100 years of blue and gold

In the 1923-1924 school year, Kelso High School declared blue and gold as the official school colors. Since then, Hilanders young and old have proudly declared, "We bleed blue and gold." 

“Being a one high school community, Kelso High is embraced and supported in so many wonderful ways,” said Sheri Walker, principal of Kelso High School. “After 100 years, blue and gold aren’t just KHS colors, they’re woven into this city and multiple generations of Hilanders.” 

Kelso School District is celebrating the milestone by collecting and sharing photos capturing the strong tradition and pride that’s grown over the last century. The community is invited to join in reminiscing by sharing photos of memorabilia through this Google form: bit.ly/share-100. There is also an option to include a story, memory, or favorite Kelso tradition. Community members are also encouraged to share these photos and memories on social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter), tagging @KelsoSchools and using #100yearsofblueandgold. As much as possible, contributions will be added to the district’s webpage (bit.ly/ksd-100ybg) to share the collective glow of WE ARE with others.  

The district learned of the 100-year anniversary through partnership with Cowlitz County Historical Museum. Bill Watson, the museum’s collection curator, revealed the exciting news this spring and has contributed historical photos and information for this as well as school re-openings over the last several years. 

A commemorative banner celebrating 100 Years of Blue & Gold welcomed staff at the district kickoff and is hanging in Kelso High for the year. The Pep Club’s annual shirts and sweatshirts carry the 100 years theme and are also available to the community through KHS Associated Student Body (Haley.Cox@kelsosd.org, 360.501.1846). Other events honoring the milestone will occur throughout the school year. 

“Kelso’s colors carry our pride,” said Mary Beth Tack, superintendent. “And Kelso’s strength, no question, is in its people. We proudly celebrate that strength every day. In this 100th year of blue and gold, we continue to work toward our goal of 100% graduation with 100% team effort,” said Tack.