South Eugene High School

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South Eugene High School
South Eugene High School.jpg
400 East 19th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County, 97401
United States
Coordinates 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087Coordinates: 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087
Type Public
School district Eugene School District
Principal Randy Bernstein[1][2]
Faculty 73 (2 P.h. D, 36 Masters, 35 Bachelors)[citation needed]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1649[2]
Color(s) Purple and white          [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6[1]
Mascot Axemen[1]
Newspaper The Axe

South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, Oregon, United States.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In the fall of 1957, Eugene High was renamed South Eugene High School, when rival North Eugene High School opened in the River Road area north of the city.[citation needed]


In 1983, South Eugene High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[3]

In 2008, 89% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 410 students, 363 graduated, 40 dropped out, and 7 are still in high school.[4][5]

The school has regularly received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools" survey.[6][7][8][9]

In 2010, a student at the school was honored as a Presidential Scholar, one of three from Oregon.[10] 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.[11][12]


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.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2008-09". Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  4. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  7. ^ Williams, Anne (2008-01-30). "Small schools, big result". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  8. ^ Graves, Bill (2010-01-15). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  9. ^ Williams, Anne (2010-06-23). "Tardy South Eugene [temporarily] absent from ‘best schools’ list". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  10. ^ Hammond, Betsy (2010-05-03). "Presidential scholars: Oregon scores three". The Oregonian. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Brugger, Joe (2009-03-10). "Eugene high school student wins $100,000, a laptop and a bright future". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  12. ^ Owen, Wendy (2012-01-11). "Three Beaverton area students are among the Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
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  14. ^ May 2006 Oregon Voters' Pamphlet
  15. ^ Tim Hardin
  16. ^ "Rick Hawn MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ Seattle Sounders FC: Roster: Player Bio
  18. ^ Lamberson, Carolyn (27 October 2005). "Hometown boy takes an unlikely path to Nashville". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  19. ^ 'Band on the Run'. The Register-Guard. February 19, 1996.
  20. ^ Lininger, Tom (2003-12-18). "The Sound of Silence". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  21. ^ "Jackson, Stepp make U.S. team". Register-Guard. 2003-07-26. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 

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