South Eugene High School

South Eugene High School
400 East 19th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon, Lane County 97401
United States
Coordinates 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087Coordinates: 44°02′20″N 123°05′13″W / 44.0388°N 123.087°W / 44.0388; -123.087
Type Public
School district Eugene School District
Principal Andy Dey[1][2]
Faculty 73 (2 P.h. D, 36 Masters, 35 Bachelors)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1649[2]
Color(s) Purple and white          [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Southwest Conference 6A-6[1]
Mascot Axemen[1]
Newspaper The Axe

South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, Oregon, United States.


It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene's city hall. The Eugene school district in 1915 built a new high school on a one-block site on West 17th Avenue between Lincoln and Charnelton streets. [3]

By 1943, the Eugene School District had outgrown the cramped old high school, and voters had approved a bond measure to build a new facility. World War II and other factors delayed construction for a decade, but the current building at 400 E. 19th Ave. was completed and occupied in September 1953. The old high school then served as Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until 1967 (the previous Wilson building was converted to Lincoln Elementary School in 1953).

In the fall of 1957, Eugene High was renamed South Eugene High School, when North Eugene High School opened in the River Road area north of the city.[4]


In 1983, South Eugene High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[5]

In 2008, 89% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 410 students, 363 graduated, 40 dropped out, and 7 are still in high school.[6][7]

The school has regularly received a silver ranking from U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools" survey.[8][9][10][11]

In 2010, a student at the school was honored as a Presidential Scholar, one of three from Oregon.[12] A student at the school won the Intel Science Talent Search in 2009 after another South Eugene student placed third in 2007; other students have been named finalists or semifinalists in recent years.[13][14]

South Eugene High School hosts a branch of the Eugene International High School which offers International Baccalaureate courses as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The main campus of South Eugene High School offers numerous Advanced Placement courses as well as Honors courses.


The school has many athletic teams (men and women's ultimate frisbee, volleyball, football, lacrosse, cheerleading, men and women's soccer, men and women's basketball, wrestling, men and women's golf, men and women's tennis, softball, baseball, cross country and track and field) and other student activities, such as band, choir, theater, orchestra and visual arts, as well as various student clubs.[15]

South Eugene High School also offers a wide variety of clubs and programs. Some of these include: Speech and Debate, Alpine and Nordic Ski teams, National Honor Society, Rowing Club, Black Student Union, Feminists Union, Figure of Speech, Jewish Student Union, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, Latino Student Union, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Queer Straight Alliance and Robotics Club.[16] In September 2014, a group of students at South founded the Yiddish Club.[16] The club is focused on preserving the Yiddish language, and is the only such student-run Yiddish Club in Oregon.[17] The club, being one of the largest at South, likewise has been active in school politics.[18]

Notable alumni


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  2. 1 2 "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  5. Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  6. "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  7. "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  8. "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. December 9, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  9. Williams, Anne (January 30, 2008). "Small schools, big result". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  10. Graves, Bill (January 15, 2010). "Nine Oregon high schools ranked among best in nation". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  11. Williams, Anne (June 23, 2010). "Tardy South Eugene [temporarily] absent from 'best schools' list". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  12. Hammond, Betsy (May 3, 2010). "Presidential scholars: Oregon scores three". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  13. Brugger, Joe (March 10, 2009). "Eugene high school student wins $100,000, a laptop and a bright future". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  14. Owen, Wendy (January 11, 2012). "Three Beaverton area students are among the Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
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  19. May 2006 Oregon Voters' Pamphlet
  20. "Rick Hawn MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  21. Lininger, Tom (December 18, 2003). "The Sound of Silence". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  22. Tim Hardin
  23. 'Band on the Run'. The Register-Guard. February 19, 1996.
  24. Lamberson, Carolyn (October 27, 2005). "Hometown boy takes an unlikely path to Nashville". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  25. former player for Seattle Sounders FC: Roster: Player Bio
  26. "Jackson, Stepp make U.S. team". Register-Guard. July 26, 2003. Retrieved February 13, 2010.

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