s are that the shorts are very, very, short. Myself, and a few upperclassmen friends thought that these uniforms, especially the shorts, were very funny and about 7 of us decided to wear them to a LHS Varsity basketball game. To go with the outfits we didn’t want to wear normal shoes so I found a pair of old snow boots, known as moon boots, and I painted them gold. They were the final touch on the outfit and we called them spirit boots. We had a great time cheering on the basketball team and getting people to get loud with us, so the coach and some of the parents gave us the nickname “The Bench Mob.” As the Bench Mob, we started going to all of the away games and we started to get a reputation at our school and other schools. Our loud antics would occasionally get us kicked out of games, but most of the time people recognized that we were there to support our team and have fun..

SEX, DRUGS, AND BELL-BOTTOMS- In the 70s sex was hush-hush, alcohol was at teenagers fingertips and bell-bottoms were the hit. “Sex was a huge negative taboo,”said Patricia Parkhurst ‘73. “When a girl got pregnant, it could be a very shameful thing. In the 70’s the girl’s parents wanted their white dresses to mean something....Marijuana was prevalent. A lot of kids smoked.” One of the traditions that the class of ‘73 had, was drinking. “[The] Polish Navy- alcohol,” said Denise Varriano ‘73. Their prom was held at the

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President, and my main goal was to go even bigger with school spirit. I saw that school spirit was a great way of breaking down cliques and bullying by showing that we all had something in common, the school we go to. If everyone took pride in LHS then we had something that we could all share. So at the start of my senior year I wanted to do what we did with the Bench Mob for basketball, only this time with football and open it to anyone who wanted to participate. To change it up I had been collecting Halloween costumes throughout the summer and by the time school started in the fall, I had bins full of costumes. I made sure that anybody who wanted to dress up had a funny costume to wear at the football games and every game I would wear a black spandex cat costume with the classic gold spirit boots. The school spirit continued in school and everybody really was united in being proud of This reputation helped I would wear a black spandex LHS and wanting to win the us to get recognized as the cat costume with the classic Most- Spirited school again. most- spirited High School in This attitude of not caring gold spirit boots Western Washington and lead what other people thought jasonhenne us to win our first Most Spirited continued through the entire School title. LHS won Evening Magazine’s year and it really made LHS a fun and safe Most Spirited School in 2001, 2002, and 2003. place to attend and I was really happy to see This was really important to me when I was a that the school spirit continued into the year student at LHS and I’m glad that school spirit after I left, to give LHS 3 years in a row of is something that is still a goal for LHS today. winning the Most- Spirited School in Western The next year, I was a senior, and ASB Washington.

Inglemoor Country Club accompanied by live music and handmade decorations. “Big band music and the parents were drinking.” Fashion was quite different in the ‘70s. “I was really into them, the bellbottoms,” said Mike Varriano. “It was taboo to show your socks above your pants line, they called it “waiting for a flood.” It was very popular to cut our jeans. The girls didn’t really wear makeup. Us guys with long hair had battles with our fathers for long hair.”



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In 1995 Lynnwood High School adopted the Life Skills program from Edmonds-Woodway High School. The program teaches special needs students skills that can be used after graduation in the community. Throughout the years Life Skills students have participated in learning bus routes, cooking and cleaning, window shopping and even cleaning the elderly homes. Many of the students in 2012 enjoyed dancing to Richard Simmons in P.E. “Dancing [was my favorite part],” said Tessalin Maynor, class of 2012, “because I love to dance.” Around 2010 they also began helping the environment through picking up the recycling from classrooms around the school. In 2012 the Life Skills Peer Mentors started a “Spread the Word to End the Word” day.


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r. LHS was created by the LHS cheerleaders as a fundraiser and PPP was invented to create a little friendly competition with our rival school for a good cause. Longtime English teacher Andrea Coglon remembers those exciting nights of goofiness. “Mr. LHS was a lot of fun,” said Coglon, “I loved when the boys crossdressed, looking stupid. That was a lot of fun.” PPP, Pursuit of the Power Plunger, is an event where students and teachers form groups, get a equipped with a skateboard, two plungers and plunge their way up and down the gym floor. “My early recollections of PPP were the skateboards and the toilet plungers,” said Don Ide, “and I can remember going to Mountlake Terrace to watch the race. They didn’t have enough teachers so I got drafted into it. We won the race and it was with Mrs. Kellogg. I know Mrs. Kellogg was on the team and I was on the team and I cannot remember the other people on the team. But I believe both Mrs. Kellogg and myself hurt ourselves in the process of the win for LHS. But we were willing to do it for LHS and it was exciting it was a whole lot of fun. And I think I’ve raced a couple of times for LHS in the PPP thing.”

