Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

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Wells High School
Wilson High Front.jpg
1151 SW Vermont Street

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United States
Coordinates45°28′37″N 122°41′23″W / 45.476842°N 122.689798°W / 45.476842; -122.689798Coordinates: 45°28′37″N 122°41′23″W / 45.476842°N 122.689798°W / 45.476842; -122.689798
Former nameWoodrow Wilson High School
Motto"Diligence, Excellence, Integrity"[1]
School districtPortland Public Schools
PrincipalFilip Hristić[2][3]
Number of students1,540 (2021–2022 enrollment)[5]
Color(s)Forest green and white   [2]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[2]
Team nameWells Guardians
RivalLincoln High School

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, formerly known as Woodrow Wilson High School (and colloquially as Wells High School), is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States.


Wells High School (originally Woodrow Wilson High School) was built in 1956, after a ballot measure was passed in 1945 providing $5 million to improve Portland's school system. Population was growing explosively, so emphasis was put on economy and ease of building, instead of on architectural style as was the norm in the earlier school buildings. Wells High School, which was designed by the firm Edmundson and Kochendoerfer, used the technique of lift-slab construction to speed up construction. Wells was the first building in the Northwest to use that technique.[6]

In July 2020, Portland Public Schools pledged to rename the school in response to pressure from the community in light of the racial justice movement that followed the murder of George Floyd.[7] In January 2021, the name was changed to Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, in honor of Ida B. Wells.[8] The mascot was also changed from the Trojans to the Guardians (represented by an owl).

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  2. ^ a b c "New Principal for Wilson High School Named". Pamplin Media. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Filip Hristić". Portland Public Schools. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2018–19" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 69. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Portland Public Schools Annual Comprehensive Financial Report For the year ended June 30, 2021" (PDF). Portland Public Schools. p. 128. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  6. ^ "Wilson High School (Portland, oregon)". Oregon Digital. University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon State University Libraries. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Campuzano, Eder (July 15, 2020). "Portland Public Schools will rename Wilson High by spring 2021, more buildings to come". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  8. ^ Young, Jenny (January 26, 2021). "PPS changes Wilson HS name to honor Ida B. Wells-Barnett". KOIN. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  9. ^ Stabler, David (March 9, 2010). "Homecoming for composer Kenji Bunch at the Portland Youth Philharmonic". OregonLive. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Janet Christ (June 1, 2000). "He's Got a Future Full of Drama". The Oregonian. p. D02.
  11. ^ Rob Owen, Special to The Oregonian. "Ex-Portlander Alicia Lagano shows her grit in 'Client List'". Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  12. ^ "Commissioner names aides". The Oregonian. January 4, 1973. Section 2, p. 13.
  13. ^ "Dale Murphy Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Damon Stoudamire Stats". Basketball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Wayne Twitchell Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.

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