Principal's Message

Dear Curtis Senior High School parents, families and supporters,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.  My name is Tom Adams and I proudly serve as Curtis Senior High School's principal.  Every day CHS teachers are driven to inspire and our students are committed to achieve.

CHS delivers numerous academic, athletic, and performing arts and after-school opportunities at which our students excel:

  • We maintain high academic standards while teaching and emphasizing life-long values through Viking P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence).  We offer a top-flight curriculum taught by a committed team of teachers.  Besides core offerings in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, we provide numerous engaging and challenging courses.  Our academic program includes 17 Advanced Placement programs, three STEM classes, three World Language choices, Honors ELA and Science, and multiple electives across the curriculum.
  • We compete in over 20 girls and boys varsity sports in the ultra-competitive 4A South Puget Sound League.  Many of our teams made the play-offs last year and our impressive athletic accomplishments included the boys' water polo state championship and numerous team and individual league, district, and regional championships.
  • Our award-winning Performing Arts programs annually perform several shows, including a musical, a play, a talent show, the "One-acts" student-directed performances, Danceblast, and numerous seasonal band, orchestra, and choir concerts.  Please check the school's calendar for upcoming performances.
  • We offer over 20 after-school clubs and activities to enhance students' overall experiences and enable all students the opportunity to thrive.

In recognition of our achievements and commitment to excellence, I am proud to announce for the 2nd time in three years we ascended to the top of U.S.News & World Report's 2018 rankings as the best comprehensive public high school in Pierce County.  

Please accept my invitation to visit our school.  Parents and members of the University Place community are integral to our successes; I encourage your involvement in CHS by volunteering for a parent group, attending a game or performance, donating to ASB, or finding other avenues to support our students and programs.  

If I or any member of our team can answer questions about our school or programs, please do not hesitate to contact me at 253-566-5710, ext. 2155, or email me at  Other methods to connect to our school and programs include following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @principal_adams or @chsprincipal, following Athletic Director Suzanne Vick's accounts @ourvikingnation, and you can read my monthly Curtis Community Connection newsletter via the link on our website. 

On behalf of the entire Viking team of students, teachers, support staff and administrators, thank you for visiting our website and for your support and learning more about our school.  We are proud of our amazing students, teachers, and programs; marvelous work occurs here for students each day.

Thank you, and Go Viks!

Tom Adams,


Tom Adams