Sunday, October 11, 2009
This is Walla Walla High School. The locals call it Wa-Hi, hence the abbreviation on the building. I'm not sure why, but their mascot is the Blue Devil. Whoever thought cheering for the devils would be a good idea should be evaluated for mental stability, but here we are. Fortunately I'm not a sports fan (and don't know too many people attending Wa-Hi), so I'm exempt from rooting for the devils. Wa-Hi is the city's only high school, which is a constant cause for debate in the political circles. With over 30,000 people in Walla Walla alone, and another nearly 9,000 in nearby College Place, the need for a second high school is growing by the year. Though across-the-border Milton-Freewater has its own high school, that doesn't cover any of Washington's students. College Place boasts a private high school (Walla Walla Valley Academy - known to the locals as WWVA, pronounced Wah-Vuh), which is associated with the Seventh-day Adventist church. However, many local families cannot afford private school (or don't want to send their kids there for one reason or another) so they are left with only one option. As the city grows and develops, Wa-Hi continues to become over-crowded. Hopefully soon we will have another public high school in Walla Walla.