Lake Oswego High School
|Lake Oswego High School|
2501 Southwest Country Club Road|
Lake Oswego, (Clackamas County), Oregon 97034
|School district||Lake Oswego School District|
|Faculty||54 (on FTE basis)|
|Number of students||1,260 (as of Oct. 1, 2009)|
|Student to teacher ratio||23:4|
Navy and white
|Athletics conference||OSAA , Class 6A|
|Mascot||Pilot Joe Sea Farer|
Lake Oswego High School first opened in September 1951 as a six-year school, with an enrollment of 564. In 1956, it became a four-year high school with the opening of Lake Oswego Junior High School, and in 1958, a three-year high school (with 589 students) as the LOJHS expanded to include the 9th grade (for a total of 656 students), in advance of the "Baby Boomer" generation. In 1971, it grew from a three-year to a standard four-year high school. In its history, the school and others in its district, such as Lakeridge High School, have received many honors for scholarship, leadership, and athletics on the local, state, and national level.
From its location and name, Lake Oswego High School adopted a nautical theme, with a nickname of "Lakers".
In the fall of 2005, construction was finished on a completely new campus. Built over the original school, the new building featured classrooms equipped with built-in projectors and SMART boards. Other improvements included a state-of-the-art 500-seat theater and a building wing designated for art classes.
Several years later, mold and defects in the walls and roof of the school and gym, as a result of faulty construction, were detected. A string of lawsuits ensued between the school district and parties involved with the construction. The district eventually reached a $6.7 million settlement with its primary contractor, Robinson Construction Company, and several smaller settlements with sub-contractors. Repair work to fix the school's structural problems was completed in 2012.
In 2012, Bruce Plato announced his retirement after 11 years as principal of Lake Oswego High School. The School Board elected Assistant Principal Cindy Schubert as his replacement, effective in the 2013-2014 school year. The current principal is Rollin Dickinson, the former Assistant Principal at Lakeridge High School.
In 2016 the Lake Oswego softball team filed suit against the Lake Oswego School District for violating Title IX and taking part in gender discrimination. The suit alleged that both Lake Oswego High School and the Lake Oswego School District had failed to provide proper facilities for the softball team. The girls' team played on a dirt field across the street at Lake Oswego Junior High School, while the boys played at a turf stadium at the high school. The baseball team was also provided access to a hitting barn, while the softball team used an old net in the second gym.
Lake Oswego High School, like many schools, experienced isolated racist incidents during the 2016-2017 school year. In the fall of 2016 an unknown student put up a picture of Nazis putting Jewish people into Holocaust-era gas chambers. Shortly afterwards an alumnus made racist comments on the Lake Oswego High School's Class of 2017 Facebook page. In March 2017 a racial slur was discovered scrawled in a campus bathroom.
Lake Oswego High School has consistently been ranked as a top-tier high school in both Oregon and the United States.
In 2008, 94% of the school's seniors received a high school diplomas. Of 314 students, 294 graduated, 15 dropped out, four received a modified diploma, and one was still in high school in 2009.
The school received a gold ranking in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "America's Best High Schools". It was named as the second best high school in the state. A gold ranking connotes that the school was among the 500 best in the nation. According to the report, 58 percent of the students participated in AP courses in 2013.
The football team won its first state football championship in 2011, defeating Sheldon High School 47-14 to complete an undefeated season, ranked 14th in the nation. In 2012, the team again made the state finals for a rematch with Sheldon, this time losing. In 2013 the team saw some decline when losing to its rival Lakeridge High School for the first time since 2002 at 20-14.
The basketball team, led by future NBA player Kevin Love, won the 2006 state basketball championship.
The Lake Oswego Cheer Squad took third place at state in 2016 and 2017. They were ranked 2nd in the nation in 2016, and 3rd in the nation in 2017.
The school's dance team, the Laker Dancers, competes locally and nationally and won five straight state championships from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, during one of their trips to UDA Nationals, the Laker Dancers placed 14th in the nation in Large Varsity Jazz.
The girls' lacrosse team has won six state championships in the past 12 years, including four of the last six, and has placed numerous players into D-1 programs.
- Football: 2011
- Boys' cross country: 1969
- Boys' soccer: 1990, 2009, 2010
- Girls' soccer: 1978
- Boys' basketball: 2006
- Girls' basketball: 1993
- Boys' swimming: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1990, 1994
- Girls' swimming: 1951, 1956, 1990
- Boys' golf: 1968, 1969, 1972, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Girls' golf: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978
- Girls' tennis: 1959, 1991, 1992, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Dance: 1981, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Girls' lacrosse: 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Terry Bean – pioneering gay rights activist, founder of Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
- Jori Chisholm (1993) - champion bagpiper
- Kari Chisholm (1991) - political consultant
- Santo Condorelli (2013) - Canadian competitive swimmer
- Brett Elliott (2000) - arena football player
- Farnaz Fassihi (1988) - journalist, The Wall Street Journal, author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day
- Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (1967) - President of Afghanistan
- Alexandra Jamieson (1993) - author of The Great American Detox Diet, appeared in the film Super Size Me
- Michael Jones - Internet entrepreneur, investor, and former CEO of Myspace
- Benjamin Kim (2001) - concert pianist and winner of the 55th ARD International Music Competition
- Laz-D - rapper
- Neil Lomax (1977) - former NFL quarterback for the St. Louis Cardinals now Arizona Cardinals
- Kevin Love (2007) - basketball forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Gabe Miller (2006) - football player, linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League
- Marissa Neitling (2002) - actress, The Last Ship
- Julianne Phillips (1978) - model and actress
- Don Schollander (1964) - Olympic swimmer
- Tim Solso (1965) - Chairman of General Motors
- Katy Steding (1986) - Olympic basketball player
- Salim Stoudamire (2001) - NBA player, Atlanta Hawks
- John Strong - lead Major League Soccer play-by-play television announcer for Fox Sports
- Mike Stutes (2004) - relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
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