Clubs and Organizations at
Grants Pass High School 2018-19
Grants Pass High School offers a broad range of co-curricular activities for
our students to be involved in.
Anime Club: A social club for students who have a love of manga, anime and Japanese culture. The club meets weekly and participates in many different activities such as group games, watching anime, writing or drawing anime or anime characters and exploration of various aspects of Japanese culture (language, food, activities, etc). Meetings every Wednesday in room 211 from 3:30-4:30pm.
ADVISOR: Elaine Rozell
Ceramics Club: It’s a club for those students that want to take their “playing in the mud” beyond the regular classroom experiences with clay. All students are welcome to join, whether in Ceramics class or not. In Ceramics Club, we explore a variety of topics that involve working with clay. We make and market handmade items, study ceramics in the world today, and explore specialty areas in ceramics. Open studio hours include lunches, I.T. time, and most school days from 3:15 to 4:15 in room 302. If the lights are on, the studio is open. Ceramics Club students are always welcome during open studio. We meet Wednesday’s during lunch to address Club business. Our fundraising includes two sales events; one during each semester. Items we sell are made and marketed by students. Ceramics Club: where art happens!
Chess & Other Games Club: Come play chess or other games during lunch, before school or during office hours. Available every school day. In Mr. Batdorf’s room 106. Everyone is welcome.
Computer Science Club: Computer Science Club explores technology and programming. It lets people interested in tech meet people with similar interests. The club is project focused and encourages teamwork. We do things like building robots, soldering, programing rule based algorithms to make art, building Linux servers, and playing rock paper scissors really fast. Computer Science Club doesn’t require any prior knowledge in programming, just willingness to show up.
ADVISOR: Brendan Linderman
Dungeons and Dragons Club: Come and play Dungeons and Dragons with other GPHS students. Learn how to create a character and play this fantasy role playing game in which players are characters in an evolving fantasy story. Players of any level are welcome. Mandatory meetings are Mondays after school and Wednesdays at lunch. Additional voluntary meetings during Intervention Times.
ADVISOR: Kate Weber Co-Advisor: Fawn Perry
Environmental Action Club: The Environmental Action Club is a group of environmentally concerned students and staff. We meet to discuss ways that we can improve our environment, both locally and globally. Our activities include increasing recycling, on campus, letter writing campaigns, recycling education, and river and beach clean-ups. Meetings are held during lunch during 5b on the 3rd Thursday of the month in room 311. ADVISORS: Mickey Jarvis & Debra Berg
FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America is a student-led program aimed at bringing students and businesses together in a positive working relationship through leadership and career development programs. FBLA members participate in career-related activities, partnership with local businesses, community service efforts and much, much more.
ADVISOR: Lisa Sullivan
German Club: The German Club mostly consists of (but is not limited to) students taking German. It is open to anyone interested in the German language, German speaking countries and cultures. German Club students meet once a month and do a variety of activities. Playing German board games, making gingerbread houses, watching German movies, making masks or lanterns etc. There is a $5 fee per school year to cover expenses for food and supplies.
ADVISOR: Ursula Horstmann-Nash
History Club: Do you desire to learn more about our history, perhaps want to travel abroad. This club is for you it will be a hands on club and learning will be fun!! Will meet monthly on Wednesdays at lunch in room 130.
ADVISOR: Kathy Mathews
Interact Club: Interact club is a service organization connected with the Rotary for high school students which draws its membership from the student body. Interact club’s objective is the development of innovative leadership ability and good citizenship practices. Much of the club’s activities involve local community service. In addition, the club also fundraises for International projects. Interact Club functions on a local, district and international level. Interact club is open to anyone who wants to “give back” and have fun in the process. Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in room 203.
ADVISOR: Dianne Mackin
Key Club: Key Club is an international student-led community service organization that has been utilizing the ever-creative minds of kids to help serve their communities since 1925. In partnership with the Kiwanis Organization, every single individual key club, and every single key club member, in the United States, Canada, and about thirty other countries, puts forth their best effort to aid their homes, schools, and communities. Key Clubs compose a well-rounded organization that aids anyone in need while creating and developing competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service. Everyone is welcome to join this club for an unforgettable experience in which character is built, leadership skills are established, friendships are made, and service is conducted for the benefit of others. For those of you, who want to help anyone and everyone, this is the club for you. Meeting held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month during lunch in room 214.
ADVISOR: Mr. Gross
MEChA: Minority Education Challenge Adversity - is a club for all students regardless of racial identity or ethnicity that focuses on minority outreach within the school and community. Through University and College visits and guest speakers students learn that education and knowledge is the key to success. Members will participate in community service and school activities.
ADVISORS: Brenda & Vincent Aguilera
Mock Trial: Mock trial is a team activity in which students prepare and present a complex legal case. Students take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, clerks and bailiffs and present their case in a local competition in Medford. The top two teams from that event compete at State. Mock Trial begins in late October and ends prior to Spring Break.
ADVISOR: Jenny Tyrrell
MTG Club: (Magic the Gathering) Is a strategy card game with an emphasis in problem solving, basic mathematics, and articulation of literature. Meets daily during lunch and IT time in room 601.
Advisor: Robbie Zaina
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 & Ernest Johnston
Origami Club: Join us as we create a variety of animals, dragons, flowers, and more using the ancient and relaxing art of folding paper. Each week, someone will teach us how to make a different object. We meet every Thursday afternoon in the library classroom from 3:15 to 4:00.
