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Let’s celebrate our seniors!
Help celebrate the Class of 2023 by supporting this year’s Senior Party.
This year’s party will be held overnight on Friday, June 2, 2023, 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
Here’s how you can help make this a great event for our seniors:
Purchase a ticket:
• Tickets are $35 until April 30.
• After April 30, tickets are $50.
• A transaction fee of 3.5% will be added if you purchase by credit card.To register by cash or check, see Lara in the Washburn office.
• Make a financial donation: Donations help us keep ticket prices low by covering some of the costs of running this event. They also make it possible for is to offer reduced ticket prices for students who qualify. Donate at:
Buy plants
• The 2023 Washburn Plant Sale is happening now! Proceeds from the sale support the Senior Party so you can get ready for spring and help our seniors at the same time.
• Shop at
Volunteer: We need lots of adults to help set up and run the event to make sure our seniors have a fun night. Volunteer sign:
Donate a prize: Each student will be given a randomly selected prize during the event. Help us make sure every student gets something great by using our easy online shopping lists:
• Get updates: Join the Senior Party 2023 Parent Volunteer FB Page for updates, information, and more.


Yearbook photographers
Interested in being on the 2023-24 Yearbook staff?

The 2023-2024 WAHIAN yearbook staff is looking for reporters, writers, designers, editors, artists and photographers. We meet in-person at 7:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library beginning on April 13. Apply by filling out this form

Registration for Incoming 9th graders

If you missed Freshman Registration Night at Washburn on 3/13, you can still choose your classes. Use the links below to complete your choices by March 24th.
• Presentation Slide Show
• Registration Form - please complete by 3/24
• Course Catalog

We look forward to welcoming all of our new Millers of the Class of 2027!

Poetry Out Loud
Kimball Takes 2nd Place in State Poetry Out Loud
Congratulations to Washburn junior, Ari Kimball, who placed second in the state Poetry Out Loud competition on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. She will receive $100 and the school will get $250 to spend on poetry books.
Recent Washburn State Finalists
2019: Grace Ulferts - 3rd place
2020: Yahanna Macbee - 1st place
2021: Ebba Nordstrom - 2nd place
2022: Ari Kimball and Chiara Brown - State finalists
2023: Ari Kimball - 2nd place
Yearbooks for Seniors

The WAHIAN yearbook staff is excited about creating an amazing yearbook that captures a memorable school year. Producing a quality 192 page yearbook and a 24 page spring supplement is expensive. We need your help in our goal of funding yearbooks for seniors who cannot afford them. As of March 1, we have raised funds to pay for 28 yearbooks. Our goal is to raise funds or 100 yearbooks for seniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

There are two ways to donate:

  • Order a yearbook online - Cost is $80 plus tax. Type “Donation” for the student first name and last name of the student, or
  • Drop a check off at the main office made out for any amount payable to “Washburn High School” with “Yearbook Donation” in the memo.
Jazz Band
Jazz 1 Big Band Performs at Jazz Festival

Our Washburn High Jazz 1 Big Band performed at the North Hennepin Community College Jazz Festival this past Saturday, having a huge opportunity to work with the incomparable drummer Adonis Rose. A world class drummer, band leader and educator from New Orleans, he really liked what we were doing up here at the top of the Mississippi. We also shared the stage with Edison High School and their Jazz Band. WHS senior and saxophonist, Kris Nordland will be performing with the ALL State Jazz Ensemble, for the second year,  this coming Saturday, February 18th at Orchestra at 1pm. 

Magnificent Millers always play jazz!

Spring break Academy
Spring Break Academy - Register by March 15

Spring Break Academy registration is now open. If you are missing graduation required credits, please contact your school counselor to get enrolled. Spring Break Academy will be Monday, April 3rd - Friday, April 7th from 8:30am-12:30pm. Courses will be virtual and you can recover two quarters. Space is limited to 11th and 12th graders. The deadline to register is March 15th.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
Washburn Demands Justice
Washburn Demands Justice - A Statement from WHS Student Council

The Washburn Student Council has published a statement about racial justice. Please click to see the full statement.

