Douglas McKay High School

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Douglas McKay High School
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2440 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, Oregon, (Marion County) 97305
United States
Coordinates 44°57′25″N 122°58′47″W / 44.9570°N 122.9796°W / 44.9570; -122.9796Coordinates: 44°57′25″N 122°58′47″W / 44.9570°N 122.9796°W / 44.9570; -122.9796
Type Public
Motto Come to Learn, Learn to Succeed[citation needed]
Opened 1979
School district Salem-Keizer School District
Principal Sara LeRoy[1]
Grades 9-12[2]
Number of students 2155[2]
Color(s) Green, gold, and blue             [3]
Athletics conference OSAA Greater Valley Conference 6A-7[3]
Mascot Royal Scot[3]
Newspaper The Highlander, The Bagpiper
Yearbook The Sabre

Douglas McKay High School, known as McKay, is a public high school located in the North Lancaster neighborhood of Salem, Oregon, United States. Built in 1979, the school was named after Douglas McKay, former Governor of Oregon and United States Secretary of the Interior. A large oil portrait of him hangs near the main entrance, on a wall adjacent to the library.


In 2007, McKay was listed for the third consecutive year as one of Oregon's "Persistently Dangerous Schools" (as defined and mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act).[4] In October 2009 the school was removed from the No Child Left Behind safety watch list, due to the following not occurring: "3.4% percent of their students brought a weapon to school, were expelled for violence or committed a violent crime on campus."[5][6]

In 2008, 71% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Out of 480 students, 343 graduated, 94 dropped out, two received a modified diploma, and 41 remained in school the following year.[7][8] In 2013 the Oregon Department of Education released its report of high school dropout numbers. McKay's numbers fell dramatically, two only three dropouts. As a result of this accomplishment the Mayor of Salem proclaimed Feb. 26th "McKay High School Appreciation Day."[9]

Notable alumni[edit]