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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.



Hall of Fame Awards ceremony August 13!

Join Southwest alumni, families, students, staff, and the community at the second annual Southwest High School Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, August 13. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, and the awards and will be held at the Interlachen Country Club.

Don't miss this magical evening of stories, memories, and Laker lore. For information and a dinner reservation form go to

2104 Dinner fun!                                                                      Photo by Dave Santos

2104 Dinner fun!                                                                      Photo by Dave Santos

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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

Southwest on August 5 -- looking northeast from 47th Street

Southwest on August 5 -- looking northeast from 47th Street

If you haven't been by Southwest recently, you'll be amazed by the construction progress since school let out in June. Principal Bill Smith says, "The project is going well. The team tells me that four of the new classrooms in the east will open when school starts. The four new classrooms in the west will open later in September. We are also looking forward to the new kitchen and the commons, which will open in February, and of course the completion of the project next year." 

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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