Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School
|Wells High School|
1151 SW Vermont Street
|Former name||Woodrow Wilson High School|
|Motto||"Diligence, Excellence, Integrity"|
|School district||Portland Public Schools|
|Number of students||1,540 (2021–2022 enrollment)|
|Color(s)||Forest green and white |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1|
|Team name||Wells Guardians|
|Rival||Lincoln High School|
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.
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. In January 2021, the name was changed to Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, in honor of Ida B. Wells. The mascot was also changed from the Trojans to the Guardians (represented by an owl).
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- Ginny Burdick, communications consultant and member of the Oregon State Senate
- David Gilkey, Nationally recognized photojournalist and war correspondent.
- Boaz Frankel, television personality
- Peter Gassner, founder and CEO of Veeva Systems. The company's primary focus is cloud-based software development and providing for randomization and trial supply management (RTSM).
- Alicia Lagano, actress
- Paul Linnman, television news reporter and anchor; radio personality
- Dale Murphy, professional baseball player, 7-time All-Star, twice National League MVP
- Damon Stoudamire, basketball player and coach, 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year
- Wayne Twitchell, professional baseball player
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