Thurston High School
|Thurston High School|
|333 N 58th Street
Springfield, Oregon, Lane County, 97478
|School district||Springfield School District|
|Number of students||1584|
|Color(s)||Red, black, & White |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Midwestern Hybrid 6A-5A|
|Newspaper||The Pony Express|
Irvin H. Perline and Jona Goldschmidt, authors of The Psychology and Law of Workplace Violence: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Employers, wrote that "Thurston High is considered to be the good school in Springfield. Parents tend to be wealthier and involved with their children."
In football, Thurston has won the Midwestern League title six times: 1969, 1988, 1989, 2007, 2008, and 2009. As of the 2010 season, they compete in the 6A Special District 1 in football. Thurston has beaten cross town rival Springfield High School every year since 1988. In 2008, Thurston finished 12–1, losing in the 5A state championship game 35–28 to West Albany.
In basketball, Thurston has won the Midwestern League title seven times: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1975, 1982, 2002, and 2011.
In baseball, Thurston has won the Midwestern League titles four times: 1996, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2009, Thurston won the 5A state championship 5-1 over Corvallis. In 2008, Thurston lost the 5A state championship game 4–3 to Ashland.
Thurston has also won state in wrestling (2002), girls track and field (1970), boys cross country (1961), and girls soccer in (2012).
Thurston's Co-Ed varsity Cheerleading team has placed in the top 3 in State for the last twenty years. Last year Thurston won 1st place at State in the large co-ed division and took home 1st place and the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Pac West National competition. Thurston Cheer also set the record for the most medals won at the All State competition. In 2010 Thurston cheer won 2nd place at State and third place at the USA Spirit Nationals in Anaheim, California.
On May 20, 1998, 15-year-old student Kip Kinkel was expelled from Thurston High School for bringing a firearm into school. After returning to his home from the police station, he got his father's Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle, using it to shoot and kill his parents. The next day, on May 21, Kinkel drove his mother's car to the school, armed with the rifle and two pistols, and, wearing a long trench coat, he entered the cafeteria and began shooting at students with the rifle.
As he was reloading his rifle, Kinkel was subdued by seven other students who held him until the police arrived at the scene. The arresting officer was shocked that it was "just a kid" but his shock soon wore off upon searching the suspects' trench coat, which was full of knives, cartridges, and gun magazines. Two students were killed and 25 others were wounded. He was charged with four counts of aggravated murder. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 111 years in prison. His case has become one of the standard case studies in profiling students who bring guns to school for purposes of murder, a prelude to the Columbine High School massacre.
- Dan Straily, starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
- Kip Kinkel, gunman in the 1998 Thurston Shooting and is incarcerated at the Oregon State Correctional Institution
- Jodi Ann Paterson, 2000 Playboy Playmate of the Year
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- Perline, Irvin H. and Jona Goldschmidt. The Psychology and Law of Workplace Violence: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Employers. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 2004. ISBN 0398074321, 9780398074326. p. 325. "Thurston High is considered to be the good school in Springfield. Parents tend to be wealthier and involved with their children."
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