Choice enrollment opens October 30, 2023

Students have the option to attend their neighborhood school or apply to attend another TPS school through our Choice Enrollment process.

The Choice application closes for grades 1-12 on Feb. 2, 2024

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Stadium students have access to an enormous range of courses, clubs, and athletics, all within a school that is nationally recognized as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

Our diverse student population participates in a range of co-curricular activities, our staff continue to lead the way in innovative learning, and we're recognized as one of the most rigorous schools in our area. We celebrated our centennial year in 2006 and the Castle is very different on the inside than it was for its first 100 years. Stadium continues to adapt and evolve with the 21st century needs of students while keeping tradition and history alive.

Student Life at Stadium

Student holding diploma and graduation cap

Stadium has the most rigorous courses in Tacoma Public Schools. Our students prepared for success after high school.

tiger mascot with pom poms

Our student athletes are students first and work as hard in the classroom as they do in athletic competition.

Choir and Orchestra in the courtyard

Music is alive and well at Stadium High School. Students have the opportunity to take Band, Choir, Guitar and Orchestra to hone their musical skills.

Choir and Orchestra in the courtyard

Stadium's thriving theater department showcases two musicals per year involving over 100 students.

Stadium student making a ceramic bowl

Visual Arts at Stadium High School not only develop students creatively, but are CTE courses that prepare them for future employment.


By The Numbers



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Athletic Teams

Cupcake Wars
Boys Water Polo
NJROTC at Homecoming
Girls Track and Field
Stadium performs Hairspray the Musical
Boys Tennis Team
Girls Cheer
Girls Cross Country

Tigers in Action


The Brown Castle

Aerial photo of Stadium and Bowl from 1948 Penn State vs WSU in the Stadium Bowl

Stadium High School, commonly referred to as the Brown Castle, was originally intended by its financiers, the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and Tacoma Land Company, to be one of the finest luxury hotels on the Pacific Coast. Construction began in 1891, but due to the railroad’s financial failure, the hotel was never completed and was boarded up for a number of years before it was acquired by the Tacoma School District.

In 1906, Tacoma High School, as Stadium was then called, opened its doors to 878 students and 38 teachers. Renamed Stadium High School in 1913, the Brown Castle has been host to many historical figures including: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Warren Harding, Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, World War I hero General John “Black Jack” Pershing and John Phillip Sousa's band. Being a part of a school with so rich a history (our Brown Castle is a registered historical landmark) is a source of pride for the students, families, and staff of Stadium High School.

The school celebrated its centennial year in 2006 and has been completely modernized. Stadium is also proud of its reputation for excellence in academics and the arts. Participation in extra and co-curricular activities is almost universal among the diverse student population. Community involvement is also an integral part of the school’s reputation.

As a Stadium Tiger, you will make a commitment to honor our school’s rich traditions and to work toward preserving its superior reputation.​​​