Deering High School

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Deering High School
Established 1874
Type Public secondary
Principal Ira Waltz
Students 1,180
Grades 9–12
Location 370 Stevens Avenue,
Portland, Maine, USA
Coordinates 43°40′18″N 70°17′45″W / 43.67165°N 70.29585°W / 43.67165; -70.29585Coordinates: 43°40′18″N 70°17′45″W / 43.67165°N 70.29585°W / 43.67165; -70.29585
District Portland Public Schools
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Campus Suburban
Colors Purple and White
Mascot Rams

Deering High School (DHS) is a public high school in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. The school is part of the Portland Public Schools district.

It is one of the three public high schools located in Portland, the others being Portland High School and Casco Bay High School.


Deering High School was established in 1874 after Deering, Maine seceded from Westbrook, Maine in 1871. It is named after the town of Deering, which was later annexed by the City of Portland in 1898.[1] The first Deering High School building eventually became Longfellow Elementary.[2] The second building was completed in 1889. It burned down in 1921, but was saved and converted into Lincoln Middle School in 1923.


Deering is one of 34 high schools nationally which have joined the International Studies School Network, which is part of the Asia Society.[3] In October 2013, Deering High School announced it would offer an Arabic language course as part of their new international curriculum. It was believed to be the first Arabic language course in Maine public schools.[4][5]


Memorial Stadium is located on Ludlow Street near Deering High School, and is the home field for DHS outdoor sports teams.

The Deering Rams won the Maine Class A Boys' State Basketball Championship on March 3, 2012.[6]

The Deering High School and Portland High School football teams have played each other each Thanksgiving since 1911, except for 1920.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ Ellis, Colin (August 19, 2014). "Back to school: Portland's Deering High takes global perspective on hunger, poverty". The Forecaster. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Gallagher, Noel K (October 1, 2013). "Deering High to offer Arabic class". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  5. ^ McCanna, Ben (August 10, 2013). "Arabic language now a little less foreign to students at Portland's Deering High School". The Forecaster. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  6. ^ DHS Wins Class A Boys' State Basketball Championship Portland Schools, March 6, 2012
  7. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (November 27, 2008). "Rivalry on Thanksgiving menu in Maine". ESPN. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Tom Allen American Association of Publishers
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  19. ^ Joseph L., Winland, Jr. (August 18, 2010). "Opening the Window to Edward Whittemore". Georgia State University. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 

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