Portland High School (Maine)

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Portland High School
Portland High School 3.jpg
284 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, Maine
United States
Type Public secondary
Established 1821
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Sheila Jepson
Faculty 75
Grades 9–12
Enrollment about 1000
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Bulldog
Rival Deering High School
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Portland High School
Portland High School (Maine) is located in Maine
Portland High School (Maine)
Portland High School (Maine) is located in the US
Portland High School (Maine)
Location 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°39′33″N 70°15′32″W / 43.65917°N 70.25889°W / 43.65917; -70.25889Coordinates: 43°39′33″N 70°15′32″W / 43.65917°N 70.25889°W / 43.65917; -70.25889
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1863
Architect Harding, George M.; Multiple
Architectural style Classical Revival, Italianate
NRHP reference # 84003879[1]
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.


The entrance to Portland High School.

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.[2] 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.[3] The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1984.[1]

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.[4]


Portland High School uses the off-campus Fitzpatrick Stadium, Hadlock Field, Portland Expo, and William B. Troubh(Portland Ice Arena) for the school's sporting events.

The Deering High School and Portland High School football teams have played each other each Thanksgiving since 1911, except for 1920.[5]

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