North Salem High School (Salem, Oregon)

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North Salem High School
NorthSalemHS.jpg
Address
765 14th St NE
Salem, Oregon, (Marion County) 97301
United States
Coordinates 44°56′40″N 123°01′16″W / 44.944541°N 123.021026°W / 44.944541; -123.021026Coordinates: 44°56′40″N 123°01′16″W / 44.944541°N 123.021026°W / 44.944541; -123.021026
Information
Type Public
Opened 1906
School district Salem-Keizer School District
Principal Cynthia Richardson[1]
Grades 9–12[2]
Number of students 2023[2]
Color(s) Red and black         [3]
Athletics conference OSAA Central Valley Conference 6A-7[3]
Mascot Viking[3]
Website

North Salem High School (originally Salem High School) is a public high school in Salem, Oregon, United States, founded in 1906. It was known as Salem High School until 1954.

History[edit]

The original Salem High School building, opened in 1906, was at the location of the former Meier & Frank building in downtown Salem (now a Macy's).[4][5] A decision was made to move the school to a more spacious building, and in 1937 the new Salem High School building was opened on the corner of 14th and D street.[4] The new building was a project of the Public Works Administration,[4] and at the time of its founding was on the fringes of developed Salem. The school's name was changed in 1954 to North Salem High School when South Salem High School opened that year.[6] Over the years, many additions have been made to the building, with the latest addition, the West Wing, being completed in 2001.[4]

Academics[edit]

Like many Marion County schools, North Salem High School has historically had a high dropout rate, regularly exceeding the state average. During the 2001–02 school year, the dropout rate stood at 29.83%. However, this has been improving steadily since 1997, when the dropout rate was 39.90%.[7]

In 2008, 73% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 492 students, 360 graduated, 91 dropped out, and 41 were still in high school the following year.[8][9]

Music[edit]

North Salem has been nationally recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation as a "Grammy Signature School" multiple times.[10]

In 2003, the Marching Band won the Northwest Marching Band Circuit, taking their number 1 ranking among Washington, Oregon, Southern Idaho, Northern California, and Western Nevada marching bands.[11] In 2005, the band tied with South Salem High School to win the OSAA 4A State Band Championship.[12]

State championships[edit]

  • Boys' cross country: 1949, 1952, 1953
  • Boys' basketball: 1920, 1925, 1926, 1933, 1939, 1940, 1950
  • Baseball: 1967
  • Boys' golf: 1953
  • Boys' tennis: 1953
  • Boys' track & field: 1927

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Principal Profile". North Salem High School. p. 1. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2008–09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.osaa.org/schools.aspx/NorthSalem/
  4. ^ a b c d "North Salem High School: School History". North Salem High School. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rose, Michael (April 26, 2006). "New mall, downtown Salem stores alter retail landscape". Statesman Journal. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "A General History of Education in Salem". Salem Online History (Salem Public Library). Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ Community Health Information Project, Willamette University Public Policy Research Center, Accessed May 4, 2007.
  8. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ GRAMMY in the Schools Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  11. ^ NWMBC Championships Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  12. ^ OSAA Band Championships Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Staryl Austin (obituary)". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon: Legacy.com. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "49th Round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ Herbert, Brian. (2003) Dreamer of Dune : The Biography of Frank Herbert. New York: Tor Books, 2003, (p. 24) ISBN 978-0-7653-0647-0
  16. ^ Fentress, Aaron (April 18, 2011). "MLB local ties: Boston's Jed Lowrie continues hot streak; Darwin Barney consistent in No. 2 hole; Mike Stutes dominant in Triple-A". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Salem Actor Headed for Australia". Statesman Journal. Oregon, Salem. July 29, 1952. p. 6. Retrieved December 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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