Corvallis High School (Oregon)

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Corvallis High School
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Corvallis High School is located in Corvallis OR
Corvallis High School
Corvallis High School
Location in Corvallis, Oregon
Corvallis High School is located in Oregon
Corvallis High School
Corvallis High School
Corvallis High School (Oregon)
1400 NW Buchanan Ave.


Coordinates44°34′30″N 123°16′08″W / 44.575°N 123.269°W / 44.575; -123.269Coordinates: 44°34′30″N 123°16′08″W / 44.575°N 123.269°W / 44.575; -123.269
Established1910 (1935, 2005)[1]
School districtCorvallis S.D. (509J)
PrincipalMatt Boring
Faculty47.9 FTE[2]
Enrollment1,205[2] (2016–17)
Color(s)Columbia blue and white
AthleticsOSAA, Class 5A
Athletics conferenceMid-Willamette Conference
RivalCrescent Valley
Elevation230 ft (70 m) AMSL

Corvallis High School (CHS) is a four-year public secondary school in Corvallis, Oregon. Originally established in 1910, the high school sat between the downtown area of Corvallis and Oregon State University. In 1935, a new school was built on what was then considered the far northern edge of the town on approximately 25 acres. In 2005, a third structure was built on the site of the former, in what is now considered a central part of the city. Corvallis High School is one of two traditional secondary schools in the Corvallis School District, the other being Crescent Valley High School which is located on the far northern edge of the city.


1910 structure[edit]

The original Corvallis High School was opened in February 1910 on 6th Street between Monroe Avenue and Madison Avenue, becoming the first dedicated high school in Corvallis. Prior to the construction, all grades were housed in Corvallis Central School, which was built in 1889 and was located one block west on 7th Street.[1] The new high school was built in an Arts and Crafts style. The structure was built of masonry and featured two stories on top of a daylight basement. After only one year open, administration had already decided that the school was not large enough. A $40,000 bond measure was passed to expand the existing structure.

In 1917, an expanded and remodeled building was opened. The Arts and Crafts styling from the original building did not remain with the remodel and was changed to a Beaux-Arts style facade. The remodeled school had 22 classrooms as well as a gymnasium that doubled as an auditorium.

The schools population continued to grow. In 1920 a two-room portable classroom was added. In the 1930s, Corvallis High School had reached a population of 650 students in a structure that was intended for 400. It was decided that a larger school was needed.

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.[5]

1935 structure[edit]

1935 structure right before opening

In 1933, the citizens of Corvallis passed a local bond to pay for the construction. This allowed the school district to apply for a Public Works Administration grant and loan, which was awarded in January 1934.[1] The Portland firm of Whitehouse, Stanton, and Church was selected to design the new school. The Corvallis School District selected the site for the new high school on 11th Street, on the far northwest edge of town. The new Art Deco structure was completed in 1935. The project cost $316,000. The building was expanded multiple times in the 50s and 60s, with the addition of the science and library wing as well as the cafeteria and a large gym addition.

In the spring of 2000, after the district finished a seismic analysis of its 17 schools,[6] it was decided that the building was unsafe for student use. 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.[7]

In an effort to save the structure, the building was nominated and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[8] However, in the spring of 2004, construction began on the new building and the historic building was later demolished, and thus it was removed from the register.[9][10] Several small architectural items from the original school were salvaged and used in the new building, including two brass chandeliers from the school's original auditorium, and two wrought iron "Juliet"-style decorative balconies from the school's east-facing facade, which were integrated into the new theater.

2005 structure[edit]

After the seismic analysis in 2000, it was decided that a new high school needed to be built.[1] The citizens of Corvallis passed an $86.4 million bond measure in 2002 to replace the high school as well as two middle schools, and also to update and renovate other schools in the district. Construction began in 2004 on the same lot as the second building in the old student parking lot, tennis courts, and football field/track, while classes continued in the old school. The second Corvallis High School structure was torn down in the summer of 2005 and was replaced with a softball field and a parking lot. The original front parking lot still remains, as well as several auxiliary buildings along Dixon Creek that were built in the 1960s.

This third Corvallis High School building was opened in the fall of 2005, facing Buchanan Street. Originally slated to be opened in January 2006, construction was far enough along to allow the 2005-06 school year to start in the new structure while construction continued on-site until the spring of 2006. The cost of construction for the 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) school was $46,000,000, and it was designed by Dull Olsen Weekes Architects of Portland. Conscientious effort was made to build an energy-efficient, sustainable school, achieving a LEED silver rating for high performance buildings. The school is expected to use 30% less energy than one built to standard Oregon code.[11]


In 2018, 89% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 327 students, 304 graduated, only 23 dropped out.[12]


CHS is a member of the Mid-Willamette Conference, Class 5A in the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).[13]

