Willamette’s mission is to inspire all students academically and prepare them for success as high school graduates and career professionals who will continue their education as life-long learners. To achieve this mission, we emphasize the importance of attendance and being engaged in our community, both in the classroom and in school-sponsored activities.
Willamette is a local leader in providing advanced coursework including Physics, AP Human Geography, IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science, IB Chemistry, IB Calculus and Precalculus, IB English, IB History, IB Psychology, IB Spanish, IB German, IB Theory of Knowledge, and IB Theatre, Writing, Computer Science, IB Theatre, and Math.
In addition to advanced course work, Willamette also offers robust Career and Technical Education programs, including Business Management, Computer Science Design, Culinary Arts, Metals and Woods, Manufacturing & Construction, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Early Childhood Education, Hospitality and Tourism, Health Sciences, Industry and Engineering, Human Behavior, Performing Arts and Multimedia Arts.
Wil-Hi has adopted proficiency-based instruction and assessment, where all learning expectations are clearly and consistently communicated with students and families. Willamette also provides intervention classes in Math, Reading, and Writing.
Beyond the classroom, students take part in more than 35 clubs, 18 varsity sports, and award winning music and fine arts programs.
At Willamette High School we strive to support all students on a journey of personal growth and collective success!
Thanks to the 2012 Bethel bond measure that passed with a 73% Yes vote, numerous updates and improvements have taken place at Willamette. Most notably is our Science and front office complex, the new face of our school. Other enhancements have brought new carpet, windows, roofs, lighting, clock system, boiler, phone system, fire alarm panel, door locks, security cameras and fencing, computers and document cameras, textbooks, and a press box.
There have been notable improvements to the Industry and Engineering facility, girls locker room, school weight room, cafeteria, parking lot, College & Career Center, softball field, auditorium seating, lighting and audio, kitchen, and school restrooms.
We are very grateful for the community’s support of the education of Bethel children.
Here is a look at a time lapse of the construction of our Science and front office complex, which opened with a ribbon-cutting on September 1, 2015.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WILLAMETTE HIGH SCHOOL
On April 9, 1948, residents of the small Bethel, Clear Lake, Danebo and Irving school districts voted to consolidate and form Bethel School District. Malabon became part of the school district on August 27, 1948. Bond elections were approved to purchase land and build and equip a junior-senior high school for 400 students. A 50-acre tract was selected as the site for the then unnamed high school with the intent to have it operating in the fall of 1949. The contract for constructing the new school was awarded to Waale-Camplan Company on March 2, 1949.
The colors maroon and white were chosen by students of the school district, and school names were also considered, including General George Patton, McLoughlin, Bidmac and Willamette. By student request the winning name had to receive at least 66 per cent of the total vote. On April 22, 1949, three hundred eleven ballots were cast by School District 52 students who were attending eight different schools. The name selected, is the present name – “Willamette.”
The new Willamette High School was partially completed on September 19, 1949. The dreams and wishes of many came to reality when students started school on September 26. Through the combined efforts and cooperation of the community, the impossible became possible and a school was constructed for the present and future young people of Bethel School District.
From the 1949-1950 Annual of Willamette High School