Pretty Gritty Tours to lead late night tour of Stadium High School

The team behind Pretty Gritty Tours: (from left) founder Chris Staudinger, Tawny Clark, Paul Richter and Jackie Richter.
Credit: Pretty Gritty Tours

On Saturday, March 30, Pretty Gritty Tours will offer an exclusive opportunity to go inside Stadium High School for an hour-long exploration of the halls and corridors of this magnificent building from the 1800s.

This is an opportunity to see the boiler room, historical theater, and attic. For anyone who has always wanted to see inside Stadium and hear the lore of the building, now is the opportunity. Originally built by the Northern Pacific Railroad to be a luxury hotel, the building was abandoned in the financial crash of the late 1800s. Not long after, fire gutted the building. Luckily, this iconic French Chateau style structure was purchased by the school district and opened in 1906 as Tacoma’s most impressive high school.The majority of the tour is ADA accessible and there are elevators available. This tour is kid-friendly, but children under 10 cannot enter the attic.

There are four tour times starting at 6 p.m. and running every hour until 10 p.m. Buy your tickets online early to ensure that you get a spot. Tickets are $25 a person at Due to school regulations and a desire to keep tours optimal, group sizes will be kept small.

Pretty Gritty Tours is comprised of four friends who are passionate about spreading the (253) love and sharing Tacoma with locals and visitors alike. Tawny Clark and Captain Chris Staudinger are award-winning travel writers and videographers who, after traveling the world, decided to make Tacoma their home. Since meeting on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008, they have explored the globe together and covered numerous destinations for prestigious outlets such as Expedia, BBC Travel and USA Today. With more than 50 countries under their belts, they chose the City of Destiny as home to their travel tour company in the hopes that you fall in love with Tacoma as much as they have.

Jackie and Paul Richter are local entertainers and artists with a passion for history and performance. Their love story has been framed by the powerful architecture of Tacoma and set upon the stage of her vast waterfront. Together, they have explored all of the hidden alleys and forgotten tunnels of Tacoma and brought them to light.

All four of these adventurers pride themselves in the quality and attention to detail with each tour. Pretty Gritty Tours’ knowledgeable guides are happy to welcome any and all questions. To ensure an intimate environment, they offer small tours of no more than 12 guests. Should you require a private tour, choose that option under the “Tours” menu at The team is happy to cater to all needs and desires.

The late night tour of Stadium High School happens again on April 13 and May 4. In addition, a Sweets Tour takes place on March 30, and April 13 at 11 a.m. On this tasting tour of Tacoma’s candy industry, you will get to hear, see, and taste the sweet history of Tacoma. Included in the tour will be four different tasting stops that will allow you to experience the delicious past and innovative present of our port town first hand. Other tours are offered as well: Antique Row, Grit City Ghost Stories, Brewery Tour, Coffee Tour, Street Art Tour…all are described on their website.

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