South Albany High School

South Albany High School (SAHS) is a public high school located in Albany, Oregon, United States.

South Albany High School
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3705 Columbus SE

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Coordinates44°36′28″N 123°04′40″W / 44.607777°N 123.077778°W / 44.607777; -123.077778Coordinates: 44°36′28″N 123°04′40″W / 44.607777°N 123.077778°W / 44.607777; -123.077778[1]
School districtGreater Albany Public School District
PrincipalNate Munoz[2]
Teaching staff60.84 (FTE)[3]
Number of students1,391 (2017-18)[3]
Student to teacher ratio22.86[3]
Color(s)Red and grey   [4]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Mid-Willamette Conference 5A-3[4]
RivalWest Albany High School Lebanon High School (Oregon)

Built in 1970, South Albany occupies the largest facility in the Greater Albany Public School District, encompassing more than 167,000 square feet (15,500 m2) of classrooms and other facilities with its out door campus.


After splitting from Albany Union High School in 1971,students that were entering as Seniors that year, were given the choice to stay and graduate from Albany Union or go to South Albany High School and be part of the first graduating class from there.The school chose "Rebel" as their mascot ; athletic teams we nicknamed "the Rebels”.[5] The Rebel was removed and changed to the RedHawks on April 25, 2018.[6]

The school's colors are red and grey and were not changed when the mascot was changed.[7]


In 2004, the cheerleading program placed second against 5A and 6A teams at state competition, as well as winning all pre-state competitions. The school also had six All-Americans, three Les Schwab Bowl participants, and qualified for nationals. The football, soccer, dance and cheerleading programs have all gone to either district playoffs/championships or state championships in recent years. In 2016, the cheerleading program qualified and competed at the National High School Cheerleading Competition. The dance team, the Southern Belles, won state championships in 2014, 2015, and 2017 in the 5A division at the OSAA Dance and Drill State Championships. In 2018, SA football won league champs along with the warriors and qualified for the playoffs. Along with the varsity basketball boys team qualified for state and placed 6th in 5A rankings overall.


In 2008, 75% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 308 students, 231 graduated, 42 dropped out, and 13 received a modified diploma, and 22 were still in high school the following year.[8][9] By 2018, 88% of the 302 seniors graduated. Twenty-eight students dropped out that year.

Arson incidentEdit

Inside the main office building.

On April 1, 2015, classes were cancelled for the following days due to a large fire that had destroyed the school's choir room, cooking class rooms, band room and cafeteria, but school was resumed the following week. By 7 am, snorkel water cannons were being used to prevent the four-alarm fire from spreading to the rest of the school.[10] The man who had set the fire, Zachary Lee Burghart, was convicted a few months later for arson after pleading guilty.[11]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Albany High School
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  3. ^ a b c "South Albany High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
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  5. ^ Moody, Jennifer (2017-08-18). "Parent: Keep 'Rebel' name". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
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  7. ^ Moody, Jennifer (May 30, 2018). "South Albany to become RedHawks". Albany Democrat-Herald. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  9. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  10. ^ "4-alarm fire at South Albany High School". KGW. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  11. ^ "Arsonist Convicted of South Albany School Fire". The Oregonian.