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Holy Grail

he Spirit Boot was created during the homecoming of 2002 by junior ASB members Astri McCartney and Diana Hansen. “I remember that we wanted a spirit item,” said Hansen, “and I have no idea why we settled on a boot to be honest. Astri and I went to Value Village, found the boot, took it back to my parent’s place, nailed it to a piece of random scrap wood, and my sister Karen Hansen helped spray the heck out of it with gold paint. Then we put our thumbprints and initials on the back and that was it.” Both McCartney and Hansen had no idea this would continue for so many years. “A little piece of me assumed that the novelty would die off,” said McCartney, “the boot would literally get ‘the boot’ straight into the dumpster.” The boot they made is now the unofficial Holy Grail of Homecoming. The class of 2011 became so ecstatic about winning the Boot during the 2010 Homecoming assembly that they jumped on top of ten tables in the Agora 26 during their celebration and broke three lunch tables.

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of Homecoming

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ROYAL SPORTS Throughout the decades of basketball, soccer, and baseball games, wrestling and tennis matches and swim and track races, Lynnwood High School has experienced many athletic triumphs and failures. But one thing has always remained strong. Their Royal Pride.


1973 Although Lynnwood High School didn’t succeed in football in the 70s they did in wrestling. “ Wrestling was our big sport,” said Patricia Parkhurst, ‘73. Lynnwood’s first letter was given to a wrestler by the name of Danny. “We had a wrestler who could not be pinned, Danny,” said Denise Varriano. “His neck was strong.”

1970’s In the early years of LHS, girls sports were very limited. “For girls it was limited to track, tennis, volleyball, and when Lynnwood first opened they were just starting girls’ basketball,” said Duane Lewis, who has been at LHS since ‘73 coaching track. “So, a lot of sports like soccer and golf and girl’s softball hadn’t been adopted, or weren’t being played, weren’t done by the district.”

1976 Due to a huge levy loss there were many cut including sports so the school had to make one coach the head of two sports. “So we could continue having certain sports was they consolidated both the boys and girls track program under one coach,” said Lewis, “and that was 1976. That was supposed to be for one year, and so since 1976 I’ve been coaching both of them [teh boys and girls track team] and cross country was another one that they consolidated under one coach.”


“I think we had a really good football team all the time Jim McKinnon coached (‘86),” said Andrea Coglon. “The 2001 or 2000 school year he was a good coach and we had good athletes and lots of kids, and parents and teachers went to those games.”


2004 In 2004 the football team won their first game after a five year losing streak. They defeated South Whidbey with a score of 27-26. “The game was on a Thursday night,” said Richard Crist, class of 2006, and former football player, “so we were able to celebrate the next day at school. I remember news crews showing up as the football team and band marched around the school. Everyone was excited. The night of the game most of the varsity players went to Brian Hill’s house and we had a big bonfire and grilled in his driveway.”

2010 The Lady Royals basketball team had a season record of twenty to five and took a trip to State.

2008 Lynnwood’s freshman football team won their first game in five years in 2008 against Shorecrest with a score of 14-12.


senior year, prom, graduation


enior year is a year filled with laughs, tears and special moments that will be remembered forever. In the 1970s streaking was common at graduation and many other places. “A couple of our male classmates “streak” during graduation,” said Cheri Ryan, class of 1974. At the old LHS it was a senior tradition to get the secluded area of lockers away from the main hallway and to have all the seniors released before the bell rang on their last day of school. They ran wild in the halls for one last time as underclassmen and staff watched. “When the Seniors ran around the old school,” said Andrea Coglon, “you could just run all over that school, I loved that.” Among the many Royal senior events are pants painting, senior skip day, and senior breakfast. The many class meetings, fundraisers, senior project, and of course, prom. There is also the senior prank.

