South Eugene High School
|South Eugene High School|
|400 East 19th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County 97401
|School district||Eugene School District|
|Faculty||73 (2 P.h. D, 36 Masters, 35 Bachelors)|
|Number of students||1649|
|Color(s)||Purple and white |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6|
It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene's city hall. The Eugene school district in 1915 built a new high school on a one-block site on West 17th Avenue between Lincoln and Charnelton streets. 
By 1943, the Eugene School District had outgrown the cramped old high school, and voters had approved a bond measure to build a new facility. World War II and other factors delayed construction for a decade, but the current building at 400 E. 19th Ave. was completed and occupied in September 1953. The old high school then served as Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until 1967 (the previous Wilson building was converted to Lincoln Elementary School in 1953).
In 2010, a student at the school was honored as a Presidential Scholar, one of three from Oregon. A student at the school won the Intel Science Talent Search in 2009 after another South Eugene student placed third in 2007; other students have been named finalists or semifinalists in recent years.
South Eugene High School hosts a branch of the Eugene International High School which offers International Baccalaureate courses as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The main campus of South Eugene High School offers numerous Advanced Placement courses as well as Honors courses.
The school has many athletic teams (men and women's ultimate frisbee, volleyball, football, lacrosse, cheerleading, men and women's soccer, men and women's basketball, wrestling, men and women's golf, men and women's tennis, softball, baseball, cross country and track and field) and other student activities, such as band, choir, theater, orchestra and visual arts, as well as various student clubs.
South Eugene High School also offers a wide variety of clubs and programs. Some of these include: Speech and Debate, Alpine and Nordic Ski teams, National Honor Society, Rowing Club, Black Student Union, Feminists Union, Figure of Speech, Jewish Student Union, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, Latino Student Union, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Queer Straight Alliance and Robotics Club. In September 2014, a group of students at South founded the Yiddish Club. The club is focused on preserving the Yiddish language, and is the only such student-run Yiddish Club in Oregon. The club, being one of the largest at South, likewise has been active in school politics.
- Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, Oregon
- Phil Barnhart, Oregon state representative
- Rick Hawn, mixed martial arts fighter
- Paul Simon, United States senator
- John Beckett (Class of 1912), member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- Garner Ted Armstrong (Class of 1947), televangelist for the Worldwide Church of God
- Cecil Andrus (Class of 1948), Governor of Idaho (1971–1977, 1987–1995) and U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1977–1981)
- Richard Brautigan (Class of 1953), counterculture author and poet
- Neil Goldschmidt (Class of 1958), mayor of Portland (1973–1979), Governor of Oregon (1987–1991), and United States Secretary of Transportation (1979–1981)
- Tim Hardin (Class of 1960), anti-war folk singer
- Julie Payne (Class of 1964), actress
- John Kitzhaber (Class of 1965), Governor of Oregon (1995–2003, 2011–2015)
- Mike Lafferty (Class of 1966), World Cup alpine ski racer, 1972 Olympian
- Dan Siegel (Class of 1972), pianist, composer and record producer
- E. Max Frye (Class of 1973), screenwriter and director
- Heidi Schellman (Class of 1975), physicist, head of Department of Physics at Oregon State University
- Bill McChesney (Class of 1977), 1980 Olympian in track and field
- Paul Pierson (Class of 1977), political scientist, author
- Tracy Bonham (Class of 1984), musician
- Jason Moss (Class of 1986), guitarist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- Corin Tucker (Class of 1990), lead singer of Sleater-Kinney
- Chris Carter (Class of 1991), record producer
- Sean Flannery (Class of 1992), saxophonist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
- Dustin Lanker (Class of 1993), keyboardist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Mad Caddies
- Ben Kaplan, (Class of 1995), author
- Mat Kearney (Class of 1997), singer and songwriter
- Theresa Wayman (Class of 1998) Calvin Klein model, movie actress, keyboardist and singer for Warpaint
- Nate Jaqua (Class of 2000), MLS soccer player
- Blake Stepp (Class of 2000), Gonzaga University basketball player
- Brian Rowe (Class of 2006), MLS Goalkeeper 
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