Portland High School (Maine)
|Portland High School|
|Location||Portland, Maine, USA|
|District||Portland Public Schools|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Portland High School
School site in U.S. state of Maine
|Location||284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Maine|
|Area||1 acre (0.4 ha)|
|Architect||Harding,George M.; Multiple|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP Reference #||84003879|
|Added to NRHP||November 23, 1984|
Established in 1821 originally as a boys' school, Portland High School claims to be the oldest public high school still operating in the United States; however it is the 15th oldest public high school in the U.S. Joseph Libbey was its first principal. A separate school for girls was added in 1850, and in 1863 the school moved to Cumberland Avenue, its present location. The original school building on that site, which is now the middle wing of the modern school was originally divided into two by a brick wall running from top to bottom of the building to divide the girls from the boys. Much of the wall has been removed, but its remains can still be seen in the basement.
In 1989 a new annex was opened containing more classrooms, a cafeteria, a theater/auditorium (named for John Ford) and an athletic facility.
As of 2011, the school principal is Deborah Migneault and her assistants are Kimberly Wike and Kathy Marquis-Girard. Approximately 1000 students are enrolled each year.
In June 2010, 174 students graduated from Portland High School.
- Harold Taylor Andrews, killed in action, Battle of Cambrai, 1917; the first Portland native to die in World War I
- Rear Admiral Albert Cleaves, World War II commander of Cruiser-Transport Force
- LeBaron Coakley, illustrator and political cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Washington Post
- John Ford (John Martin Feeney), film director
- John Lynch, U.S. Representative
- Admiral Robert E. Peary, explorer, first to claim to reach the North Pole
- Edward S. Pennell, USMC, a Navy Cross recipient for his actions at Iwo Jima in February 1945
- Quinton Porter, professional football player
- Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- John Calvin Stevens, architect, pioneer of Shingle Style
- Sewall C. Strout, U.S. federal court judge
- Dave Epstein, Television Meteorologist, WCVB,TV Boston, Massachusetts
- Dave Littlefield, Former Major League Baseball executive, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Wyatt Allen, Olympic gold and bronze medalist in rowing
- Captain Robert Russell Williams, Jr., USN, commanding officer, USS Finback (SS-230)
- John F. MacVane, authored the school's song at age 15 when he was a student, World War II radio correspondent, journalist
- James Phinney Baxter III
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- List of oldest public high schools in the United States
- School History -THE HERITAGE OF PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL
- Portland High Graduation: Class of 2010 represents its multicultural city well Portland Press Herald, June 3, 2010
- Lenzi, Rachel (November 27, 2008). "Rivalry on Thanksgiving menu in Maine". ESPN. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Thompson, John H (29 May 1994). "D-day's Cauldron". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- Portland High School homepage
- Portland High School profile provided by schooltree.org
- Portland High Lacrosse
- Portland High Football