South Eugene High School
|South Eugene High School|
|400 East 19th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County, 97401
|School district||Eugene School District|
|Faculty||73 (2 P.h. D, 36 Masters, 35 Bachelors)|
|Number of students||1649|
|Color(s)||Purple and white |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6|
It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene's city hall. In 1915, Eugene High moved to a new, larger facility at 250 W. 17th Ave.
By 1943, the Eugene School District had outgrown the cramped old high school, and voters had approved a bond measure to build a new facility. World War II and other factors delayed construction for a decade, but the current building at 400 E. 19th Ave. was completed and occupied in September 1953. The old high school served as Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until 1967, and was torn down six years later.
In 1951, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused the then-named Eugene High School of harboring communists after local student Isaac Billings wrote a letter to the Senator expressing his disdain for him. Although the accusation was short lived due to the school district going into damage control almost immediately, the school's reputation suffered for many years until the Red Scare died down in 1954.
Further Communist accusations were brought against the school in 1967 when the Flower Power movement briefly flared up at the school. However, the movement lacked a centralized leadership and fell apart.
In 2010, a student at the school was honored as a Presidential Scholar, one of three from Oregon. A student at the school won the Intel Science Talent Search in 2009 after another South Eugene student placed third in 2007; other students have been named finalists or semifinalists in recent years.
The school's curriculum is augmented with a competitive athletic program and rich activity offerings, in particular its Fine Arts department that includes band, choir, theater, orchestra and the visual arts. There is also an abundance of diverse student clubs and activities.
- Sam Adams, mayor of Portland, Oregon
- Cecil Andrus (Class of 1948), Governor of Idaho (1971–1977, 1987–1995) and U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1977–1981)
- Garner Ted Armstrong (Class of 1947), televangelist for the Worldwide Church of God.
- Phil Barnhart, Oregon state representative
- John Beckett (Class of 1912), football star at Oregon and Mare Island, member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- Richard Brautigan (Class of 1953), counterculture author and poet (Trout Fishing in America)
- Chris Carter (Class of 1991), record producer
- Sean Flannery (Class of 1992), saxophonist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- E. Max Frye (Class of 1973), screenwriter Something Wild (1986 film), director Amos & Andrew
- Neil Goldschmidt (Class of 1958), mayor of Portland, Oregon (1973–1979), Governor of Oregon (1987–1991), and United States Secretary of Transportation (1979–1981)
- Tim Hardin (Class of 1960), anti-war folk singer ("If I Were A Carpenter")
- Rick Hawn wrestler and football player; 2004 US Olympic Judo qualifier; professional mixed martial arts fighter, currently competing in Bellator MMA fighting championships
- Nate Jaqua (Class of 2000), MLS soccer player for the Seattle Sounders FC
- Ben Kaplan (author), (Class of 1995), Author, 'How to go to College Almost For Free' (HarperCollins); International Education and Scholarship Expert.
- Mat Kearney (Class of 1997), acoustic singer and songwriter
- John Kitzhaber (Class of 1965), Governor of Oregon (1995–2003, 2011–present)
- Mike Lafferty (Class of 1966), World Cup alpine ski racer, 1972 Olympian
- Dustin Lanker (Class of 1993), keyboardist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- Bill McChesney (Class of 1977), 1980 Olympian in track and field
- Jason Moss (Class of 1986), guitarist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- Julie Payne (Class of 1964), actress
- Paul Pierson (Class of 1977), political scientist, author
- Tracy Robertson (Class of 1984), Grammy-nominated musician now known as Tracy Bonham
- Dan Siegel (Class of 1972), pianist, composer and record producer
- Paul Simon[when?], Democratic politician and senator
- Blake Stepp (Class of 2000), Gonzaga University basketball player
- Corin Tucker (Class of 1990), lead singer of Sleater-Kinney
- Theresa Wayman (Class of 1998) Calvin Klein model, movie actress, and guitarist and singer for Warpaint
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