Beaverton High School

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Beaverton High School
Beaverton HS logo.png
13000 SW 2nd Street
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
United States
Coordinates 45°29′10″N 122°48′39″W / 45.486076°N 122.810709°W / 45.486076; -122.810709Coordinates: 45°29′10″N 122°48′39″W / 45.486076°N 122.810709°W / 45.486076; -122.810709
Type Public Secondary
Established 1902
School district Beaverton School District
Principal Anne Erwin
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,717 (as of 2014-15 school year) [1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange and Black
Athletics conference OSAA Metro League
Team name Beaver
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The original school building, 1915

Beaverton High School is a public high school located in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The original schoolhouse, called Beaverton Public School, opened in 1875 on land between Canyon Road and Broadway Street. In 1902, a ninth grade class was added, followed by a 10th grade in 1910 and 11th grade in 1915. Voters approved a $21,000 bond issue submitted by the school board in 1915 to construct a 21-room high school building on land south of Second Street between Stott Street and Erickson Street.

On June 19, 1916, the city of Beaverton dedicated the new Beaverton High School. Construction costs totaled $20,778, according to the Beaverton Times newspaper. It is the oldest high school in Beaverton and is believed to be the oldest public high school in the state of Oregon that is in its original location and building.


Beaverton High School contains grades 912. In 1938, a new school called Beaverton Grade School was built on land just east of Beaverton High School. The building would be renamed Merle Davies School in 1948 to honor a longtime teacher and principal. In 1983, the Merle Davies building became a classroom annex to Beaverton High School. It was shut down in 2006 for renovation and reopened in September 2010 as additional classrooms.[2]

The school's auditorium burned down in March 1979.[3]

School entrance


In 1985, Beaverton High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[4]

In 2008, 75% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 521 students, 390 graduated, 99 dropped out, 5 received a modified diploma, and 27 are still in high school.[5][6]


Campus map

The school has held an annual "Jam the Dam!" fundraiser for Oregon's Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2004, raising more than $18,000 in 2008 and $19,000 in 2009.[7][8]

The school's marching band (the Beaverton High School Marching Ensemble) recently captured the NWAPA Championship (A Class) in 2011.

The school's winter percussion ensemble (Beaverton High School Winter Percussion) recently placed first at the NWAPA Winter Percussion Championship (Scholastic A Class) in 2014.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "[Beaverton High] School Profile". Beaverton School District. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
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  3. ^ Owen, Wendy (March 28, 2014). "Fire destroyed Beaverton High's auditorium in 1979, but the theater program lives on despite hardships". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  7. ^ Gregory, Roger (2010-02-11). "Beaverton HS to hold fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 14 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Jam the Dam! Event History". Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Top Trojan recruit now wavering". Ellensburg Daily Record via United Press International. 1982-04-24. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  10. ^ Baker, Jeff (April 5, 2015). "To 'Furious 7' by way of Beaverton". The Oregonian. A&E section, p. 3. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  11. ^ White, Ryan (September 17, 2009). "Beaverton 19-year-old goes from McDonald's employee to Smashing Pumpkins drummer". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

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