Hello everyone, this is the official website made by and for the alumni of Prairie High
School in Vancouver/Brush Prairie, Washington. Nearly 20,000 students and staff
have set foot on the school's campus since it opened back in 1979. This is your place
for all the news, events and information involving former PHS students, staff, family and
other community members.|
If you have any PHS alumni news you would like to share,
please email the webmaster at
Former congresswoman joins a nonprofit organization board
PHS grad and former U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation. Her daughter was born with a rare kidney condition and spent the first three years on dialysis until a donor kidney was received. - The Reflector
Miss America hopeful receives a Congressional honor
PHS grad and current student at the University of Puget Sound Natalie Worthy received the Gold Congressional Award during a summit in Washington, D.C. back in June. This required completing 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of physical fitness, 200 hours in personal development and a seven day planned expedition. She plans on competing in the Miss Pierce County Pageant where the winner will compete in the Miss Washington and the Miss America pageants. - The Reflector
Army sergeant to compete in the Miss America Pageant
PHS grad and current U.S. Army sergeant Vanessa Munson, who won the title of Miss Clark County, was crowned as Miss Washington and will compete in the Miss America pageant. She is taking college courses through the military with plans on becoming a program management analyst for the FBI. She partnered with Girls Incorporated and Dress for Success along with providing inspiration to hearing impaired girls as she is hearing impaired herself. - The Reflector
Volleyball team competes at State
The PHS Women's Volleyball Team finished fifth in the WIAA Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament in the Yakima Valley SunDome in November. - The Reflector
Fundraiser established for injured alum
PHS Grad Stuart Grant was injured after falling off a ladder. This caused severe nerve damage that made him unable to use his left hand which impacted his ability to work or take care of daily activities. A GoFundMe account was established to cover his expenses.
CASEE celebrates 30 years
The Battle Ground School District's Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education in Brush Prairie served students districtwide for 30 years. A celebration took place earlier this year. - The Reflector
Fallen oak tree becomes a wood carving
A dying red oak tree on the Pleasant Valley Primary School campus in Vancouver got a new lease on life as a wood carving of the school's mascot, Buddy the Beaver. The outdoor tree carving will become part of an outdoor learning space that includes a sensory garden. - The Reflector
If you have any information on upcoming events of interest to PHS alumni or have an
event or activity that you would like to share,
please email the webmaster at
Winter Wonderland (November 24 to December 31, 2023)
Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR - winterwonderlandportland.com
Festival of Lights (November 24 to December 30, 2023)
The Grotto, Portland, OR - thegrotto.org
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Christmas Special (Weekends - November 25 to December 10, 2023)
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, Yacolt, WA - bycx.org
Christmas Ship Parade (December 1 to 17, 2023)
Along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA - christmasships.org
PHS Band Holiday Concert (December 14, 2023)
PHS Auditorium, Vancouver, WA - phs.battlegroundps.org
For more information on PHS sports schedules, visit the Greater St. Helens League website
at 3agshl.com or the PHS Athletics website at
Winter Sports Teams
If you have any information on upcoming reunions or gatherings (formal or informal),
please email the webmaster at
PHS Classes of 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2013: Please check with your class website or Facebook page to confirm whether or not your class will be having a reunion. Information may be posted here once confirmed. Other alumni groups may schedule virtual or in-person gatherings in the near future.
PHS Class of 1983 - 40 Year Reunion on Friday, August 11, 2023 at the Prairie Tavern, 14925 NE Caples Rd., Brush Prairie, WA. Please contact Stephanie Otten Peterson for more information.
PHS Class of 1988 - Cancelled due to scheduling conflicts (originally scheduled on July 15, 2023)
Class Reunion Stories
Jayson Dodge (PHS Class of 1988 and PrairieTalon.org Webmaster) attended his class reunions, organizing the last two. Details of his experiences along with some photos from each reunion are listed below.
Jayson's Ten Year Reunion Story from 1998
Jayson's Twenty Year Reunion Story from 2008
Jayson's Thirty Year Reunion Story from 2018
These are the names of former PHS students and faculty who are longer with us. The obituaries
will open in a new window. If you know of any more deaths of students or staff (either during or
after tenure/attendance at Prairie) or have additional information on the individuals listed,
please email the webmaster at
CLASS OF 1980
Dan Burns (1962-2023) View obituary.
