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North Medford High School

Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 122°51′03″W / 42.347329°N 122.850913°W / 42.347329; -122.850913
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North Medford High School
1900 North Keene Way Drive

, ,
United States
Coordinates42°20′50″N 122°51′03″W / 42.347329°N 122.850913°W / 42.347329; -122.850913
School districtMedford School District
PrincipalAllen Barber
Faculty70.15 (FTE)[1]
Number of students1,660 (2020–21)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.66[1]
Color(s)Black and red     [2]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6
MascotBlack Tornado[2]
Team nameNorth Medford Black Tornado
RivalSouth Medford High School
NewspaperTornado Times
WebsiteOfficial 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.[3]


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 Allen Barber.[4]

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.[5] 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.


Graduation rates per school year[6]

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.

North Medford High School offers 17 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and opportunities for college credit through Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University.[7][8]


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.[9]

The school was also recognized in 2000 by the Grammy Foundation for excellence in music education, being named a Grammy Signature School.[10]


The North Medford Black Tornado participate in Oregon's 6A Southwest Conference.[4] The school's colors are red and black.[4] 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

Athletes from North Medford have won many individual state championships as well, with most in the era of the 1940s through the 1970s.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "North Medford High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "North Medford High School". Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved April 17, 2024.
  3. ^ "General Information / About North Medford". www.medford.k12.or.us. Medford School District. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "OSAA - Error".
  5. ^ http://medfordschoolbond.org/NMH.htm
  6. ^ "Oregon Department of Education : Cohort Graduation Rate : Students : State of Oregon". www.oregon.gov. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "AP Information". North Medford High School. Retrieved March 13, 2024.
  8. ^ "Early College". Retrieved March 13, 2024.
  9. ^ "OSAA – Awards".
  10. ^ "Home". grammyintheschools.com.
  11. ^ Henry, Kris (July 16, 2010). "A Perfect Fit in Medford". Mail Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Lisa Rinna". IMDb. Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  13. ^ 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.