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Activities

Academic Masters:  Academic Masters is a local competition against the three High Schools from the Three Rivers School District.  Students compete in a local competition at Grants Pass and the top winner in each subject area represents the school on the team as they compete against the other High Schools.  Students win prize money from the County competition.

ADVISOR:  Michele Napier

Athletics:   GPHS offers a broad range of OSAA sports. Learn more by visiting the GPHS Athletics webpage.

Brain Bowl:  Brain Bowl is a knowledge competition that takes place in the spring.  Questions are based on standard and advanced high school curricula in math, science, English, social studies and the arts.  Teams from all the high school in Jackson and Josephine County compete against one another.  Practice on Tuesdays in the library during Intervention Time.

ADVISOR: Brandi Wright

Club Sports: Equestrian - Head Coach: Samantha Henricks

                            Boys Bowling - Head Coach: Nico Holt

                            Girls Bowling - Head Coach: TBD

Leadership:  Composed of both elected officers and volunteers, this group plans much of the student activities for the year.  Major dances, pep assemblies, student recognition, teacher recognition, spirit activities, and community service programs such as the Sparrow program are some of the things that fill their calendar.  ASB and Class Officers are elected in May for the sophomore-senior class.  Freshman officers are elected in September on the first day of school.  ASB and Class Officers include President, Vice President and Secretary.

ADVISOR: Aaron Mathews / Corey Ely

Math Team:  Three competitive teams of six are formed from the best math students at GPHS.  They compete several times against teams from other Southern Oregon League Schools.

ADVISOR:  Jeremy Knight

Music Honor Society: Candidates are selected from school music students that exhibit exceptional scholarship, leadership, service and character.

ADVISOR: Krista Debolt

National Honor Society:  NHS is a service-based organization.  Membership is extended to eligible students (sophomores, juniors and select seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher) in the spring of each year.  Additional considerations for membership include students showing a commitment to community service and leadership while possessing a strong character. 

ADVISOR: Elaine Rozell & Brandi Wright

Royalettes Dance & Guard:  This is a performance-based dance group for girls and guys.  Entrance is by competitive tryouts with auditions taking place in spring for the upcoming school year.  Seasons include Fall Color Guard and Winter Dance.  The program competes in multiple competitive circuits including NWAPA (Northwest Association for Performing Arts), WGI (Winter Guard International) and OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association). With an emphasis on performance, the Royalettes Dance & Guard make many appearances at school functions, community events and travel throughout the northwest to participate in the pageantry arts. Learn more...

ADVISOR:  Jeni Brouillette

Skills USA: This is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.  It provides students with competition opportunities in a number of areas including Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Development, Robotics, Leadership, Video Productions, Culinary Arts, Cabinetry, Photography, Drafting/CAD, Welding, 3D animation, Game programming, and Health occupations.

ADVISOR: Jake Leair

State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt: is an academic competition that takes place in the winter and is sponsored by Southern Oregon University. Students compete against the other Southern Oregon High Schools to decipher and answer a variety of riddle-like questions and then defend the validity of their answers to judges and other students/. This competition combines research, critical thinking and debate in a fun and collaborative atmosphere.

ADVISOR: Kathy Mathews & Rachelle Watson

Classes

ClassEy Catering:   For the aspiring master chefs we have ClassEy catering.  This group prepares meals, receptions, cookies and all kinds of wonderful things to eat.  If you like to cook this is the place. Students are required to take prerequisite cooking classes and be currently enrolled in Culinary Arts 1 or Culinary Arts 2

ADVISOR: Chef Courtney Leair

Marching Band and Color Guard:  This is a nationally recognized program that appeared in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Their season begins in mid-August with a series of daily rehearsals hosted on campus. In addition to performing at halftime during home games, they also compete four to six times during the fall season. The color guard is the dance and visual component of the marching band incorporating dance, theatre, and flag skills during the performance. Members of this ensemble are required to register for a fall band or percussion class in order to participate. Color guard auditions for this ensemble will take place in the spring of the previous year and are not required to register for a band class. Our marching band and color guard have a strong tradition of pride and a high standard of excellence. This program offers a place for those who enjoy performance, teamwork, and being part of a rewarding and successful experience.  Everyone needs to find a place at Grants Pass High School; we hope you choose the Grants Pass Marching Band & Color Guard.

ADVISOR: Lewis Norfleet

 Orchestra:

There are three string orchestra classes offered during the school day. 

  • Concert Orchestra focuses on the development of basic playing proficiency, ensemble skills, and performance skills. Concert orchestra performs in several local concerts each year as well as our district orchestra festival.
  • String Orchestra is a group of motivated students interested in improving technique. String Orchestra competes at a regional level and students receive more assessment opportunities to develop their individual technique.
  • Chamber Orchestra competes at the state level, is an auditioned group, and performs often around our community as well as district festivals, concerts, and solo and ensemble festivals. Many of these musicians participate in All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras, go on to study music in college and play with community orchestras and symphonies as adults. 

All groups travel occasionally to participate in out-of-state orchestra festivals.

ADVISOR: Krista Debolt

Scroll:  The Scroll is the digital school newspaper at GPHS.  It is a student-driven digital publication that provides interested individuals with the opportunity to experience the process involved in producing a newspaper.  Students learn how to report news and write feature stories that are journalistically responsible, how to design page layouts that are aesthetically appealing, and how these skills apply to possible career paths in journalism. The main meetings are at lunch on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Room 235.

ADVISOR: Jenny Tyrrell

Vocal Music: 

One open enrollment choir and four auditioned choirs are offered at GPHS. All choirs are year-long courses and perform a minimum of 3 concerts per year.

Contemporary Choir- Open enrollment. Builds basic skills in reading and performing vocal music. Literature is for two or three parts and will encompass various genres and time periods, with the main focus being folk and contemporary classical music.

Melodairs- Auditioned group- see advisor. Intermediate skills in reading and performing music required. Literature is for soprano and alto voices, and includes music from various genres, time periods, and cultures.

Tenor/Bass Choir- Auditioned group- see advisor. Intermediate skills in reading and performing music required. Literature is for tenor and bass voices, and includes music from various genres, time periods, and cultures.

Concert Choir- Auditioned group- see advisor. Advanced skills in reading and performing vocal music required. Previous choir experience recommended. Literature is for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, and includes music from various genres, time periods, and cultures.

Sounds Unlimited- Auditioned group- see advisor. Highly Previous choir experience with advanced skills in reading, performing vocal music, and ensemble music are required. (Proof of advanced ensemble skills must be submitted to advisor.) Literature is for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, and includes music from various genres, time periods, and cultures with an emphasis on a cappella music.

ADVISOR:  Julie Lehnhardt