Sam Barlow High School

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Sam Barlow High School
5105 SE 302nd Avenue
Gresham, Oregon, Multnomah County, 97080
United States
Coordinates 45°29′08″N 122°21′11″W / 45.485536°N 122.353025°W / 45.485536; -122.353025Coordinates: 45°29′08″N 122°21′11″W / 45.485536°N 122.353025°W / 45.485536; -122.353025
Type Public
School district Gresham-Barlow School District
Principal Bruce Schmidt[1][2]
Grades 9–12[1]
Number of students 1754[1]
Color(s) Blue and gold   [2]
Athletics conference OSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-3[2]
Mascot Bruins[2]
Newspaper Bruin Banner
Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon

Sam Barlow High School is a public high school in Gresham, Oregon, United States, in the Gresham-Barlow School District. It was named for the Oregon pioneer Sam Barlow. Barlow is home to a teacher from Wales named Stephen Corkett who received the University of Oregon's high school teacher of the year award.[3]


Sam Barlow High School first opened in September 1968 in its present location at 302nd street and Lusted Road east of Gresham, Oregon.[4]

On November 23, 2009, two students discussed plans for a school shooting at Barlow High on Myspace.[5] They were found guilty of disorderly conduct in February 2010.[5]


In 2008, 75% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 419 students, 315 graduated, 74 dropped out, 10 received a modified diploma, and 20 are still in high school.[6][7]

In 2013, 85% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 400 students, 340 graduated, 40 dropped out, 6 received a modified diploma, and 13 are still in high school.[8] Barlow's students have been filling AP classes and nailing AP exams at such a high rate that the College Board named the Gresham-Barlow School District to its fourth-annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. Just three districts in Oregon received the honor.[9]


State championships[edit]

  • Girls Vollayball: 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996[10]
  • Boys Track and Field: 1999, 2008[11]
  • Boys Wrestling: 1980, 1981[12]
  • Boys Football: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013[13]


State championships[edit]

  • Band: 1994, 1995[14]
  • Speech: 1988, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2011[15]

Notable alumni[edit]