Gresham High School (Oregon)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gresham Union High School
Gresham High School gym - Oregon.jpg
Gresham High School gymnasium
1200 N Main Avenue
Gresham, Oregon, Multnomah County 97030
 United States
Coordinates 45°30′21″N 122°25′51″W / 45.505903°N 122.430734°W / 45.505903; -122.430734Coordinates: 45°30′21″N 122°25′51″W / 45.505903°N 122.430734°W / 45.505903; -122.430734
Type Public
Motto Glory, Honor, Strength [4]
Opened 1906
School district Gresham-Barlow School District
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1792[1]
Color(s) Blue and white   [2]
Athletics conference OSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-3[2]
Mascot Gophers[2]
Rival Sam Barlow High School [3]

Gresham High School is a public high school located in Gresham, Oregon.


The school opened in 1906. Since its opening, here have been several improvements to grounds and buildings, expansions, and classroom additions. However, as of 2017 the school still has asbestos tiling and pipe insulation throughout the building, as well as numerous architectural faults.[5]


Gresham High is an official International Baccalaureate school offering the IB Diploma Program.[6]

In 2008, 81% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 450 students, 366 graduated, 45 dropped out, 15 received a modified diploma, and 24 are still in high school.[7][8]


State championships[edit]

  • Football: 1982
  • Boys' Swimming: 1992
  • Boys' Water polo: 1981.
  • Girls' Water polo: 1982, 1991
  • Girls Volleyball: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2006
  • Speech and Debate: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Oregon All High School Drag Racing: 1977
  • Rhythmettes Dance Team: 1991, 1999, 2014, 2015, 2016


The Theatre Arts Department enables students to participate in several opportunities ranging from acting in main stage productions including a full length musical, to directing or working as crew members backstage. Students work with theatre professionals throughout the Portland area including a residency with Portland Center Stage, and working with influential organist Martin Ellis (organist) The choir program consists of Encore Choir, Gresham Men’s Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Overtones. For the past five years the Gresham High School Concert Choir placed in the top five in the OSAA State Choir Competition.

The Gresham High School Band program consists of Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Pep Band, and Pit Orchestra. The first Gresham High School Band was in 1926.

Although the Gresham Barlow School District cut millions of dollars from for the 2009/2010 school year, the band and choir programs were able to continue at Gresham High School because of peaceful student protests through song.[9][10]


Gresham High School produces two newspapers: The Gresham Argus and The Gopher Gazette. The newspapers are produced by separate staffs and are budgeted by their own advertising efforts. The newspapers have different audiences as well; the Gresham Argus gets delivered to students in class and the Gopher Gazette gets distributed via postal mail to parents of students and businesses in the community. Recently the Gopher Gazette lost funding and has had to switch to an online format.

Notable alumni[edit]