Cheryl (Trimbo) Roesler (1962-2019) View obituary.
Terry Walter (1962-2020) View obituary.
Mike Wolf (1962-2013) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1981
Brenda Ahola (1963-2022)
Tim Gering (1962-1980) View obituary.
Bryan Merrell (1963-2009) View obituary.
Mark Wooster (1963-2013) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1982
Scott Hageman (1964-2022) View obituary.
Lori (Heinz) Wolf (1964-2008)
Ray Heup (1964-2010) View obituary.
Brenda (Johnson) Cox (1964-2014) View obituary.
Julie (Nerton) Dobson (1963-2007) View obituary.
John Marsolek (1964-2022) View obituary.
Kathy (Nail) Rubbelke (1964-2017) View obituary.
Matt Williams (1964-2017) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1983
Richard Deschand (1965-2019) View obituary.
David Hamm (1964-1983)
Rashan Henderson (1964-1995)
Jeff Peasley (1965-2016)
Lisa Wisner (1965-2002) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1984
Angela (Ahola) Anthony (1966-2022) View obituary.
David Campbell (1966-2007)
Shauna Cochran Scott (1966-2009) View obituary.
Steve Cocklin (1966-2008) View obituary.
Rick Dronen (1966-2012) View obituary.
Jackie (Tormanen) Firestone (1965-2020) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1985
Dan Brophy (1967-2021)
Darren Deputy (1966-2021) View obituary.
David Harris (1967-2014) View obituary.
Bobbie (Johnson) Davis (1966-2014) View obituary.
Tom MacDonald (1967-1987)
Sylvia (Newland) Cudiamat (1967-2023) View obituary.
Brian Olson (1967-1986)
Bobby Prentice (1966-2021) View obituary.
Dan Proudfit (1967-2018) View obituary.
Kay (Sarkinen) Hendrickson (1966-2018) View obituary.
Tom Shafer (1967-2012) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1986
Bryan Brown (1968-2001) View obituary.
Kristy Campbell (1968-2003)
Dean Luse (1968-1990)
Kevin Noorlander (1967-2021) View obituary.
Michael Paakanen (1967-1984)
Darin Reutter (1968-2004)
Holly Thorkildson (1967-2017) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1987
Brian Femling (1968-2013) View obituary.
Victor Hutton (1967-2017) View obituary.
Mark Richards (1968-1990)
CLASS OF 1988
Fred Bisconer (1969-2023)
Dan Claus (1970-2008) View obituary.
Tom Dalton (1970-1999) View obituary.
Brian Edwards (1970-2023)
Cheyenne (Harden) Parker (1969-2017)
Jon Larson (1969-2007) View obituary.
Linda Lawrence (1969-2000) View obituary.
Michael Lowery (1970-2023)
Sean Paakanen (1970-2021)
Bev (Puscher) Wharton (1970-2012) View obituary.
Kori (Rieger) Fredericksen (1969-2011) View obituary.
Jeff Ryder (1970-2018) View obituary.
Wally Sarkinen (1970-1984) View obituary.
Aric Schmeets (1970-1999) View obituary.
Chris Shull (1969-2020)
View first obituary.
View second obituary.
Troy Stevens (1970-2021) View obituary.
Paul Wilcox (1970-2021) View obituary.
Vincent Wilcox (1969-2007)
Paul Zimmer (1969-2000) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1989
Rick Colbert (1970-2018) View obituary.
Mike Diehl (1971-1999) View obituary.
John Eudy (1970-2008)
Matt Hart (1971-2019) View obituary.
Scott Hayden (1971-1992) View obituary.
Rick Jones (1970-2001)
Corinna Sofranko (1970-1997) View obituary.
Joanne Tormanen (1971-2007) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1990
Jason Davis (1972-1990)
Charlene German (1972-2001)
Trent Kunz (1972-2023) View obituary.
Matt Lang (1972-2006)
Brian Masic (1972-2021) View obituary.
Danell Mataczynski-Merck (1971-2021) View obituary.
Jeff Niedziela (1972-2019) View obituary.
Lori (Reddig) Homola (1972-2023) View obituary.
Shane Stout (1971-2017) View obituary.
Kim Torrence (1971-2022)
Jeff Upkes (1971-2018) View obituary.
