Vernonia High School

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Vernonia High School
Vernonia Schools - Oregon.JPG
Vernonia Schools building
1000 Missouri Avenue
Vernonia, Oregon, (Columbia County) 97064
United States
Coordinates 45°51′38″N 123°10′43″W / 45.860489°N 123.178517°W / 45.860489; -123.178517Coordinates: 45°51′38″N 123°10′43″W / 45.860489°N 123.178517°W / 45.860489; -123.178517
Type Public
Opened 1922[1]
School district Vernonia School District
Principal Nate Underwood[2][3][4]
Grades 9-12[4]
Number of students 234[4]
Color(s) Royal blue and gold   
Athletics conference OSAA Northwest League 2A-1[3]
Mascot Loggers[3]

Vernonia High School is a public high school located in Vernonia, Oregon, United States. In the wake of severe flooding in 2007, Vernonia City voters approved a $13 million bond in 2009 to build a new school complex in Vernonia.[5] The new school, now a K-12 school, was completed during the summer of 2012 at a cost $40 million.[6][7] The new building was built above the flood plain to prevent future flooding.[7]

The original Vernonia High School opened on November 17, 1922. Previously, some high school education was available in Vernonia but no formal high school existed. The first graduating class was in 1923.[1]

The 1922 high school building was replaced by a new facility which opened in 1952.[8] This Vernonia High School remained in use until the new existing K-12 school was opened.


In 2008, 90% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 52 students, 47 graduated, 2 dropped out, two received a modified diploma, and one was still in high school the following year.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b Fulton, Ph.D., Ann (1997). Vernonia, A Pocket in the Woods. p. 78. 
  2. ^ "Vernonia School District :: Welcome to Vernonia Schools". 
  3. ^ a b c "Vernonia". 
  4. ^ a b c "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Voters support measure to build Vernonia school". The Oregonian. November 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ O'Brien, Lindsey (April 4, 2012). "Vernonia school gets community help to rebuild after flood". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Hallman Jr., Tom (August 21, 2012). "Vernonia celebrates opening of state-of-art new K-12 school to replace flood-ravaged buildings". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Fulton, Ph.D., Ann (1997). Vernonia, A Pocket in the Woods. p. 106. 
  9. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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