Evergreen High School (Vancouver, Washington)

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Evergreen High School EHS Plainsmen.png
14300 NE 18th Street
Vancouver, Washington
United States
Type Public
Established 1945
School district Evergreen Public School District
Principal Lisa Emmerich
Number of students ~2,200
Color(s)      Green      Gold
Mascot Plainsmen

Evergreen High School is a public high school located in Vancouver, Washington. It was founded shortly after the district was formed in 1945. Evergreen was the first high school in the Evergreen Public Schools.


Evergreen High School is located on a large parcel of land that it shares with Cascade Middle School, Legacy High School (an alternative education facility), Burton Elementary School, McKenzie Stadium, and the school district warehouse and bus barn. Evergreen was originally built at the corner of 18th Street and 137th Avenue. When the current building was constructed in the 1970s on the east side of the parcel, Cascade Junior High (now Middle School) was opened in the original building. The aging, original building was demolished in the summer of 2004 after the completion of Cascade's new abutting campus to the north. The original site is now a multi-use sports field.

Evergreen Marching Band[edit]

Evergreen boasts an award winning marching band. The band is directed by Mr. Brent Johnson and Mr. Craig Gustafson. Previously the marching band was invited to play at the inauguration parade for President Barack Obama[1] With a long tradition of excellent marching bands, Evergreen High School has won more than 250 trophies and awards over the past decade, for both field and parade marching. Some of the most noteworthy performances include the Portland Rose Parade, the premiere parade in the Northwest. source More information about the Evergreen Marching Band and color guard at their website EHSboosters.org. They won 2nd place at the 2015 NWAPA Championships.

Evergreen Theatre Department[edit]

Evergreen's theatre department has become successful under the direction of Stephanie Kerns McCrea (director 2007–2015). Their fall productions frequently enhance the study of novels/plays throughout the district and such productions include Romeo and Juliet, The Outsiders [2] Brave New World and "Macbeth". Their productions have been featured in the newspapers The Columbian and The Oregonian.[3] The Theatre Department, under McCrea, has also been recognized for its embracing of diversity amongst its students. Their 2011 production of "Night of the Living Dead" received accolades for featuring a deaf student in a major role as well as providing performances that were 100% interpreted by EHS students for the deaf community.[4] In addition, their musical theatre productions are garnering attention and prestige. The theatre department [5] has been recognized by the prestigious 5th Avenue Theatre Awards,[6] for their 2011 production of "Little Shop of Horrors." (Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Achievement by a Student in Technical Theatre). In 2012, they received recognition for Lighting Design, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group, Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Achievement by a Student in Technical Theatre.[7] In 2013, their production of Legally Blonde was recognized in the following categories: Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role (two nominees), Outstanding Achievement by a Student in Technical Theatre (two students) [7] In 2014, they were recognized in the following categories for their 2014 production of Urinetown: Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Hair and Make-Up Design, Outstanding Achievement by a Student in Technical Theatre, Special Honors: Educational Impact.[8] In the fall of 2014, Stephanie McCrea was recognized by the Columbian for her direction with the show, The Investigation.[9] In this production, McCrea and the cast tackled a recreation of the Frankfurt War Crimes Trials, bringing the actual transcripts from the Frankfurt War Crimes trials to life. Students performed a chastening and purging documentary of deeply moving power for members of the community, history classes inside Evergreen High School, and classes from around the district. The 2015-2016 school year has once again had a great play, under new Drama teacher Margaret Gorman. The 2015 Fall play being "The Three Musketeers". Being featured In the Colombian newspaper three times. And an article on the new director was produced and published on the front page of the paper In the Columbian. The Spring musical, being "Oklahoma" Is set to show In April.

Evergreen Choir[edit]

Evergreen High School choir is directed by Mr. Michael Day. Their advanced choirs; Chamber choir, Advanced Women's choir, and Concert choir all went to Anaheim, California all won third place in their categories.

World Languages[edit]

Evergreen offers ASL, French, German and Spanish. The language teachers were applied for, and received a literacy grant from the district focusing on proficiency grading and literature analysis. They will be presenting their results at the 2012 COFLT/WAFLT language conference in Vancouver October 12–13, 2012.


Evergreen competes in, 4A, the largest division in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). They are a member of the Greater St. Helens 4A league.

In 2004, EHS football team became the first 4A team from the Southwest Washington District IV to make a state championship game. After falling behind early 14-0 to Skyline Spartans, the Plainsmen rallied to win the game. Running back Taylor Rank stood out for the Plainsmen, carrying the ball 28 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Rank played football at the University of South Carolina until graduation in 2009. [10] Currently in 2013, they have a young group of cross country and track runners that have improved greatly.

2009 graduate Kyrell Hudson was recently drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft.[11]

State championships[edit]

  • Boys Basketball: 1995[12]
  • Boys Wrestling: 1997
  • Football: 2004

State runners-up[edit]

  • Boys Soccer: 1999[12]
  • Boys Wrestling: 1998

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°38′12″N 122°31′32″W / 45.63667°N 122.52556°W / 45.63667; -122.52556