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Jerome Karnofski

Polish jokes, a dream, & pride


n the 70s he was referred to as J.K or the boss. This man enjoyed telling polish jokes to his students, walking the parking lot after school and going to sporting events. His name is Jerome Karnofski and he was the first principal of Lynnwood High School and for the next twelve years after the opening. He started this school. Prior to starting Lynnwood High School, Karnofski taught at Edmonds High School in 1950 as a geography and history teacher, he was also one of their basketball coaches and assistant football coach. One of Karnofksi’s favorite memories of the early years of Lynnwood High School is still crystal clear in his mind. “We had a very good wrestling team,” said Karnofski. “We had a young man I brought over, Ed Alverti, the wrestling announcer at LHS, he had this magnificent voice. His announcing of the wrestling events the season of 1972 was outstanding. He was in the Hall of Fame Olympic games and died two years ago. A very memorable time for me.” Fond memories of the early years of Lynnwood’s football team come to Karnofski’s mind as he reminisces about the past. “There was our team in old gold, black and white,” said Karnofski. “I have an image of that bright fall sunny day.” Although the opening of Lynnwood High didn’t go the way Karnofski had planned due to construction not being on time, the spirit of the class of 1973 and Karnofksi’s held everything together. “Mr. Karnofski, the leadership skills he showed, he really had a big impact on everybody,” 32 said Patricia Parkhurst, “the majority of the students liked him. He had taught at Edmonds High School. He worked for

over a year building the school, putting it together and the faculty.” The concept that was emphasized at Lynnwood High School was time management. “Time management, that was one of our basic concepts,” said Karnofski. “The resource center- you could go to these resources and all around was resource centers, it was the center of the school and it was two stories with a veranda all the way around. If you couldn’t manage your time, we’d manage it for you.” Karnosfki’s dream for Lynnwood High involved handpicked staff who believed in his concept of time management, maybe a district stadium someday and a school run the way he wanted it be. “[I] went over the concept of the school and interviewed them and if they said I can’t buy into that, then I said ok end the interview,” said Karnofksi. “The staff the first year, and the second year and the third year, and the fourth year all agreed to fit into this. I had the choice of who was coming to the school, this was our vision, this is what we’re going to do,” said Karnofski. Karnofski chose staff from all over the country. “We brought in new blood. Different ideas from different parts of the community, not all the staff came from the Edmonds School District.” Mike Varriano, class of ’73, remembers how Karnofski treated his kids like adults and personally knew each of them. “Karnofski understood the need for us to leave campus, we had jobs...It wasn’t uncommon to have a job 30 hours a week,” said Varriano. “Mr. Karnofski knew who we were and he trusted that we would do our stuff and come back. He was a very important individual for the whole thing to come together, to take hold. He took it pretty serious. He knew us by name and he relished the fact that he was involved in it.” Once LHS was in full swing, there was nothing but pride and that was something that Karnofksi hoped students would learn to have. “Lynnwood pride,” said Karnofski, “pride in yourself, pride in the school, pride in the community. Imbedded in that was obviously, get the most you can out of your education, be a good citizen, and that type of a thing more than anything else.” Not only did Karnofski open Lynnwood High, he also contributed to opening Arch Bishop Murphy and Meadowdale high school. Before retiring in 1985, he was the principal of Lynnwood’s rival school, Mountlake Terrace. Opening LHS was life changing for Karnofski and for so many other people who have come and gone at LHS. He is a man to remember. “Opening Lynnwood was a great experience for me,” said Karnofski. “It changed my whole concept on the whole school and community.”

