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The Southwest Foundation supports academics, athletics, and the arts at Southwest High School. Please join us in supporting Southwest's great students!


The Southwest Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with Southwest High School and its alumni to create an exceptional educational experience for all Southwest students.  The Foundation raises money to support academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors.



Party for 9th grade parents on November 3!

Please join fellow parents and guardians of 9th grade students at a party to benefit the Southwest Foundation and its work for Southwest's students. There will be great food, drinks, entertainment, conversation, and a chance to meet each other and Principal Bill Smith. The party is Tuesday, November 3 at the home of Joe Wahl '84 and Anne Shaeffer at 3816 Chowen Ave. S. from 7-9 pm. All 9th grade parents are welcome! To rsvp, please email

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2104 party fun!                                                                    

success stories


Destination Imagination Team finishes 5th in Global competition

The Southwest High School Destination Imagination team, nicknamed "Garden and Sock," placed 5th at the Destination Imagination Global Finals held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus this past week. The team placed 2nd in the "Instant Challenge" segment of the competition out of 79 teams that came from all across the U.S. as well as from China, Guatemala, Mexico, Poland, and Qatar.

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2015 Destination Imagination Team in Knoxville, Tennessee

2015 Destination Imagination Team in Knoxville, Tennessee


Latest construction news

Ribbon cutting ceremony outside the new dance studio.

Ribbon cutting ceremony outside the new dance studio.

Southwest celebrated a construction milestone when eight new classrooms opened in late September. The classrooms include two new science labs, a dance studio, a music room, a film room, business classroom, computer classroom and social studies classroom. Students, teachers, parents, administration, Interim Superintendent Michael Goar, and representatives of Graham Construction and the project's architect celebrated with a ribbon cutting and treats. Come on over to Southwest to see the new rooms for yourself!

The Southwest Foundation will be leading efforts to celebrate the grand opening of the newly remodeled space in the fall of 2016 and Southwest's 75th anniversary in the spring of 2017. If you'd like to be a part of that planning, please contact Executive Director Ellen van Iwaarden at


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