R. A. Long High School
|Robert A. Long High School|
|School district||Longview Public Schools|
|Number of students||1017|
|Color(s)||Black and Red|
|Mascot||Mitchell the Lumberman|
|Rival||Mark Morris High School|
|Conference||Greater St. Helens 2A|
R. A. Long High School is the oldest high school serving the city of Longview, Washington. It was erected in 1927, three years after the city of Longview was incorporated. The total student enrollment at the end of the 2005-06 school year was 1017. The school is named for the city's founder, Robert A. Long, a wealthy timber baron from Missouri. Their mascot, the Lumberjack, was so named due to the area's reliance on the timber industry. Some[who?] have tried to ascribe the name "Lumberjill" to female students and sports teams. The school is on the city Historical Register, with the following inscription:
"This school, a gift to the City of Longview by Robert A. Long, was designed by William B. Ittner. The two story Corinthian columns and clock tower dominates the Georgian Revival style. The 900-seat auditorium serves as an educational and cultural center. The building and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places."
Student body and curriculum
Every senior at R. A. Long is required to complete a senior project consisting of a research paper and fifteen hours of work in order to graduate; one hour must include some form of community service.
Many classes and programs in the Longview school district are shared between both R. A. Long and Mark Morris High School, such as the Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre program, higher level math, science, and language classes, and the orchestra.
In the past, it has been a tradition at R. A. Long for graduating seniors to hand off a small token or gift to the current principal, often taking the form of a monetary sum based on the year, paper cups from local fast-food restaurants, or playing cards with Mitchell.
R. A. Long High School currently competes in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Greater St. Helens 2A league. The football team shares the Longview Memorial Stadium with cross-town rival Mark Morris High School. The basketball team competes in the R. A. Long Gymnasium, playing in two "Civil War" games versus Mark Morris each year. One is held at R. A. Long and the other on Mark Morris's Ted M. Natt Court. The football team also plays at least one game a year against Mark Morris, again called the Civil War.
- Boys Swimming: 1939
- Girls Basketball: 1981
- Softball: 1996
- Volleyball: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990
- Boys Swimming: 1950
- Boys Baseball: 2010
- Softball: 1993, 2013
- Volleyball: 1982, 1988 
Notable graduates and Attendees
- Jim Caple, sports reporter with ESPN and contributor to Page2, 1980
- Loren L. Coleman, science fiction author, 1986
- Birck Cox, co-author, Amputations Illustrated, etc. and medical illustrator, 1963
- Steve De Jarnatt, director of cult films Miracle Mile and Cherry 2000
- Robert P. Ericksen, author of Theologians Under Hitler (ISBN 0300029268), 1963
- Sharry Konopski, Playboy centerfold, 1986
- David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World (ISBN 1887208046), 1955
- Dennis Mansker, author of A Bad Attitude: A Novel from the Vietnam War (ISBN 0595236596), 1963
- Jeff Pilson, current Foreigner bass player, formerly of Dokken and Dio, 1976
- Clint Romag, author, 1990
- E. J. Taylor, author of the Ivy Cottage series of children's books and figurative artist, 1963
- Mitchell, Gigolo, 1959
- Marc Sheehan (July 24, 2009). "Washington College and High School Mascots". Retrieved September 14, 2009.
- Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association. Tournament History: Champion Information
- Jim Caple. "Rooting for the hometown boys". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Carrie Pederson (22 January 2008). "Body of Work". The Daily News. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Mathieu, Stephanie (December 10, 2006). "Man of direction—Longview's Steve De Jarnatt sprints to fame in film". TDN.com. The Daily News (Longview). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "The Dennis Mansker Page (Personal Website)". Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Carrie Pederson (6 July 2008). "Homegrown: Jeff Pilson has enjoyed a lengthy career as a juke box hero". The Daily News. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- "Foreigner:: Jeff Pilson Biography". Foreigner. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Tyler Scott (3 July 2009). "R.A. Long grad returns home to promote horror fiction at Go 4th". The Daily News. Retrieved 8 September 2011.