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, Madison and Caitlin, will attend Sprague High School in the future. Mr. Swanson's wife, Janelle, 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

Lillian White:

Lillian White

Lillian White serves as one of Sprague's Assistant Principals. She has worked in the education field for over 27 years as a home economics teacher, guidance counselor, and an administrator. Mrs. White graduated from George Fox University with her teaching degree and from Portland State with her counseling masters. She played basketball while attending Oregon State and Chemeketa Community College. This is Mrs. White's second year at Sprague.

Mrs. White has four children, the youngest of whom attends South High School as a senior. She has coached high school basketball. Her interests include scrap-booking, sewing, and gardening.

Assistant Principal

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/Athletics Director

Jeff Chandler:

Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler is a veteran educator that has taught and coached in Washington, Utah, and now Oregon. In addition, Mr. Chandler has taught all grade levels as well as some college. The majority of Mr. Chandler's career has been as a High School teacher and coach in the Physical Education and English domains. In addition, Mr. Chandler serves as the Head Football Coach for three high schools in the state of Washington.

Assistant Principal

Courtney Murphy:

Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy serves as one of Sprague's Assistant Principals. Ms. Murphy taught high school physical education and health, and was a teen parent coordinator, literacy coach and coached multiple high school and youth sports for 15 years, primarily at West Albany High School.

In 2006, Ms. Murphy began her administration career as a high school athletic director and assistant principal at Sandy High School. In 2011, Ms. Murphy was named principal at Boring Middle School, in Boring, Oregon. In 2013, Ms. Murphy was recruited to accept a position in Sweet Home Oregon as an elementary principal.

Ms. Murphy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Oregon University, her Master's Degree from Oregon State University, and her Administrative Credentials from University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Ms. Murphy currently resides in Gresham, Oregon with her son Cole, who is currently an 8th grader. Ms. Murphy is enjoying her position at Sprague High School, the students, staff, and community have been tremendously welcoming.

"As an assistant principal at Sprague High School, I want to support the school and leadership in any way I am needed. I am passionate about supporting students to be successful, teachers and staff to be successful and assisting parents, families and community to partner with the school to assure that our Sprague students have access to the best education possible and that our students feel thoroughly supported and have the best experience possible while they are here at Sprague High School."


  • Created By Kendall Shadduck -- 4/18/2017
  • Edited by Carter McQuigg -- 4/19/2017