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Oregon City High School
19761 S. Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, Oregon, Clackamas, 97045
 United States
Coordinates 45°19′13″N 122°33′35″W / 45.320364°N 122.559711°W / 45.320364; -122.559711Coordinates: 45°19′13″N 122°33′35″W / 45.320364°N 122.559711°W / 45.320364; -122.559711
Type Public
Motto Home of the Pioneers
Established 1885
School district Oregon City School District
Principal Nancy Bush-Lange[1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2776[2]
Color(s) Red,Black,White
Athletics conference OSAA Three Rivers League, 6A
Mascot Pioneer Pete
Team name Pioneers
Rival West Linn
Newspaper The Elevator

Oregon City High School is a public high school located in Oregon City, Oregon. It is the third-most populated high school in Oregon.

A hallway at Oregon City High School.



The high school was a freshman-only campus until construction finished after the 2002-2003 school year. The other campus for 10th to 12th graders was a severely dilapidated building with structural problems. After construction finished, the academics shifted to the new campus, although football games are still played at the old campus. The first year with a traditional school of 9th to 12th graders was the 2003-2004 school year.


In 1985, Oregon City High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[3]

In 2008, 85% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 474 students, 405 graduated, 46 dropped out, 5 received a modified diploma, and 18 are still in high school.[4][5]

In 2009, The Oregonian described the school as an "overachiever" at teaching reading and math, due to its achievement scores.[1]


The girls' basketball program, won three consecutive USA Today girls' national championships from 1995 to 1997, as well as state championships in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2009.

Political cartoon controversy

During the 2004-2005 school year, a political cartoon concerning the border issue between Mexico and the United States was taken out of context, making national news.[6][7][8]

The cartoon was a depiction of two deeply satirized vigilante patrolmen discussing a 'point system' for the capture of illegal immigrants. The cartoon was intended to make fun of the American vigilante patrolmen, but some students and parents misunderstood the point. Local news coverage of the issue soon expanded to national coverage, bringing about a hailstorm of both criticism and support for the cartoonist and the newspaper.

Notable alumni


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