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Ballard HS Foundation Auction 2024 Collage of students in Athletics, Arts, Cheer & Dance

Ballard HS Foundation Summer Fundraiser Events! Check Them Out!

Check Out These Foundation Events!

Golf Course View of The Golf Club at New Castle

Victor Salvino 24th Annual Ballard HS Foundation Golf Classic August 16

Register for the Victor Salvino 24th Annual Golf Classic on Aug. 16, 2024. 

23-24 BHSF Scholarship Students and Principal Hunt

Congratulations BHS Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Golden Beavers Scholarship Luncheon 2024

23-24 BHSF Scholarship Students and Principal Hunt
Rays Boathouse Restaurant

Congratulations Ballard HS Students!

At its 35th Annual Scholarship Luncheon Saturday, June 2, 2024 in the Ray’s Boathouse Northwest Room, with Ballard HS Alumni, families and friends in attendance, the Ballard High School Foundation celebrated its largest distribution of scholarships yet — a massive $187,000 worth — to 44 hard working Beaver seniors.

This year, we are proud to have introduced the life-changing Hughbanks Family Scholarships, named for our friend and late Ballard High School Foundation co-founder C. David Hughbanks ’54 who granted a substantial portion of his estate to the Golden Beaver Scholarship Committee, to bestow upon worthy applicants attending a college or a trade program in Washington State. The scholarship is shared over a two-year period with the recipients.

Congratulations to all the recipients of the Foundation’s Golden Beaver Scholarships and Hughbanks Scholarships, and their families.

Learn more about the Ballard High School FoundationPhoto c/o Bruce Johnson/Rowland Studio.

Golden Beavers Scholarship Recipients 2023

Scholarship Student recipients holding up award
2023 Scholarship recipients at last year’s luncheon, courtesy of Rowland Studios.

The Ballard High School Foundation awarded $37,000 in scholarships to 23 graduating seniors at the Golden Beavers Scholarship Luncheon at Ristorante Picolino’s.

Congratulations to all the recipients and thanks to the Ballard High School Foundation for their long-time support of our graduates through their scholarship program! From 1988 to 2023…Ballard High School students have received 419 Golden Beavers Scholarships for a total of $862,307. Thank you for supporting these hard-working graduates!

Read all about the luncheon in the May 2023 Issue of the Ballard HS Student Newspaper the Talisman.

Why Alumni Come Back to Ballard HS

We always wondered why alumni come back to Ballard High School after they graduate! We decided to ask a few people, and this is what information we received back:

My name is Doug Montgomery, and I’ve been the Head Baseball Coach at Ballard since 2013 (may need Seattle Times subscription to read). I was a 2003 Ballard grad, who played baseball at the school for Eric Chartrand (class of ’84), Gary Seefried (class of ’64) and Kevin Miller (class of ’94). I took over the program from John Lamm (class of ’82), and I’m fortunate to have been mentored by class of ’56 Mick McDonald (Westside article). All of which goes to say that dating back to the 70’s there has been a Ballard Beaver at the helm of the baseball program- 7 in a row if my history is correct.

Additionally, on our current staff, we have Nick Thornton-Jack (class of ’05), Emmett Niland (class of ’09), and Frank Airey (class of ’13).

When I interviewed for this job as a 27 year old with very little coaching experience, I remember bluntly saying, “this isn’t just another coaching job for me. You won’t see me coaching at Ingraham or Blanchet. This is it for me. This is where my pride is at.

Nick Thornton-Jack – Assistant FB and baseball coach
C/O 2005
Football, Track and Field, Wrestling came back to Ballard because I am extremely proud to be an alum of Ballard High School. I returned in order to give back to the community that allotted me to get a degree and to hopefully supply the students of today with the tools I was given here that allowed me to be successful both athletically and academically. 

John Marshall
I graduated from Ballard in 2019. I’m now the varsity tennis head coach, while at Ballard I played tennis and swam. I came back to Ballard because I love playing tennis and coaching, especially teaching the right mindset to approach challenges in competition.

