Hillsboro High School (Oregon)

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Hillsboro High School
Hilhi Gym - Hillsboro, Oregon.JPG
Address
3285 SE Rood Bridge Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Coordinates 45°29′42″N 122°57′32″W / 45.494917°N 122.958984°W / 45.494917; -122.958984Coordinates: 45°29′42″N 122°57′32″W / 45.494917°N 122.958984°W / 45.494917; -122.958984
Information
School type Public, high school
School district Hillsboro School District 1J
Principal Arturo Lomeli
Vice principal Olga Acuña
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1515 (2006-2007)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue, White, and Red.
Mascot Spartans
Website

Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) is a public high school in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States, and is the oldest high school in the Hillsboro School District. The current campus was built beginning in 1969. Prior to this, the senior high school was located downtown on Lincoln Street at 6th Avenue where J.B. Thomas Middle School stood until 2009. That campus was built in 1928. Currently 1,515 students attend the school in grades 9-12. The official school colors are Blue, White and Red and the mascot is the Spartan.

The athletics and activities of the school compete as a 6A school in the Pacific Conference under the Oregon School Activities Association. Alumni include professional soccer player Tiffeny Milbrett, hall of fame coach Ad Rutschman, and former professional baseball player Bob Beall among others. Hillsboro High's most recent team state championship came in 2009 for Football. As of 2005, the graduation rate was 84%.

History[edit]

In September 1908, tenth grade was added to the Hillsboro school district, with the classes held on the top floor of the school.[1] Eleventh and twelfth grades were soon added, and in June 1911 the first students to complete four years of high school were graduated by Hillsboro.[2] This class totaled five students, consisting of four girls and one boy.[2] In September 1911, the school added manual training and domestic science courses to the curriculum.[3] That same year, voters approved of a $50,000 bond measure to pay for constructing a high school building,[4] with construction completed in 1913 at a cost of $40,000 for the three story building.[5][6] In 1913, the school graduated eight students.[5] A gymnasium was built beginning in 1915.[7] The school grew in size, with the 1920 graduating class totally 36 students, the largest number up to that time.[8]

In 1929, a new high school building was completed, with additional buildings and the wings added in later years.[9] Located near downtown Hillsboro, at NE Sixth Avenue and Lincoln Street, the site became a junior high once the current campus was built beginning in 1969.[9] In 1970, the new senior high school campus opened on 48 acres (190,000 m2) on the south side of Hillsboro, with enrollment of the high school district reaching 3,621 students that year.[9] Students complained that the new layout that consisted of classrooms spread out over the campus instead of a single central building was a poor choice for Oregon’s rainy and cold winters.[9]

Former campus, served as Thomas Jr. High/Middle School from 1969 until demolished in 2009.

The school has been remodeled several times since opening in 1969. The first time was around 1980, when some minor updates such as the covered walkways were added. During the summer of 1999 the school received further updates. Blue and beige paint replaced the old brown colors on the buildings, the commons area was built adjacent to the cafeteria, a new auditorium was constructed, a new building was built to house technology related classes, and the main office was remodeled. After the expansion Hilhi had a total of 256,652 square feet (23,843.8 m2) of space spread out among eleven single-story buildings on campus.[10] During the summer of 2008 the locker rooms were remodeled improving the lighting, showers, and bathrooms. Future plans include the replacement of aging HVAC units and controls by 2011.[11]

In 2003, the school, along with all schools in the district, made national news when 17 days of classes were cut from the school year which allowed students to begin summer break in May due to budget cuts to education in Oregon.[12] Teacher Don Domes won the Software Association of Oregon Foundation's Oregon Technology Educator of Year in 2004.[13] Since 2006 the school has participated in the MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam program. Through the program, the school has received a $10,000 grant for a team of students to invent a self-installable heads-up display for automotive use and a $4,000 grant to invent an industrial sized robotic vacuum/floor cleaning system.[14] The former campus near downtown was demolished in 2009.[15]

Academics[edit]

Administration building

Hillsboro High School has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme since 2003, and in 2009, the school began offering the Middle Years Programme.[16] Additionally, the school has an ASPIRE program,[17] and a robotics team.[18]

2004-2005 Graduation Rate: 84.1%[19]

2004-2005 SAT Scores[20]
Category HHS State Country
Critical Reading 519 523 503
Math 528 529 518
Writing 496 503 497
Percentage Tested 46% 55% NA

In 2008, 80% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 364 students, 293 graduated, 39 dropped out, 3 received a modified diploma, and 29 are still in high school.[21][22]

Athletics[edit]

Hilhi, known as the Spartans, competes in the Pacific Conference at the OSAA class 6A level.[23] Next year the school will be moving down to 5A league play due to enrollment numbers dropping. School colors are royal blue, white, and red, and the school's athletic director is Steve Drake.[24]