Fall sports Winter sports Spring sports
Football Basketball (boys') Baseball
Soccer (boys') Basketball (girls') Softball
Soccer (girls') Wrestling Track and field (boys')
Volleyball (girls') Swimming (boys') Track & field (girls')
Cross country (boys') Swimming (girls') Golf (boys')
Cross country (girls') Cheerleading Golf (girls')
Cheerleading Bowling - club Tennis (boys')
Alpine skiing (boys') - club Tennis (girls')
Alpine skiing (girls') - club Lacrosse (boys') - club
Cross-country Skiing -club Lacrosse (girls') - club
Equestrian Team - club

State championships[edit]

  • Boys' cross country:[14] 1965, 1966
  • Football:[14] 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, and 2006[15]
  • Boys' soccer:[14] 1995, 2009, 2018
  • Girls' volleyball:[14] 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 2018
  • Boys' basketball:[14] 1936, 1948, 1970, 1980, 1984, 2011, 2012
  • Boys' swimming:[14] 2011
  • Wrestling:[14] 1965, 1967
  • Girls' alpine ski team:[citation needed] 2007
  • Boys' baseball:[14] 1971, 1986
  • Boys' golf:[14] 1942, 1943, 1944, 1950, 1962, 1965, 2010, 2011
  • Girls' tennis:[14] 1966, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Girls' track & field:[14] 1990
  • Choir:[14] 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Chess: 1972, 1979 (National Championship)



The school has a newspaper called the High-O-Scope. The High-O-Scope was established in 1920. Its website is[16]


The school's yearbook is the Chintimini.

FIRST Robotics[edit]

Founded by CHS students in time for the 2002 FRC season, Team 997 Spartan Robotics provides a hands-on program for high school students to learn about STEM in a competitive sports-like environment. In their 2002 rookie season, they won the rookie all-star award. Spartan Robotics was ranked fifth in the nation during the 2007 FIRST National Competition at Atlanta, Georgia, after winning at both the Portland and Sacramento Regionals. Team 997 ranked first in the 2010 Autodesk Oregon regional competition, making it to Atlanta for a second time.[17][18] The team also received the FIRST cooperation award at the 2012 Oregon regionals.[19] In 2014 the team competed in four events, to district qualifiers which earned them a spot at the PNW District Championship where they further qualified to go to St. Louis to compete in the 2014 FIRST World championships a fourth time.


Corvallis High School's theater department offers opportunities for students to learn about professional theater in a high school environment. The Corvallis High School theater is a multimillion-dollar theater that seats 620. It is equipped with a 50-foot fly tower, a full set of drapes, sufficient backstage space, and an orchestra pit. The theater possesses a state-of-the-art sound and light system controlled by ETC expression and a 24-channel Soundcraft Series 2 mixer. The facility also includes a shop, dressing rooms, and a black box theater. The entire facility is available for rental upon request.[20] CSD theaters puts on two plays each year, one musical and one stage play, performed and staffed primarily by students. The theater program also hosts two classes: Intro to Theater and Advanced Theater, which are open to students attending Corvallis High School. The Corvallis High School theater program has put on productions of Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and more.


The school has many different clubs the students can participate in. These clubs include Green Club, Z Club, and Key Club. [21]


The Corvallis High School choir program has five choirs in it. These ensembles include Cantus, a non-audition tenor and bass ensemble, Altum, a non-audition treble choir, Meraki, an audition treble choir, Concert Choir, a soprano alto tenor bass audition choir and Spartacapella, an a capella ensemble. Concert Choir won state in 2015, 2016, and 2017. They placed fifth in 2018.

Notable alumni[edit]

Corvallis High School has a number of notable alumni, including:[22]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "A History of Corvallis High School" (PDF). Corvallis School District. 2005. p. 12. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Corvallis High School". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "High-O-Scope". Corvallis High School. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Corvallis High School Chintimini Yearbook". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Corvallis High School National Register of Historic Places nomination, 2002 [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Waldrop, Becky, "Schools not ready for earthquakes",, July 29, 2000.
  7. ^ Waldrop, Becky, "School building dispute polarizes sides",, July 8, 2003
  8. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - OREGON (OR), Benton County". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Foster, Margaret, "Demolition of Art Deco School Under Way in Oregon" Archived August 31, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Preservation Online, August 17, 2005.
  10. ^ National Register of Historic Places Listings
  11. ^
  12. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Corvallis High School website, Athletics page [2], retrieved August 2013
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "OSAA - Records & Archives". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Sowa, Jesse, "Overtime Thriller",, December 9, 2006.
  16. ^
  17. ^ Official Corvallis High School robotics team website
  18. ^ 2007 Davis Sacramento Regional Archived April 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ 2012 Oregon regionals awards Archived April 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine retrieved April 2012
  20. ^[permanent dead link]
  21. ^
  22. ^ Alumni Page at Corvallis High School website "CHS Alumni"

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