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

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United States
Coordinates45°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
School districtPortland Public Schools
Number of students751[2]
Color(s)Scarlet, navy, and white    [3]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Portland Interscholastic League 5A-1[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]


Marshall was built to accommodate 2,400 students, although only 1300 enrolled in its first year. It cost $4,731,506 to build, and included 42 classrooms.[6] It had a library, which projects from a corner of the building into the courtyard, had 7000 books in its first year, and a cafeteria which seated 800 students.[7] Students were drawn from areas previously served by Franklin and Madison High Schools.[8]

Marshall was designed by the firm Stanton, Boles, Maguire, and Church, which also designed the campus of Lewis and Clark College. Marshall had several innovative design features. I was designed to have conference rooms connected to classrooms, with windows between them, to allow teachers to either meet with individual students while keeping an eye on the class as a whole or let students study in the conference room while teaching a class in the main classroom. It put lockers in all teachers classrooms, for storing personal belongings. Despite these design features, it is not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, since, unlike Jackson Middle School and Wilson High School, it does not demonstrate as high a level of innovation in its design.[9][10]

In the mid 1960s, Marshall experimented with an innovative program, developed by a team of professors at the Stanford School of Education, which gave students the opportunity to complete homework during an extended school day.[11] This program structured the school more like a college, to better prepare students for college. Students spent just two thirds of their day in class, leaving the other third open for studying, researching, or sitting in on other classes. Classes also varied in length, resulting in a complicated schedule based upon 20-minute modules, which was created by an IBM 7090.[12] While the reaction was generally positive, there were some problems with the experiment. Not all teachers adjusted well to the student-discussion focused classes, and some students goofed off instead of studying during the free third of their school day. The school encouraged collaboration between teachers, which many saw as positive.[13]

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.[14]


Since 2004, Marshall comprised four small schools:[15] 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.[16][17] 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.[16][17] 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.[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19] JMHS hired a new football coach on June 23, 2010.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Nick Jones - basketball player
  • Jeff Nehler - Softball - Senior Softball Player

Franklin and Grant Remodel[edit]

The Marshall Campus housed the students of Franklin High school from the fall of 2015 until the end of the school year in 2017 while Franklin High School was renovated and earthquake-proofed. Currently, 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.[20]


  1. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. September 2008. p. 139. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 26, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Melton, Kimberly (January 21, 2010). "What will be the fate of my high school?". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  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. ^ "John Marshall School To Service Students In Southeast Area". The Oregonian. August 24, 1960.
  7. ^ "John Marshall High To Open In Southeast Portland". The Oregonian. 5 September 1960.
  8. ^ Wentworth, Eric (24 August 1960). "Portland Public Schools Open Sept. 6". The Oregonian.
  9. ^ "Marshall High School (Portland, Oregon) | Oregon Digital". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  10. ^ "School Building Planned To Meet Students Needs". The Oregonian. 6 September 1960.
  11. ^ Ashby, Neal (22 November 1964). "Is Homework Necessary?". Parade: The Sunday Newspaper Magazine.
  12. ^ Guernsey, John (27 October 1963). "IBM Gadget Shelves Tradition At Marshall High". The Oregonian.
  13. ^ Guernsey, John (7 February 1965). "'Revolutionary' System At Marshall High Probes College Method On Secondary Level". The Oregonian.
  14. ^ Melton, Kimberly (February 4, 2010). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  15. ^ Graves, Bill (April 15, 2009). "Oregon high school dropout rate drops to lowest in a decade". The Oregonian.
  16. ^ a b c Casey, Jerry (June 30, 2009). "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  17. ^ a b c "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  18. ^ "OSAA - Home". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  19. ^ "Pamplin Media Group". Pamplin Media Group.
  20. ^ Colombo, Phil (January 2, 2014). "Grant High School students to attend class at Marshall in 2017". Hollywood Star. Star News. Retrieved December 11, 2015.