CHS Then and Now

Corvallis High School (Oregon)

This page will give you some of the history of CHS. The links give you more in-depth information than you will find on this page.

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Corvallis High School, known as CHS, is a public high school located in Corvallis, Oregon , United States.


The original Corvallis High School was built in 1910, which is currently the site of Central Park in downtown Corvallis. 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. The Corvallis School District selected the site for a new high school on the northwest edge of town.

The second Corvallis High School building was an structure constructed in 1935 through a local bond matched to a grant and loan. The building was added on to multiple times in the 50's and 60's with the addition of the science and library wing as well as the cafeteria and large gym addition.

In the spring of 2000, after the district finished a seismic analysis of its 17 schools, it was decided that the building was unsafe for student use. A group was put together to decide whether a replacement school should be built on the existing site or at an alternative location. 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 to the town.

In an effort to save the structure, the building was nominated and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. However, in the spring of 2004, construction began on the new building and the historic building was demolished in late fall, and thus it was removed from the register.

Several small architectural items from the original school were salvaged and used in the new building, including two of the brass chandeliers from the school's original auditorium, and two wrought iron 'Juliet'-style balconies from the school's east-facing facade which were integrated into the new theater. However, these balconies are not designed to be stood upon

The new Corvallis High school (third Corvallis High School building) was opened in the fall of 2005. The school's theater seats 620.


In 2008, 73% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 362 students, 263 graduated, 80 dropped out, 2 received a modified high school diploma., and 17 are still in high school.



Corvallis High School offers a variety of sports.


  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Tennis
  • Cheer leading
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian Team
  • Football
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Ultimate (Frisbee)
  • Wrestling
  • X-Country Skiing

State championships

  • Football: 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, and 2006
  • Girls Alpine Ski Team: 2007
  • Boy's Soccer: 1995, 2009
  • Boy's Golf: 2010
  • Boy's Basketball: 1980, 2011, 2012
  • Boy's Baseball: 1979
  • Boy's Swimming: 2011
  • Boy's Golf: 2010, 2011
  • Cyclocross: 2010, 2011
  • Girl's Volleyball:1979
  • Chess: 1979 (National Championship)


The school's yearbook is the Chintimini.


Team 997 Spartan Robotics was ranked 5th in the nation during the 2007. National Competition at Atlanta, Georgia, after winning at both the Portland and Sacramento Regionals. Team 997 ranked 1st in the 2010 Oregon regional competition, making it to Atlanta for a second time. The team also received the FIRST cooperation award at the 2012 Oregon regionals.


Corvallis High School has a number of notable alumni:

-Brad Badger: former NFL offensive tackle/guard,    

-Sam Baker: former NFL running back/placekicker/punter

-Brad Bird: animator, writer and director

    The Incredibles

    The Iron Giant

    Ratatouille (Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature)

-Meredith Brooks: singer/songwriter/producer-known for her hit song which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard   Hot 100 in 1997.

-Jon Francis:  former NFL Runnning Back

-Bob Gilder: American professional golfer and curently a   member of the Champions Tour

-Kevin Gregg: MLB pitcher, current closer for the Baltimore   Orioles.

-Jon Krakauer: climber and author of “Into Thin Air”, “Into   the Wild”, and “Eiger Dreams”  and “Under the   Banner of   Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith”

-Ben Masters: CHS class of 1965, actor starring in movies   and TV.

-Barbara Minty: Vogue magazine top model of the 1970’s   and widow of actor Steve McQueen.

-Harold Reynolds: former MLB second baseman and former ESPN broadcaster currently working for

-Mike Riley: former NFL head coach, San Diego Chargers, currently the Oregon State Beavers Head Football   Coach.

-Robb Thomas: former NFL wide receiver

-Carl Wieman: 2001, Nobel Prize in Physics recipient for   creation of the Bose-Einstein Condensate.

-Dan Williams: former MLB player and current assistant   MLB coach with the Cleveland Indians

-Mike Zandofsky: former NFL offensiveguard.


The CHS building has had some changes since we were there. First, there is no more OLD CHS, there is brand new high school. These pictures show the old CHS in drawings, the demolition and the NEW CHS. Some of you have toured the new building and have seen the many changes.


If you would like to comment on the changes you have seen, please feel free to send your comments using the  Contact Us Page and we will add them to this page.

 Enjoy the look back.

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