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Principal's Message

Dear Wapato High School Families,

My name is David Blakney, and I am thrilled to be the principal at Wapato High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  It is a great honor to serve the students, staff, and families of Wapato High School as well as the community of Wapato.  This will be second year as the principal and my fourth year at Wapato High School.  Over my time at Wapato, I have learned that we have a great staff, fantastic students, and a community that supports our work in education.

Our goal is that every student graduates from Wapato High School on time with their class.  In the past few years, we have enjoyed high levels of achievement because of the work that has been put in by the staff, students, and the support from our community.   With our team continuing this work, we will have the opportunity to make Wapato High School an even better place moving forward.  A few areas that we will be focusing on for the upcoming school year are: student engagement with a focus on academic language, building a safe and health school culture and, student attendance.  The work in some of these areas has been ongoing the last few years, and I am proud of how the work has helped us to move forward.  I am also excited about the work our staff put in over the summer to help us keep improving in our areas of focus for this school year.  These areas will help us to not only meet the needs of all of our students, but to push them to higher levels of achievement.  Along with our work in the classroom, we have many great clubs and athletic teams that happen outside of the classroom that we are proud of as well.  We encourage all of our students to be involved in our extra-curricular activities in some way because we know the more students are involved in school the higher levels of success they will achieve. 

With the staff, students and community that we have in Wapato, I am confident that this is going to be a great year at Wapato High School.  I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns that arise.  I am available my email at or by phone at 509-877-3138.  Thank you for supporting WHS!  Go Wolf Pack!


David Blakney

Principal, Wapato High School