A.G. West Black Hills High School is a secondary school in Tumwater, Washington serving grades 9–12 in Thurston County. A part of the Tumwater School District, BHHS serves approximately 1000 students each year.
Situated at the mouth of the Deschutes River, Tumwater prides itself on the high-quality drinking water it provides the locals, most famously utilized by Leopold Schmidt for the water in the beer produced by the iconic Olympia Brewery.
Seen from almost anywhere in the city, Tumwater Hill features various types of homes for sale, ranging from cozy apartments and condos to large single-family houses. Residents enjoy strolling through the various parks nearby, such as Tumwater Hill Park with its leisurely trail, Isabella Bush Park with its community farm and Overlook Park with its spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. South Puget Sound Community College sits on the northern base of Tumwater Hill, serving 6,000 students each year at the modern 125-acre campus.
Off-campus you will find the upcoming SPSCC Craft Brewing & Distilling facility, the first of many buildings in the Tumwater Craft District. In the near future, this site will be occupied by many new restaurants, retail, and even an outdoor amphitheater! Go next door to get a workout in at The Valley Athletic Club or play a round at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club.
Tumwater Falls Park is a popular tourist destination, trailing on and around the Deschutes River, with beautiful views of waterfalls that flow into Capitol Lake. At the base of the falls is Tumwater Historical Park with a large new playground where young families can play and picnic near the water in a safe environment. Nearby sits the Schmidt House, built in 1904, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At the west end of Tumwater, you will find one of the largest lakes in Thurston County, Black Lake. With home sizes ranging from 3-Bed / 2-Bath to larger waterfront homes perfect for outdoor entertainers, you’ll find many of the community members boating, swimming or fishing at the lake year-round. Neighborhoods around Black Lake are conveniently located near Black Lake Park, Blake Lake Elementary, and Black Hills High School, perfect for raising a young family.
The south end of Tumwater is filled with many middle-class home developments. The Preserve at Tumwater Place is the newest large development, with homes varying in size from 1,600-2,800 square feet. Just down the street from The Preserve is the Tumwater Warehouse District where you can grab your morning treat at 8 Arms Bakery, your dinner recipe from local grocer Spuds Produce Market, or a weekend drink at the family-friendly Matchless Brewing brewery, Triceratops Brewing Company, or Tart Cider.
Along the east side of Tumwater is local gem Pioneer Park, with three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, a large playground with covered picnic tables, many walking trails and a half-mile of river frontage, it’s a mecca for outdoor activities. Each corner of Tumwater provides locals with a wide variety of affordable living options while maintaining clean parks and easy access to the outdoors, making Tumwater a great place to live.