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West Albany High School: Info

Fast Facts

Susie Orsborn
1130 Queen Ave SW
Albany, OR 97321

Phone Numbers 
Main Office:

(541) 967-4545

(541) 967-4551
Career Center:

(541) 967-4540

(541) 967-4573

(541) 967-4553
(541) 924-3701
School Hours
7 AM to 4 PM
7:50 AM to 2:50 PM
Total Enrollment

Mission Statement


Opened in 1953, West Albany High School is proudly educating its second generation of Albany children. Located on a 53-acre campus near the city's historic downtown, the school serves children from the Central, Liberty, North Albany, Oak Grove, Sunrise, Takena, Tangent and Waverly attendance area.

Our School Is Proud To Offer...

Exceptional Teachers

Joanne Alford (math) - first teacher to earn exemplary mentor honors from Oregon State University's Teacher Education program. Dave Hudson (technology) - semifinalist for the Oregon Innovators in Education Awards

Computer Networking Engineering Program

Students design, install and repair network systems. Qualified students earn a CISCO Network systems certificate of preparation


Students design and build a robot to compete in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The impact is the result of teamwork, partnership, mentorship, and shared success.

Advanced Topics in Computer Programming

Students design software for local school and business clients.

Portfolio Development

Art students develop professional. quality portfolios for use in applying to art schools and seeking employment.

Electronic Media

Students produce video programming for in-school use and for local schools, businesses and charitable organizations.

Health Careers

Provides health-related internships and courses that earn college credit. Graduates are qualified to enter the health care workforce or college.

Mock Trial Competition

Students work with attorneys to prepare to argue a simulated court case.


Provides advanced vocal-music students a chance to perform locally and compete in regional and state contests.

Advanced Placement Courses

Prepares students for the National AP exams in English, calculus, statistics, biology, physics, chemistry, economics, art and history.

Quiz Club

Masters complex challenges in competition with other schools such as HP High 5 Challenge, Salmon Bowl and the Science Olympiad.

Advanced Science Courses

Offers anatomy, advanced chemistry, advanced biology, physics and other courses for students interested in science-related careers.

Advanced English Courses

Offers classes leading to state certificates of mastery and college admission.

Advanced French & Spanish

Helps students reach national standards and college admission standards for these languages.

Freshmen Learning and Seniors Helping (FLASH)

Seniors help freshman students have a successful transition into high school.


Trained students helping classmates resolve difficulties with other students and staff members.


Students leading student government activities, social events and service projects. Each student compiles a leadership portfolio.

Our Extracurricular Programs

We have the following school activities:

  • Pedigree
  • Whirlwind
  • Art Club
  • Next Generation Computers
  • Drama
  • Peers
  • Quiz Club
  • Speech Club
  • Earth Club
  • Westwind Video
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Youth and Government
  • Leadership
  • Close-up
  • Mock Trial Club
  • Hi-Steppers & Krew
  • National Honor Society
  • Cheerleading
  • Foreign Exchange Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Rotary Interact Club
  • Rocket Club
  • Swing Dance
  • Math Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Ski Team
  • Water Polo

Interscholastic Athletics

We have the following school teams:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Track and Field

Parents Are Our Partners

Site Council

Parents play the role of key partners in developing our curriculum and instructional programs as a 21st Century School.

Career Center Volunteers

Community members help students develop their education plan and profile. They serve as a resource component for career education.

Booster Club

Provides vital support for our athletic teams and students.

Club and Activity Support

Parents aid specific student organizations and events.

Classroom Support

Parents volunteers as guest speakers, and as mentors for students and staff.

Parent Forum

Meets monthly to discuss current school issues.

Our Focus For Improvement

  • Maintain rigorous academic standards for high performance in math and reading.
  • Build strong relationships with students, parents and community while modeling teamwork from within.