North Medford High School

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North Medford High School
North Medford High School.jpg
An aerial image of North Medford High School in July 2010
Address
1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, Oregon, Jackson County,  United States
Coordinates 42°20′50″N 122°51′03″W / 42.347329°N 122.850913°W / 42.347329; -122.850913Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 122°51′03″W / 42.347329°N 122.850913°W / 42.347329; -122.850913
Information
Type Public
Opened 1966
School district Medford School District
Principal Ron Beick[1]
Faculty 144
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1887[2]
Color(s) Red and Black[1]
Athletics conference OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6[1]
Mascot Black Tornado[1]
Website

North Medford High School is a public high school in Medford, Oregon, United States. It is part of Medford School District, and its mascot is the Black Tornado. It is the only school in America with the Black Tornado as a mascot.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Originally the City of Medford had a single high school, called Medford High School, constructed in the 1920s. In the 1960s, the school district expanded, constructing a new high school on the opposite side of the city. Rather than develop this into an independent school, the district kept Medford High School as the lone school, with students attending at the two different locations. The current campus of NMHS was the newly constructed "Medford Senior High School", with grades 11 and 12 attending while grades 9 and 10 went to Medford Mid High School, which later became South Medford High School (SMHS) and ultimately Central Medford High School. (SMHS has since changed locations following construction of a new school). This was set in place to primarily to allow Medford to compete athletically with larger school districts such as Portland. At this time the city would have placed in smaller athletic (then 2A) divisions if the district would have been divided into two secondary schools.

During the 1960s and 70s, Medford commonly put forth many state championship athletic teams in the Oregon then 3A division. However, in 1986, Medford High School was finally split into the two current high schools. Both now house around 2,000 students, similar to the number of students Medford High School collectively held in the 1970s and 1980s.

Campus development[edit]

North Medford was built in 1967 and has been remodeled and has had additions added starting in 1973 through 1981 and again in 1992. In 2007, the City of Medford passed a bond for district wide school renovations, including a complete renovation of North Medford with remodeled Auditorium and Administrative space and a new library.[3] Project completion slated for Fall of 2010 will run over into early 2011.

The school campus includes 226,712 square feet (21,062.2 m2) of occupied building space with 64 classrooms, and is located on a large 61.1-acre (247,000 m2) campus, most of which is used for sports and recreation. Both North and South Medford High School share a common football stadium, Spiegelberg Stadium.

Academics[edit]

Graduation Rates per School Year[4][5]

Year  % Graduation Class Size # Graduated # Drop-outs # 5th Year # Modified Diploma
2007-08 72% 455 326 72 43 14
2008-09 61% 477 303 174 11 2
2009-10 64% 428 273 104 41 10
2010-11
2011-12 68% 431 294 93 34 11

Average Test Score per School Year

09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17
Math 60% 73% 70%
Writing 51% 79% 76%
Reading 77% 85% 84%
Science 66% 77% 70%

Awards[edit]

North Medford consistently places highly among schools in contention for the OSAA's Oregonian Cup, a trophy awarded each year to the school that best exemplifies excellence in academics, activities, and athletics. The school ranked in the top 10 annually from the 2002-2003 school year to the 2008-2009 school year, winning the trophy in 2003-2004.[6]

The school was also recognized in 2000 by the Grammy Foundation for excellence in music education, being named a Grammy Signature School.[7]

Sports[edit]

The sports teams participate in Oregon's 6A Southwest Conference. Prior to Oregon's shift from four classification level to six levels, North Medford was part of the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) at level 4A.

State championships[edit]

Team Championships:

  • Baseball: 1960, 1984, 2007
  • Boys Basketball: 1924, 1929, 1960
  • Football: 1944, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1985, 1993
  • Boys Golf: 1951, 1952, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
  • Softball: 1984, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Boys Tennis: 1955, 1964
  • Girls Tennis: 1964, 1973, 1974, 1975, 2001
  • Boys Track and Field: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964

Individual Championships:

  • Boys Golf: 1951, 1952, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1982, 2005
  • Boys Swimming:
100-yard Freestyle: 1962, 1963, 1964
200-yard Freestyle: 1963
200-yard Individual Medley: 1962
Diving: 1962, 1963, 1964
  • Boys Tennis:
Singles: 1955, 1973
Doubles: 1960, 1963, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Boys Track and Field:
110m High Hurdles: 1980
800m: 2011
1500m: 2010
3000m: 2010
Discus: 2001, 2004
Javelin: 1946, 1951, 1953, 1955
High Jump: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1953, 1966
Long Jump: 1956, 1957
Pole Vault: 1941, 1950, 1973, 1974
Shot Put: 1953, 1957, 1959, 1983

Events no longer contested:

100-yard Dash: 1942, 1948, 1964
220-yard Dash: 1949, 1964
440-yard Dash: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1961
880-yard Dash: 1947, 1956
120-yard High Hurdles: 1941, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1970, 1973, 1974
180-yard Low Hurdles: 1951, 1956
200-yard Low Hurdles: 1947, 1949, 1950
330-yard Intermediate Hurdles: 1974
440-yard Relay: 1970
880-yard Relay: 1943, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
1 mile Relay: 1973, 1974
  • Wrestling:
115 lbs: 1969, 1974
123 lbs: 1964, 1965
130 lbs: 1975
136 lbs: 1962
141 lbs: 1961
148 lbs: 1969
191 lbs: 1961
275 lbs: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966
  • Girls Golf: 2001
  • Girls Swimming:
50-yard Freestyle: 1980
100-yard Breaststroke: 1975
100-yard Freestyle: 1980
200-yard Medley Relay: 1980
  • Girls Tennis:
Singles: 2001
  • Girls Tennis:
Doubles: 1964, 1966, 2001, 2003
  • Girls Track and Field:
300m Hurdles: 2013
Javelin: 1981
Long Jump: 1978, 1979

Events no longer contested:

1 mile Run: 1972
440-yard Relay: 1966

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike, Inc.
  • Dick Fosbury, High jump athlete, inventor of Fosbury Flop, and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Page Hamilton, Founder/Guitarist of band Helmet.
  • Marshall Holman, Professional Bowler
  • Jon Lindstrom, Actor, writer, and musician
  • Scott Nelson, President of the Harvard Law Review in 1983
  • Lisa Rinna, Actress and Talk Show Host
  • Braden Shipley, baseball player[8]
  • Bob Wolcott, baseball player
  • [(Brad Arnsberg)], Baseball Player- Started with the New York Yankees and ended with the Texas Rangers. While with the Ranger, he earned the save for Nolan Ryan's 300th career win. He was the Pitching Coach for the Florida Marlins when they won the World Series in 2003.
  • [Tracey Eaton, Pro Football Player for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans,and the Atlanta Falcons.

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