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The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM):

  • advances justice and equity, cultivates quality educational programming for all, and centers Black history, art and culture

  • serves as a source of community, connection, understanding, and empowerment, here in the Central District and throughout the entire Northwest

  • offers accessible, impactful experiences and exhibitions that open minds and change lives. More info at

​From NAAM Education Coordinator and Garfield High School graduate, Jason Turner (pictured): "NAAM has had an awesome long-time partnership with Garfield High School. NAAM's founding Executive Director was Dr. Garver Gayton, a 1956 Garfield High graduate.

"Moreover, NAAM celebrated MLK60, the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's visit to Seattle, on Nov. 6, 2021 at Garfield." NAAM's ACE Ensemble, directed by Turner, performed at the event as well.

"This year, on Jan. 17, NAAM also celebrated the annual King Day with the community on the Garfield campus." NAAM provided COVID vaccinations, gave away new books by Black authors, and had a donation station for the community to give essential items to people experiencing homelessness and others in need. Photos from these GHS events below

Thank you to Northwest African American Museum for its partnership as we honor 100 years of Garfield High School!


Also, gratitude to NAAM's Founding Executive Director Dr. Carver Gayton (GHS Class of 1956) and current President & CEO LaNesha DeBardelaben, pictured at a recent NAAM Unity Benefit.

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The Washington State Jewish Historical Society aims to:

  • Preserve and present the history of Jewish life in Washington state

  • Foster awareness and appreciation of the experiences, the diverse culture, and the significant contributions of Jews, past and present

  • Build bridges with communities by sharing collective histories and serving as an educational resource

Garfield is featured as Stop 29 on the virtual WSJHS Seattle Historic Sephardic Tour, exemplifying how the Jewish community is woven into Garfield's story and vice-versa.

​One video captures the early athletics scene at Garfield: "Coach Leon Brigham successfully unified players from diverse groups to forge the Bulldogs' championship football, basketball and track teams." (Quote from "Family of Strangers" by Molly Cone; images from 1935/1937 yearbooks)

We also learn from early Jewish Bulldog graduates how Garfield helped shape them:

Thanks to Washington State Jewish Historical Society for its partnership as we honor 100 years of Garfield High School and thanks to Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society!

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Just Confirmed!

We are excited to have Garfield's own second-generation graduate (Yes, mom and dad are Bulldogs too, both having graduated in 1951!), Mayor Bruce Harrell as the Master of Ceremonies for an amazing Centennial Celebration retrospective program at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Garfield Gymnasium.

Mayor Bruce Harrell was elected the 57th Mayor of the City of Seattle in 2021

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