Rex Putnam High School

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Rex Putnam High School
Rex Putnam High School gym - Oregon.JPG
McClusky/Bethke Athletic Complex
4950 SE Roethe Road
Milwaukie, Oregon, Clackamas 97267
United States
Coordinates 45°24′00″N 122°36′36″W / 45.400°N 122.610°W / 45.400; -122.610Coordinates: 45°24′00″N 122°36′36″W / 45.400°N 122.610°W / 45.400; -122.610
Type Public
Established 1963[1]
School district North Clackamas School District
Principal Kathleen Walsh [2]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1464[3]
Color(s) Green and gold   
Athletics conference OSAA, Northwest Oregon Conference
Mascot Kingsmen

Rex Putnam High School (often Putnam High School) is a public high school in Milwaukie, Oregon, United States.


The school was named after former Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Rex Putnam.[1][4]

Rex Putnam has been an International Baccalaureate school since the spring of 2008. As such, the school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to its Juniors and Seniors. Approximately 46% of the Junior class and 40% of the Senior class is enrolled in one or more IB courses as of 2010. Rex Putnam is the only North Clackamas high school that houses the IB Programme. Colleges and Universities around the world recognize the IB Programme and it is a very high honor to complete it. [5]


In 1985, Rex Putnam High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[6]

In 2008, 81% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 306 students, 249 graduated, 31 dropped out, 11 received a modified diploma, and 15 are still in high school.[7][8]

Sports and arts[edit]

Rex Putnam has competed in the Northwest Oregon Conference at the 5A classification since the fall of 2010.[9]

Rex Putnam's choir has placed in the top four choirs 17 years out of 23 in the OSAA State Choir Championship, and has earned four state titles. their latest being 2011 taking 1st in 5A and scoring highest over all the divisions.[10]

The dance team has won six state championships.[11]

The Theatre Department won State Competition for its production "A Piece of My Heart" in 2011. In 2012, students in Dramatic Duo, Group Scene, and Monologues won State Competition.

1986-87 Three Rivers League Football champions

1985 School of Excellence

Dance/Drill champions: 1992, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2013

Softball Champions: 1988, 1989, 1995, 2015

Wrestling Champions: 1971, 2015

Choir Champions: 1989, 1990, 2008, 2014

Rex Putnam houses a state of the art Leadership program composed of three levels of Leadership courses. The Kingsmen Council is the governing body of Rex Putnam High School.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rex Putnam High School Profile 2009 - 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Rex Putnam High School: Principal's Message". Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Rex Putnam High School - Milwaukie, Oregon". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Rex Putnam High School: About Rex Putnam". North Clackamas School District. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  6. ^ [2] Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Northwest Oregon Conference". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  10. ^ [3] Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ [4] Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Gabe Nevins, Star of Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park"". Paper (magazine). 2008-03-24. Retrieved 19 March 2010 October 15, 2010 Rex Putnam Highschool's Varsity football team Played st. Hellens and won 19-13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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