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Ashland High School (AHS) is a public high school in Ashland, Oregon, United States, near the Southern Oregon University campus.

Ashland High School
Ashland High School (logo).jpg
201 S. Mountain Ave.

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Coordinates42°11′27″N 122°41′58″W / 42.190931°N 122.699524°W / 42.190931; -122.699524Coordinates: 42°11′27″N 122°41′58″W / 42.190931°N 122.699524°W / 42.190931; -122.699524
School districtAshland School District
PrincipalErika Bare (interim)[1]
Number of students1,061 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Red and white[3]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Midwestern League 5A[3]
AccreditationNorthwest Association of Accredited Schools[4][5]
NewspaperRogue News
Ashland oregon high school admin bldg.jpg
Ashland School District administration building in 2013




On June 3, 2006 at 2:30 pm, a fire broke out in the AHS room behind the gym during a farewell assembly for the seniors. Students and teachers were evacuated. The gym was heavily damaged and Mountain Avenue was closed for hours. No one was hurt during the fire. The fire department determined that the fire had been started by two students with firework sparklers.[6][7]


The homecoming dance on September 25, 2015 was the first school dance at AHS to feature gender-neutral "homecoming royalty". The change was initiated by student body presidents and approved by the principal at the time, Michelle Zundel. The change received wide publicity and was announced to the student body in a video shown to all students during the mandatory "advisory" class.[8][9]

On the afternoon of October 1, 2015, during the school's homecoming celebration, Ashland Police Department officers put the school into lockdown following a potential threat of a school shooting. An AHS alumnus had posted to Facebook a photo of a gun with threatening statements against the school. The Umpqua Community College shooting had taken place about three and a half hours prior, prompting the police to take the situation especially seriously. Students were kept in classes 10 minutes past the end of the day and the homecoming parade was cancelled.[10] The threat was later deemed too vague to represent a significant danger.[11]


In 2008, 81% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 296 students, 239 graduated, 53 dropped out, one received a modified diploma, and three were still in high school in 2009.[12][13]

The school received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best High Schools" survey.[14][15]

Notable alumniEdit


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  6. ^ Alan Panebaker, Ashland Daily Tidings. "June 3, 2006 Ashland Fire and Rescue Chief Woodley talks on his radio outside of the badly burned section of Ashland High School. Photos by Orville Hector - Daily Tidings. Blaze destroys AHS room Students evacuated, no".
  7. ^ Plain, Robert (July 28, 2006). "Suspected Arson at Ashland High School". Ashland Daily Tidings.
  8. ^ Joe Zavala for the Mail Tribune. "Ashland High drops homecoming king and queen".
  9. ^ "This High School Has An Amazing Reason For Getting Rid Of Its Homecoming King And Queen". Huffington Post. 2014-10-06.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "'Alarming' Facebook post cancels Ashland High School Homecoming Parade".
  12. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  13. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  14. ^ "Best High Schools 2010". U.S. News & World Report. 2009-12-09. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  15. ^ Graves, Bill (2010-01-15). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
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  17. ^ "Gaviglio shows MLB potential in stint with Cardinals". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  18. ^ 'Young Wife and Mother Dies Today' - Obituary of Elbert Gloria (Greer) Noelle - Ashland Daily Tidings, Ashland, Oregon, 6 June 1931 pgs, 1 and 4
  19. ^ Pfeil, Ryan (27 July 2016). "Two Applegate killings reported less than 12 hours apart". Mail Tribune.