Introduction
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 YouTube should resume by spring of 2020. Starting this year, links to most of 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.

News
If you have any PHS alumni news you would like to share, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

Prairie turns 40!
In celebration of Prairie High School's 40th anniversary, there will be numerous events taking place throughout the school year. For more information, please contact Erin Thompson at thompson.erin@battlegroundps.org.

Prairie Football's historic season comes to a close
The PHS Football Team ends their season in a heartbreaking overtime loss in round one of the state playoffs. This season marked their best record in more than three decades along with winning the league title. - Clark County Today

Prairie alum begins a new career in beer making
PHS alum Steve Dronen has started a microbrewery in Ridgefield, WA, his lifetime passion, after retiring from landscaping. - The Reflector

Upcoming Events
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 prairietalon@yahoo.com.

PHS Band Yuletide Bazaar (Saturday, November 30, 2019)
PHS Commons, Vancouver, WA - phs.battlegroundps.org/yuletide-bazaar

PHS Book Fair (Saturday, December 7, 2019)
Barnes & Noble, Vancouver, WA - barnesandnoble.com

PHS Winter Band Concert (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)
PHS Auditorium, Vancouver, WA - phs.battlegroundps.org

PHS Winter Choir Concert (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)
PHS Auditorium, Vancouver, WA - phs.battlegroundps.org


PHS Winter Sports
For all other PHS sports schedules, visit the Greater St. Helens League website at 3agshl.com.

Prairie Falcons Men's Basketball - 2019-2020 Season
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. King's Way Christian - King's Way Christian High School, Vancouver, WA
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Camas - Camas High School, Camas, WA
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. vs. Lincoln (John McCrossin Classic) - Fife High School, Fife, WA
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Skyview - Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Woodland - Woodland High School, Woodland, WA
Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Columbia River - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Battle Ground - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. vs. Lynden (Wilbur-Ellis Sundome Shootout) - Yakima Valley SunDome, Yakima, WA
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. vs. Eisenhower (Wilbur-Ellis Sundome Shootout) - Yakima Valley SunDome, Yakima, WA
Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Timberline - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Evergreen - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kelso - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Vancouver - Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Mountain View - Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Hudson's Bay - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Evergreen - Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kelso - Kelso High School, Kelso, WA
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Vancouver - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Mountain View - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Hudson's Bay - Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver, WA
February 28 to March 7, 2020 WIAA Class 3A Hardwood Classic - Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA

Prairie Falcons Women's Basketball - 2019-2020 Season
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. vs. Skyview (Skyview Jamboree) - Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Camas - Camas High School, Camas, WA
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Roosevelt - Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Snohomish - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Glacier Peak - Union High School, Camas, WA
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Camas - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Battle Ground - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Evergreen - Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kelso - Kelso High School, Kelso, WA
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Vancouver - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Mountain View - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Hudson's Bay - Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Evergreen - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kelso - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Vancouver - Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver, WA
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Mountain View - Mountain View High School, Vancouver, WA
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Hudson's Bay - PHS Gymnasium, Vancouver, WA
February 28 to March 7, 2020 WIAA Class 3A Hardwood Classic - Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA


Reunions
If you have any information on upcoming reunions or gatherings (formal or informal), please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.

Class of 1989 - 30 year reunion
Saturday, July 27, 2019, Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr., Camas, WA - facebook.com

Class of 1994 - 25 year reunion
Saturday, August 10, 2019, Salmon Creek Grange, 1900 NE 154th St., Vancouver, WA

Class of 1999 - 20 year reunion
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 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


Twitter Posts


Memorials
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 prairietalon@yahoo.com.


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.
Brenda (Johnson) Cox (1964-2014) 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)
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)
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?)
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.

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
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.
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.
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.


Yearbook Gallery
These are the yearbook covers since 1980. If you have covers for the yearbooks not listed below, please email the webmaster at prairietalon@yahoo.com.



Alumni Archives
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 prairietalon@yahoo.com 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.

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Links and Contact Information
Email: prairietalon@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/prairietalon
Twitter: twitter.com/PrairieHSAlumWA
YouTube: youtube.com/prairietalon2011
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
Greater St. Helens 3A League: 3agshl.com
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: wiaa.com


Updated November 17, 2019
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