Principal's Message

August 2018

Words simply can’t express the sincere gratitude and excitement that I feel to joining the Fife High School community! From the outside looking in, I have really admired this school; granted, many times that admiration was felt after some hard fought battles with the Trojans on the field, court, and track. Fife is a school with a long history of excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and co-curricular activities. I love that Fife is a single high school district in a diverse community that believes in supporting schools. I love that it is a high school that is striving to be a beacon in their community. For years I have hoped that the timing would work for me to come to Fife, and I am thrilled to be joining a school that is not resting on past success but continues to strive toward meeting the needs of each and every student.

I come to Fife after 22 years in education as a social studies teacher, basketball coach, and assistant principal.  Along the way I have served in three different school districts, with stops at Clovis High School in Clovis, CA, and in Tacoma at both Mount Tahoma and Foss High Schools. The last 13 years I’ve spent at Sumner High as an assistant principal. I have been extremely fortunate to learn and work with some amazing people along my journey. Often I hear back from some of the students that I’ve worked with over the years, and with each conversation I’m reminded of why this is the best job on the planet, we get to influence the lives of students!

I believe schools are built on relationships. As Thomas Sergiovanni in his book Building Community in Schools points out, “It is through the quality and character of relationships that values and beliefs are felt.” I believe Fife shares in this value that positive and deep relationships with students, colleagues, and the community, are paramount in building a positive school culture.

Fall is coming soon which means it’s time to start marking calendars with some important start up information at Fife High School. Be sure to circle your Trojan Day time! I’d encourage you to get as plugged into our community as possible, please be sure to follow us on Twitter @fifehstrojans and our Facebook page New this year, I would like to encourage you to get signed up for your respective grade level remind text message notices. The Fife website is getting overhauled soon, so be looking for our new look and for start of school information to be posted there as well.

Like many of you, these are my first days at Fife High School, and I’m so thankful for the friendly hellos and handshakes that have been offered to me thus far. I hope all of you feel as welcomed as I do, and I’m excited to get to meet all of you in a few short weeks.  

Get ‘em Trojans!

Brandon Bakke

Brandon Bakke is in his first year as Principal at Fife High School. He has been a high school administrator for 17 years, with previous stops at Sumner, Foss, and Mount Tahoma High Schools. He started his educational career at Clovis High School in Clovis, CA where he taught social studies and was the Head Boys' Basketball Coach. Brandon graduated with a BA in history from Fresno State University, and earned his MA in Educational Leadership from City University. Brandon is Married to Sherrie, a teacher in Puyallup, and has two children Emma, who attends Baylor University, and Britton who attends Eastern Washington University.