Sunset High School (Beaverton, Oregon)

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Sunset High School
Mailing address only (school is located
within the city of Beaverton, Oregon):
13840 NW Cornell Road

, ,

United States
Coordinates45°31′43″N 122°49′12″W / 45.528478°N 122.820067°W / 45.528478; -122.820067Coordinates: 45°31′43″N 122°49′12″W / 45.528478°N 122.820067°W / 45.528478; -122.820067
OpenedJanuary 1959
School districtBeaverton School District
PrincipalJohn Huelskamp[1]
Number of students2,193 (2015-16) [2]
Color(s)Purple and white   [1]
Athletics conferenceOSAA 6A-2 Metro League
Team nameApollos
RivalWestview High School
Sunset High School front - Beaverton, Oregon (2015).jpg Sunset High School - Beaverton, Oregon.JPG
Above: Sunset High School in 2015
Below: The west side of the school in 2009

Sunset High School is a public high school in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The school currently offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It opened in 1959 and is the second-oldest of six high schools in the Beaverton School District. Sunset's athletic teams are known as the Apollos.[1]


The school opened in January 1959, initially with freshman and sophomore students only,[3] adding juniors in the fall and its first senior class in September 1960.[4]

Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke at a student-organized mock Democratic Convention held at Sunset High School on May 17, 1968,[5][6] less than three weeks before his assassination on June 5.


Campus map

Sunset High School is located in the predominantly unincorporated area known as Cedar Mill. Although it has always had a Portland street address, it has never actually been within the city of Portland proper. From 1959 to 1999, the school property was unincorporated land in Washington County, but in 1999 the Sunset High School grounds (including the adjacent swimming pool) were annexed by the city of Beaverton.[7][8] Nevertheless, as of 2018 the school's mailing address remains a "Portland" address, as is the case for all of Cedar Mill.


The school's marching band in 2007

As of 2013-14, 59% of students are white, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 15% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2% African American, 1% American Indian, and 7% other. The 2013-14 enrollment was 1,954. The Oregon Report Card overall rating was Level 4.


In 1983, Sunset High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[9]

In 2008, 84% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 498 students, 409 graduated, 59 dropped out, five received a modified diploma, and 25 were still in high school in 2009.[10][11]

Academic achievement[edit]

Over the years, several students have placed highly in prestigious competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, the Google Science Fair, the National Speech and Debate Association, the International Model United Nations Association, the National History Bee and Bowl, and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

OSAA titles[edit]

  • Football: 1975, 1976
  • Basketball: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
  • Baseball: 1994

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Oregon School Activities Association: Sunset High School Archived 2010-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. OSAA. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sunset High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Morrison, Wilma (December 28, 1958). "Shuffling of Districts, Changing of Curricula Seen for Schools". The Sunday Oregonian, p. 26.
  4. ^ "School Bell Rings Again; Record Enrollments Expected". The Oregonian, September 6, 1960, p. 29.
  5. ^ "RFK Draws Youth Cheers". The Oregonian, May 18, 1968, p. 12.
  6. ^ "Student Mock Convention Hears Kennedy" (photos). The Oregonian, May 18, 1968, Section 2, p. 4.
  7. ^ City of Beaverton Ordinance 4042, passed March 31, 1999.
  8. ^ Bruce, Virginia (January 2007). "Beaverton in Cedar Mill". The Cedar Mill News. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  9. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF).
  10. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  11. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  12. ^ Baker, Jeff (April 30, 2014). "17 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  13. ^ About Tommy Thayer. Official website of Tommy Thayer. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  14. ^ Vondersmith, Jason (August 22, 2013). "Local guitar hero". Portland Tribune. p. B1. Retrieved August 24, 2013.

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