Dr. James Rice Honored By Highline High School
Burien native and long-time resident Dr. James Rice was honored as Highline High School Alumni Associationâ€™s 2008 “Alumnus of the Year” during Highlineâ€™s annual Senior Celebration at the Cove in Normandy Park on Thursday June 12.
The award was presented by the Alumni Association in recognition of Dr. Riceâ€™s 23 years as football team physician, assistant wrestling coach and many other volunteer roles.
Dr. Rice, well known in the community as Jim, was born and raised in Burien and was a 1963 graduate of Highline. After medical school at Tufts University, and medical residency in California, he returned to work at the Emergency Room at Highline Hospital. Eventually logging in 25 years at the hospital, he emerged as one of the leading physicians in the department.
Jim is the son of prominent Burien residents Donna and James Rice, Sr., also longtime contributors to the community. The late James Sr. was a Highline School District Board member for 26 years (1952-1978), while Donna was a long-time member of the Highline High School Parent-Teacher Association, and was active in many other community volunteer roles.
Always a family man first and foremost, Jim was congratulated at a brief celebration atÂ home by his wife Nancy Pazareskis Rice, sons James, Chad, Brad and Casey, and daughter Christina.Â Daughter Brianna lives in California and was not able to attend.
At the ceremony, Jim was also presented with the Highline High School Booster Clubâ€™s Pirate Award for his tireless efforts to benefit Highline athletics. Highline student athletes and the entire community of Burien have benefitted substantially from Jimâ€™s work through the years, and with these awards they said a hearty, â€œThanks, Jim!â€