Camas High School

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Camas High School
26900 SE 15th St.
Camas, Washington
United States
Coordinates 45°36′44″N 122°23′54″W / 45.61222°N 122.39833°W / 45.61222; -122.39833Coordinates: 45°36′44″N 122°23′54″W / 45.61222°N 122.39833°W / 45.61222; -122.39833
Type Public
Established 2003 (current building)
School district Camas Public School District
Principal Steve Marshall
Number of students 2,400 (Mar. 2016)
Color(s) Red and black         
Mascot The Mean Machine

Camas High School is an American public high school located in Clark County, in the city of Camas, Washington. The current principal is Mr. Steve Marshall. It has a grade span of 9th through 12th, and contains a total of 2,048 students as of September 2014. It is operated by the Camas School District and includes a complement of 90 classroom teachers. The Camas High School colors are red, black, and white, the mascot is a Mean Machine, and their team name is the Papermakers.


As of the 2009/2010 school year, Camas High School contained 51.8% male students and 48.2% female students. Student ethnicity: 1.1% Native American/Alaskan Native; 6.6% Asian; 1.6% African American; 3.0% Hispanic; and 85.7% Caucasian. The average years of teacher experience was 11.1. The percentage of teachers with at least a master's degree was 84.4%. The dropout rate for the 2008/2009 school year was 1.1%, with a 92.5% on-time graduation rate. As of May 2010, 10.2% of students were enrolled in some sort of special education program. In the 2012/2013 school year, CHS had 1,893 students. 50.8% were male while 49.2% were female. The student body this year was 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 6.4% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 1.2% Black, 5.9% Hispanic, 80.1% White, and 5.3% of two or more races. [1]


CHS hosts a total of 156 total classes, as well as close to 15 different special education classes.

All students are required to take four years of American English, two years of Science, three years of Mathematics, as well as a Fine Art class, an Occupational education class, and a Physical Education class. Incoming freshmen also take an orientation course to learn study, research, and technological skills, unless they are students in the school's Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Program. Students have the option of taking at-level courses, Pre-Advanced Placement, or regular Advanced Placement courses for many subjects in each grade level.

CHS also hosts programs such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes, as well as the ability to take advanced classes at nearby Clark College through taking such exams as Running Start, which when completed, will provide college money and credit for students. Another noted program at Camas High School is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Magnet program.

Also supported is the Senior Project, which is a program completed by seniors in which students must apply skills they have learned to a culminating project and paper of, totaling at least 40 hours of work. Students often use this as a way to pursue their interests in individual projects or as job shadows of professionals in the community, or benefit their community through charity or community service work. Failure to complete the project and accompanying paper will result in the inability to graduate on time.


Camas High School supports a large variety of sports, competing in the Greater St. Helens League of WIAA District IV. Several included are common, such as wrestling, boys' and girls' swimming, girls' volleyball, girls' dance, boys' and girls' basketball, football, baseball, cross country, softball, boys' and girls' golf, boys' and girls' tennis, girls bowling, track and field, boys' and girls' soccer, and girls' gymnastics. Their team name is the Papermakers, and their mascot is a humanized mechanical paper-rolling machine, which commemorates the town's founding industry, the production of paper goods at the Georgia Pacific paper mill.

State champions[edit]

  • Boys' soccer: 2006, 2008, 2011[2]
  • Girls' cross country: 2011, 2012
  • Girls' soccer: 2005
  • Girls' tennis: 1977
  • Softball: 2002

State runners-up[edit]

  • Baseball: 2010[2]
  • Boys' golf: 2009
  • Boys' soccer: 2003, 2007
  • Boys' track: 1984
  • Football: 2013
  • Volleyball: 2000

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Besides sports, CHS also supports various clubs and non-sporting teams. Some major clubs include Key Club International, DECA, FIRST Robotics Team, the National Honor Society, FCCLA, an award-winning Mock Trial team, Science Olympiad, in which Camas is a National contender, and Knowledge Bowl, in which Camas is a national contender. The school also has a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in order to raise awareness and prevent bullying.

Camas High School also operates school programs, such as yearbook, the Camasonian (the school newspaper), and various plays (including a fall production, a spring musical, and student-directed productions). The drama department has a policy of not repeating a play once it has been performed.

Camas also has an award-winning band (158-plus members). All students participate in pep band, marching band (field shows, parades, and occasional "flash band" performances) and either the Symphonic or Concert Band. Jazz and Stage bands meet during zero hour before school, a pit orchestra accompanies the spring musical, and the wind ensemble includes the top students from each section. Director Richard Mancini writes parade music (which is often memorized), and students are encouraged to write cadences, full band compositions, and choreography (previous compositions include original versions of "Suicide Trombones" and "Jump on It".

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