South Medford High School
|South Medford High School|
|1551 Cunningham Ave
|School district||Medford School District|
|Number of students||1,936|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue, Black, and Gray|
|Athletics conference||6A-5A Southern Oregon Hybrid|
The South Medford campus was originally built in 1931 as Medford High School. Then in the 1960s, the school was divided between two campuses. Medford High became Medford Mid High, serving grades 9 and 10, with grades 11 and 12 going to a newly constructed campus, known as Medford Senior High, which is the current North Medford High School campus. This system was primarily used to allow Medford's football team to compete against schools in large cities such as Portland.
The campus is also home to Spiegelberg Stadium (9,250 seat capacity). Both South Medford and North Medford High School share the stadium for football.
In 2004, FieldTurf, a state-of-the-art surface commonly used on professional and college fields, was installed, and the surrounding track was resurfaced. The $700,000 privately funded project was spearheaded by Ed Singler, president of the Linebackers Club.
Small School Initiative
In 2004-2005 school year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation selected South Medford High as part of their Small School Initiative program. Over the course of the next three years, the staff of South Medford toured various other high schools across the nation to determine the exact manner in which to implement the program. Starting in the 2006-2007 school year, South Medford began the SSI with the "Freshman Academy." The following year adding the small schools "BACH" (Bridging the Arts, Communications and Humanities), "CHAMPS" (Community Health and Medical Professions School), and The Discovery School.
In the 2009-10 school year, 78% of South's Seniors received a diploma. Of 470 students, 374 graduated, 96 dropped out, and 7 stayed in high school.
Average Test Score per School Year
- Steve Bechler, baseball player
- Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike, Inc.
- Dick Fosbury, High jump athlete, inventor of Fosbury Flop
- Les Gutches, wrestler - NCAA Champion and World Gold Medalist, Olympian - Atlanta, 1996
- E. J. Singler, basketball player
- Kyle Singler, basketball player
- Jonathan Stark, tennis player - 1994 French Open Men's Doubles Champion and 1995 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion
- "High school loyalties split in ’86". Medford Mail Tribune. 1999-12-09. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- Artificial turf to be installed at Spiegelberg Stadium - June 2, 2004
- "Medford School District 549C - Small Learning Communities". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "South Medford High School :: Schools Guide - The Oregonian". The Oregonian.
- "Obituaries". Southern Oregon Mail Tribune. February 28, 2003. Retrieved March 28, 2014.