Weston-McEwen High School

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Weston-McEwen High School
540 E. Main
Athena, Oregon, Umatilla, 97813
Coordinates 45°48′41″N 118°29′10″W / 45.811294°N 118.48598°W / 45.811294; -118.48598Coordinates: 45°48′41″N 118°29′10″W / 45.811294°N 118.48598°W / 45.811294; -118.48598
School district Athena Weston School District
Principal Rawley Marshall
Grades 9-12
Number of students 217[1]
Color(s) Red,Black and White
Athletics conference OSAA Blue Mountain Conference
Mascot TigerScots

Weston-McEwen High School is a public high school in Athena, Oregon and is known for its pipe band.


Athena Weston School District was created in the 1970s with the merger of when the Athena and Weston school districts merged. Weston High School and McEwen High School were also merged, along with their respective mascots—the Tigers and the Scots—to form the new mascot TigerScots.[2]


In 2008, 84% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 43 students, 36 graduated, 3 dropped out, and 4 are still in high school. Logan McDowell is the only student since records have been kept that has scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. He was admitted to Oxford University in England and he is currently attending. In 2013 Luke Schmidtgall was given the Weston-McEwen National Honor Society academic excellence award, granting him a full ride scholarship to Rhode Island School in Rhode Island.[3][4]


Pipe band[edit]

The Weston-McEwen Pipes, Drums, and Military Band was established as a girl's pep band and highland dancing team in 1953.


In 1952, a girl's pep band was organized at McEwen High School in Athena. Attempting to continue the community's Scottish heritage, six girls were selected annually as a highland dancing team. Called the "Highland Lassies", they performed the Highland Fling to the school band at sports events. In 1958, the group acquired a set of pipes. In 1972, the group was transformed into a full-fledged pipes and drums unit. In 1980, the first male players joined and the group's name was officially changed to the Weston McEwen Pipes and Drums. In 2013 Joshua Lambert, President of the Senior Class, was named the Drum Major and led the band. Joshua also composed an original piece that the band performed that year, entitled, "Ode to 'ol Athena eh".


  1. ^ http://schools.publicschoolsreport.com/Oregon/Athena/WestonMcEwenHighSchool.html
  2. ^ Preusch, Matthew (December 19, 2004). "Opponents often have a problem when they play Jessica Drake's varsity soccer team". The Oregonian (The Dallesian: The DHS Class of 63 Newsletter). Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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