Alaska Airlines launched a new aircraft inspired by the United States’ first public, college preparatory, aviation-focused high school in October 2013.
The Boeing 737-900ER, dubbed Spirit of Education, is dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington and will fly for six months around the airline’s route network.
Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) was established with a special focus on educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other aviation and aerospace professionals. The school recently re-located to a new facility on the grounds of the Museum of Flight near King County International Airport in Seattle.
Each RAHS student is mentored by a professional in an aviation/aerospace-related field. Students are also placed in internships with aerospace industry companies including Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle.
Alaska Airlines employees have mentored the high school’s students since it was established in 2004. The airline is also a founding sponsor of the school and has donated $1.5 million in a public/private partnership to build the $44.5 million school.