Clatskanie Middle/High School

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Clatskanie Middle/High School
Clatskanie Middle High School - Clatskanie Oregon.jpg
471 SW Bel Air Drive
Clatskanie, Oregon, Columbia 97016
United States
Coordinates 46°06′04″N 123°12′40″W / 46.101°N 123.211°W / 46.101; -123.211Coordinates: 46°06′04″N 123°12′40″W / 46.101°N 123.211°W / 46.101; -123.211
Type Public
School district Clatskanie School District
Principal Amy McNeil[1]
Grades 7-12
Number of students 462[2]

Red, white, and black    

Athletics conference OSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1[3]
Mascot Tigers[3]

Clatskanie Middle/High School is a public school in Clatskanie, Oregon, United States that serves both middle school- and high school-age students. The current building opened in 1949 and now houses 462 students. Known as the Tigers, teams from the school compete at the 3A level in the Lewis & Clark League of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).


The current school was built in 1949 and had 183 students by 1952.[4] It replaced a high school that had burned down in 1945,[4] and was designed by Freeman, Hayslip and Tuft of Portland, Oregon.[4]

The high school has been used as a Red Cross shelter during floods.[5]

The building was originally used to house grades 9 through 12 only. In 1998, Clatskanie Middle School was closed and the school was renamed Clatskanie Middle/High School and contained grades 6 through 12.[6]

Food drive[edit]

In 1991, a student created the "Help Hungry Kids – Clatskanie High School Challenge" which organized all high schools in Oregon in a food drive. Awards to the top high schools were presented at the spring Oregon Student Council Convention, and over 58,300 pounds (26,400 kg) were collected. The student was awarded the Young American Medal for Service[7] in 1991, which was awarded by President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House.[8][9][10] She also received the "Stone Soup Award" from the Oregon Food Bank and the Tom McCall Great Kids Award.[7]

The school was recognized by the New York Times in 1997 for their participation in the National Association of Secondary School Principals "Help Hungry Students" food drive, part of an effort to include civil education in schools.[11]

First Amendment lawsuit[edit]

In 2001, the majority of players on the varsity boys basketball team requested their coach to quit the team in a petition.[12] The coach refused to resign, eight players then refused to take the bus to an away game that day, and the coach then suspended those players who signed the petition.[12] Eight of the basketball players filed a lawsuit in 2003[12] against the basketball coach, the school district, the athletic director, the district superintendent, and the school principal, stating the coach had infringed on their First Amendment right to free speech by "suspending them in retaliation for speaking out against the coach."[12][13][14][15] The players sued under the Civil Rights Act of 1871 and lost on summary judgment at the trial court in 2004.[12]

On appeal in 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment in favor of the school district for the actions related to the refusal to get onto the bus, as this disruptive action was not protected speech.[16] The court reversed the judgment that had been in favor of the school district concerning the actions in response to the student's petition, as the trial court had used the wrong standard to analyze the speech, remanding that part of the case back to the trial court.[12][16] On remand, the trial court determined that the district was not entitled to summary judgment and allowed the case to proceed to trial on the actions surrounding the petition.[17] The coach in question, Jeff Baughman,[12] now serves as the school's principal.[3]

Civil Rights and "Sextortion" lawsuit[edit]

In 2013 three female former students of the school sued the district and principal Jeff Baughman for violations of their civil right to an education by creating a culture of "sextortion," bullying, and sexual discrimination.[18] The suit claims that school officials were aware of activity by male students to coerce female students into taking and providing nude photos of themselves to the boys, allowed male students to access the girl's locker room, and did not respond to complaints of harassment by the girls and their parents.[18] The lawsuit is currently pending in the federal district court in Oregon.


In the 2007-2008 school year, Clatskanie did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress rating on standardized testing. It received an "exceptional" testing participation rating, a "satisfactory" academic achievement rating, a "declined" rating for improvement assessments, attendance, and dropout, and a "low" rating for attendance and dropout rates, with a 2007-2008 attendance rate of 89.4% and a 2006-2007 dropout rate of 9.6%.[19]

The Oregon Department of Education's annual report card for 2008 rated the school as "satisfactory" for student performance, "low" for student behavior, "declined" for improvement rating, and "satisfactory" for overall performance.[20]

In 2008, 56% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 77 students, 43 graduated, 28 dropped out, 1 received a modified diploma, and 5 are still in high school.[21][22]


Clatskanie's high school athletic teams compete at the 3A level in the Oregon School Activities Association.[3] Named as the Tigers with colors of red, white and black, teams are in the Lewis & Clark League for most sports.[3] The school fields teams in boys and girls cross country, basketball, and track and field.[3] Other sports include football, baseball, softball, girls soccer (in cooperation with Rainier High School), volleyball, and wrestling.[3] Clatskanie also participates in solo, band, and choir with the OSAA.[3]


  1. ^ Clatskanie Middle/High School staff directory | Clatskanie Public Schools
  2. ^ Clatskanie High School - Clatskanie, Oregon
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Schools: Clatskanie High School. Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved on May 15, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c The Clatskanie Chief, December 16, 1952, page 2, High School is consolidation of several districts[dead link], David Staley
  5. ^ Crews make progress clearing damage as waters recede | News | - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon Archived December 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ The Clatskanie Chief, August 4, 2011, The Future of Community Education Center, Deborah Hazen
  7. ^ a b Smith, Stu (1992-12-21). "Young American Medal Winners Announced". U.S. Newswire. 
  8. ^ "Clinton Salutes Young Heroes". Associated Press. 1993-07-29. 
  9. ^ Silverman, Josh (1993-07-28). "President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno Meet With 1990 and 1991 Young American Medal Winners". White House Media Affairs Office. 
  10. ^ "Remarks by President Clinton to the Young American Medal Winners". White House Press Office. 1993-07-29. 
  11. ^ Applebome, Peter (1997-04-14). "Plan Adds 'Civil Education' To the Basics of Schooling". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Pinard v. Clatskanie Sch. Dist. 6J, 467 F.3d 755 (9th 2006)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
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  14. ^ Former athletes' suit against Oregon school district to continue - SPLC News[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Administrators seek dismissal of First Amendment lawsuit - SPLC News[dead link]
  16. ^ a b Goeders, Elaine. "Pinard v. Clatskanie School District 6J". Willamette Law Online. 2006 (19). Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. 
  17. ^ Pinard v. Clatskanie School District 6J, Civil No. 03-172-HA (D.Or. 2008), February 12, 2008.
  18. ^ a b 3 families file federal suit in Clatskanie School District sextortion case
  19. ^ "2007-2008 School Report Card, Clatskanie Middle/High School" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. 2008-10-05. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  20. ^ "Report Card Detail Sheet" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. 2008-10-05. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  21. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  22. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.