Cleveland High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Cleveland High School
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Cleveland High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Cleveland High School
Cleveland High School
3400 SE 26th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
United States
Coordinates 45°29′55″N 122°38′18″W / 45.498515°N 122.638466°W / 45.498515; -122.638466Coordinates: 45°29′55″N 122°38′18″W / 45.498515°N 122.638466°W / 45.498515; -122.638466
Type Public
Opened 1929 (as Commerce High School)
1948 (as Cleveland High School)
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Tammy O'neil[1][2]
Grades 9-12[2]
Number of students 1553[3]
Color(s) Kelly green and yellow   [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[1]
Mascot Warriors[1]
Rival Franklin High School
Newspaper The Clarion

'President Grover Cleveland High School, '(colloquially 'Cleveland High School'), is a public high school in inner southeast Portland, Oregon, United States and is part of the Portland Public Schools district.

This school is one of Portland's two high schools with the International Baccalaureate program. It is also one of the two high schools in the Portland Public School District to receive an A on its government "Report Card," based on its students' test and SAT scores.[citation needed]


Cleveland was originally known as Clinton Kelly High School of Commerce and was a trades school.[4] It was designed by the architect George Howell Jones.[5] As a result of the baby boom and the passing of a $25 million building levy by the school district in 1947, an "athletic field house" was slated.[4] Commerce was turned into a comprehensive high school in fall 1948 and renamed Grover Cleveland High School.[4] Science labs were also added at this time.[4]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the school district faced declining enrollment, and targeted Cleveland for closure. The CHS property was made up of two parcels: the school building site and the athletic field, originally the site of the Clinton Kelly home. Clinton Kelly, an early Portland settler and minister, specified that the property was to be used solely for a public school. If the property was used for any other purpose, or put up for sale, the property would revert to the Kelly estate, and to the living heirs of Clinton Kelly. The school district ultimately decided to close Washington-Monroe High School instead, and keep Cleveland open.

During 1990 and 1991 the school auditorium was equipped with a large theater pipe organ. The instrument was removed from Benson High School near the Lloyd Center, enlarged, and installed in the Cleveland Auditorium by the Oregon Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, which maintains it and presents events open to the public.

In 2005, Cleveland High School was the setting for the music video for 16 Military Wives by local indie rock band The Decemberists.[6]

Student profile[edit]

The student population is 71% white, 8% Latino, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 5% African American.[3] In 2009-2010 the school was locally known for "an incredibly vocal, motivated and organized parent community".[3]

In 2008, 85% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 310 students, 262 graduated, 26 dropped out, 9 received a modified diploma, and 13 are still in high school.[7][8] In 2009, 28% of Cleveland students were transfers into the school.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ a b c d 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. 124,160. OCLC 232551057. 
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  13. ^ Walker, David (June 11, 2003). "Heavy Metal Half-Life". Willamette Week (online). Retrieved 2006-12-04. 
  14. ^ "Knight in Shining Armor?". Advance Publications. 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-04. 
  15. ^ Charles Pope (May 31, 2011). "John Bryson brings Portland roots as nominee to lead Commerce Department". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2011-10-24.