West Seattle is a baseball town
West Seattle High School has a long tradition of baseball success—decades of long-tenured coaches, developing ballplayers, and engaged community support. WSHS also sits atop a pyramid of vibrant youth baseball with deep historical roots and booming participation. It’s the best game in town.
WSHS is by far the most successful public school baseball program in Seattle and among the most elite programs across the board. In 2012, WSHS took second at state—the highest finish to date by a WSHS team in any sport.
This excellence is a result of a rich history, vibrant baseball culture, and a community that values the game—resilience, persistence, teamwork, perspective, and more. It connects generations. And it’s fun! As they say…for love of the game.
A new era at WSHS
After more than three decades, longtime skipper Velko Vitalich retired. This would mean chaos for most schools, but West Seattle is unique. The new coach, Bryan Tupper, knows the program—as an alum (’02), assistant coach (2010 – 2016), and son of Kerry Tupper, 1965 alum, and longtime assistant. The team has new leadership and new energy.
Now is the time to double down on WSHS’s legacy as Seattle’s premier high school baseball program.
South Playfield Athletic Resources and Cages Project (SPARC)
WSHS baseball boosters have received approval to upgrade the South Playfield at WSHS—the area between the gym and SW Hanford St, sometimes mistaken as “a dog park.” As generations of ballplayers and their parents know, there is a shortage of places to practice hitting. While for-profit clubs do sell cage time, more neighborhood public options are needed. There is also a shortage of turfed field space. Under the joint use agreement with Seattle Parks, WSHS are sports routinely bumped by other users.
This project provides dedicated space for WSHS student athletes and kids from area rec leagues. It will increase public access, but most directly benefit WSHS students and teams. Principal Brian Vance and the School District are on board and boosters are energized. This is happening. See the SPARC project page for more details!
Looking for a way to help out? We are seeking tax deductible donations to construct batting cages! See the SPARC page above for details.