Pleasant Hill High School (Oregon)

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Pleasant Hill High School
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36386 Highway 58
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, Lane County 97455
 United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 43°57′26″N 122°54′59″W / 43.957109°N 122.916455°W / 43.957109; -122.916455
Type Public
School district Pleasant Hill School District
Principal Randy Fisher[1]
Grades 7-12[1]
Number of students 429 (as of Autumn 2013)[2]
Color(s) Blue and gold[3]
Athletics conference OSAA PacWest Conference 3A[3]
Mascot Billies[3]

Pleasant Hill High School is a public school in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, United States serving grades seven through twelve. The school served grades nine through twelve until 2009, when the Pleasant Hill School District closed the district's elementary school and redistributed the students between the high school and middle school buildings, because of declining enrollment and funding issues.[4] The current high school building was constructed in 1961.[5]


In 1984, Pleasant Hill High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[6]

In 2008, 86% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 96 students, 83 graduated, 9 dropped out, 3 received a modified diploma, and one is still in high school.[7][8]


The school's mascot is the billy goat and its nickname is the "Billies". Formerly their athletic teams were known as the Hillbillies but only for three years in the "Ma and Pa Kettle" movie era. An early publication of the school in the 1920s was "The Goat's Gazette," showing the original team name WAS for the goat, not "hillbillies."[5][9]

In 1910, the basketball team went undefeated, beating the University of Oregon's second team as well as Springfield and Eugene high schools.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Russ Francis,[10] NFL Player 14 yrs. Super Bowl Champion with San Francisco 49ers: Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame: National High School & Age Group World Record Holder Javelin 1971: Held record for 17 yrs.
  • Joe Freuen, trombone player in the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.


  1. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2009-10" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 48. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Pleasant Hill School District: High School". Pleasant Hill School District. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b c :: Schools
  4. ^ Malkin, Whitney (May 17, 2009). "Pleasant Hill school packs up for good". The Register Guard. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  5. ^ a b c "PHHS in 1910". Pleasant Hill School District. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  6. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  7. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Pleasant Hill, Santa Clara Top Standings in Six-Man B League". The Register-Guard. October 8, 1939. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Russ Francis – Football". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 28, 2011.