North Eugene High School

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North Eugene High School
North Eugene High School (Eugene, Oregon) 2.jpg
Address
200 Silver Lane
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County 97404
United States
Coordinates 44°05′42″N 123°07′52″W / 44.09495°N 123.13099°W / 44.09495; -123.13099Coordinates: 44°05′42″N 123°07′52″W / 44.09495°N 123.13099°W / 44.09495; -123.13099
Information
Type Public
Opened 1957
School district Eugene School District
Principal Casandra Kamens
Grades 9-12[1]
Number of students 1093[1]
Color(s) Red and white           [2]
Athletics conference OSAA Midwestern League 5A-4[2](independent in football until 2016)
Mascot Highlander[2]
Newspaper The Caledonian
Yearbook Tartan
Website

North Eugene High School is a public high school in the River Road/Santa Clara neighborhoods of Eugene, Oregon, United States.

History[edit]

North Eugene High School was open to students on October 21, 1957. The opening was delayed nearly two months, causing two months of double-shifting at Colin Kelly Junior High School until the school was finally completed.[citation needed]

The current NEHS campus was a filbert orchard belonging to a couple of Scottish ancestry. The couple donated land to Eugene School District 4J for the high school to be built on.

The NEHS mascot, the Highlander, reflects the school's heritage, as do the names of the school newspaper (Caledonian) and yearbook (Tartan).

In April 2004 NEHS staff, parents, and community members were approached with information about the Oregon Small Schools Initiative project and grant opportunities. In May 2004, a $900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was awarded to NEHS to begin this project. After a series of meetings and workshops, the school transformation officially began.

In the 2006 academic year, 3 small schools were implemented: North International High School, Academy of Arts, and School of IDEAS: Invention, Design, Engineering, Arts, & Science.

As the 2013 academic year commenced, the comprehensive high school model was reintroduced to North Eugene High School.

Academics[edit]

In 2008, 84% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 246 students, 207 graduated, 23 dropped out, 4 received a modified diploma, and 12 remained in high school.[3][4]

The student-produced school newspaper, The Caledonian,[5] appears to be the first in the area to move to an online news production model.[6]

The students at N.E.H.S. performed at 47%, 68% and 50% proficient in Math, Reading & Science respectively on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. This compares to state averages of 49%, 67% and 56%.[7]

The school in 2016 received a bronze medal ranking from the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best High Schools" survey.[8]

Campus Principal: Casandra Kamens

Assistant Principals: Courtney Leonard, Scott Mayers, Tracy Ross

College Preparation Courses[edit]

North Eugene High School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. All N.E.H.S. students take IB classes in Literature and History in 11th and 12th grade. Students may also choose to enroll in several other International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The school offers a number of these courses, allowing its students the opportunity to take the cumulative exams in the spring to gain college credit at the high school level. North Eugene usually sees very high passing percentages from its students who take these exams, except on the science exams. Students are also offered CollegeNow courses, which directly give students Lane Community College credits which are often transferable to statewide universities.

Advanced Placement Courses: Calculus AB

International Baccalaurate Courses: English A1: Language & Literature HL, History of the Americas HL, Biology HL/SL, Chemistry HL/SL, Math Studies SL, Film Studies SL, Music Theory SL, Theatre SL, Spanish B SL, Japanese B SL, Theory of Knowledge

CollegeNow Courses: Design Fundamentals, Digital Media Design, Yearbook I, II, III, Woods Processing & Woodwork I, II, III, Child Development I, II, III, Culinary Arts I, II, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Health Occupations, Pre-Calculus (Math 111/112), Calculus AB, Physics, Chemistry 150, AP/IB Chemistry, Spanish III, IV, V, Japanese III, IV, V,

Sports[edit]

The Highlanders have won the following state team championships:

  • Boys' basketball – 1963, 1966, 1976, 1977, 2007
  • Girls' basketball, 1989
  • Girls' gymnastics, 1976
  • Softball, 1998,2000
  • Boys' track and field, 1962
  • Girls' soccer
  • Boys' baseball, 2010
  • Boys' golf, 1960

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Danny Ainge — MLB Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays, NBA Basketball player, Boston Celtics, Portalnd Trailblazers
  • Brian Conklin — Professional basketball player, Leones de Santo Domingo
  • Rose McGowan — Actress
  • Andrew Moore — MLB Baseball player, Seattle Mariners
  • Kenny Moore — (Class of 1962), University of Oregon (1963-66), runner, Olympic marathoner, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), screenwriter (Without Limits), author (Bowerman and the Men of Oregon), actor in track movie Personal Best
  • Bob Newland — NFL wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
  • Robin Pflugrad — American Football Coach
  • Jerome Souers — Head Football Coach, Northern Arizona University
  • Christopher Stevens — Four-time Grammy winning American record producer, mix-engineer, and songwriter
  • David Ogden Stiers — (Class of 1960) actor on the television series M*A*S*H;
  • Kailee Wong — NFL linebacker, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans

Student-led Businesses[edit]

North Eugene High School boasts two student-led businesses, both of which are widely appreciated throughout the school and community.

Northside Catering: The culinary arts program. Students plan, prepare, and serve food for their customers. The students are trained in food safety and sanitation and each student has passed the Oregon Food Handlers' test. Students are also taught food preparation techniques to help them prepare quality foods.

North Eugene High School Preschool: Students are involved in a series of classes that teach child development theory and guidance skills. These students work on a bi-daily schedule where one day is spent learning child development theory and the other applying their knowledge in the Preschool. The preschool children follow a daily routine to provide the children with a sense of consistency and security. Each day there is a science project, outdoor play, art, music, circle time, books, and snack.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2009-10" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 128. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.osaa.org/schools.aspx/NorthEugene/
  3. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ "The Caledonian". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  6. ^ "All the News, No Paper: Budget cuts push North Eugene students to publish online". The Register-Guard. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.homefacts.com/schools/Oregon/Lane-County/Eugene/North-Eugene-High-School.html North Eugene Homefacts.com Profile
  8. ^ "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 

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