Corvallis High School (Oregon)
|Corvallis High School|
|1400 NW Buchanan Ave
Corvallis, Oregon, 97330
|Established||1910 (1935, 2005)|
|School district||Corvallis S.D. (509J)|
|Assistant principals||Eric Wright
|Faculty||about 60|
|Enrollment||approx. 1,400|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue & White
|Athletics||OSAA, Class 5A|
|Athletics conference||Mid-Willamette Conference|
|Elevation||230 ft (70 m) AMSL|
The original Corvallis High School was opened in February 1910 on 6th Street between Monroe Avenue and Madison Avenue, becoming the first dedicated high school in Corvallis. Prior to the construction, all grades were housed in Corvallis Central School which was built in 1889 and was located one block west on 7th Street. This new high school was built in an Arts and Crafts style. The structure was built of masonry and featured two stories on top of a daylight basement. In 1917, the structure was expanded and remodeled. The Arts and Crafts styling did not remain with the remodel and was changed to a Beaux-Arts style facade. A gymnasium was also added to the structure during this time. When the 1935 high school opened, the 1910 building was converted to use as the junior high school until it was destroyed by fire in 1946.
In the 1930s, Corvallis High School had reached a population of 650 students in a structure that was intended for 400. It was decided that a larger high school needed to be constructed. In 1933, the citizens of Corvallis passed a local bond to pay for the construction. This allowed the school district to apply for a Public Works Administration grant and loan, which was awarded in January 1934. The Portland firm of Whitehouse, Stanton, and Church were selected to design the new school. The Corvallis School District selected the site for the new high school on 11th Street, which was on the far northwest edge of town. This new building was an Art Deco structure and was completed in 1935. The project cost $316,000. The building was added onto multiple times in the 50's and 60's with the addition of the science and library wing as well as the cafeteria and large gym addition.
In the spring of 2000, after the district finished a seismic analysis of its 17 schools, it was decided that the building was unsafe for student use. A group was put together to decide whether a replacement school should be built on the existing site or at an alternative location. It was decided that the replacement should be built on the existing site, favoring the central location over the opportunity to gain more land at an alternative location. This decision also required the old building to be demolished which upset some citizens who believed the building to be a historic treasure to the town.
In an effort to save the structure, the building was nominated and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. However, in the spring of 2004, construction began on the new building and the historic building was later demolished, and thus it was removed from the register. Several small architectural items from the original school were salvaged and used in the new building, including two of the brass chandeliers from the school's original auditorium, and two wrought iron 'Juliet'-style decorative balconies from the school's east-facing facade which were integrated into the new theater.
After the seismic analysis in 2000, it was decided that a new high school needed to be built. The citizens of Corvallis passed an $86.4 million bond measure in 2002 to replace the high school as well as two middle schools and also update/renovate other schools in the district. Construction began in 2004 on the same lot as the second building in the old student parking lot, tennis courts, and football field/track while classes continued in the old school. The second Corvallis High School structure was torn down in the summer of 2005 and was replaced with a softball field and a parking lot. The original front parking lot still remains as well as several auxiliary buildings along Dixon Creek that were built in the 1960s.
This third Corvallis High School building was opened in the fall of 2005 facing Buchanan Street. Originally slated to be opened in January 2006, construction was far enough along to allow the 2005-06 school year to start in the new structure while construction continued on-site until the spring of 2006. The cost of construction for the 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) school was $46,000,000 and was designed by Dull Olsen Weekes Architects of Portland. In designing this new school, conscientious effort was made to build an energy-efficient, sustainable school, achieving a LEED silver rating for high performance buildings. The school is expected to use 30% less energy then one built to standard Oregon code.
|Fall Sports||Winter Sports||Spring Sports|
|Soccer (Boys)||Basketball (Girls)||Softball|
|Soccer (Girls)||Wrestling||Track & Field (Boys)|
|Volleyball (Girls)||Swimming (Boys)||Track & Field (Girls)|
|Cross Country (Boys)||Swimming (Girls)||Golf (Boys)|
|Cross Country (Girls)||Cheerleading||Golf (Girls)|
|Cheerleading||Bowling -club||Tennis (Boys)|
|Alpine Skiing (Boys) -club||Tennis (Girls)|
|Alpine Skiing (Girls) -club||Lacrosse (Boys) -club|
|Cross-country Skiing -club||Lacrosse (Girls) -club|
|Equestrian Team -club|
- Football: 1970, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1983, and 2006
- Boy's Soccer: 1995, 2009
- Girl's Volleyball: 1980, 1981, 1983
- Boy's Cross Country: 1965
- Boy's Basketball: 1970, 1980, 2011, 2012
- Wrestling: 1965
- Boy's Swimming: 2011
- Girls Alpine Ski Team: 2007
- Boy's Baseball: 1979
- Boy's Golf: 1950, 1962, 1965, 2010, 2011
- Girls's Tennis: 1966
- Girls's Track & Field: 1990
- Chess: 1972, 1979 (National Championship)
The school's yearbook is the Chintimini.
