Clackamas High School

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Clackamas High School
Clackamas High School - Oregon.JPG
14486 SE 122nd Avenue

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United States
Coordinates45°25′06″N 122°32′07″W / 45.418333°N 122.535362°W / 45.418333; -122.535362Coordinates: 45°25′06″N 122°32′07″W / 45.418333°N 122.535362°W / 45.418333; -122.535362
School districtNorth Clackamas School District
PrincipalTammy O'Neil[1] Assistant Principals: Andrew Gilford, Joe Bridgeman, Vicki Nelms & Joel Dunn Dean of Students: Bruce Wales & David Hillis
Number of students2,501 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Scarlet and black
Athletics conferenceOSAA Mount Hood Conference, 6A
Team nameCavaliers
YearbookThe Lance

Clackamas High School (CHS) is a public high school located in Clackamas, Oregon, United States. The school itself was built in 2002, replacing an older, smaller building built in 1957 which is now Alder Creek Middle School. Starting in the 2010–2011 school year, the campus includes the former building of Sunrise Middle School.[3]

Clackamas Cavaliers logo

Building and campus[edit]

The west Clackamas High School campus lies on 42 acres (17 ha) with a small wetland nearby. The building itself has 265,355 square feet (24,652.3 m2) of floor space and is much larger than the older school. It has four classroom hallways on two floors, a commons area, an arts wing, and an athletic wing, centered on an administrative ring in the middle of the school.

The classroom hallways are mostly white and are on the north end of the school with 100 and 200 halls on the east side, and 300 and 400 halls on the west. The commons area is on the north side of the administrative offices, at the entrance to 100 and 200 halls, and is primarily used for dining and some multi-purpose use. The arts wing of the school is centered on the schools' auditorium and contains rooms for art classes, choir classes, and band classes, as well as a wood shop, a stage shop, and changing and makeup rooms. The athletic wing contains a large gym, a smaller upper gym, locker rooms, a wrestling room, and a weight training room. The administrative ring, located in the center of the school, contains the main office, the bookkeeper's office, the attendance office, the student management office, the schools' career and vocation center, the athletic office, and the counseling office, all centered on a small courtyard.

This building has served as a model for other high schools and has been designated a green building. Clackamas High School was built in 2002 to a design by Portland's Boora Architects and was the first high school in the country to be certified LEED Silver.[4][5] Clackamas High became one of the first "solar schools" in Oregon with the installation of 2 kW solar panels on the roof in 2003.[6] The School was also a winner of the DesignShare Recognized Value Award in 2003.

The total cost of the campus and building totaled about $30 million and was supported by a 1998 bond measure approved by 62% of local voters.[citation needed]

The east campus, formerly Sunrise Middle School, is arranged around one straight main hallway connecting two twin classroom halls on one end with two gyms, a dance studio, and miscellaneous classrooms on the other. The interior was redecorated to feel more like Clackamas High School for the 2010–2011 school year.

Between the two campuses lie a covered walkway, a football field with lights and bleachers, and several grass soccer fields.


In 1984, Clackamas High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[7]

As of 2005, 72.5% of 10th grade students at Clackamas High School met or exceeded overall state standards for learning, compared to 53.5% of the rest of the state.[8] In addition, 6.4% are ESL students and 33% are minorities.[9]

In 2008, 92% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 548 students, 502 graduated, 28 dropped out, four received a modified diploma, and 14 were still in high school the following year.[10][11]

Principal Tammy O'Neill has been the principal at Clackamas High School since the start of the 2017-18 school year.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

In October 2005, Clackamas High was named KATU's "Super School of the Month."[13]

In 1997, Clackamas High biology teacher Ford Morishita won the Oregon Teacher of the Year award, for his approach to teaching biology and the performance of his students.[14]


The Clackamas Football team won the 2017 6A OSAA state championship, being the first football championship ever won. They defeated South Medford 31-30 on a 37-yard field goal attempt by Jeffrey Nelson with 3 seconds left.

The Clackamas Baseball Team won the 2008 6A OSAA state championship, gaining the school's first male major sport championship in school history, defeating Tigard High School 3 to 1. They repeated this feat in 2010 after defeating South Medford High School 4 to 0.[citation needed] They won it again in 2017, beating West Linn High School, 5-1. They lost in 2018, 8-4 to Westview High School.

The school's varsity dance team, the Cavalettes, won the 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013 OSAA state championships in the Show Division.

The first sports championship was in gymnastics in 1976, and they repeated for a championship in 1982.

The first individual champion was Greg Hertel, (class of '65) who in the spring of 1965 ran unbeaten all season to win both 100 yard and 220 yard sprints in Men's Track

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Clackamas High School All Staff List". North Clackamas School District.
  2. ^ "Clackamas High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-05-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ DJC.COM: ‘I wish I could go to a school just like this’, provided by Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Newspaper
  5. ^ The Oregonian: Oregon schools: It's not easy, or cheap, being green "The district already has an officially certified school. In 2002, North Clackamas High School was the first high school in the nation to achieve a LEED silver certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council."
  6. ^ NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES (2006-09-18). "Schools could spark green building boom". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  7. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Detail Report For: – Oregon Department of Education Archived 2005-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
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  10. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  11. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  12. ^ "Interview with Principal Matt Utterback".
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  14. ^ LISA DANIELS (1997-10-06). "TEACHER'S LATEST HONOR: $25,000". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  15. ^ "TRIPLE THREAT: Milwaukie's Cazzey Cereghino sings, acts, releases first major novel". Oregon Local News. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  16. ^ Koskela, Gregg. "1985 CHS Speech team". Retrieved 2011-04-26. Lisa Verch Fletcher '86 – Speech Team at Clackamas High School
  17. ^ Koskela, Gregg (2007-12-01). "Weekly round up". Retrieved 2011-04-26. Here's proof that long ago, Lisa and I not only were good friends, but debate partners
  18. ^ "Oregon State Voters Guide". 2000-05-16. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  19. ^ "Cheryl Sorensen Bio Page". April 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  20. ^ "Baseball: Clackamas' Ben Wetzler chosen 6A player of the year -". June 15, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2014.

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