Henry Neer, F.E. Harrigan, Jane Cochran
Henry Neer, F.E. Harrigan, Jane Cochran

1923 First known record of high school tennis. The following is a caption from the adjacent picture from the Oregonian: at left: Henry Neer of Washington high school, winner of boys’ singles championship in annual tennis tournament of Portland high schools, completed on M.A.A.C. courts. Center: F.E. Harrigan, instructor at Washington high under whose leadership the net tourney has grown to be an event of great importance. At right: Jane Cochran of Jefferson high, who won the girls’ singles title on the Irvington club courts.

1926 Jack Rhine wins the Portland High School Singles championship for the 3rd straight year.

1936 Boys state tournament started – conducted at the Irvington Club. Also, held at Reed College during the 1930’s

1939 Emery Neale wins the State High School boys singles tournament for the 3rd year in a row.

1946 Girls state tournament started – conducted at the Irvington Club. The boy’s tournament was at Grant high school.

1948 Tom MacDonald wins the State High School boys singles tournament for the 3rd year in a row at the Irvington Club.

1951 State tournament moved to the Oregon State University courts in Corvallis.

1958 Patti Miller of Washington high school wins the State High School girls singles tournament for the 3rd straight year.

1966 Sue Graham of Corvallis wins the State High School girls singles tournament for the 3rd straight year.

1971 The boys and girls 2 day state tournament moved to Mt Hood Community College. The first day of the girl’s tournament was held at the Portland Tennis Center.

1973 Roseburg wins the boy’s state team championship for the 10th time in 13 years. The team was coached by Al Hoffman

1976 Lindsay Berman of Wilson high school wins the State High School girls singles tournament for the 4th straight year.

1980 Doris Popple selected by Sports Illustrated as the National High School Tennis Coach of the Year.

1981 The boys and girls 2 day state tournament moved to Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton. The first day of the girl’s tournament was held at the Mt Hood Community College.

1986 The boys and girls state high school tournament was extended from a 2 day event to a 3 day event. It continued to be hosted at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center with the 1st 2 days of the girls tournament held at Mt Hood Community College.

1991 Cisca Mok of Crescent Valley high school wins the State High School girls singles tournament for the 3th straight year.

1996 Erryn Weggenman of Jesuit high school wins the State High School girls singles tournament for the 3rd straight year.

2000 Mike Calkins of Jesuit high school wins the State High School boys singles tournament for the 3rd straight year.

Boys State Team Champions
Girls State Team Champions

Document Source:  Historical Committee, July 2004 (draft)

National Coaches Association “Tennis Coach of the Year” Prominent High School Tournament Directors
Al Hoffman (Roseburg) Jim Flynn (1971-97)
Sonny Long (LO) Joan Duckering (1976-98)
Anne Miller (LO)
Doug Morton (Lincoln)