Roosevelt High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Roosevelt High School
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Roosevelt High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Roosevelt High School
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central Street
Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, 97203
United States
Coordinates 45°35′22″N 122°44′17″W / 45.589407°N 122.738147°W / 45.589407; -122.738147Coordinates: 45°35′22″N 122°44′17″W / 45.589407°N 122.738147°W / 45.589407; -122.738147
Type Public
Opened 1921
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Filip Hristic[1]
Grades 9-12[2]
Number of students 914[3]
Color(s) Black and gold  [4]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 5A[4]
Mascot Roughriders[4]

Roosevelt High School is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States.


Due to the baby boom and passing of a $25 million building levy by the school district in 1947, completion of a wing already under construction and a new gymnasium were slated.[5] It was described as the "worst crowded high school" in Portland in 1950.[5] Roosevelt received a Federal Grant in the Summer of 2010 to improve school conditions and to return the school into a comprehensive campus by 2013.

Student profile[edit]

The student population is 31% Latino, 30% white, 23% African American, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 4% Native American.[6] In 2009, 7% of the students transferred into the school.[7] The school is the most ethnically diverse neighborhood high school in the state of Oregon. 84% of students receive free or reduced lunch, making it Oregon's poorest high school. [1]


Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon is a smaller school. Over the past 4 years they have made the slow transition from small schools to one comprehensive campus. The school was split into 3 small schools: P.O.W.E.R or Pursuit Of Wellness Education at Roosevelt, S.E.I.S or the Spanish English International School, and A.C.T or Arts, Communication, and Technologies. Each small school focused on certain academics and career related pathways. P.O.W.E.R focused on maths and sciences. Offering their kids career related experience in Health Sciences, and other medical fields. S.E.I.S focused on immersion in language. All students were required to take 4 years of Spanish and English. A.C.T offered courses in fine, visual, and performing arts. Kids were also offered alternate English classes to expand their communications skills. Now that Roosevelt has merged all students have access to a variety of specialized classes. Being a smaller school it has been hard for Roosevelt to offer a wide variety of classes. Such classes as AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, higher level math classes, and alternate language classes have been requested by small groups of students, but until 2014 were not offered. With PPS closing transfers out of the neighborhood, the school has grown in size. This growth, along with extra funding via grants, has allowed Roosevelt to make leaps and bounds educationally. They still have a high drop out rate, and low graduation rates, but the school is most certainly on the rise.[8][9]

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  1. ^ Hammond, Betsy (2009-09-10). "New principals for Portland-area high schools". (The Oregonian). Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
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  5. ^ a b Polich, Edward L. (1950). A history of Portland's secondary school system with emphasis on the superintendents and the curriculum (Thesis/dissertation). University of Portland. p. 160. OCLC 232551057. 
  6. ^ Melton, Kimberly (2010-01-21). "What will be the fate of my high school?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  7. ^ Melton, Kimberly (2010-02-04). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  8. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.