North Medford High School
|North Medford High School|
|An aerial image of North Medford High School in July 2010|
|1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, Oregon, Jackson County, United States
|School district||Medford School District|
|Number of students||1887|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Athletics conference||OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6|
North Medford High School is a public high school in Medford, Oregon, United States. It is part of Medford School District, and its mascot is the Black Tornado. It is the only school in America with the Black Tornado as a mascot.
Originally the City of Medford had a single high school, called Medford High School, constructed in the 1920s. In the 1960s, the school district expanded, constructing a new high school on the opposite side of the city. Rather than develop this into an independent school, the district kept Medford High School as the lone school, with students attending at the two different locations. The current campus of NMHS was the newly constructed "Medford Senior High School", with grades 11 and 12 attending while grades 9 and 10 went to Medford Mid High School, which later became South Medford High School (SMHS) and ultimately Central Medford High School. (SMHS has since changed locations following construction of a new school). This was set in place to primarily to allow Medford to compete athletically with larger school districts such as Portland. At this time the city would have placed in smaller athletic (then 2A) divisions if the district would have been divided into two secondary schools.
During the 1970s, Medford commonly put forth many state championship athletic teams in the Oregon then 3A division. However, in 1986, Medford High School was finally split into the two current high schools. Both now house around 2,000 students, similar to the number of students Medford High School collectively held in the 1970s and 1980s.
North Medford was built in 1967 and has been remodeled and has had additions added starting in 1973 through 1981 and again in 1992. In 2007, the City of Medford passed a bond for district wide school renovations, including a complete renovation of North Medford with remodeled Auditorium and Administrative space and a new library. Project completion slated for Fall of 2010 will run over into early 2011.
The school campus includes 226,712 square feet (21,062.2 m2) of occupied building space with 64 classrooms, and is located on a large 61.1-acre (247,000 m2) campus, most of which is used for sports and recreation. Both North and South Medford High School share a common football stadium, Spiegelberg Stadium.
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North Medford consistently places highly among schools in contention for the OSAA's Oregonian Cup, a trophy awarded each year to the school that best exemplifies excellence in academics, activities, and athletics. The school ranked in the top 10 annually from the 2002-2003 school year to the 2008-2009 school year, winning the trophy in 2003-2004.
The school was also recognized in 2000 by the Grammy Foundation for excellence in music education, being named a Grammy Signature School.
The sports teams participate in Oregon's 6A Southwest Conference. Prior to Oregon's shift from four classification level to six levels, North Medford was part of the Southern Oregon Conference (SOC) at level 4A.
- Baseball: 1960, 1984, 2007
- Boys Basketball: 1924, 1929, 1960
- Football: 1944, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1985, 1993
- Boys Golf: 1951, 1952, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
- Softball: 1984, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2012
- Boys Tennis: 1955, 1964
- Boys Tennis Singles: 1955, 1973,
- Boys Tennis Doubles: 1960, 1963, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Girls Tennis: 1964, 1973, 1974, 1975, 2001
- Girls Tennis Singles: 2001
- Girls Tennis Doubles: 1964, 1966, 2001, 2003
- Boys Track and Field: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964
- Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike, Inc.
- Dick Fosbury, High jump athlete, inventor of Fosbury Flop, and Olympic Gold Medalist
- Page Hamilton, Founder/Guitarist of band Helmet.
- Marshall Holman, Professional Bowler
- Jon Lindstrom, Actor, writer, and musician
- Scott Nelson, President of the Harvard Law Review in 1983
- Lisa Rinna, Actress and Talk Show Host
- Braden Shipley, baseball player
- Bob Wolcott, baseball player
- "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- Murray, Chris (April 7, 2013). "Late-bloomer Shipley brings arsenal of pitches to mound, which puts him on the edge of history: Projected top-15 pick in the June's MLB draft has mid-90s fastball and major-league changeup". RGJ.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013.