Former NFL quarterback featured in April #HighlineAlum campaign

Evergreen alum Jack Thompson credits positive influence from teachers and coaches for success

Former NFL quarterback Jack Thompson is featured in this month’s #HighlineAlum social media campaign. Thompson is a 1974 graduate of Evergreen High School.

Thompson earned a football scholarship to Washington State University where he earned the nickname “Throwin’ Samoan.” He was a first-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 and played in Super Bowl XVI. Today, Thompson is a vice president at Umpqua Bank in downtown Seattle.

Thompson grew up in White Center, attending elementary, middle and high school in Highline.

"I’m a product of the Highline School District. The values that I have in me are a byproduct of all the mentors, the coaches and the teachers that I had. I’m so blessed that I was trained under them,” said Thompson. “Each had an effect on me. My classmates would say the same thing. It was a great, positive experience."

Watch Thompson’s video here.

Highline boasts a long list of well-known and accomplished alumni and dozens of grads you haven't yet heard of who are making their mark on the world.

Each month, we are featuring successful, high-profile alum and up-and-coming alum on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. The features include a short video clip of the alumnus. The community is invited to follow along by using the hashtag #HighlineAlum.

Last month, we featured former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West and Highline Schools Foundation Board of Trustees Member Erin Ambrozic.

The #HighlineAlum campaign aims to inspire our students to dream big, graduate high school, and go on to accomplish great things.

If you know an outstanding Highline Alum, please nominate them to be featured in a future profile. Email their name and contact information to communication@highlineschools.org.

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