Historian, Activist, Royal


tylermorriss classof2009 reprintedfrom theroyalgazette

Ron Lee


magine sitting in a class and as the bell rings. Your history teacher grabs the picks and shovels near his desk, and tells the students, “Let’s do some digging, Scholars!” Those lucky enough to have had long-time Lynnwood history teacher Ron Lee would remember going into the woods next to LHS and digging for items such as popular records, books, and fashions. Every year, Lee had his history students bury significant items from their own lives. The next school year, as part of a class assignment, Lee’s classes would find the “artifacts” and discuss archaeology. Mr. Lee passed away December 15, 2008 and has left a legacy bigger than any of the holes his students dug in the LHS woods. Mr. Lee opened Lynnwood High School in 1970 and taught at LHS for 27 years. According to Dee Lee, Mr. Lee’s wife, Lee was very proud of helping develop Lynnwood High School’s medieval theme. “He was so proud to be able to take part in the whole concept of the school, and the mascot,” said Mrs. Lee. “He loved developing it; he loved his students and would always refer to them as scholars because that’s what he expected them to be. He loved the challenge of teaching to get the kids involved in activities. He had his scholars make bricks of straw like they used to back in the old days. Room fifty-two and teaching at LHS for twenty-seven years was his life.” Mr. Lee’s coworkers remember Lee as inspiring students as well as staff. “Ron Lee helped create the school, and he wanted the idea of a castle so it could represent a keep that nurtured learning,” said retired Social Studies teacher

Shay Thoelke. “The idea for a Commons, and the Caxton building originated from Ron.” Social Studies teacher Vic Bennet agreed with Thoelke. “Ron Lee was one of the founding teachers here at LHS,” said Bennet. “He was totally dedicated to the school and he made sure that everything went well and that the school was doing its best.” The idea of students being scholars was a standard Lee not only applied to students but also to himself. “[Lee was] all about the kids and that educating them was very important to him,” said retired LHS teacher Lynda Hughes. Career Counselor Pam Keese said she was happy her own daughter studied with Mr. Lee. “What a wonderful teacher Ron Lee was,” said Keese. “He would start every class, ‘Good morning Scholars, on this day in history this happened’ and he would give a mini-lesson on that day in history. He wore a suit and tie, or sweater and tie. He was very professional. He was a great friend, teacher, and coworker. My kids loved him as a teacher.” Thoelke also remembered many of the creative projects Lee and his students undertook. “Ron knew there was more to teaching than what was printed on the page,” said Thoelke. “He was an academic, archivist, advocate, and an activist. He personally supported us in the department to be risk takers. Ron never stopped learning because he just loved it. His wealth of knowledge had no bottom.” Many past and current Lynnwood High School policies were the result of Lee’s tireless activism. “He fought for books not to be censored,” said Thoelke. “He is the main reason why scholars can still read titles such as Night, Fahrenheit 451, and other controversial books. He also fought for the right for other teachers to give sick leave to each other. To him, he never wanted to stop making the world a better democracy.” Bennet said Lee spoke his mind and was usually right. “[I remember him] being a leader among the teachers,” said Bennet. “He was the Social Studies department chair, he was an active leader in the district, he was a graduation speaker and he was very well respected. I miss him as a friend and as a leader.” While Lee loved history, his co-workers say they could even see him living during the Renaissance or the Wild West, teaching history was only part of the reason he was at LHS. “His scholars were why he was there,” said Mrs. Lee. “He liked being able to talk to them, hold their hand, or even 33rough hug them if they needed one and were going through times.”


