What’s happening at GHS?

Gladstone graduation rate hits historic high
Gladstone High School’s Class of 2019 had a district graduation rate of over 91%. The rate, a historic high, is more than 11% above the state average.

“Over the past three years, new support programs and high-interest electives helped propel our graduation rate,” said Gladstone High principal Kevin Taylor. “As a small school with big opportunities, we are immensely proud of our students’ accomplishments.”

District plan for new funding based on public input
The Student Success Act will bring Gladstone Schools over $1 million per year starting in fall 2020. The district plan for how to spend these funds to boost student achievement will be based on input from parents, staff and students gathered in fall 2019.
Find out the latest about the plan.

GHS students shine at All State Band
Six students from the Gladstone High School Band joined the ranks of 150 outstanding musicians from across Oregon for the State Symphonic Band performance at the recent Oregon Music Educator Association conference in Eugene. The group included Kallie Obermire [flute], Izzy Rizzuti [flute], Jordyn Layton [clarinet], Trevor Leach [trombone], Braedon Akers [tuba], and Grace Christiansen [flute].

Gladstone athletes achieve Academic All-State honors
The girls cross-country team had the state’s third best academic  standing in the 4A division, with a 3.84 average grade point average. The team also found athletic success, with twins Brynn and Brooklyn Tatum [grade 11] both qualifying for the state championship. The football team also qualified for Academic All-State, with a 3.0 average grade point average. The team also qualified for the state playoffs.

Gladstone High students turn out for day of service
Despite persistent rain, 132 students and staff from Gladstone High turned out October 19 to help with the school’s seventh Give-It-Back Day. The annual service project is how students show gratitude for community support of Gladstone schools and sports teams. Participants included school athletes, plus student leaders from the Key Club, Student Senate, and National Honor Society. In small groups, they fanned out to 30 different sites to tackle yard work for elderly neighbors and help with park improvement projects.

Gladstone High hosts regional robotics fair
For the 10th straight year, Gladstone High School hosted the region’s largest robotics fair, drawing over 400 teens and coaches from across the Northwest.The day-long event on October 19 gave coaches, mentors, and students a chance to come together to teach and take classes from wiring techniques, grant writing, and welding to mechanics, 3D printing, and Java programming.

Gladstone High partners with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has entered a three-year partnership with Gladstone High School. It will bring the school opportunities for school performances, student workshops, and student travel to watcher performances by the nationally-renowned drama company in Ashland.