Spokane Scholars Announced!

The 2018 Spokane Scholars from MSHS have been announced!

Please join our community in celebrating the following senior scholars. They include:

* Iris Thoren – World Languages
* Sophia Madill – Social Studies
* Preston Bingley – English
* Gabi Hager – Mathematics
* Ali Jones – Science
* Seth Reed – Fine Arts

These six seniors will be honored during a formal award ceremony on April 16th at the Spokane Convention Center. Each of them will also compete, by academic discipline, for scholarship opportunities. Truly, we are proud of these students and their academic accomplishments!

Go ‘Cats!

New Look – New Posts

I’m back!

This blog has been asleep for far too long, and I’m thankful to be back sharing stories from our high school community. While there’s no great excuse for the silence, I hope the new look, combined with new blogposts, will capture the great things happening at Mt. Spokane High School.

I appreciate you following!

Go ‘Cats!

One Cool ‘Cat – Mr. Dale Emery

Dale Emery is a fantastic educator, and this past weekend he was recognized for his work!

Dale was beyond thankful to receive the Carolyn Nunemaker Teacher Appreciation Award from the Spokane Youth Symphony in the beautiful Fox Theatre. Along with this award was a $500 check given to be used in his Mt. Spokane Orchestra program!

Congratulations, Mr. Dale Emery! We are proud of you and this well-deserved recognition!

MSHS Music Strong in Montana

When the University of Montana hosts their annual High School All-Star Ensembles, it takes special talent to perform in this environment.

As student-musicians from both Mt. Spokane High School and Mead High School performed, the results were spectacular!

Congratulations to all who took part. . . what memories!

Go ‘Cats!

Blood Drive – A MSHS Tradition of Giving

We have some caring ‘Cats at Mt. Spokane High School.

Each year, led by our ASB, students and staff are provided the opportunity to give blood to support the Inland Northwest Blood Center. This past week welcomed our annual drive, and the results were nothing less than spectacular.

Entering the drive, our school goal was 54 procedures. This was a gross underestimation as our community hosted 74 procedures which collected 88 products! The collective generosity of our school has the potential to reach 264 people in our community. . . what a gift!

Special thanks to Nancy Butz for all of her organizational help and leadership!

Go ‘Cats!

Thankful. . .


This was the word that seemed most appropriate as I left our theatre Saturday night after watching the final showing of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I was, and remain, so thankful for our director, Jessica Rempel, and her cast and crew for such a memorable performance. As a former English teacher, I found myself in awe of our students. How they took the Bard’s words and brought them to life in the context presented was both fun and creative. Truly, their six night “run’ this fall was successful in every possible way.

To our seniors who are incredibly gifted: thank you! This was a show I won’t soon forget!

One Cool ‘Cat – Mrs. Yolanda Dooley

Would you like to see how a high school library is supposed to serve students? If so, swing by Mt. Spokane and have a visit with Mrs. Yolanda Dooley.

Serving as the Queen of our library, Yolanda never ceases to come up with ideas to engage students and support them in their learning. Truly, this is a safe and nurturing place.

From working with circuits to using a 3D printer, students can let their imaginations run wild, and this is all due to the vision and care that Yolanda spends each day for our students and staff.

One idea that started a few years ago and continues to be popular is “Blind Date with a Book.” After reading a book, students have the ability to wrap it up, place clues on the paper cover, and allow other students to choose it without ever seeing the title. What a great idea!

Mt. Spokane High School is a special place because of people. Mrs. Yolanda Dooley makes this statement true each and every day!

One Cool ‘Cat – Bailey Lamb

Part of our “Why” at Mt. Spokane High School is to help guide students to determine “What’s Next?” once they leave our doors. This question, for junior Bailey Lamb, is already taking shape.

Bailey Lamb is active in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and it has been announced that he has earned a promotion to Chief Petty Officer, an exceptional accomplishment!

We are extremely proud of Bailey on his most recent designation. Additionally, our school community is thankful for his service to our country!

Congratulations, Bailey!

One Cool ‘Cat – Avery Plank

Project Unconditional Love.

A fitting title for an amazing non-profit that seeks to feed and vaccinate pets throughout our city. The coolest part? It was founded by a current Mt. Spokane High School 9th grade student.

In the summer of 2014, Avery Plank’s father was meeting with representatives from Blessings Under the Bridge. Casually, Avery asked if the dogs and cats that were running around were being fed and vaccinated. The response of “Not really” caused Avery to spring into action, and two and a half years later, the heart of his mission and work is alive and well.

Avery started by simply collecting extra pet food from friends and family. He would then take quarts and gallons of food to Blessings Under the Bridge for distribution. Fast forward to today, Project Unconditional Love is supported by Northwest Seed & Pet and serves animals throughout the greater Spokane area.

It’s an understatement, but Avery Plank is one cool ‘Cat, and we are fortunate to have him at Mt. Spokane!

Well hello, 2017-18!

What a start!

Thanks to an incredible student body and staff, the 2017-18 school year is off to a fantastic start at Mt. Spokane High School! From our opening day assembly to the settling-in process that always transpires within classrooms, the positive energy on our campus is real and tangible.

While the smoke from a horrific fire season stalled some activities and athletic contests, everyone within our community has rallied and responded to make the most of our facility constraints and scheduling challenges. Always resilient, I haven’t been surprised in the least!

As we progress through the year together, our “WHY” at MSHS will continue to guide the work that happens with students each day. Empowering People – Abolishing Apathy – Creating What’s Next. . . this is WHY we do WHAT we do with and for students and one another. I’m thankful to work with such dynamic people, and I’m confident the 21st year of our high school will be the best to date!

I encourage everyone to support our students as they take place in drama, athletic endeavors, music, clubs and community service projects this fall. When the statement “WE are Mt. Spokane” is stated, the “WE” is meant to include each and every student. This is a worthy goal, and one that our staff works hard to reach.

I am humbled and thankful to serve as the Principal at MSHS. This is going to be an epic year!

Go ‘Cats!