Principal’s Report

 Two weeks ago we lost our Superintendent, Gene Mills following a nearly one year battle with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

Mr. Mills was diagnosed with cancer last Spring, shortly after leading the high school girls basketball team to a 3rd place finish at the state tournament in Baker City. He fought the cancer through the Spring and Summer and returned this last fall to begin his 50th year in education. Unfortunately, the cancer was found too late and was too aggressive and he succumbed to it in the early morning hours of February 14th. Mr. Mills was not just our boss, but our friend and we will miss him. I would encourage you if you haven’t already done so, to read the numerous articles written in tribute to Gene Mills. -f3c0154ae113.html a6cd-27eaaadb02b8.html

Go Green, Go ‘Lopes

Kevin Purnell



Years     Staff  Member          Position                            Alma Mater

1st    Mrs. Brown – Social Studies and Senior Project—Boise State University

1st  Ms. Miller – Ag./FFA—Oregon State University ‘Go Beavs’

1st Mrs. Nielson - Deputy Cler—Eastern Oregon University ‘Go Mounties’

3rd    Mr. Wortman – Physical Education—Eastern Oregon University ‘Go Mounties’

5th   Mrs. Abril – Reach—Southern Utah University home of the Thunderbirds

6th    Mrs. Yano – Special Ed.—Oregon State University ‘Go Beavs’

6th   Mr. Tolman – Language Arts and Robotics—Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers

11th Mr. Purnell – Principal—Judson Baptist College and Oregon State University.

14th  Mr. Mills – Superintendent—University of Oregon, ‘go Ducks’

17th  Mrs. VanCorbach – Music—Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders

19th  Mrs. Allison – Ad. Assist/ Secretary

20th   Mr. Johnson – Business, Computers, Senior Project, Leadership and Yearbook—Brigham Young University

20th  Mr. Schrock – Mathematics—Goshen College and Indiana University

20th  Mrs. Esplin – Health, ESL, Spanish I-II and Athletic Director—Brigham Young University Cougars

20th Mrs. Gordon – Mathematics, Art (Classroom Location)—University of Oregon ‘Go Ducks’

23rd    Ms. Myers – Science, PE, (Classroom Location)—Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders


Respectfully submitted,
Kevin Purnell, AHS Principal
Go Green!
Go ‘Lopes!




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