Sharon Thoelke

afraid of her. I think I was afraid of her just because she was so smart and I never really interacted with her,” said Don Ide. “And she is just such a gifted lady in terms of how she can put ideas together. She’s a brilliant woman, absolutely brilliant individual and tremendously loved by the student body.” These are from two articles reprinted from the Royal Gazette. The first is from November 10, 1972 and the last is from the last issue in 1995. Both were published in the school newspaper. >>>“Many times you are affected emotionally and physically with the time you must put in to make teaching a rewarding experience,” Shay Thoelke explained. Being drama director she is never guaranteed what will happen in the course of a month. To her the most important thing was the Clown Brigade and the Children’s Theatre. “To make somebody happy in a hospital or with a play, it makes you a happier person inside.” The staff, administration, and the philosophy that surrounds LHS makes this school an exceptional one to her. “This school is set up so the students can become individuals and I can teach them on an individual basis.” Mrs. Thoelke taught at Martha Washington Teacher, State Institute for girls and Echo Glend State writer, Institute. From there she went to three junior high artist schools, Madison Edmonds, and College Place, respectively. very teacher who has walked the halls of Lynnwood She helped start two history programs in High School has made a difference in some way. the junior highs that gave her the chance to teach at LHS. Shay Thoelke is one of them. A lot of times a teacher will ask herself if the Thoelke was one of the handpicked staff that students really appreciate her. She was most deeply touched Karnofski chose in the ‘70s. Throughout her twenty-five years when about 100 of her students gave her a birthday luncheon of teaching at LHS Thoelke has made a difference in kids last year. “You can go from day to day giving all you have to lives through numerous different subjects. “Mrs. Thoelke,” give and not know if it is appreciated, and then your kids say, said Patricia Parkhurst, class of ’73, “she was a history teacher ‘Hey, thank you’.” That is what teaching is about. and drama teacher.” >>>Last but certainly not least, Thoelke said that Thoelke taught English for six years, eight years she still remembered, “Walking across the construction site of drama, yearbook for two years, and Speech, Crafts and and listening to the dream of what Lynnwood High School Creative writing for twenty-eight years. would be.” Aside from teaching, she co-published three books, Thoelke has been teaching at Lynnwood since the including Here’s Looking at You Kid and Winning Colors. beginning, 25 years ago. She has been a contemporary World After teaching for a total of thirty years, she retired in 1995. Problems, Humanities, and her favorite class, psychology of That same year, for the graduation ceremony for the class of self-esteem. 1995, she spoke on behalf of the staff. Then in 2009 Thoelke “I think when you love something as much as I love spoke at Dr. Bennet’s memorial. teaching…than no matter how long the day are the one who 34 She was known for her wealth of knowledge and as is fulfilled is you. Each say is a new focus, a new learning,” one of the nicest teachers at LHS. “Mrs. Thoelke, I was actually said Thoelke.




maryjoturner classof2009 reprintedfrom theroyalgazette2009

Victor Bennet

Historian, runner, teacher

r. Vic Bennet was a proud father, a man who ran a 4:01 miles, a teacher who knew American history as well as any Oxford scholar, and a son who, when asked, said that the secret his successes was that he had a good mother. Dr.Bennet, who taught in the Edmonds School District for 40 years, 24 at Lynnwood High School, passed away November 8, 2009 after a battle with cancer. A memorial service in his honor was held Wednesday, December 2 in the LHS gymnasium. Current and former colleagues and students spoke and the LHS Chamber Orchestra and LHS combined choirs performed. Dr. Bennet was known by everyone on campus as Dr. B., due to the fact that although he possessed a doctoral degree in history, he was anything but pretentious. A track star at Washington State University, Bennet graduated from WSU and then earned his doctorate at the University of Washington. Although the usual path for someone with such an advanced degree would be to teach at a university, Bennet never wanted to teach college. “He had a passion for teaching history,” said Catherine Smith, Dr. Bennet’s partner and fellow LHS Social Studies teacher. Smith and Bennet liked teaching more than researching and he liked working with teenagers. “He said teenagers were often misunderstood,” said Smith. Smith also said despite his respect for the past, he knew teenagers today could match the successes of any older generation, and believed the youth of today would even surpass their elders. At the memorial service, Social studies teacher Tim Mason said Dr. Bennet was a character, and stated that when

you are a character there are always good stories. In the classroom and as a cross country and track coach for many years, Dr. Bennet was known for his sense of humor and for getting down to business. Students in his classes or on his teams were almost always given nicknames. During a unit on Russian history, a quiet, red-haired student became The Red Star General while a basketball star in his class would be known forever as Cory Missemal. In Bennet’s world, younger people were whippersnappers and classroom decorations consisted of only the notes he wrote on the board and the thick history books he always had close at hand. “He was Spartan in blood and spirit—only books and students had value within his walls,” said Shay Thoelke, retired Lynnwood Humanities teacher. Most importantly, Dr. Bennet is remembered by both students and colleagues for teaching them to think independently. “He was remarkably accepting of other people,” said Smith. “A champion of live and let live.” At the memorial service, many of the stories told about Dr. Bennet carried the theme that each one must find his or her own path. “In a world of duplication he refused to be someone else,” read former Edmonds High School colleague Ray Hanby on a piece Hanby wrote called “Monologue for Vic Bennet.” Toby Velie, a 1993 Lynnwood High School graduate, now a Shoreline police officer, said Dr. Bennet was a teacher he could never forget. “He treated us all as individuals, as humans rather than kids,” remembered Velie. While students past and present appreciated Dr. Bennet’s insights into history and into life, Dr. Bennet was also passionate about his family, running, art, and music. Bennet had two sons, Mark and Alex. “He ran whenever he could and read every day,” said Smith. Those who knew him knew his independent spirit. “Vic’s independent spirit carried into these passions. Vic’s independence was typified by the loneliness of the longdistance runner,” said childhood friend and former LHS colleague Duane Lewis, “but instead of loneliness, it was introspection.” Dr. Bennet was in the classroom teaching just a few weeks before passing, before he became too ill. When students and friends asked how he was feeling, his reply was always, “Just happy to be here.” The young and the old whom he inspired were the ones who were happy he was here, still teaching. 35 “I can’t remember a day he didn’t make me laugh,” said colleague Tim Mason.

