David Douglas High School

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David Douglas High School
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David Douglas High School is located in Portland, Oregon
David Douglas High School
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave.

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Coordinates45°30′56″N 122°31′38″W / 45.515681°N 122.527229°W / 45.515681; -122.527229Coordinates: 45°30′56″N 122°31′38″W / 45.515681°N 122.527229°W / 45.515681; -122.527229
Motto"A place where connections are made"[citation needed]
School districtDavid Douglas School District
PrincipalJohn Bier[1]
Number of students3,176 (2016-17)[3]
Color(s)Scarlet and gray   [4]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-4[4]
NewspaperThe Highlander
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David Douglas High School (DDHS) is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is a part of the David Douglas School District.

In 1998 Lynn Olson, author of The School-to-work Revolution: How Employers And Educators Are Joining Forces To Prepare Tomorrow's Skilled Workforce, said that David Douglas was "a clean, orderly, comfortable school, the kind that sprouted up all over the country in the baby boom years of the 1950s and 1960s."[5]


The school is named after 19th-century Scottish botanist David Douglas, namesake of such Pacific Northwest species as the Douglas fir. Originally established in 1954, enrollment at DDHS increased quickly in subsequent years as development in suburban Portland expanded, eventually becoming one of the largest high schools in the area.

In 2009 around 20 students at David Douglas, all a part of the East Precinct Youth Advisory Council, created a traffic enforcement mission at the campus in cooperation with the Portland Police Department east precinct.[6]


The school has seven buildings. The first, referred to as the North Building, is dedicated to academic courses. Second is the South Building, a place for vocational fine arts. Next to the North is the pool building where health and financial classes are taught, along with a few strays. The social studies building was opened in 2007. The PAC is across from the South Building, and is where music and theatre courses are held, along with two theatres. One is a standard stadium seating theatre and the other, downstairs, is referred to as the "black box theatre". The East Campus is where the public and students with children are offered daycare. This provides the tools for child development classes. East Campus is several blocks away from the main building. David Douglas also has a garage for the automotives students located in the far corner of the parking lot behind the football stadium. The school is within a neighborhood that consists of small single-family houses.[7]


In 2008, 67% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 748 students, 500 graduated, 141 dropped out, 19 received a modified diploma, and 88 were still in high school the following year.[8][9]

Project STARS[edit]

In 1991 the school district introduced the Project STARS (Students Taking Authentic Routes to Success) "school-to-work" program after a survey concluded that, of the recent graduates of the school, 20% went on to four-year colleges. Anthony Palerimini, the superintendent, said, "We were doing an excellent job of providing a well-rounded college prep education. But it wasn't relevant to 25 to 30 percent of our students."[10] The program introduced students to various career fields. The Oregon Business Council, an organization representing forty chief executive officers from the largest companies in the state, partnered with the David Douglas district in implementing the program.[10]

When each student was in high school, he or she selected one of six "constellations" (concentrations) in which he or she would concentrate his or her electives in. Each constellation requires a student to take a capstone course, related courses, job shadows, and work experience. The Oregon Business Council implemented committees, together with 12 members, to develop a business and administration certificate of advanced mastery and a production and technology certification of advanced mastery. In the fall of 1994 the district planned to begin offering courses in these areas, and planned to add four more certificates in the 1995-1996 school year.[10]

In 1994 the Associated Press referred to the David Douglas School District as "a leader in Oregon's movement toward more career-oriented schools" due to the school-to-work program courses.[10] The AP added that "It may serve as a model for other districts as they forge new ties with the world of work."[10]


As of 1998, the school had 1,850 students. The students were mostly White and mostly of lower-middle and middle class. During that year, Lynn Olson, author of The School-to-work Revolution: How Employers And Educators Are Joining Forces To Prepare Tomorrow's Skilled Workforce, said that this "typifies the demographics of Oregon as a whole."[7]

The Highlander[edit]

The Highlander is published monthly by the Advanced Journalism class, and has a circulation of 2,000. It is printed by the Gresham Outlook.

The Highlander has won the following awards:

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1996, David Douglas was honored as one of the ten original New American High Schools "showcase sites", serving as a model for other public schools around the nation, due in part to the David Douglas Model District Partnership and the "academic constellations" created through Project STARS (Students Taking Authentic Routes to Success).[12][13][14]


State championships[edit]

  • Boys' swimming: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2008
  • Girls' swimming: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
  • Dance team: 1983, 1995,[15] 1997,[16] 2000[17]
  • Boys' baseball: 1977
  • Boys' basketball 1967
  • Football: 1960, 1965
  • Wrestling: 1961, 1966, 2013
  • Track and field: 1973, 1987
  • Cheerleading: 2015, 2016[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Olson, Lynn. The School-to-work Revolution: How Employers And Educators Are Joining Forces To Prepare Tomorrow's Skilled Workforce. Da Capo Press, August 28, 1998. ISBN 0738200298, 9780738200293.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-10-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. ^ "David Douglas High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c http://www.osaa.org/schools.aspx/DavidDouglas/
  5. ^ Olson, p. 193-194.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Maxine. "David Douglas teens put in some police work." The Oregonian. Wednesday March 25, 2009. Retrieved on October 5, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Olson, p. 193.
  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. Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Career-oriented high school begins transition to work." Eugene Register-Guard. Wednesday October 26, 1994. p. 4D. Retrieved from Google News (16 of 26) on October 5, 2012.
  11. ^ http://highlander.ddouglas.k12.or.us
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/15/74/88.pdf[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ http://www.osaa.org/docs/dnc/records/1995.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.osaa.org/docs/dnc/records/1997.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.osaa.org/docs/dnc/records/2000.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.osaa.org/docs/btf/records/1973b.pdf
  19. ^ David Douglas High School Yearbook, Celtic 1972. 17. Portland, Oregon: David Douglas High School. 1972. p. 216.

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