ADVISOR: Kate Weber
Poetry Club: Words? Words. Words! is a club that celebrates poetry and the spoken word. Students share their own poetry, listen to poetry examples, and share writing ideas. We organize and host the First Wednesday Open Mike event, where students showcase music and writing for the school on the First Wednesday of each month, during lunch.
ADVISOR: Jennifer Tyrrell
Robotics Engineering Club: Robotics includes the development of 21st century skills; teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management, communications. Units in specialized concepts like engineering, programming, parametric solid modeling, electronics, etc. Students will attend competitions with other high schools in the VEX Robotics competitions. Students must be enrolled in either Robotics Engineering, Computer Science, or Manufacturing classes. Members of this club must also be a member of SkillsUSA as that is the Student Leadership organization in which we compete. Meeting are held on Tuesdays immediately after school in room 403.
ADVISOR: Brenda Bunge
Skills USA: 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
Southern Oregon Pride: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of GPHS is designed to develop awareness of gender and sexual orientation issues. We, as a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), support a learning environment for all students to help promote leadership within the community. We also address intolerant behaviors in our school and promote policies that protect students and staff.
Meetings: Monday’s after school from 3:30pm-4:30pm. In room 102.
ADVISOR: Rachel Mercurio
Speech/Debate Team: (Forensics) We compete at the State Level, OSAA and the National level with the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). We have 12 different speaking events, two team debate events and 2 individual debate event (something for everyone). We compete at tournaments throughout the year, traveling to many high school and college campuses throughout the state. We have a lot of fun; we meet students from all over the state and develop essential skills that employers and colleges look for in applicants. We will meet Wednesdays after school from 3:20 - 4:30 in room library classroom
ADVISOR: Lee Pietruszewski
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
Thespian Troupe 2354: An opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate high achieving Theatre students and create opportunities to participate in a variety of Thespian events sponsored by Oregon Thespians, a state wide organization. Each year, we will attend Thespian events such as Improv Festival, Regional Acting Competition, State Festival and the National Thespian Festival. Thespians are also eligible for college scholarships provided by the International Thespian Society, and the Josephine County Educational Fund, Inc. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month during lunch in Mrs. Kennedy’s room, #517.
ADVISOR: Mrs. Kennedy
Z Club: Leaders needed! Join the youth movement for gender equity and ending violence of all kinds! Z Club is an international leadership, service and advocacy organization for high school students. The Z Club is sponsored by the local Zonta Club of Grants Pass. Students in Z Club believe that young people are critical to achieving gender equity and ending violence against women and girls around the world. Z Club members can expect to develop communication and leadership skills, explore career alternatives, and increase their international awareness and understanding through service. Scholarships are also available to Z Club members. The club meets every Wednesday in room 400 @ 12:25 pm.
ADVISOR: Fawn Perry
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: Kara Rhodes
Athletics: The following is a list of sports teams and their current coaches. GPHS offers a broad range of OSAA sports.
Fall Sports: Football Head Coach: John Musser
Cross Country Head Coach: Stan Goodell
Volleyball Head Coach: Joelle Swanson
Boys Soccer Head Coach: Lowell Anderson
Girls Soccer Head Coach: Aaron Cubic
Winter Sports: Boys Basketball Head Coach: Tyler York
Girls Basketball Head Coach: Scott Wakefield
Wrestling Head Coach: Ben Coulter
Swimming Head Coach: Marlo Manzanares
Spring Sports: Track Head Coach: Jenner Yriarte
Softball Head Coach: Donnie Bellum
Baseball Head Coach: Kevin Shafer
Boys Golf Head Coach: Steve York
Girls Golf Head Coach: Kristeen Weiss
Boys Tennis Head Coach: Chris Atzet
Girls Tennis Head Coach: Rebecca Clark
Club Sports: Equestrian Head Coach: Samantha Henricks
Boys Bowling Head Coach: TBD
Girls Bowling Head Coach: TBD
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: Kate Weber
Cheerleading: Varsity and JV Cheerleading fall under this group. This is an OSAA sanctioned sport. Program includes support for athletic teams as well as state competition.
ADVISOR: Kelcie Pollock
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: Jill McKay
Off the Wall: Cave Creations: The Grants Pass High School literary magazine is a student produced, student edited, and student designed magazine that publishes student written poems, short stories, imaginative prose, essays, and other creative writings. Submissions are accepted each semester and a magazine is issued twice a year. A student editor enrolled in a reading and conference/independent study course edits and constructs the magazine. In addition, each semester the magazine conducts Poetry and Short Story contests; three winners in each category receive cash prizes and matching gift certificates from Oregon Books.
ADVISOR: Martin Zottola
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 Preforming 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.
ADVISOR: Jeni Brouillette
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 pre requisite 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 half time 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: Jason Garcia
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 school newspaper at GPHS. It is a student driven 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.
ADVISOR: Martin Zottola
One open enrollment choir, and three 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.
Concert Choir- Auditioned group- see advisor. Intermediate to Advanced skills in reading and performing vocal music required. 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 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
Yearbook: The yearbook is an advanced; yearlong class open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The staff is limited to 15 or less. Students who gain a spot on the staff usually re-enroll for two or three years, so there are only a few openings each year. Staff members are characteristically self-starters and highly motivated to accomplish the task necessary to produce a quality product. The editor and assistant editors are almost always selected from the previous year’s staff.
ADVISOR: Terry Green