Sunset High School (Beaverton, Oregon)

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Sunset High School
Mailing address only (school is located
within the city of Beaverton, Oregon):
13840 NW Cornell Road

Portland, Oregon, Washington County, 97229
United States
Coordinates 45°31′43″N 122°49′12″W / 45.528478°N 122.820067°W / 45.528478; -122.820067Coordinates: 45°31′43″N 122°49′12″W / 45.528478°N 122.820067°W / 45.528478; -122.820067
Type Public
Opened January 1959
School district Beaverton School District
Principal John Huelskamp[1]
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2046[2]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and white   [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Metro League 6A-1[1]
Team name Apollos
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Sunset High School is a public high school in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The school currently offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It opened in 1959 and is the second-oldest of eight high schools in the Beaverton School District. Sunset's mascot is the Apollos.[1]


The school opened at the beginning of January 1959, initially with freshman and sophomore students only,[3] adding juniors in the fall and, starting in September 1960, its first senior class.[4] Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke at a student-organized mock Democratic Convention held at Sunset High School on May 17, 1968,[5][6] less than three weeks before his assassination on June 5.


Sunset High School is located in the predominantly unincorporated area known as Cedar Mill. Although it has always had a Portland street address, it has never actually been within the city of Portland proper. From 1959 until 1999, the school property was unincorporated land in Washington County, but in 1999 the Sunset High School grounds (including the adjacent swimming pool) were annexed by the city of Beaverton.[7][8] Nevertheless, as of 2012 the school's mailing address remains a "Portland" address, as is the case for all of Cedar Mill.


In 2002–2003, 9% of all students are in ESL programs and 30% are minority. On the SAT, students received an average of 558 on the verbal portion and 563 on the math, and have the highest average scores in the Beaverton area. Sunset students had a 3.4% drop out rate.[9]

As of 2013-14, 59% of students are White American, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 15% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2% African American, 1% American Indian, and 7% other or multiracial. The 2013-14 enrollment was 1,954. The Oregon Report Card overall rating was Level 4. The current Principal is John Huelskamp.


In 1983, Sunset High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[10]

In 2008, 84% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 498 students, 409 graduated, 59 dropped out, 5 received a modified diploma, and 25 were still in high school.[11][12]

Science Research[edit]

Over the years, several students have placed highly in prestigious competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search, the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Google Science Fair, and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Oregon School Activities Association: Sunset High School OSAA. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 80. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Morrison, Wilma (December 28, 1958). "Shuffling of Districts, Changing of Curricula Seen for Schools". The Sunday Oregonian, p. 26.
  4. ^ "School Bell Rings Again; Record Enrollments Expected". The Oregonian, September 6, 1960, p. 29.
  5. ^ "RFK Draws Youth Cheers". The Oregonian, May 18, 1968, p. 12.
  6. ^ "Student Mock Convention Hears Kennedy" (photos). The Oregonian, May 18, 1968, Section 2, p. 4.
  7. ^ City of Beaverton Ordinance 4042, passed March 31, 1999.
  8. ^ Bruce, Virginia (January 2007). "Beaverton in Cedar Mill". The Cedar Mill News. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  9. ^ 2003–2004 School Report Card, Sunset High School (PDF). December 7, 2004. Oregon Department of Education. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  10. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF).
  11. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  13. ^ About Tommy Thayer. Official website of Tommy Thayer. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  14. ^ Vondersmith, Jason (August 22, 2013). "Local guitar hero". Portland Tribune. p. B1. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 

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