Dirk Vandermeer (1972-2015)
Paul Voeller (1972-1994)
CLASS OF 1991
Adam Ahola (1972-2013) View obituary.
Kevin Bathe (1973-1994)
Damon Cannon (1973-2021)
Samuel Ramsey (1973-2008) View obituary.
Brad Sarkinen (1973-1999)
CLASS OF 1992
David Cox (1974-2023)
Gary Hiblar (1974-2021) View obituary.
Greg Thorkildson (1973-2014) View obituary.
Aaron E. Webb (1973-2021)
Tiffany (Wiser) Kennedy (1974-2018) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1993
Jeff Bushaw (1975-2020)
Ryan Ferrante (1974-2002)
Ron Frith (1975-2009) View obituary.
Jason Gladden (1975-2007) View obituary.
Shannon McCarty-Lane (1975-2015) View obituary.
Michael Rogers (1975-2004) View obituary.
Chris Waddell (1975-2011) View obituary.
Jason L. Ward (1975-2021) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1994
Angela Allen (1976-1997)
Terri (Donaldson) Reynolds (1976-2009) View obituary.
Amy Funk (1975-1998)
Ryan Martin (1976-2023)
David Roy (1975-2022)
CLASS OF 1995
Ryan Brugato (1977-1994) View obituary.
Jon Davern (1977-2000)
Mark Fritzler (1977-2022) View obituary.
Jackee Kalahan (1977-2015)
Mary Nordberg (1976-2021)
Randy Schiess (1976-2016) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1996
Adam Allen (1978-1997)
Katelyn (Coates) Black (1978-2013) View obituary.
Shannon Collins (1978-2008) View obituary.
Kevin Gohlke (1978-?)
James Harkins (1978-1997)
Chris McCormick (1978-?)
Jaynece Nevin (1978-1998) View obituary.
Christina (Reed) Tandberg (1978-2020) View obituary.
Maria (Stogianis) Suh (1977-2016) View obituary.
Jason Vinsonhaler (1978-?)
Heidi Watts (1977-2023) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1997
Chris Adams (1979-1999)
Robert Hess (1979-2005)
Jeanette Rench (1978-2005) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1998
Adam Gragg (1979-2010) View obituary.
Rebecca (Lloid) Glendenning (1979-2020) View obituary.
Dustin Parkhill (1980-1998?)
Brandon Portnoy (1980-2007) View obituary.
Bryce Powers (1980-2001) View obituary.
Jeff Schwartz (1980-2018) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1999
Wendy (Muonio) Paso (1980-2010) View obituary.
Jay Timmons (1980-2022) View obituary.
Joshua West (1981-2020)
CLASS OF 2000
Cedric Bruns (1981-2003) View obituary.
Zachary Buchanan (1981-2012) View obituary.
Travis Bukowiec (1978-2004) View obituary.
Amy Coombs (1982-2000) View obituary.
Kevin Currie (1982-2003)
Caleb Krigbaum (1982-2011) View obituary.
Juan Sanchez (1982-1999)
Jennifer Steinmueller (1982-2005) View obituary.
Charles Thatcher (1981-2008) View obituary.
Erin (Tribe) Kilborn (1982-2005) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2001
Amy (Cowperthwait) Manley (1983-2017)
Jeremiah Johnson (1983-2007)
View first obituary.
View second obituary.
Heidi Lueth (1983-2004) View obituary.
Alisha (Tapper) Bernhardt (1983-2017) View obituary.
Tyler VonRuden (1983-2005) View obituary.
Marcus Wieber (1982-2009) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2002
Brent Larwick (1984-2007) View obituary.
Laura Mockford (1983-1999)
Brandon Romine (1983-2007) View obituary.
Jennifer Statczar-Neely (1983-1999) View obituary.
Kyle Tracy (1984-2003) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2003
Kara Ellertson (1985-2019) View obituary.
John Gaither (1985-2011) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2004
Kayla (Seals) Castro (1986-2022) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2005
Timmy Krussell (1986-2005) View obituary.
Chris Raugust (1986-2016) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2006
Justin Franklin (1987-2008) View obituary.
Donald "Don Don" Wallway, Jr. (1988-2008) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2010
Jordan Bennett (1992-2023) View obituary.
Rachel Casper (1992-2020) View obituary.
