South Eugene High School

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South Eugene High School
South Eugene High School.jpg
400 East 19th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County, 97401
United States
Coordinates 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087Coordinates: 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087
Type Public
School district Eugene School District
Principal Andy Dey[1][2]
Faculty 73 (2 P.h. D, 36 Masters, 35 Bachelors)[citation needed]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1649[2]
Color(s) Purple and white          [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6[1]
Mascot Axemen[1]
Newspaper The Axe

South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, Oregon, United States.


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 school moved to a construction in 1924 on four acres at 650 West 12th Avenue near Jefferson Street built for the Eugene Public School System.[3]

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 served as Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until 1953. In 1953, the Wilson school was converted to an elementary school and renamed Lincoln Elementary School. Aspects of the building were altered to accommodate smaller students, such as lowered blackboards and bathroom fixtures. The original twenty classrooms were reduced to fourteen, creating larger interior spaces that included administrative offices. The library was made smaller, and a storeroom and kitchen were added. After the school was closed and vacated by the school district in 1987, the building was repurposed as the Lincoln School Condominiums.

In the fall of 1957, Eugene High was renamed South Eugene High School, when North Eugene High School opened in the River Road area north of the city.[3]


In 1983, South Eugene High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[4]

In 2008, 89% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 410 students, 363 graduated, 40 dropped out, and 7 are still in high school.[5][6]

The school has regularly received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools" survey.[7][8][9][10]

In 2010, a student at the school was honored as a Presidential Scholar, one of three from Oregon.[11] 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.[12][13]

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 (volleyball, football, lacrosse, cheerleading, men and women's soccer, men and women's basketball, wrestling, ultimate frisbee, 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.[14]

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 Honors 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.[15] In September 2014, a group of students at South founded the Yiddish Club.[15] The club is focused on preserving the Yiddish language, and is the only such student-run Yiddish Club in Oregon.[16] The club, being one of the largest at South, likewise has been active in school politics.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, Oregon
  • Cecil Andrus (Class of 1948), Governor of Idaho (1971–1977, 1987–1995) and U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1977–1981)
  • Garner Ted Armstrong (Class of 1947), televangelist for the Worldwide Church of God
  • Phil Barnhart, Oregon state representative[18]
  • John Beckett (Class of 1912), member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Richard Brautigan (Class of 1953), counterculture author and poet
  • Chris Carter (Class of 1991), record producer
  • Sean Flannery (Class of 1992), saxophonist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
  • E. Max Frye (Class of 1973), screenwriter and director
  • 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[19]
  • Rick Hawn, mixed martial arts fighter[20]
  • Nate Jaqua (Class of 2000), MLS soccer player[21]
  • Ben Kaplan, (Class of 1995), author
  • Mat Kearney (Class of 1997), singer and songwriter[22]
  • John Kitzhaber (Class of 1965), Governor of Oregon (1995–2003, 2011–2015)
  • Mike Lafferty (Class of 1966), World Cup alpine ski racer, 1972 Olympian
  • Dustin Lanker (Class of 1993), keyboardist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Mad Caddies
  • Bill McChesney (Class of 1977), 1980 Olympian in track and field
  • Jason Moss (Class of 1986), guitarist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies[23]
  • Julie Payne (Class of 1964), actress
  • Paul Pierson (Class of 1977), political scientist, author
  • Tracy Bonham (Class of 1984), musician
  • Dan Siegel (Class of 1972), pianist, composer and record producer
  • Paul Simon, United States senator[24]
  • Blake Stepp (Class of 2000), Gonzaga University basketball player[25]
  • Corin Tucker (Class of 1990), lead singer of Sleater-Kinney
  • Theresa Wayman (Class of 1998) Calvin Klein model, movie actress, keyboardist and singer for Warpaint


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  2. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
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  4. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  5. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. December 9, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Williams, Anne (January 30, 2008). "Small schools, big result". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Graves, Bill (January 15, 2010). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Williams, Anne (June 23, 2010). "Tardy South Eugene [temporarily] absent from ‘best schools’ list". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hammond, Betsy (May 3, 2010). "Presidential scholars: Oregon scores three". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ Brugger, Joe (March 10, 2009). "Eugene high school student wins $100,000, a laptop and a bright future". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Owen, Wendy (January 11, 2012). "Three Beaverton area students are among the Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
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  18. ^ May 2006 Oregon Voters' Pamphlet
  19. ^ Tim Hardin
  20. ^ "Rick Hawn MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ Seattle Sounders FC: Roster: Player Bio
  22. ^ Lamberson, Carolyn (October 27, 2005). "Hometown boy takes an unlikely path to Nashville". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ 'Band on the Run'. The Register-Guard. February 19, 1996.
  24. ^ Lininger, Tom (December 18, 2003). "The Sound of Silence". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Jackson, Stepp make U.S. team". Register-Guard. July 26, 2003. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 

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