Ashland High School (Oregon)

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Ashland High School
Ashland High School (logo).jpg
Address
201 S Mountain Ave
Ashland, Oregon, Jackson County 97520
United States
Coordinates 42°11′27″N 122°41′58″W / 42.190931°N 122.699524°W / 42.190931; -122.699524Coordinates: 42°11′27″N 122°41′58″W / 42.190931°N 122.699524°W / 42.190931; -122.699524
Information
Type Public
Established 1890
School district Ashland School District
Principal Erika Bare (interim)[1]
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,000[2] (2012-2013)
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and White[3]
Athletics conference OSAA Midwestern League 5A[3]
Mascot Grizzly[3]
Accreditation Northwest Association of Accredited Schools[4][5]
Newspaper Rogue News
Website
Ashland oregon high school admin bldg.jpg
Ashland School District administration building in 2013

Ashland High School is a public high school in Ashland, Oregon, United States, near the Southern Oregon University campus.

History[edit]

Fire[edit]

On June 3, 2006 at 2:30 p.m a fire broke out in the AHS room behind the gym during a farewell assembly for the seniors. Students and teachers were evacuated. The gym was heavily damaged and Mountain Avenue was closed for hours. No one was hurt during the fire. The fire department determined that the fire was started by two students with firework sparklers.[6][7]

Homecoming[edit]

Ashland High School's homecoming on September 25, 2015 was the first school dance at AHS to feature politically correct gender-neutral "homecoming royalty". The change was initiated by student body presidents and approved by the principal at the time, Michelle Zundel. The change received wide publicly and was announced to the student body in a video shown to all students during the mandatory "advisory" class.[8][9]

On the afternoon of October 1, 2015, during the school's homecoming celebration, Ashland Police Department officers put the school into lockdown following a potential threat of a school shooting. An AHS alumnus posted to Facebook a photo of a gun with threatening statements against the school. The Umpqua Community College shooting had taken place about three and a half hours prior, prompting the police to take the situation especially seriously. Students were kept in classes 10 minutes past the end of the day and the homecoming parade was cancelled.[10] The threat was later deemed too vague to represent a significant danger.[11]

Academics[edit]

In 2008, 81% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 296 students, 239 graduated, 53 dropped out, 1 received a modified diploma, and 3 are still in high school.[12][13]

The school received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best High Schools" survey.[14][15]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe ZavalaAshland Daily Tidings. "Three new principals for 2015-16". DailyTidings.com. 
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Ashland High School". ed.gov. 
  3. ^ a b c "OSAA - Error". osaa.org. 
  4. ^ http://www.northwestaccreditation.org/schools/Oregon.pdf
  5. ^ Name
  6. ^ Alan Panebaker,Ashland Daily Tidings. "June 3, 2006 Ashland Fire and Rescue Chief Woodley talks on his radio outside of the badly burned section of Ashland High School. Photos by Orville Hector - Daily Tidings Blaze destroys AHS room Students evacuated, no". DailyTidings.com. 
  7. ^ Plain, Robert (July 28, 2006). "Suspected Arson at Ashland High School". Ashland Daily Tidings. 
  8. ^ Joe Zavala for the Mail Tribune. "Ashland High drops homecoming king and queen". MailTribune.com. 
  9. ^ "This High School Has An Amazing Reason For Getting Rid Of Its Homecoming King And Queen". Huffington Post. 2014-10-06. 
  10. ^ http://www.ashland.or.us/News.asp?NewsID=3357
  11. ^ "'Alarming' Facebook post cancels Ashland High School Homecoming Parade". OregonLive.com. 
  12. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Best High Schools 2010". U.S. News & World Report. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  15. ^ Graves, Bill (2010-01-15). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  16. ^ David Fincher - Biography
  17. ^ "Gaviglio shows MLB potential in stint with Cardinals". DailyTidings.com. Retrieved November 24, 2014.