Jode de Klerk (1992-2020) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2011
Colby Stuart (1993-2021) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2013
Justin Boyce (1994-2012)
CLASS OF 2014
Dylan Adams (1995-2020) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2015
Jessica Prew (1997-2022) View obituary.
David Shattuck (1997-2015) View obituary.
Seth Winterup (1997-2019) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2016
Briana Pasco (1997-2018) View obituary.
Sean Stillwell (1998-2020) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2018
Caleb Gervickas (2000-2022) View obituary.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Sandy Bernhardt (1953-2009) - ASB Head Office Secretary, 1989-2009 View obituary.
Bev Blair (1935-2008) - Librarian, 1979-1997 View obituary.
Gordon Buslach (1932-2019) - History and Driver Education Teacher; Football and Track Coach, 1979-1989 View obituary.
Jeanne Charles (1941-2009) - Art Teacher
Juan Christian (1948-2009) - English Teacher, 1979-2009 View obituary.
Gary Clark (1942-2012) - English and Speech Teacher; Debate Team Coach View obituary.
Larry Douglass (1934-2007) - Assistant Softball Coach View obituary.
Earl Glass (1935-2006) - Principal, 1979-1982 View obituary.
Dewayne Hanson (1945-2009) - Custodian, 1980-1986 View obituary.
Micah Hilario (1977-2020) - Math Teacher, Activities Director View obituary.
Bill Hill (1945-2018) - History Teacher, Men's Basketball Coach, Interim Activities Director, 1986-1989 View obituary.
Phil Jackson (1948-1994) - Chemistry Teacher, 1979-1994; Wrestling Coach, 1989-1994 View obituary.
DeWayne Kendall (1947-2008) - History Teacher; Men's Basketball Coach, 1979-2004 View obituary.
Joe Mazzoncini (1950-1990) - Activities Director, 1986-1990 View obituary.
Diane McCormick (1938-2006) - English Teacher; Student Newspaper Advisor, 1984-2000 View obituary.
Greg Parcher (1951-2017) - Principal, 1998-2007 View obituary.
Don Phillips (1927-2008) - Automotive Teacher, 2000-2002
Phil Phimister (1953-2017) - Special Education Teacher; Cross Country Coach; Track and Field Coach, 1986-2015 View obituary.
Joanne Rooney (1955-2013) - Child Care Director; Early Childhood Education Teacher View obituary.
Hillie Stoker (1919-2004) - German Teacher, 1981-1987 View obituary.
Velda Sutton (1935-2021) - Principal, 1986-1990 View obituary.
About The School|
Prairie High School opened in September 1979 to accommodate the growing population in the southern portion of the Battle Ground School District, in Southwestern Washington. Located 10 miles northeast of Vancouver, Washington near the town of Brush Prairie, Prairie High School has provided numerous opportunties in academics, athletics, fine arts and vocational training to over 1400 students each year in grades nine through twelve. Most of the student body previously attended Pleasant Valley, Daybreak and Laurin Middle Schools plus the former Maple Grove Middle School in the Battle Ground School District as well as Hockinson Middle School in the neighboring Hockinson School District before their high school opened in 2003. The school's mascot is the falcon, and the colors are crimson and gold. The school's mailing address is PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604. The campus is located at 11311 NE 119th Street, Vancouver, WA 98662. The school's main office can be reached at 360-885-5000. The telephone number for the activities office is 360-885-5013.
About The Website|
The website was created by Jayson Dodge (PHS Class of 1988) in 1999 as a means for
alumni of Prairie High School to keep in contact when no such site existed. The current
domain name of prairietalon.org (named after the school's yearbook) was established
two years later. Plans are underway to form a PHS alumni association.|
Brush Prairie Weather|
Links and Contact Information|
X (formerly Twitter): twitter.com/PrairieHSAlumWA
Prairie High School: phs.battlegroundps.org
Prairie Boosters: prairieboosters.org
Prairie Falcon Athletics: falconnation.org
Battle Ground Public Schools: battlegroundps.org
PHS Falcons Sideline Store: sideline.bsnsports.com
The Columbian: columbian.com
The Reflector: thereflector.com
Camas-Washougal Post-Record: camaspostrecord.com
Clark County Today: clarkcountytoday.com
Greater St. Helens 3A League: 3agshl.com
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: wiaa.com