"We not only demand that community leaders address social injustices through systemic changes in the areas of police reform, voting rights & access, and economic disparities in our city, but we call on our whole school community do the following:

  • Commit to practicing anti-racism work at school and in our own personal lives;
  • Acknowledge and address the systematic problems in our own school system that create divisions and separations between white students and students of color;
  • Listen to and uplift the voices of students of color."
Washburn Cares
Washburn Cares is a group of staff, students, parents and community members who try to make the high school experience better for our homeless and highly mobile students.  We work closely with our social workers to provide things like free senior photos, basic hygiene and clothing, gift cards to Walmart, Cub, Holiday/Speedway, and winter gear.  We are always accepting donations, please consider giving something from our list.  THANK YOU!


Grease wins 21 Spotlight Awards

A huge congratulations to the cast of crew of our fall musical, "Grease" for winning a record 21 awards through the Spotlight program and Hennepin Theatre Trust. Washburn's musical won the highest award, Outstanding Achievement in a Musical, which sends them to the Orpheum Theatre in June to perform in the awards showcase. Only 10 schools out of the 125 involved get this honor to perform on the Orpheum stage. Other big award winners were Madeline Huiting, Mary Bair, and Hattie Tschida for "Best Actor in a Musical" as well as Ryan Rowell, Maddie Barnhill, and Lillian Richman for their roles in technical theatre. Photos: • Opening Night Nov. 11 • Rehearsal Nov. 9 • Act 2 Rehearsal Nov. 8 • Act 1 Rehearsal Nov. 8

Go to card
Go To Metro Bus Cards

Information regarding student transportation opportunities available via the MTC Go-To Card program can be found here. Students qualify for a Go-To Card either by location or by eligibility for educational benefits (free/reduced lunch). Students who do not qualify for a free card may purchase one from Metro Transit.

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Tech Tips and Resources

WHS Class of 2020 students Nathaniel Mersy and Ben Anderson created a YouTube Channel called WHS Tech Tricks with tech trick tutorials for students to help Millers navigate distance learning. This channel is an IB Diploma CAS Project, and just one example of the fabulous work our Millers do as part of the IB Diploma Program.

Some households may qualify for low-cost Internet service

How to Apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Also - there is a district Technology Support website for students & families that has software & platform training in four languages. Check them out!

Emergency Resources

If you are in need of resources relating to housing, food, clothing and other basic essentials, please contact 211 by phone. 

If you are in need of place to sleep tonight, visit or get the YSNMN app to see shelter bed availability.

If you are experiencing crisis and need assistance, please contact one of the following resources:

  • 911- if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening issue
  • Crisis Textline: Text “MN” to 741-741
  • Children and Adult Mental Health Crisis – 612-596-1223
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988
Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2022

The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Sep. 30, 2022, and the Homecoming dance was Oct. 1, 2022 outside on the field.
View photos: Pepfest •  Football game • Dance • Homecoming Court

Homecoming 2021

The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Oct. 8, 2021 and the Homecoming dance was Oct. 9, 2021 outside on the mall.
View photos: Pepfest • Football game • Dance • Video

2023 Program
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud 2023
Congratulations to the Washburn School Finalists who represented Washburn at the section Poetry Out Loud competition:
Kaia Brown, Ian Hayne, and Ari Kimball
Here is the livestream of the event: 
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Poetry Out Loud 2022
Congratulations to the Washburn School Finalists who represented Washburn at the section Poetry Out Loud competition:
Ari Kimball, Chiara Brown and Miguelangel Carbajal Tello
Here is the livestream of the event: 
Here are the top three finalists and three runners up:
2022 Graduation Photos and Video

Our 2022 Graduation Ceremony has been translated & is available to watch:

Graduation ceremony photos • Mr. McCreary's photos of graduates • Anna Bracknell's photos of graduates

Lifetouch will mail proof sheets of the professional photos that famiies can purchase of your graduate walking across the stage. Here is a link to register your email with Lifetouch. Photos will be available 2-6 weeks after the ceremony.

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