Marshall High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Marshall High School
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Marshall High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Marshall High School
Marshall High School
3905 SE 91st Avenue
Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County 97266
United States
Coordinates 45°29′39″N 122°34′20″W / 45.494088°N 122.572349°W / 45.494088; -122.572349Coordinates: 45°29′39″N 122°34′20″W / 45.494088°N 122.572349°W / 45.494088; -122.572349
Type Public
Opened 1960
Closed 2011
School district Portland Public Schools
Grades 9-12[1]
Number of students 751[2]
Color(s) Scarlet, navy, and white    [3]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 5A-1[3]
Mascot Minutemen[3]

Marshall High School is a former public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. The school opened on September 6, 1960, and is named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.[4] The school was closed in 2011 as the Portland Public Schools district moved to consolidate students and resources into fewer high schools.[5]

Student profile[edit]

In its last year of operation, the student population was 45% white, 23% Latino, 16% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 10% African American.[2] The Marshall boundaries contained more potential students (1640) than any other in the Portland area, though the Marshall enrollment was only 751 students.[2] In 2009, 9% of the students transferred into the school.[6]


Since 2004, Marshall comprised four small schools:[7] the BizTech High School of Business and Technology, the Portland Academy of International Studies, the Linus Pauling "Academy of Integrated Sciences", and the Renaissance Arts Academy.[5]

  • BizTech High School of Business and Technology In 2008, 42% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 62 students, 26 graduated, 23 dropped out, 4 received a modified diploma, and 9 were still in high school.[8][9] In 2009–2010, the school had 288 students.[2]
  • Pauling Academy of Integrated Sciences In 2008, 58% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 71 students, 41 graduated, 20 dropped out, 5 received a modified diploma, and 5 were still in high school.[8][9] In 2009–2010, the school had 175 students.[2]
  • Renaissance Arts Academy In 2008, 44% of the school's seniors received their high school diploma. Of 61 students, 27 graduated, 22 dropped out, 7 received a modified diploma, and 5 were still in high school.[8][9] In 2009–2010, the school had 288 students.[2]


Among Marshall's most successful sports teams were the boys basketball teams (reaching the postseason in 2009-10) also the 1995-96 basketball team almost reach the post season they were one game shy of making the post season. And the cheerleading squad (which finished 4th in Oregon in 2009-10). The girls basketball team won two consecutive state championships in 1981 and 1982. Coached by Ken Trapp and John Hughes, the 1981 championship team was the first in Oregon history to finish undefeated at 26-0. Coached by Rod Jones, the girls volleyball team won the state championship in 1978 and finished second in 1982, 1985 and in 1987 second under coach John Hughes. In 1980 the girls soccer team reached the quarter finals. In 1981 the softball team finished 3rd in the state.[10] Marshall football reached the state quarterfinals in 1973, and last reached the playoffs since 2003, but hadn't won a playoff football game since 1990. The school recorded the first winless season in the school's 50-year history during the 2007-2008 season after falling in the last game of the season to also winless Roosevelt High School 25-22 in a match-up of two teams that have struggled for the better part of the decade.[11] JMHS hired a new football coach on June 23, 2010.

Notable alumni[edit]

Franklin and Grant Remodel[edit]

Marshall high school is housing the students of Franklin High school from the fall of 2015 until the end of the school year in 2017 while Franklin High School is renovated and earthquake-proofed. After that, the students of Grant High School will be at the Marshall campus for two years while the same remodeling is done on the Grant building.[12]


  1. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. September 2008. p. 139. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Melton, Kimberly (January 21, 2010). "What will be the fate of my high school?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  3. ^ a b c Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "School Bells Ring Again; Record Enrollments Expected". The Oregonian, September 6, 1960, p. 29.
  5. ^ a b Buxton, Matt (June 13, 2011). "Marshall High School closing: Anger, resignation, hope mark end of an era". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Melton, Kimberly (February 4, 2010). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ Graves, Bill (April 15, 2009). "Oregon high school dropout rate drops to lowest in a decade". The Oregonian. 
  8. ^ a b c Casey, Jerry (June 30, 2009). "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ a b c "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-11. [permanent dead link]
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  11. ^ "Pamplin Media Group". Pamplin Media Group. 
  12. ^ Colombo, Phil (January 2, 2014). "Grant High School students to attend class at Marshall in 2017". Hollywood Star. Star News. Retrieved 11 December 2015.