Summit High School (Bend, Oregon)

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Summit High School
SHS Entrance School Info.jpg
Address
2855 NW Clearwater Drive
Bend, Oregon, Deschutes County 97703
United States
Coordinates 44°03′28″N 121°21′41″W / 44.057639°N 121.361284°W / 44.057639; -121.361284Coordinates: 44°03′28″N 121°21′41″W / 44.057639°N 121.361284°W / 44.057639; -121.361284
Information
Type Public
Opened 2001
School district Bend-La Pine School District
Principal Alice Dewittie [1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1500[2]
Color(s) Green, black & silver
Athletics conference OSAA Intermountain Conference, 5A-6
Mascot Storm[1]
Website

Summit High School is a public high school located in Bend, Oregon, United States.

History[edit]

Summit High School was the third traditional high school built in Bend, with construction completed in 2001. It joined Mountain View High School, which opened in 1979,[3] Bend High School which opened in 1904, and Marshall High School—a magnet high school also located in Bend.

Demographics[edit]

In September 2007, the freshman class at the high school had about 320 students, a significant increase over the school's other classes, which had less than 300 each. The school hired more teachers to keep the numbers of students in each classroom below 30 students.[4]

Academics[edit]

In 2008, 86% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 319 students, 273 graduated, 39 dropped out, 4 received a modified diploma, and 3 remained in high school.[5][6]

Site[edit]

Summit High School is located on a 48-acre (190,000 m2) site that includes 30 acres (120,000 m2) of solid ground amid an area which had been mined for pumice since the 1940s (by 1998 the mining had stopped and the land was sold). Another 18 acres (73,000 m2) over a former pumice mine were later bought for athletic fields. Rather than renovate the land so that it would remain stable, the school district decided to fix any problems as they arose. Construction was finished on the campus in 2001, with a total cost of $29.3 million.[7] After a December 2005 storm, the football field became riddled with sinkholes, requiring expensive fixes before it was again usable.[8] Additional storm damage occurred in classrooms, the gym, parking lots, and the theater.[7] At the start of the 08-09 year, Summit had finished its new field and turf stadium.

Solar power[edit]

The school installed a 32-panel solar power system in November 2004 that was projected to provide 7,315 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. The project was funded through a grant from the Energy Trust of Oregon.[9]

Mascot[edit]

Summit's mascot has changed significantly throughout the high school's brief history. In the school's opening ceremony in 2001, Storm Man was revealed as a Batman look-alike with a large "S" emblazoned on his chest, a lightning bolt in one hand, and a shield in the other. In late 2003, the school changed its mascot to a Thundercat. .[citation needed] The official mascot is the Storm.

Sports[edit]

When Summit High School opened its doors in 2001, it joined the Intermountain Conference as an OSAA 4A classification school. In 2006-07, the OSAA changed from a four-tier (1A-4A) classification system to a six-tier (1A-6A); as part of that reclassication, Summit High School remained in the Intermountain Conference but was now classified as 5A. It has remained a 5A school ever since. Its neighbors and rival high schools, Mountain View and Bend, are also part of the same conference and classification.

State titles[edit]

  • Swimming (Women): 2012, 2013
  • Swimming (Men): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Track and Field (Women): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Track and Field (Men): 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Cross Country Running (Women): 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Cross Country Running (Men): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Tennis (Women): 2012
  • Tennis (Men): 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Cross Country Skiing (Men):2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Golf (Women): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Soccer (Women): 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Soccer (Men): 2013
  • Volleyball: 2011, 2015
  • Water Polo (Men): 2014
  • Water Polo (Women): 2015
  • Football: 2015

Music[edit]

Summit High School has had a strong music department in its brief history. Under the direction of award winning band director Dan Judd, the Summit High School Wind Ensemble performed at the Oregon State Band Championships for the first time in the school's history in 2007, receiving 6th place. The band has continued to perform at the championships every year since 2007, taking 1st place in the 5A division in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. The band has also received numerous awards at various prestigious national band festivals in locations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Seattle, and was selected from among hundreds of applicants to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2011. The Summit High School Symphony Orchestra, a collaboration between the school's band and orchestra programs, competed at the State Championships in 2010. In the spring of 2014 the Chorale Choir was invited to perform at the State Championships, where it received 8th place. Additionally the Chorale, along with the Skyliner Jazz Ensemble, won the choral division of a national heritage festival held in Anaheim, California. [10][11]

Oregonian Cup[edit]

The Oregonian Cup, sponsored by Oregon's largest newspaper The Oregonian, is a yearly award that recognizes overall school excellence in academics, activities, athletics and sportsmanship. It seeks to recognize the top school in each OSAA classification based on its overall performance in each of the four key areas.[12]

5A classification: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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