Eric Ensign
I graduated from BHS in 1991 I played basketball I came back to Ballard because without Ballard athletics, I wouldn’t be where I am today. High School sports helped me stay motivated and from my experience, it led me to go into coaching and teaching as a career. I’ve always been proud to be a Beaver!

Thank you Athletic Booster Club (ABC) for the great newsletter updates!

The Ballard High School Foundation Golden Beaver Scholarships Announcement 2024

Golden Beavers Ballard High School Beaver Logo

The Golden Beaver Scholarship Committee is excited to announce even more life-changing scholarships through a recent substantial donation from the estate of Ballard High School Foundation Co-Founder C. David Hughbanks ’54. The Scholarship Committee is looking to award students who have an array of interests, backgrounds, academic achievements, and post-high school educational goals, so make sure to apply to be considered! New! Hughbanks Family Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing further academic or trade education in Washington State and will prioritize students with situational or financial need. Awards are $2,500 to $5,000 for two years.

Ballard High School Foundation

The Ballard High School Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with support from Ballard High School Alumni and with a mission to support the students, faculty and administration of Ballard High School and enrich the school’s programs and activities so that Ballard High School will continue to be a world-class learning center for the benefit of the Seattle Community.

Visit the Ballard HS Foundation website for more information.


As the oldest high school in Seattle, Ballard High School has a proud tradition of excellence. The Ballard High School Foundation is comprised of proud graduates of Ballard High School and our supporters.

History of the Foundation

The Ballard High School Foundation was founded in 1997 by C. David Hughbanks ’54, and Dick Lee ’61, along with then-Beaver principal Chuck Chinn, the same year as the groundbreaking of the new school building. Since its inception The Foundation has provided countless hours of support and raised almost millions for the school.


The Ballard High School Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization formed in 1997 – Federal Tax ID #91-1811275.

Ballard High School Foundation Mission Statement:
Support the students, faculty and administration of Ballard High School and enrich the school’s programs and activities so that Ballard High School will be a world-class learning center for the benefit of the Seattle community. At the Ballard High School Foundation, we have many programs in support of our Mission Statement.

Past projects funded by the Ballard High School Foundation include the Greenhouse, the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center Sound System, the Ballard High School Library, the Orre Nobles Art Collection, Athletic Supplies, Music Supplies and the Henry Bendele Strength Facility.

Current projects including the Ballard High School Foundation Golden Beaver Scholarships include an Endowment and the GAINS Project to assist struggling students.


Your Support Is Key!

We are truly grateful for the generosity of the many supporters of Ballard High School Foundation who have provided the vision, financial means and the volunteer efforts to make our mission possible!


From the Annual Golf Classic and Dinner of Champions to the Running of the Beavers, and Breakfast of Champions there are opportunities for you to show up and make a difference for Ballard High School. Learn more about these events on the Ballard HS Foundation website.

The Logs

We publish the Log twice a year. We introduce the year’s scholars and highlight events and programs in today’s Ballard High School as well as offering a platform for class notes to keep old friends in touch.

Class Reunions

Watch this page for announcements and resources for planned Ballard HS Alumni Reunions! Also check Facebook Accounts too!

Ballard Cares

Ballard Cares was set up in early April 2020 to help Ballard High School students and their families who are struggling with impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ballard Cares was a partnership between the Ballard High School Foundation, the Ballard High School PTSA and Ballard High School.

In just two weeks, the Ballard Cares campaign to raise money for BHS families in need surpassed $60,000. The donations helped secure purchasing grocery store gift cards for more than 50 families every two weeks through the end of June 2020.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

If you are an alumnus, a current student or parent, or just interested in donating to or becoming involved with our foundation, feel free to contact us. Select an option below so that we can direct inquiry, or fill out the form at the bottom of the page for a general inquiry. You may also reach us by mail at: PO Box 17626 Seattle WA 98127.

Your donations allow us to continue offering a full range of programs that support all students at Ballard High School. Want to get on our mailing list? Sign Up Today.

BHS Basketball Players from 1961.
’61 Ballard Boys Basketball#31 Executive Director; Dick Lee

For more information, visit the Ballard High School Foundation Website or contact Co-Founder; Executive Director, Dick Lee at