South Albany High School

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South Albany High School
South Albany High School sign Oregon.JPG
3705 Columbus SE
Albany, Oregon, Linn County 97322
United States
Coordinates 44°36′28″N 123°04′40″W / 44.607777°N 123.077778°W / 44.607777; -123.077778Coordinates: 44°36′28″N 123°04′40″W / 44.607777°N 123.077778°W / 44.607777; -123.077778[1]
Type Public
Motto "Rebel PRIDE"[5]
Opened 1971
School district Greater Albany Public School District
Principal Brent Belveal[2]
Number of students 1330[3]
Color(s) Red and grey         [4]
Athletics conference OSAA Mid-Willamette Conference 5A-3[4]
Mascot Rebels[4]
Rival Lebanon High School

South Albany High School (or SAHS) is a public high school located in Albany, Oregon, United States.

Built in 1970, South Albany occupies the largest facility in the Greater Albany Public School District, encompassing more than 167,000 square feet (15,500 m2) of classrooms and other facilities.

The schools motto Is "Rebel PRIDE" because students at South Albany wanted to make it a better place. They wanted the students to have more Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence.


The South Albany sports program had a history of not ranking high in their conference and division. Though in 2004, the cheerleading program placed 2nd against 5a and 6a teams at state competition as well as winning all pre-state competitions. They also had 6 all Americans, 3 Les Schwab Bowl participants and qualified for nationals. The Football, Soccer, Dance and Cheerleading programs have all went to either District Playoffs/Championships or State Championships in the last two years. In 2016, the Cheerleading program qualified and competed at the National High School Cheerleading Competition. The dance team, the Southern Belles, have placed in the 5A OSAA Dance and Drill State Championship for quite a few years in a row.


In 2008, 75% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 308 students, 231 graduated, 42 dropped out, and 13 received a modified diploma, and 22 are still in high school.[6][7]

April Fire's Day[edit]

On April 1, 2015, students and parents woke up to a news story that sounded like an April Fools' Day joke: Classes were cancelled for the day due to a large fire that had destroyed the school's choir room, band room and cafeteria. By 7 a.m., snorkel water cannons were being used to prevent the four-alarm fire from spreading to the rest of the school.[8] The man who had lit the school on fire, Zachary Lee Burghart, ended up being convicted a few months later for arson after pleading guilty to lighting the school on fire.[9]