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Glacier View Junior High School
12807 184th Street East
Puyallup, WA 98374

Glacier View Junior High School was opened in 2008 and is located on South Hill, east of Meridian within the Sunrise Master Planned Community. The school building sitsjust east of Emerald Ridge High School on the shared 100-acre campus. It was constructed under the 2004 Bond Program to serve a growing population in the southeast area of the district.

The project architect was Northwest Architectural Company from Seattle and Spokane, Washington. The general contractor was Commercial Structures, Inc. from Burien, Washington. The new l 02,299 square foot school building houses thirty-nine (39) total teaching stations. This includes 21 classroom areas, 9 laboratory classrooms, and program space for band, chorus, drama, art, library, and gymnasium and weight/fitness room. It is designed to house an 800-student population.

Glacier View Junior High was named after the Glacier View Wilderness area that borders the west boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. It can be seen from the GVJH site when looking southeast towards Mt. Rainier. Glacier View Wilderness area was officially designated by Congress in 1984 to protect and preserve the scenic, alpine environments and to compliment the adjacent Mount Rainer National Park. Glacier View Junior High is a complimentary name to its neighbor, Emerald Ridge High School, while maintaining its own separate identity.

The site for Glacier View Junior High was purchased in December of 1992 from Rainier Ventures Limited Partnership for a sum of $640,000.00. The parcel was originally purchased as a location for a future elementary school (Elementary 24) to accommodate anticipated enrollment growth from the Sunrise Development. Master planning for the 100-acre district- owned campus subsequently identified it as the appropriate location for the junior high.

In 2012, the building received a Building Assessment Score of 90, which is the maximum rating allowed for a building of at least one year of age. It will be eligible for state matching funds for modernization or new construction in lieu of modernization in the year 2038.