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Joel E. Ferris High School Website


Joel E. Ferris High School is a public high school located in Spokane, Washington, USA. The school educates in grades 9–12 and is part of Spokane Public Schools. Ferris High School, built at a cost of $3,235,861, opened on September 3, 1963. The land that Joel E. Ferris sits upon was donated by Joel E. Ferris.

The school is due to undergo a major redevelopment in 2011, with most of the buildings and and grounds being re-done. The project is to take most out of the school district's 320 million dollar project for all schools.

The original Saxon emblem and shield was designed in 1965. It was challenged as too aggressive in 1999 but the original artist contested the issue saying "That is a Saxon doing what Saxons do" and the emblem and shield were left alone.


The Ferris High School campus modernization is just one of the many projects that Spokane voters approved by passing the 2009 school bond.

Phase One of the Ferris modernization involved constructing the new Wayne Gilman Gymnasium, Health and Fitness Complex Designed. The 54,000-square-foot facility includes a new main-events gymnasium with a 1,775-spectator capacity on the main floor. The public lobby, spectator entrance, concessions, ticketing and restrooms are located at the northeast corner of the main gym. A 200-seat auxiliary gym is located adjacent to the main gym with the fitness center, weight room and multipurpose mat/wrestling room located on the east side of both gyms. This gym provides a second fitness teaching station, as well as a competition venue for freshman/JV basketball and volleyball tournaments. Positioned for easy access and potential use by the public, a weight room and fitness room are provided on the east side of the gyms with access from the main lobby and spectator entry space. A multipurpose mat/wrestling room is located south of the weight and fitness rooms for easy student access to P.E. classes there, as well as convenient access to the main-events gym for wrestling matches. Locker rooms for boys and girls are located on the west side of the main gym. To view images of the new gym: then scroll down to "Ferris" on the lower right hand side.
The second phase of the two-phase redevelopment of the entire Ferris campus has now begun with the demolition of the old gym. The process commenced last fall with the “programming” phase, creating a master document compiling all the requirements of the Ferris project. A 440-page Educational Specification was produced over a 4-month period with input from all stakeholders’, staff, students, patrons, and administration-and recently approved by the School Board. The result was a menu of spaces and requirements consistent with other recently modernized high schools, but also tailored to Ferris’ unique programs and needs. Now the planning will shift to architectural design. This design process will be ongoing from now through the spring of 2011.
  • Ferris' football team joins North Central boys XC team as state champions!

    • Congratulations to the following teams for their impressive results as state finalists and winners!
    • Ferris’ 4A football team– first at State
    • North Central's boys 3A cross country team – first at State
    • Lewis and Clark's boys 4A cross country team - second at State
    • Shadle Park’s girls 3A cross country team – second at State
    • Ferris’ boys 4A cross country team - fourth at State
    • The Ferris football team is also the 4A Academic State Champions, having the highest GPA of all 4A football teams in the state at 3.4. According to WIAA officials, no team has ever won both awards in the same year!


Rubber Chicken History:

The "Rubber Chicken" spirit contest is a cheering competition between Lewis and Clark and Ferris High Schools. Josh Collins, ASB President at Lewis and Clark in 1983, suggested to his counterpart at Ferris that a student competition between the two schools might serve to increase student spirit at both schools. The idea was accepted by both schools and an ugly rubber chicken was chosen to symbolize a reward deeply sought but without actual value.

Since 1983, the rules have undergone many evolutions. Currently, the student bodies are judged on sportsmanship, creativity, attendance, volume, drill team performance at half-time, application of events to the school or rubber chicken theme.


Notable Alumni:

Austin Washington, American soccer player.
George Yarno - (class of 1975) - guard for ten NFL and two USFL seasons (1979-89)
John Yarno - (class of 1973) - center for NFL's Seattle Seahawks (1977-82)