5801 N. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Harry S. Truman Middle School began as a combined junior high and elementary school on North 23rd Street. The elementary section of the school became Skyline Elementary in 1978, and in September 1999, students and staff moved into a new building at the intersection of North 35th and Pearl streets.
The new building was constructed as part of the 1997 tax levy, and it allowed teachers and administrators to implement a new type of instruction. The school was organized in such a way as to create academic areas organized as “learning houses” for each grade. Each of the houses is comprised of two academic teams of one science, four standard classrooms and a central Technology Center/Learning Resource Center.
Completed in August 1999, the school has classrooms for life skills, foreign language, English as a Second Language, art and shop, and special education. The commons area includes a music performance area, with a capacity that ranges up to 400.