R. A. Long High School

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Robert A. Long High School
Robert A. Long High School is located in the US
Robert A. Long High School
Robert A. Long High School
Robert A. Long High School is located in Washington (state)
Robert A. Long High School
Robert A. Long High School
2903 Nichols Blvd


United States
Coordinates46°08′28″N 122°57′22″W / 46.141°N 122.956°W / 46.141; -122.956Coordinates: 46°08′28″N 122°57′22″W / 46.141°N 122.956°W / 46.141; -122.956
Established1927 (1927)
School districtLongview Public Schools
PrincipalRich Reeves
Enrollment928[1] (2015-2016)
Color(s)Black and red          
Athletics conferenceGreater St. Helens 2A
MascotLumberjacks and Lumberjills[2]
RivalMark Morris High School
WIAA Class2A

R. A. Long High School is the oldest high school serving the city of Longview, Washington. A part of Longview Public Schools, it was erected in 1927, three years after the city of Longview was incorporated. The total student enrollment at the end of the 2015–2016 school year was 890. The school is named for the city's founder, Robert A. Long, a wealthy timber baron from Missouri. Their mascot, the Lumberjack, was so named due to the area's reliance on the timber industry. The female students and sports teams are sometimes referred to as "Lumberjills." The school is on the city Historical Register, with the following inscription:

"This school, a gift to the City of Longview by Robert A. Long, was designed by William B. Ittner. The two story Corinthian columns and clock tower dominates the Georgian Revival style. The 900-seat auditorium serves as an educational and cultural center. The building and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Student body and curriculum[edit]

Every senior at R. A. Long is required to complete a senior project consisting of a research paper and a senior oral presentation. Seniors must have a minimum of 24 hours of community service and at least 12 service to school points in order to graduate.

Many classes and programs in the Longview school district are shared between both R. A. Long and Mark Morris High School, such as the Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre program, higher level math, science, language classes, and the orchestra.

In the past, it has been a tradition at R. A. Long for graduating seniors to hand off a small token or gift to the current principal (and the class counselor), often taking the form of a monetary sum based on the year, paper cups from local fast-food restaurants, or playing cards.

Lumberjack sports[edit]

R. A. Long High School currently competes in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Greater St. Helens 2A league. The football team shares the Longview Memorial Stadium with cross-town rival Mark Morris High School. The basketball team competes in the R. A. Long Gymnasium, playing in two "Civil War" games versus Mark Morris each year. One is held at R. A. Long and the other on Mark Morris's Ted M. Natt Court. The football team also plays at least one game a year against Mark Morris, also called the Civil War.

State championships[edit]

  • Boys Swimming: 1939[3]
  • Girls Basketball: 1981
  • Softball: 1996
  • Volleyball: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990

State runners-up[edit]

  • Boys Swimming: 1950
  • Boys Baseball: 2010
  • Softball: 1993, 2013
  • Volleyball: 1982, 1988 [3]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jim Caple, sports reporter with ESPN and contributor to Page2, 1980[4]
  • Loren L. Coleman, science fiction author, 1986
  • Steve De Jarnatt, director of cult films Miracle Mile and Cherry 2000[5]
  • Cole Escola, comedian and actor, 2005[6]
  • Sharry Konopski, Playboy centerfold, 1986
  • David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World (ISBN 1887208046), 1955
  • Jeff Pilson, current Foreigner bass player, formerly of Dokken and Dio, 1976[7][8]


  1. ^ "R A Long High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  2. ^ http://ralong.longviewschools.com/about-r-a-long/
  3. ^ a b Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association. Tournament History: Champion Information
  4. ^ Jim Caple. "Rooting for the hometown boys". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  5. ^ Mathieu, Stephanie (December 10, 2006). "Man of direction—Longview's Steve De Jarnatt sprints to fame in film". TDN.com. The Daily News (Longview). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Paulu, Tom (June 15, 2009). "R.A. Long grad stars in new LOGO TV comedy series," The Daily News (Longview). Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Carrie Pederson (6 July 2008). "Homegrown: Jeff Pilson has enjoyed a lengthy career as a juke box hero". The Daily News. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Foreigner:: Jeff Pilson Biography". Foreigner. Retrieved 8 September 2011.

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