The story ends in the Spring of 2009.

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Razing the past

The old Lynnwood High School building in 1971. This is the front cover of the Open House brochure. The Pledge of Alligence was led by Phillip Elbvrum, the Board of Control President ,and the National Anthem was directed by Larry Luke.


ynnwood High School began cleaning out every inch of the old Lynnwood High school building in 2009, the last year it stood. On the last day of school in 2009 some teachers even allowed students to write all over the school walls. In May 2009, the community was able to say one last goodbye.

The End... article reprinted from theroyalgazette by brittanycraig classof2009

Razing the past


Demolition of the old LHS began in late 2010 and was slowly torn down. But before it was demolished a closing ceremony was held.

ynnwood High School is a school in possession said Nelson. Nelson also praised the dedication of the of intense dedication and spirit, and the Closing leadership kids, who volunteered throughout the whole Ceremony held Saturday, May 30, showed nothing day. less than this. The final part of the closing ceremony was held “One of the top five events in my life,” said Laurie in the Gym and included speeches that summed up the Erickson, current LHS teacher, about the event. “I got to see day’s events. Speakers included LHS’s Don Ide, and retired students that I’ve taught from ages nineteen to forty.” teacher Shay Thoelke. Both were chosen for being influential Alumni from 1973 to 2008 were present, as well as in either the creation of the school and the development of current students. Old yearbooks were sold, as its personality. well as locker doors, the Caxton Canterbury, Goodbye to the old LHS, The one attribute unfailingly mentioned Chandos, and Little Theatre signs, groundwas the spirit of LHS and the strength of that hello to the new LHS breaking shovels and the disco ball hanging spirit. “[It has been] seventeen and a half shaythoelke in the Commons. years of working with some of the warmest, A spaghetti dinner was served, courtesy of Mrs. loving, caring, and kind people that I could have ever hoped Rhonda Hampson and her Chef students, allowing alumni to work with,” said Don Ide, LHS Marketing teacher, during from all years to mingle. The freshman class of 2012 also his speech. sold lemonade to raise money for their class. Ms. Hampson, teacher and 1987 LHS alumnae, The school building was open throughout the day, agreed with Ide. “It was a true Royal event in the fact that allowing people to walk the hallways and see the changes everybody was the same, a Royal.” that happened through the years. “I think it meant a lot to And that Royal spirit was undoubtably strong, as the alumni,” said Michelle Nguyen ‘12. “People were taking even alumni who graduated years ago, cheered as if it were pictures, buying old yearbooks, and hugging.” a pep assembly, clapped whole-heartedly to the fight song, There was a lot of planning involved in this event. and never failed to represent LHS. Planning started back in September, spearheaded by ASB “Goodbye to old LHS, hello to the new LHS,” said Adviser Aly Nelson and her leadership class. Specifics were Shay Thoelke. And even though the building that houses hard to plan--it was not known how many people would LHS spirit is now destroyed, those who attended the closing 37 the come, but the event went smoothly. ceremony know LHS will not fail to carry that spirit into “So many people were volunteering and helping,” new building.

The End ... In 1970 over 300 people laid the foundation for years of Royal tradition,academic excellence,athletic triumphs and failures,and stories that will be passed along to grandchildren for years to come. They began writing a royal story and today it continues to grow as chapters are added on. The story doesn’t end here.

a royal story  

a book of stories from lynnwood high school's history