For over 40 years island residents have enjoyed swimming in the Olympic-sized pool next to Mercer Island High School on the north end of the island. The 6 lane pool has been used for both recreational public swimming and competitive high school meets throughout its history.
One of the swimmers who trained at the pool was Mary Wayte. Raised on Mercer Island, Mary Wayte competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics where she won two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. The pool was renamed the Mary Wayte Pool in her honor.
Throughout the school year the Mercer Island High School swim and dive teams use the Mary Wayte Pool for practices and meets. Mercer Island High School is fortunate to have a pool adjoining its campus that students do not have to share with other practicing teams. In contrast, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools must all share the Julius Boehm Pool. Bellevue, Sammamish and Interlake high schools all practice at the Bellevue Aquatic Center and cannot host meets there. The Mary Wayte Pool hosts swim meets for both Mercer Island High School and Bellevue High School.
In addition to its invaluable role at the high school, the Mary Wayte Pool also serves the public by offering swimming lessons, diving classes, exercise programs, open swim times and pool party rentals. The pool even hosts a monthly movie night. From parent and baby swimming classes to high school swim meets to senior lap swims, every member of Mercer Island’s diverse community can find an activity to enjoy at the Mary Wayte Pool.