Thurston High School

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Thurston High School
333 N 58th Street
Springfield, Oregon, (Lane County) 97478
United States
Coordinates 44°02′58″N 122°55′32″W / 44.049419°N 122.925484°W / 44.049419; -122.925484Coordinates: 44°02′58″N 122°55′32″W / 44.049419°N 122.925484°W / 44.049419; -122.925484
Type Public
Opened 1965
School district Springfield School District
Principal Chad Towe[1][2]
Grades 9–12[2]
Number of students 1584[2]
Color(s) Red, black, and white               [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Midwestern 5A[1]
Mascot Colt[1]
Newspaper The Pony Express

Thurston High School is a public high school located in the Thurston area of Springfield, Oregon, United States.


In 2008, 80% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 338 students, 271 graduated, 30 dropped out, 11 received a modified diploma, and 26 were still in high school the following year.[3][4]


In football, Thurston has won the Midwestern League title six times: in 1969, 1988, 1989, 2007, 2008, and 2009. As of the 2010 season, they compete in the 6A Special District 1 in football. Thurston had beaten cross town rival Springfield High School every year since 1988 until 2014, when they were defeated by Springfield after a five-year break in the series, losing 30-10. In 2008, Thurston finished 12–1, losing in the 5A state championship game 35–28 to West Albany.

In basketball, Thurston has won the Midwestern League title seven times: in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1975, 1982, 2002, and 2011.

In baseball, Thurston has won the Midwestern League titles four times: in 1996, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2009, Thurston won the 5A state championship 5-1 over Corvallis. In 2008, Thurston lost the 5A state championship game 4–3 to Ashland.

Thurston has also won state in wrestling (2002), girls' track and field (1970), boys' cross country (1961), and girls' soccer (2012).

Thurston's co-ed varsity cheerleading team has placed in the top three at state for the last twenty years. The school recently won first place at state in the large co-ed division, and took home first place and the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Pac West National competition. Thurston Cheer also set the record for the most medals won at the All State competition. In 2010 Thurston Cheer won second place at state and third place at the USA Spirit Nationals in Anaheim, California.

1998 shooting[edit]

On May 21, 1998, a shooting occurred at Thurston, perpetrated by a student who had been expelled the previous day. The shooting left four dead, including the shooter's parents, and 25 injured.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Oregon School Directory 2008–09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.