Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) is a public high school in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States, and is the oldest high school in the Hillsboro School District. The current campus was built beginning in 1969. Prior to this, the senior high school was located downtown on Lincoln Street at 6th Avenue where J.B. Thomas Middle School stood until 2009. That campus was built in 1928. Currently 1,515 students attend the school in grades 9-12. The official school colors are Blue, White and Red and the mascot is the Spartan.
The athletics and activities of the school compete as a 5A school in the Pacific Conference under the Oregon School Activities Association. Alumni include professional soccer player Tiffeny Milbrett, hall of fame coach Ad Rutschman, and former professional baseball player Bob Beall among others. Hillsboro High's most recent team state championship came in 2009 for Football. As of 2016, the graduation rate was 79%.
In September 1908, tenth grade was added to the Hillsboro school district, with the classes held on the top floor of the school. Eleventh and twelfth grades were soon added, and in June 1911 the first students to complete four years of high school were graduated by Hillsboro. This class totaled five students, consisting of four girls and one boy. In September 1911, the school added manual training and domestic science courses to the curriculum. That same year, voters approved of a $50,000 bond measure to pay for constructing a high school building, with construction completed in 1913 at a cost of $40,000 for the three story building. In 1913, the school graduated eight students. A gymnasium was built beginning in 1915. The school grew in size, with the 1920 graduating class totally 36 students, the largest number up to that time.
In 1929, a new high school building was completed, with additional buildings and the wings added in later years. Located near downtown Hillsboro, at NE Sixth Avenue and Lincoln Street, the site became a junior high once the current campus was built beginning in 1969. In 1970, the new senior high school campus opened on 48 acres (190,000 m2) on the south side of Hillsboro, with enrollment of the high school district reaching 3,621 students that year. Students complained that the new layout that consisted of classrooms spread out over the campus instead of a single central building was a poor choice for Oregon’s rainy and cold winters.
The school has been remodeled several times since opening in 1969. The first time was around 1980, when some minor updates such as the covered walkways were added. During the summer of 1999 the school received further updates. Blue and beige paint replaced the old brown colors on the buildings, the commons area was built adjacent to the cafeteria, a new auditorium was constructed, a new building was built to house technology related classes, and the main office was remodeled. After the expansion Hilhi had a total of 256,652 square feet (23,843.8 m2) of space spread out among eleven single-story buildings on campus. During the summer of 2008 the locker rooms were remodeled improving the lighting, showers, and bathrooms. Future plans include the replacement of aging HVAC units and controls by 2011.
In 2003, the school, along with all schools in the district, made national news when 17 days of classes were cut from the school year which allowed students to begin summer break in May due to budget cuts to education in Oregon. Teacher Don Domes won the Software Association of Oregon Foundation's Oregon Technology Educator of Year in 2004. Since 2006 the school has participated in the MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam program. Through the program, the school has received a $10,000 grant for a team of students to invent a self-installable heads-up display for automotive use and a $4,000 grant to invent an industrial sized robotic vacuum/floor cleaning system. The former campus near downtown was demolished in 2009. In the fall of 2015, the school will become the first in the district to implement a mariachi program into the curriculum. This program would, “address HSD’s overall strategic plan in the areas of instruction, engagement, and equity.”
Hillsboro High School has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme since 2003, and in 2009, the school began offering the Middle Years Programme. Additionally, the school has an ASPIRE program, and a robotics team.
2015-2016 Graduation Rate: 78.5%
In 2008, 80% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 364 students, 293 graduated, 39 dropped out, 3 received a modified diploma, and 29 are still in high school.
Hilhi, known as the Spartans, competes in the Northwest Oregon Conference at the OSAA class 5A level. School colors are royal blue, white, and red, and the school's athletic director is Steve Drake.
Cross-town school Glencoe is Hilhi's arch-rival after Glencoe became the second high school in the district in 1980. The football rivalry was featured on the Great American Rivalries series in October 2007, as teams play for bragging rights at the shared Hare Field. The 2009 game featured a 61-yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the game caught by Colt Lyerla for a touchdown after time expired to give Hilhi the victory. The play was named as ESPN's top play of the day and of the week. That season the team finished ranked number one in their classification and won the state title, the first in football since 1973.
Mouse Davis, an early proponent of the run and shoot offense, coached Hillsboro High to the 1973 football state championship. Oregon Sports Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman coached the baseball team from 1955 to 1968 before moving on to Linfield College. Rutschman also led the Spartans to a state championship in football in 1966 with a 17–2 victory over South Salem. Since 1965, the school has used Hare Field for football, baseball, and track.Wrestling: 1952, 1990
Baseball: 1962 (tie), 1966, 1968, 1993
Football: 1966, 1973, 2009
Girls Basketball: 1979, 1980
Girls Cross-Country: 1979
Boys Soccer: 2006
Boys Swimming: 2017
The school previously held a homecoming king and queen ceremony, but this was terminated by the student government in 2016. Beth Graser, the chief of communications of the school district, stated that the move was made to prevent a popularity contest from occurring, while the class president of the 12th grade and the student government adviser stated it was done to make student culture more inclusive for genderqueer individuals.Bob Beall - baseball player
Scott Brow - baseball pitcher
Rick Dancer - television anchor and politician
David Edwards, politician
Thomas Garrigus, Olympian
Tom Hughes, politician
Josh Inman, Olympian
David Larsen, actor
Colt Lyerla, football player
Tiffeny Milbrett, Olympic soccer player
Ad Rutschman, football/baseball coach
Wes Schulmerich, baseball player
Bruce Starr, politician
Bryce Zabel, television producer