North Medford High School

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North Medford High School
North Medford High School Black Tornadoes.jpg
Address
1900 North Keene Way Drive

, ,
United States
Coordinates42°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
TypePublic
Opened1966
School districtMedford School District
PrincipalDan Smith
Faculty144
Grades9–12
Number of students1,700 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Black and Red
Athletics conferenceOSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6
MascotBlack Tornado
Team nameNorth Medford Black Tornadoes
RivalSouth Medford High School
Website

North Medford High School is a public high school in Medford, Oregon, United States. It is part of Medford School District, and its nickname is the Black Tornado. The school enrolls 1,750 students.[2]

History[edit]

Originally the City of Medford had a single high school, 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 moved into a new building). This was set in place to primarily to allow Medford to compete athletically with larger school districts such as Portland Public Schools of Portland. At this time the city would have been placed in smaller athletic (then 2A) divisions if the district would have been divided into two secondary schools.

Aerial image of North Medford High School in July 2010

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.

North Medford's current principal is Dan Smith.[3]

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, administrative space, and a new library.[4] The project was completed in 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 (24.7 ha) 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[5]

Year % Graduation # 4-year Cohort Total # 4-year Cohort Adjusted # Graduated # Drop-outs # 5th Year # Modified Diploma
2013-14 76% 445 407 311 48 33 1
2014-15 84% 439 388 324 34 23 8
2015-16 84% 412 369 309 36 14 12
2016-17 90% 430 381 344 19 2 14
2017-18 91% 475 423 385 20 5 29

Four-year Cohort Total is determined by the number of students initially in that class. Four-year Cohort Adjusted is representative of those students that did not transfer out of state, country, to private or homeschooling, or otherwise are deceased.

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 North Medford Black Tornado participate in Oregon's 6A Southwest Conference.[3] The school's colors are red and black.[3] 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, 2014
  • 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
300m hurdles: 1997
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Medford High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "General Information / About North Medford". www.medford.k12.or.us. Medford School District. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c http://www.osaa.org/schools.aspx/NorthMedford/
  4. ^ http://medfordschoolbond.org/NMH.htm
  5. ^ "Oregon Department of Education : Cohort Graduation Rate : Students : State of Oregon". www.oregon.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  6. ^ http://www.osaa.org/awards/oregoniancup/
  7. ^ http://www.grammyintheschools.com/
  8. ^ Henry, Kris (July 16, 2010). "A Perfect Fit in Medford". Mail Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Pave, Marvin (August 15, 2014). "Helen Johns Carroll, 99; was Gold Medalist in 1932 Olympics". Boston Globe.
  10. ^ "Lisa Rinna". IMDb. Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  11. ^ Murray, Chris (April 7, 2013). "Late-bloomer Shipley brings arsenal of pitches to mound, which puts him on the edge of history: Projected top-15 pick in the June's MLB draft has mid-90s fastball and major-league changeup". RGJ.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "Dan and Michelle". Air1 Worship Now. Retrieved 2019-07-25.