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History

History

Founded on Faith

King's Schools has been serving students for over 70 years. Founded by Mike and Vivian Martin, King's Schools has a rich legacy of faith, prayer, and academic excellence.

In 1948, Mike and Vivian Martin prayed for a youth home on the grounds of the abandoned Firland Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Shoreline, Washington. One year later the sanatorium became King’s Garden and opened as a home to youth in dormitories. Soon, King’s Schools was formed to meet the youth’s educational needs with a Christ-centered school. The school celebrated its first graduating class in 1951.

What happened as we grew 

The first class to graduate from King’s was in 1951 with seven students. One of those was Curtis Martin, son of Mike and Vivian Martin. Along with other classmates, he was instrumental in coming up with the name “King’s Knights.”  

The following year there were 16 graduates. Since then, there have been 70 graduating classes at King’s, with nearly 200 graduates this year. From humble beginnings, more than seventy years later, King’s Schools serves approximately 1,200 students annually from preschool through high school. It is well respected for its academic rigor, award-winning athletics, DECA, Mock Trial, and Robotics teams, and Christ-centered worldview. 

Many of our faculty and staff through the years have been King’s alumni and more than 62 of our students this year are the children of alumni.