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Emerald Ridge High School
12405 184th Street East
Puyallup, Washington 98374

Emerald Ridge High School opened in 2000 as the district's third comprehensive high school. Emerald Ridge High School was the premier project ofthe 1997 Bond Program. The architect was Northwest Architectural Company from Seattle and Spokane, Washington. The general contractor was Lydig Construction from Spokane, Washington. The building is based on the house concept which clusters classrooms into smaller areas which contain a common project area. The school is located on the 100-acre Sunrise campus on South Hill. The school is named after Emerald Ridge on Mount Rainier, which it faces.

The building has one (l) gymnasium, and one (1) practice gymnasium, a student commons which serves as a lunchroom, and a theatre which seats 450. The site opened without a swimming pool, unlike the existing two comprehensive high school facilities. The space for a future pool facility has been set aside in the grassy area to the front of the gymnasium. A 400-student addition is also planned to connect to the classroom wing near the southeast end of the building. The mechanical and electrical systems have been sized for this addition.

In 2012, the building received a Building Assessment Score of 90, which is the maximum rating possible for a building at least one-year old. It will be eligible for state matching funds for modernization or new construction in lieu of modernization in the year 2030.