Cross-town school Glencoe is Hilhi's arch-rival after Glencoe became the second high school in the district in 1980. The football rivalry was featured on the Great American Rivalries series in October 2007, as teams play for bragging rights at the shared Hare Field.[25][26] The 2009 game featured a 61 yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the game caught by Colt Lyerla for a touchdown after time expired to give Hilhi the victory.[27] The play was named as ESPN's top play of the day and of the week.[27] That season the team finished ranked number one in their classification and won the state title, the first in football since 1973.[28]

Mouse Davis, an early proponent of the Run and Shoot football offense, coached Hillsboro High to the 1973 state championship.[29] Oregon Sports Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman coached the baseball team from 1955 to 1968 before moving on to Linfield College.[30] Rutschman also led the Spartans to a state championship in football in 1966 with a 17-2 victory over South Salem. Since 1965, the school has used Hare Field for football, baseball, and track.[31][32]

OSAA State Championships[edit]

Team titles[edit]

  • Wrestling: 1952, 1990[33]
  • Baseball: 1962 (tie), 1966, 1968, 1993[34]
  • Football: 1966, 1973, 2009[35]
  • Girls Basketball: 1979, 1980[36]
  • Girls Cross-Country: 1979[37]
  • Boys Soccer: 2006[38]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hillsboro Adds Tenth Grade". The Oregonian. September 21, 1908. p. 13. 
  2. ^ a b "Five Students of Hillsboro High School Complete Four Year Course". The Oregonian. June 6, 1911. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "School Courses Added". The Oregonian. September 15, 1911. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Hillsboro to Vote on Bond Issue". The Oregonian. May 6, 1911. p. 6. 
  5. ^ a b "Hillsboro Exercises Held". The Oregonian. June 1, 1913. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "Development of Oregon Counties in 1913 Reviewed in Brief". The Oregonian. January 1, 1914. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Hillsboro High School Notes". The Oregonian. December 19, 1915. p. 10. 
  8. ^ "Hillsboro High Class 36". The Oregonian. May 25, 1920. p. 10. 
  9. ^ a b c d Philpott, Betty. Hillsboro school began in one-room log cabin in 1854. Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976.
  10. ^ "Hillsboro High School". Rapid Visual Screening - Senate Bill #2 - Seismic Needs Assessment. Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. June 13, 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. ^ High School Projects. Hillsboro School District. Retrieved July 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Oregon schools cutting class. CNN.com, May 24, 2003.
  13. ^ Blackmun, Maya. Teaching technology. The Oregonian, November 9, 2006.
  14. ^ MIT: High School Invention Grants: Hillsboro High School InvenTeam. Lemelson-MIT. Retrieved on October 29, 2007.
  15. ^ Gordanier, Susan (July 19, 2009). "Recycling effort drives work behind the fence at J.B. Thomas site". Hillsboro Argus. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  16. ^ Owen, Wendy (2010-01-12). "International Baccalaureate Middle Years a hit at South Meadows and Hillsboro High". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  17. ^ ASPIRE High Schools in Oregon. ASPIRE. Retrieved on August 4, 2008.
  18. ^ Owen, Wendy (April 2, 2010). "Hillsboro robotic teams build, program and battle robots". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  19. ^ Oregon Department of Education
  20. ^ Oregon Department of Education: 2007 Reportcard
  21. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  22. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  23. ^ Beseda, Jim (September 16, 2010). "Tualatin at Hillsboro". The Oregonian. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  24. ^ "Hillsboro High School". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  25. ^ "Great American Rivalry Series". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  26. ^ Forbes, Ron (2007-10-02). "Rivalry football series will shine at Hare Field". The Hillsboro Argus. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  27. ^ a b Ulmer, Jerry (October 5, 2009). "Colt Lyerla, Hillsboro go nationwide on ESPN thanks to radio broadcaster's efforts". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  28. ^ Binder, Doug (December 12, 2009). "Spartans end a title drought of their own by defeating Democrats". The Oregonian. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  29. ^ Delkin, Fred. "Mouse Returns to Join PSU Football Revival". Oregon Magazine. Retrieved on August 4, 2008.
  30. ^ Hillsboro to honor baseball coach Rutschman. The Oregonian, March 7, 2007.
  31. ^ McKinney, Dick. Sparts win first game at Hare. The Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976.
  32. ^ Gaynair, Gillian. Hillsboro thinks things will go better with Coke. The Oregonian, May 21, 1998.
  33. ^ "OSAA Wrestling Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  34. ^ "OSAA Baseball Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  35. ^ "OSAA Football Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  36. ^ "OSAA Girls Basketball Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  37. ^ "OSAA Girls Cross Country Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  38. ^ "OSAA Boys Soccer Championships". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  39. ^ Sowell, John (June 5, 2008). "Dancing away from politics". The News-Review. Retrieved 2009-09-07.