Craig Swanson:

Craig Swanson

Craig Swanson is the 11th Principal at Sprague High School. Mr. Swanson taught math and coached multiple sports for 15 years, primarily at West Albany High School. In 2012, Mr. Swanson joined Sprague High School as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Working with the math department, Sprague boosted their success in math state assessments to 89% passing. As AD, Mr. Swanson combined efforts with the community and booster club to improve facilities for all programs.

In 2014, Mr. Swanson was named principal at John F. Kennedy High School. After one year away, the Sprague Principal position opened and Mr. Swanson was excited about the opportunity to return to Oly Nation.

Mr. Swanson earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Montana State University, his Master's Degree from Portland State University and earned his Administrative Credentials from George Fox University.

Mr. Swanson moved his family to the Sprague community in 2013 and is excited that his daughters are attending Sprague High School. Mr. Swanson's wife is an elementary teacher.

"As principal at Sprague High School, I want to continue the strong partnership we have with our community and families to help assure that our Olympian students have access to the best education in the state and that they thoroughly enjoy their time whle attending Sprague."

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Chad Barkes:

Chad Barkes

I was born and raised in Yakima Washington, graduating high school in 1995. I moved to Salem in 1996 and have been in the valley since then. I started my career in Salem-Keizer School District in 2000 as an instructional assistant at Swegle Elementary. After working as an instructional assistant for three years, I earned my teaching degree with a focus on special education from Western Oregon University in 2003. I taught at West High School in the Special Education Department for several years, then moved into the role of Special Education Program Assistant for nine years. I was the assistant men's soccer coach at Sprague High in 2001.

I've been at Sprague High as an administrator since 2015. I have been happily married since 1999 and have three boys who attend schools in the Salem-Keizer School District. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, spending time with my family and friends, and finding new ways to challenge myself.

Assistant Principal

Jesse Clayton:

Jesse Clayton

Jesse Clayton joined the Admin Team at Sprague in 2017 as an Assistant Principal after serving in the role of AP at Leslie Middle School for two years, and as AP at Claggett Creek Middle School for three years.

Mrs. Clayton was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska where she lived before moving to Oregon to attend college at Oregon State University. After graduating, Mrs. Clayton moved to Southern California where she started her career in Education, serving as a high school English and AVID teacher, AVID Coordinator, and Instructional Coach. Mrs. Clayton returned to the Willamette Valley and began work for Salem Keizer Public Schools in 2010 as an Instructional Coach at Waldo Middle School before becoming Assistant Principal at Claggett Creek Middle School.

Mrs. Clayton is looking forward to getting back to the high school level and is excited to do that at Sprague High School.

Assistant Principal

Mark Harris:

Mark Harris

Mark Harris is our newest Assistant Principal, joining the Sprague Admin Team in 2019.

Mr. Harris was born and raised in London, England graduating high school in 1997. From there he attended university at University College of London obtaining his Master’s degree. His educational career started in 2002, where he was a Math teacher at a secondary modern school back in London for several years as a Key Stage 4 coordinator. After emigrating to Salem in 2010, he landed a position as a Math teacher in Sprague High School, transitioned to an Instructional Coach at McKay High School for 2 years, before excitedly returning back as a Behaviour Specialist to Sprague.

Mr. Harris has been happily married since 2010 and has two beautiful children. Outside of school Mr. Harris thoroughly enjoys hanging out with family and friends, playing board games and spend time traveling.


  • Created By Kendall Shadduck -- 4/18/2017
  • Edited by Jay Conley -- 9/12/2017

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