Glencoe High School (Hillsboro, Oregon)

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Glencoe High School
Glencoe High School Oregon entrance.JPG
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
United States
Coordinates 45°32′32″N 122°59′35″W / 45.542187°N 122.993188°W / 45.542187; -122.993188Coordinates: 45°32′32″N 122°59′35″W / 45.542187°N 122.993188°W / 45.542187; -122.993188
School type Public, high school
Opened 1980[1]
School district Hillsboro School District 1J
Principal Claudia Ruf[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,800 (2016)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Crimson, Black, and White
Mascot Tide Guy
Team name Crimson Tide

Glencoe High School is a public secondary school in Hillsboro, Oregon that is part of the Hillsboro School District. It was founded in 1980[1] to help control the growing density of Hillsboro High School due to the city's rapid expansion, and is the second oldest of the four high schools in the city. Glencoe is classified as a 6A school for activities and sports. It takes its name from the former community of Glencoe, which lends its name to a road of the same name, where the school is located. In 2003, the school, along with all schools in the district, made national news when 17 days of classes were cut from the school year which allowed students to be out in May due to budget cuts to education in Oregon.[3] As of 2016, the graduation rate was 86%.[4]


Glencoe's nickname is the Crimson Tide. The official Crimson Tide mascot is known as The Tide Guy, and is portrayed as an angry wave with fists. The Tide Guy is on nearly all official school mailings, and is often placed in the yearbook as if he were a student. The official mascot at football games, assemblies, and selected other events is Captain Crimson. Captain Crimson was adopted in the early beginnings of Glencoe High School, because The Tide Guy would have proved difficult to accurately portray in costume form. The Captain Crimson uniform consists of spandex tights, a spandex long-sleeved shirt with 'Captain Crimson' emblazoned on the front, a pair of crimson basketball shorts, a crimson and black cape, and large prosthetic muscles. The position is ceremoniously handed down through student council to an unusually enthusiastic incoming senior.


In 2008, 85% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 384 students, 328 graduated, 34 dropped out, 5 received a modified diploma, and 17 are still in high school.[5][6]

The school received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best High Schools" survey.[7][8] For the second year in a row Glencoe was recognized by the State of Oregon on the Oregon Report Card as "Exceptional"; one of six large high schools in the state to receive that recognition,[9] and is a certified Project Lead The Way school.[10] Glencoe offers eleven Advanced Placement classes, three second languages, and has a full metal/welding and woods curriculum. Glencoe's engineering courses are part of the nationally renowned Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and are housed in a lab made possible by grants from Intel. The Visual and Performing Arts program is recognized for its marching band, choral work, drama productions, sculpture and photography.


Glencoe has won state championships in track and field, men's and women's basketball, and football (twice, in 1986 and 1994). The school belongs to the 6AMetro League, and in the 2007–08 season won its first state championship in soccer. Its cross-town rival has been Hillsboro High School but Hillsboro High School is moving down to 5A league play for the 2014–2018 school years. Since opening, the school has used the off-campus Hare Field for hosting football games.[11]

The school has been state champions in the following sports in the following years:

  • 2010 – 5A softball
  • 2007 – 5A boys' soccer[12]
  • 1994 - 4A football[13]
  • 1990 - 4A girls basketball
  • 1989 - 3A boys track and field
  • 1986 - 3A football
  • 1983 - 3A boys basketball

The school offers a variety of sports including:[14]

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Equestrian team
  • Cheer
  • Dance team
  • Track and Field
  • Skiing
  • Softball

Extracurricular offerings[edit]

Glencoe is recognized for its Dance team, also known as the Tidettes. The team has won twelve out of the last seventeen state championships in the Large Show Division in Oregon, placing 5th in 2007 and 4th in 2008. It also has many clubs/activities that students can sign up for:[15]

  • Adelante Chicas
  • Buddy Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Cycling Club (Velo)
  • DECA
  • Environmental Impact Club
  • Feminist Club
  • FFA
  • FTC and FRC Robotics
  • Game Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Key Club
  • Kindness Matters Club
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
  • MeCHa
  • National English Honors Society
  • National Honors Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor School Club
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Sparrow Club
  • Speech & Debate
  • Theatre
  • Video Game Design
  • Winter Guard

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jansen, Ann; and Jane Ferguson (September 2, 1980). "Three suburban districts open five new schools to begin fall semester". The Oregonian, p. MW6.
  2. ^ "Glencoe High School History and Info". Glencoe High School. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  3. ^ Oregon schools cutting class. Archived December 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on February 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Hillsboro School District Graduation Rates Rise, Despite Official Results". Hillsboro School District. January 26, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Best High Schools 2010". U.S. News & World Report. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  8. ^ Graves, Bill (2010-01-15). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
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  11. ^ Gaynair, Gillian. Hillsboro thinks things will go better with Coke. The Oregonian, May 21, 1998.
  12. ^ OSAA Boys Soccer Championships. OSAA. Retrieved on February 5, 2008.
  13. ^ OSAA Football Championships. OSAA. Retrieved on February 5, 2008.
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  16. ^ "Glencoe High grad Nicholas Edwards realizes his dream of becoming a Japanese pop star". The Oregonian. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 

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