Team 997 Spartan Robotics was ranked 5th in the nation during the 2007 FIRST National Competition at Atlanta, Georgia, after winning at both the Portland and Sacramento Regionals. Team 997 ranked 1st in the 2010 Autodesk Oregon regional competition, making it to Atlanta for a second time. The team also received the FIRST cooperation award at the 2012 Oregon regionals. In 2014 the team went to St. Louis to compete in the 2014 FIRST World championships a third time.
Corvallis High School's Theater department offers opportunities for students to learn about professional theater in a High School environment. The Corvallis High School theater is a multi million dollar theater that seats 620 people. It is equipped with a 50 foot fly tower, a full set of drapes, as well as sufficient backstage space and an orchestra pit. The theater possesses a state-of-the-art sound and light system controlled by ETC expression and a 24-channel Soundcraft Series 2 mixer. The facility also includes a shop, dressing rooms, and a black box theater. The entire facility is available for rental upon request. CSD theaters puts on two to three plays yearly, performed and staffed primarily by students. The Theater Program also hosts two classes: Intro to Theater, and Advanced Theater, which are open to students attending Corvallis High School. The program is currently run by Laura Beck-Ard and Elizabeth Wyatt.
Corvallis High School has a number of notable alumni:
- Christopher L. Eisgruber, President Princeton University (2013-)
- Brad Badger, former NFL offensive tackle/guard
- Sam Baker, former NFL running back, placekicker, and punter
- Brad Bird, animator, writer, and director (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Ratatouille (Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature))
- Meredith Brooks, singer/songwriter/producer – known for her hit song "Bitch"(peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997)
- Grace DeMoss, former professional golfer
- Jon Francis, former NFL running back
- Dave Gambee, former NBA small forward 1958 - 1970)
- Bob Gilder, American professional golfer and currently a member of the Champions Tour
- Kevin Gregg, MLB pitcher, current closer for the Chicago Cubs
- Jon Krakauer, climber and author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, Eiger Dreams, and Under the Banner of Heaven.
- Jay Locey, head football coach of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, former head football coach at Linfield College
- Hector Macpherson, Jr. (class of 1936), State Senator who authored the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Act of 1973
- Ben Masters (class of 1965), actor who is best known for his portrayal of Julian Crane in daytime drama Passions
- Barbara Minty, Vogue top model of the 1970s and widow of actor Steve McQueen.
- Harold Reynolds, former MLB second baseman and former ESPN broadcaster; currently working for MLB.com
- Mike Riley, head football coach the Nebraska Cornhuskers, former head coach of the San Diego Chargers and the Oregon State Beavers
- Robb Thomas, former NFL wide receiver
- Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient for creation of the Bose-Einstein Condensate
- Dan Williams, former MLB player & former assistant MLB coach with the Cleveland Indians
- Mike Zandofsky, former NFL offensive guard
- "A History of Corvallis High School". Corvallis School District. 2005. p. 12. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "High-O-Scope". Corvallis High School. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "Corvallis High School Chintimini Yearbook". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- Corvallis High School National Register of Historic Places nomination, 2002 [dead link]
- Waldrop, Becky, "Schools not ready for earthquakes", gazettetimes.com, July 29, 2000.
- Waldrop, Becky, "School building dispute polarizes sides", gazettetimes.com, July 8, 2003
- National Register of Historical Places – OREGON (OR), Benton County
- Foster, Margaret, "Demolition of Art Deco School Under Way in Oregon", Preservation Online, August 17, 2005.
- National Register of Historic Places Listings
- "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
- "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
- Corvallis High School website, Athletics page , retrieved August 2013
- "CHS History". Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- Sowa, Jesse, "Overtime Thriller", gazettetimes.com, December 9, 2006.
- Official Corvallis High School robotics team website
- 2007 Davis Sacramento Regional
- 2012 Oregon regionals awards retrieved April 2012
- Alumni Page at Corvallis High School website "CHS Alumni"