Medford School District (Oregon)

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Medford School District
Medford, Oregon
United States
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. Brian Shumate
Schools 21
Students and staff
Students 13,177
Teachers 599
Staff 526
Other information
Website Medford School District Homepage

Medford School District (549C) is a school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the largest school district of southern Oregon. The district is bordered directly to the north by the Central Point School District. (Other nearby districts include the Ashland School District, Grants Pass School District, and Klamath Falls City School District). Today, district 549C encompasses 14 primary schools, two secondary schools, and three high schools in three cities: Medford, Jacksonville, and Ruch. As of 2012, district enrollment stood at 13,177 students.[1]

Public school building in 1902

The Medford School District passed a school bond in November 2006 that collected $189 million to completely rebuild South Medford High School and Lone Pine Elementary School.[2] Major remodeling was done to North Medford High School. All schools will receive a part of the bond money. Construction has started and been completed on some of the schools. Wednesday, September 9, 2010 marked the first full day of class for all students at the new South Medford High School on Cunningham Avenue.[3] The same day marked the re-opening of the remodeled North Medford High School for all students.


Superintendent and cabinet[edit]

  • Dr. Brian Shumate, Superintendent
  • Mrs. Julie Evans, Director of Elementary Education
  • Dr. Todd Bloomquist, Director of Secondary Education

School board members[edit]

  • Jeff Thomas, Board Chair
  • Karen Starchvick, Vice Chair
  • Lilia Caballero, Director
  • Michael Campbell, Director
  • Janet Lightheart, Director
  • Larry Nicholson, Director
  • Tricia Prendergast, Director


In the 2009 school year, the district had 1126 students classified as homeless by the Department of Education, or 9.2% of students in the district.[4]

Primary schools[edit]

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (Enrollment: 535 students as of 2010)
  • Griffin Creek Elementary School (580)
  • Hoover Elementary School (639)
  • Howard Elementary School (545)
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Jacksonville Elementary School (390)
  • Jefferson Elementary School (479)
  • Kennedy Elementary School (530)
  • Lone Pine Elementary School (540)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (500)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (428)
  • Ruch Elementary School (210)
  • Washington Elementary School (425)
  • Wilson Elementary School (492)

Secondary schools[edit]

Medford's secondary schools offer education services to students of grade level 7 and 8.

Hedrick Middle School[edit]

Hedrick Middle School
1501 E. Jackson St
Medford, Oregon
United States
Type Public Secondary
Motto "Share the joy of learning"
Established 1955
Oversight Medford School District
Principal Beth Anderson
Faculty 73
Grades 7–8
Enrollment 955 (2006)
Color(s) Maroon & Gold
Mascot Hedrick Hornets

Hedrick Middle School, built in 1955, is one of the two middle schools located in Medford, and with 955 students, the largest middle school in Oregon.[5] The grade levels taught at Hedrick are 7th and 8th.

During the 2007-2008, 2008–2009, and the first half of the 2009-2010 school years, Hedrick was occupied by the intermediate (4th-6th) grade levels from Roosevelt Elementary School while Roosevelt was being rebuilt due to the 2006 bond measure. Roosevelt Elementary School re-opened in January 2010, leaving the Hedrick Campus for the remainder of the year.

Since construction, Hedrick Middle School has undergone major renovations. Most notably between 1996 and 1998, the school was extensively remodeled with new air conditioning systems, many new classrooms, and a new cafeteria and office. As of October 1, 2007, the school has 955 Hedrick students and 73 staff members.[5]

The following primary schools feed into Hedrick Middle School:

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary - 5.1 km (3.2 mi)
  • Hoover Elementary - 2.3 km (1.4 mi)
  • Kennedy Elementary - 4.3 km (2.7 mi)
  • Lone Pine Elementary - 3.4 km (2.1 mi)
  • Roosevelt Elementary - 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
  • Wilson Elementary - 3.2 km (2.0 mi)

In 2001, Hedrick Middle School began a pilot program to expand grade level acceptance. Under the program, both of Medford's middle schools will accept 6th grade students from elementary schools in their enrollment area. The program was cancelled in 2004 due to school budget cuts.[6]

McLoughlin Middle School[edit]

Mcloughlin Middle School
320 W. Second Street
Medford, Oregon
United States
Type Public Secondary
Established 1926, renovated 1997
Oversight Medford School District
Principal Linda White
Faculty 95
Grades 7–8
Enrollment 900 [7]
Color(s) Black & Gold
Mascot McLoughlin Bulldogs

McLoughlin Middle School is the second of the two middle schools located in Medford. The grade levels taught at McLoughlin are 7th and 8th.

During the 2007-2008, 2008–2009, and the first half of the 2009-2010 school years, McLoughlin was occupied by the intermediate (4th-6th) grade levels from Jackson Elementary School while Jackson was also being rebuilt. Jackson Elementary School re-opened in January 2010, leaving McLoughlin.

As of 2009, the school has 900 students and 95 staff members.[8]

The following elementary schools feed into McLoughlin Middle School:[7]

  • Griffin Creek
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Jacksonville
  • Jefferson
  • Oak Grove
  • Ruch
  • Washington

High schools[edit]

Medford's high schools all offer grades 9-12.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South Medford High School Profile". Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  2. ^ Achen, Paris (2007-04-09). "Learn details about Medford school bond construction projects". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ Achen, Paris (2010-09-09). "School Daze at South Medford High". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Count of homeless students in Oregon school districts, 2008-2009" (PDF). The Oregonian. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Hedrick Middle School Web Page". Medford School District. Retrieved 2008-02-11.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Mann, Damian (2001-04-19). "Middle school program's a hit". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  7. ^ a b "McLoughlin Middle School Web Page". Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  8. ^

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