Corvallis High School (Oregon)
|Corvallis High School|
|1400 NW Buchanan Ave
Corvallis, Oregon, 97333
|Faculty||about 60|
|Enrollment||approx. 1,400|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||OSAA , 5A|
The original Corvallis High School was built in 1910, which is currently the site of Central Park in downtown Corvallis. When the 1935 high school opened, the 1910 building was converted to use as the junior high school until it was destroyed by fire in 1946.
The Corvallis School District selected the site for a new high school on the northwest edge of town. The second Corvallis High School building was an Art Deco structure constructed in 1935 through a local bond matched to a Public Works Administration grant and loan. The building was added on to multiple times in the 50's and 60's with the addition of the science and library wing as well as the cafeteria and large gym addition. In the spring of 2000, after the district finished a seismic analysis of its 17 schools, it was decided that the building was unsafe for student use. A group was put together to decide whether a replacement school should be built on the existing site or at an alternative location. It was decided that the replacement should be built on the existing site, favoring the central location over the opportunity to gain more land at an alternative location. This decision also required the old building to be demolished which upset some citizens who believed the building to be a historic treasure to the town.
In an effort to save the structure, the building was nominated and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. However, in the spring of 2004, construction began on the new building and the historic building was demolished in late fall, and thus it was removed from the register. Several small architectural items from the original school were salvaged and used in the new building, including two of the brass chandeliers from the school's original auditorium, and two wrought iron 'Juliet'-style balconies from the school's east-facing facade which were integrated into the new theater. However, these balconies are not designed to be stood upon.
The new Corvallis High school (third Corvallis High School building) was opened in the fall of 2005. The school's theater seats 620.
Corvallis High School offers a variety of sports.
- Alpine Skiing
- Boys Basketball
- Boys Golf
- Boys Lacrosse
- Boys Soccer
- Boys Tennis
- Cheer leading
- Cross Country
- Equestrian Team
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Golf
- Girls Lacrosse
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Tennis
- Ultimate (Frisbee)
- X-Country Skiing
- Football: 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, and 2006
- Girls Alpine Ski Team: 2007
- Boy's Soccer: 1995, 2009
- Boy's Golf: 2010
- Boy's Basketball: 1980, 2011, 2012
- Boy's Baseball: 1979
- Boy's Swimming: 2011
- Boy's Golf: 2010, 2011
- Cyclocross: 2010, 2011
- Girl's Volleyball:1979
- Chess: 1979 (National Championship)
The school's yearbook is the Chintimini.
Team 997 Spartan Robotics was ranked 5th in the nation during the 2007 FIRST National Competition at Atlanta, Georgia, after winning at both the Portland and Sacramento Regionals. Team 997 ranked 1st in the 2010 Autodesk Oregon regional competition, making it to Atlanta for a second time. The team also received the FIRST cooperation award at the 2012 Oregon regionals.
Corvallis High School has a number of notable alumni:
- Brad Badger, former NFL offensive tackle/guard
- Sam Baker, former NFL running back, placekicker, and punter
- Brad Bird, animator, writer, and director (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Ratatouille (Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature))
- Meredith Brooks, singer/songwriter/producer – known for her hit song "Bitch"(peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997)
- Jon Francis, former NFL running back
- Bob Gilder, American professional golfer and currently a member of the Champions Tour
- Kevin Gregg, MLB pitcher, current closer for the Baltimore Orioles
- Jon Krakauer, climber and author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, Eiger Dreams, and Under the Banner of Heaven.
- Barbara Minty, Vogue top model of the 1970s and widow of actor Steve McQueen.
- Harold Reynolds, former MLB second baseman and former ESPN broadcaster; currently working for MLB.com
- Mike Riley, former NFL head coach (San Diego Chargers), currently the Oregon State Beavers head football coach
- Robb Thomas, former NFL wide receiver
- Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient for creation of the Bose-Einstein Condensate
- Dan Williams, former MLB player & current assistant MLB coach with the Cleveland Indians
- Mike Zandofsky, former NFL offensive guard
- Corvallis High School National Register of Historic Places nomination, 2002 [dead link]
- Waldrop, Becky, "Schools not ready for earthquakes", gazettetimes.com, July 29, 2000.
- Waldrop, Becky, "School building dispute polarizes sides", gazettetimes.com, July 8, 2003
- National Register of Historical Places – OREGON (OR), Benton County
- Foster, Margaret, "Demolition of Art Deco School Under Way in Oregon", Preservation Online, August 17, 2005.
- National Register of Historic Places Listings
- Corvallis High School Mainstage Theater
- "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
- "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
- Corvallis High School website, Athletics page CHS website/athletics, retrieved April 2012
- Sowa, Jesse, "Overtime Thriller", gazettetimes.com, December 9, 2006.
- Official Corvallis High School robotics team website
- 2007 Davis Sacramento Regional
- 2012 Oregon regionals awards retrieved April 2012
- Alumni Page at Corvallis High School website "CHS Alumni"