Portland High School (Maine)

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Portland High School
Portland High School 3.jpg
Portland High School 3.jpg
Established 1821
Type Public secondary
Principal Deborah Migneault
Faculty 75
Students about 1000
Grades 9–12
Location Portland, Maine, USA
District Portland Public Schools
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Bulldog
Website

portland.portlandschools.org

Portland High School
School site in U.S. state of Maine
Portland High School (Maine) is located in Maine
Portland High School (Maine)
Location 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°39′33″N 70°15′32″W / 43.65917°N 70.25889°W / 43.65917; -70.25889Coordinates: 43°39′33″N 70°15′32″W / 43.65917°N 70.25889°W / 43.65917; -70.25889
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1863
Architect Harding,George M.; Multiple
Architectural style Classical Revival, Italianate
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 84003879[1]
Added to NRHP November 23, 1984

Portland High School is a public high school established in 1821 in Portland, Maine (Cumberland County), which educates grades 9–12. The school is part of the Portland Public Schools district.

The entrance to Portland High School.

Established in 1821 originally as a boys' school, Portland High School claims to be the second-oldest public high school still operating in the United States; however it is the 15th oldest public high school in the U.S.[2] Joseph Libbey was its first principal. A separate school for girls was added in 1850, and in 1863 the school moved to Cumberland Avenue, its present location. The original school building on that site, which is now the middle wing of the modern school was originally divided into two by a brick wall running from top to bottom of the building to divide the girls from the boys. Much of the wall has been removed, but its remains can still be seen in the basement.[3]

The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1984.[1]

In 1989 a new annex was opened containing more classrooms, a cafeteria, a theater/auditorium (named for John Ford) and an athletic facility. Portland High School, however, uses the off-campus Fitzpatrick Stadium, Hadlock Field, Portland Expo, and Portland Ice Arena for the school's sporting events.

As of 2011, the school principal is Deborah Migneault and her assistants are Kimberly Wike and Kathy Marquis-Girard. Approximately 1000 students are enrolled each year.

In June 2010, 174 students graduated from Portland High School.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ List of oldest public high schools in the United States
  3. ^ School History -THE HERITAGE OF PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL
  4. ^ Portland High Graduation: Class of 2010 represents its multicultural city well Portland Press Herald, June 3, 2010
  5. ^ Thompson, John H (29 May 1994). "D-day's Cauldron". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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