Portland High School (Maine)
|Portland High School|
|284 Cumberland Avenue
|School district||Portland Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Rival||Deering High School|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
Portland High School
|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|
Portland High School is a public high school established in 1821 in Portland, Maine (Cumberland County), which educates grades 9–12. The school is part of the Portland Public Schools district. It is located at 284 Cumberland Avenue in downtown Portland.
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. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1984.
In 1989 a new annex was opened containing more classrooms, a cafeteria, a theater/auditorium (named for John Ford) and an athletic facility.
Approximately 1000 students are enrolled each year. In June 2010, 174 students graduated from Portland High School.
- 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
- Quinton Porter, professional football player
- Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- John Calvin Stevens, architect, pioneer of Shingle Style
- 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
- James Phinney Baxter III
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