Reynolds High School (Troutdale, Oregon)

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Reynolds High School
Reynolds-Raiders.jpg
Address
1698 SW Cherry Park Road
Troutdale, Oregon, Multnomah County, 97060
 United States
Coordinates 45°31′44″N 122°24′06″W / 45.52887°N 122.401637°W / 45.52887; -122.401637Coordinates: 45°31′44″N 122°24′06″W / 45.52887°N 122.401637°W / 45.52887; -122.401637
Information
Type Public
Opened 1919
School district Reynolds School District
Principal Wade Bakley (interim)[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2822[2]
Color(s) Forest green, silver and white    
Athletics conference OSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-3
Mascot Raiders
Newspaper The Reveille
Website

Reynolds High School is the only public high school in Troutdale, Oregon, United States, in the northeastern part of the Portland metropolitan area. It is part of the Reynolds School District, and is the second-largest high school in Oregon.[3]

History[edit]

The school takes its name from the school district, which was named for the Reynolds Aluminum plant in the city that closed in 2000.[4]

On May 29, 1979, a three-alarm fire injured three students and damaged the gym and theater.[5]

Reynolds High School merged with Columbia High School in 1989.[citation needed] Columbia High School is now the site of Reynolds High School, and the former Reynolds High School is now one of three middle schools in the district, Reynolds Middle School.[citation needed]

2014 shooting[edit]

On June 10, 2014, an active shooter situation occurred at the school during morning period. One student, 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman, died.[6] A physical education teacher suffered non-life-threatening injuries.[7] The shooter, 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett, who was using an AR-15 and also equipped with a handgun and a knife, engaged a responding officer in a gunfight before retreating inside a school bathroom, where he turned the gun on himself and died.[8][9][10][11][12] SWAT and FBI agents secured the school.[7][13] The students were evacuated and were released to their parents at a nearby Fred Meyer store.[10] The shooting occurred on the second-to-last day of the school year.[14]

During the evacuation, a second gun, which was unrelated to the shooting, was found at the scene and one person, who did not have a permit to carry a concealed firearm, was taken into custody. The individual confessed to bringing the gun to the school to protect his sister, a freshman at the school.[11][15]

Padgett was a devout Mormon and planned to pursue a career in the United States Armed Forces. He was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, and his oldest brother served in the military in Afghanistan. Padgett had managed to acquire his weapons from a secured area in the family home.[12]

The shooting was the first fatal school shooting in Oregon since the 1998 Thurston High School shooting, which left two students dead and another 25 wounded.[11] The shooting was also the 74th school shooting in the United States since the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[16]

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber attended a community vigil in Troutdale that evening; he called the shooting "a senseless act of violence".[17] President Barack Obama, speaking at a Tumblr-sponsored question-and-answer session the day of the shooting, declared, "We're the only developed country on earth where this happens." Obama further stated that only a massive shift in public opinion could sway Congress to act in favor of greater gun control measures.[18]

Academics[edit]

In 2008, 64% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 611 students, 388 graduated, 130 dropped out, 39 received a modified diploma, and 54 are were in high school.[19][20]

In 2009, there were nearly 900 freshmen in the incoming class, a record for the school. This was combined with a 25% layoff of teachers, over 40 teachers at the school. This caused class sizes to increase dramatically.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Administrative Staff". Reynolds School District. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09". Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ Hammond, Betsy (June 10, 2014). "Reynolds High: 2nd Biggest in Oregon, Serves Five Cities, Knows Controversy". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mayer, James (April 19, 2012). "Aluminum Plant Gone, but Memories Remain". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Previous Portland-Area School Fires". The Oregonian. November 10, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ Ford, Dana; Hanna, Jason (June 10, 2014). "Oregon High School Shooting: 'This is Not a Drill'". CNN. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Police Responding to Report of Shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale". KATU. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Castillo, Mariano; Sidner, Sara (June 11, 2014). "Oregon School Shooting Victim 'Didn't Deserve What He Got'". CNN. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sheriff's Office: Shooter Dead at Troutdale School". KOIN. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Oregon High School Shooting: Police Say 1 Shooter at Reynolds Has Died". The Oregonian. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Police: Shooter Used Rifle in Ore. School Shooting". Yahoo! News. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Wozniacka, Gosia (June 11, 2014). "Police: Shooter at Oregon school had assault rifle". Yahoo! News (AP). Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Reynolds High Shooting: Police Report That School Shooter is Dead". The Oregonian. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Nigel Duara; Jonathan J. Cooper (June 10, 2014). "Teen Gunman in School Shooting Likely Killed Himself". ABC News (AP). Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Affidavit: Man came to school with gun to 'protect' sister"
  16. ^ Benen, Steve (June 10, 2014). "Troutdale, Oregon, Home to Latest U.S. School Shooting". MSNBC. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Tribune wire reports (June 11, 2014). "Oregon High School Shooter, Victim Identified". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Landler, Mark; Van der Voo, Lee (June 10, 2014). "Oregon Shooting Draws Obama's Outrage on Gun Laws". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ "State Releases High School graduation Rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Oregon Dropout Rates for 2008" (XLS). The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Reynolds High Students Navigate Big Classes on First Day". The Oregonian. September 9, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2014.