Hello everyone, this is the official website made by and for the alumni of Prairie High
School in Vancouver/Brush Prairie, Washington. More than 18,000 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. Twitter and Facebook postings have resumed while postings
on Instagram and YouTube will resume hopefully this summer. Starting later this year,
some of the links to the obituaries in the Memorials section will be rerouted from this
site to the obituary in the newspaper, mortuary, or other memorial tribute website.
The content in the obituaries will not change. This is to help reduce storage space and
make it simpler to back up files in case of a server crash. Thanks everyone for your
patience and understanding.|
If you have any PHS alumni news you would like to share,
please email the webmaster at
Congratulations PHS Class of 2019!
The Class of 2019 graduated on June 11, and are now officially PHS alumni! There are so many opportunities in store. Best of luck on your future endeavors.
Prairie's rugby team also state champions
The PHS rugby team, known as the Prairie Wolfpack, won the state championship at Western Oregon University in May beating Newberg and finishing undefeated. - The Reflector
Corban College decathlon record recently set by PHS grad
PHS alum Michael Schmidt participates in the track and field program at Corban College in Salem, OR. He was named NAIA Field Athlete of the Week for breaking the school's decathlon record at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship meet in La Grande, OR. - The Columbian
Rugby bringing stability for former Falcon
After a difficult childhood, playing rugby kept PHS alum and U.S. Marine Luke James's life on track. He is in the process of becoming a police officer, his lifelong dream. - 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
Strawberry Short Course Festival (Saturday, June 23, 2019)
Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR - mhcc.edu
Recycled Arts Festival (June 29 & 30, 2019)
Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA - recycledartsfestival.com
Independence Day Parades and Fireworks (Thursday, July 4, 2019)
Various locations including Hillsboro, Portland, Fairview, and Corbett, OR plus Ridgefield and Vancouver, WA
Waterfront Blues Festival (July 4 to 7, 2019)
Waterfront Park, Portland, OR - waterfrontbluesfest.com
Battle Ground Harvest Days (July 19 & 20, 2019)
Various locations, Battle Ground, WA - facebook.com/battlegroundharvestdays
Camas Days (July 26 & 27, 2019)
Various locations, Camas, WA - cwchamber.com
Clark County Fair (August 2 to 11, 2019)
Clark County Events Center, Ridgefield, WA - clarkcofair.com
If you have any information on upcoming reunions or gatherings (formal or informal),
please email the webmaster at
Class of 1989 - 30 year reunion
Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr., Camas, WA - facebook.com
Class of 1994 - 25 year reunion TBD. Details coming soon.
Class of 1999 - 20 year reunion
Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Heathen Brewing Feral Public House, 1109 Washington St., Vancouver, WA - eventbrite.com
Class of 2009 - 10 year reunion TBD. Details coming soon.
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
Tweets by PrairieHSAlumWA
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|
Cheryl (Trimbo) Roesler (1962-2019) View obituary.
Mike Wolf (1962-2013) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1981
Bryan Merrell (1963-2009) View obituary.
Mark Wooster (1963-2013) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1982
Lori (Heinz) Wolf (1964-2008)
Ray Heup (1964-2010) View obituary.
Julie (Nerton) Dobson (1963-2007) View obituary.
Matt Williams (1964-2017) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1983
David Hamm (1964-1983)
Rashan Henderson (1964-1995)
Jeff Peasley (1965-2016)
Lisa Wisner (1965-2002) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1984
David Campbell (1966-2007)
Shauna Cochran Scott (1966-2009) View obituary.
Steve Cocklin (1966-2008) View obituary.
Rick Dronen (1966-2012) View obituary.
Kathy (Nail) Rubbelke (1964-2017) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1985
David Harris (1967-2014) View obituary.
Bobbie (Johnson) Davis (1966-2014) View obituary.
Tom MacDonald (1967-1987)
Brian Olson (1967-1986)
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)
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
Dan Claus (1970-2008) View obituary.
Tom Dalton (1970-1999) View obituary.
Cheyenne (Harden) Parker (1969-2017)
Jon Larson (1969-2007) View obituary.
Linda Lawrence (1969-2000) View obituary.
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.
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)
Scott Hayden (1971-1992) View obituary.
Rick Jones (1970-2001)
Corinna Sofranko (1970-1997)
Joanne Tormanen (1971-2007) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1990
Jason Davis (1972-1990)
Charlene German (1972-2001)
Matt Lang (1972-2006)
Shane Stout (1971-2017) View obituary.
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)
Samuel Ramsey (1973-2008) View obituary.
Brad Sarkinen (1973-1999)
CLASS OF 1992
Greg Thorkildson (1973-2014) View obituary.
Tiffany (Wiser) Kennedy (1974-2018) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1993|
Ryan Ferrante (1974-2002)
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.
CLASS OF 1994
Angela Allen (1976-1997)
Amy Funk (1975-1998)
CLASS OF 1995
Ryan Brugato (1977-1994) View obituary.
Jon Davern (1977-2000)
Jackee Kalahan (1977-2015)
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.
Maria (Stogianis) Suh (1977-2016) View obituary.
Jason Vinsonhaler (1978-?)
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.
Dustin Parkhill (1980-1998?)
Bryce Powers (1980-2001) View obituary.
CLASS OF 1999
Wendy (Muonio) Paso (1980-2010) View obituary.
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 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
John Gaither (1985-2011) 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 2013
Justin Boyce (1994-2012)
CLASS OF 2015
David Shattuck (1997-2015) View obituary.
Seth Winterup (1997-2019) View obituary.
CLASS OF 2016
Briana Pasco (1997-2018) View obituary.
FACULTY AND STAFF|
Sandy Bernhardt (1953-2009) - ASB Head Office Secretary, 1989-2009 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.
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.
Due to the lack of new entries and updates of existing ones, all the entries that were
submitted and updated from February 1999 through August 2016 are now being archived.
The alumni entries are separated by decade (four total) with a separate one for faculty
and staff and one for family and friends. The information was formatted into a PDF
document and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or a compatible PDF reader to view the files.
Please email the webmaster at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 opportunities from academics to athletics to fine arts to computers to vocational training to over 1400 students each year in grades nine through twelve. The student body consists of students from Laurin, Pleasant Valley, and Maple Grove Middle Schools in the Battle Ground School District, and, until a few years ago, students in the neighboring Hockinson School District. 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|
Prairie High School: phs.battlegroundps.org
Prairie Boosters: prairieboosters.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