Madison High School (Portland, Oregon)

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James Madison High School
James Madison High School is located in Portland, Oregon
James Madison High School
James Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd Avenue

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United States
Coordinates45°32′32″N 122°34′48″W / 45.54222°N 122.579924°W / 45.54222; -122.579924Coordinates: 45°32′32″N 122°34′48″W / 45.54222°N 122.579924°W / 45.54222; -122.579924
School districtPortland Public Schools
PrincipalPetra Callin[1]
Number of students1070 (2016–2017 enrollment)[2]
Color(s)Columbia blue and red   [3]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[3]
NewspaperThe Constitution

President James Madison High School (colloquially Madison High School) is one of nine comprehensive public high schools in the Portland Public Schools in the city of Portland, Oregon, United States.


Madison High School was founded in 1957 and named after James Madison, the fourth US President and co-author of the Constitution. The school serves neighborhood students and many transfer students in grades 9–12.

Two movies have been filmed at the school: Paranoid Park (2007) and Twilight (2008).

On June 29, 2004, the school was damaged by fire, probably caused by fireworks.[4]

The school is currently being renovated as part of a $790 million bond measured passed in 2017 and is planned to finish before the 2021-2022 school year. Students will be attending a different school building as of August 2019.[5]


James Madison High School offers a full range of college preparatory core content classes as well as unique elective options in the areas of mathematics, performing & visual arts, science, social science, and world languages. Students may challenge themselves by enrolling in Advanced Placement and dual credit courses. The latter are taught by Madison faculty who work in partnership with Portland Community College.[6]


Madison participates in the Portland Interscholastic League at the 6A level. Team sports include soccer, cross country, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, dance team, wrestling and track and field. Madison athletics is most known for its baseball program, which holds the most state titles of any high school baseball program in the state of Oregon.


Main building at the school

In the 2016–2017 school year, Madison's student population was 33.3% White, 24.5% Hispanic, 16.3% African American, 13.6% Asian, 2.0% Pacific Islander, 0.8% Native American, and 9.5% mixed race, making it one of Oregon's most diverse high schools.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2017-18" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 69. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "School Profiles & Enrollment Data 2016-2017" (PDF). Portland Public Schools. p. 241. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Madison". Oregon School Activities Association. Archived from the original on 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Previous Portland-area school fires". The Oregonian. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  5. ^ "Madison High School Remodel Begins". Portland Public Schools. April 5, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "About Madison".
  7. ^ "Wise Unnoticed Hero of Phillies". UPI. The Register-Guard. 1964-08-27. Retrieved 2010-01-23.