Roosevelt High School (Oregon)

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Theodore Roosevelt High School
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Theodore Roosevelt High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central Street
Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County 97203
United States
Coordinates 45°35′22″N 122°44′17″W / 45.589407°N 122.738147°W / 45.589407; -122.738147Coordinates: 45°35′22″N 122°44′17″W / 45.589407°N 122.738147°W / 45.589407; -122.738147
Type Public
Opened 1921
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Filip Hristic[1]
Grades 9-12[2]
Number of students 914[3]
Color(s) Black and gold  [4]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 5A[4]
Mascot Roughriders[4]

President Theodore Roosevelt High School, (colloquially Roosevelt High School), is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States.


Due to the baby boom and passing of a $25 million building levy by the school district in 1947, completion of a wing already under construction and a new gymnasium were slated.[5] It was described as the "worst crowded high school" in Portland in 1950.[5] Roosevelt received a Federal Grant in the Summer of 2010 to improve school conditions and to return the school into a comprehensive campus by 2013.

Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon is a smaller school. The school was split into 3 small schools: P.O.W.E.R or Pursuit Of Wellness Education at Roosevelt, S.E.I.S or the Spanish English International School, and A.C.T or Arts, Communication, and Technologies. Each small school focused on certain academics and career related pathways. P.O.W.E.R focused on maths and sciences. Offering their kids career related experience in Health Sciences, and other medical fields. S.E.I.S focused on immersion in language. All students were required to take 4 years of Spanish and English. A.C.T offered courses in fine, visual, and performing arts. Kids were also offered alternate English classes to expand their communications skills.

The school returned to a comprehensive campus as of the 2012-2013 school year. This was so the school would have a united budget, and the change lead to a promotion of diversity in the classrooms.

Student profile[edit]

The student population is 36.4% Latino, 27.5% white, 21.6% African American, 6.9% Asian, 1.3% Native American, and 6.5% identify as another ethnicity.[6] The school is the most ethnically diverse neighborhood high school in the state of Oregon. The Class of 2015 had a 62% Graduation rate, and the Administration is forecasting that future classes will reach 80% ratings.


Now that Roosevelt has merged all students have access to a variety of specialized classes. Being a smaller school it has been hard for Roosevelt to offer a wide variety of classes. Such classes as AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, higher level math classes, and alternate language classes have been requested by small groups of students, but until 2014 were not offered. With PPS closing transfers out of the neighborhood, the school has grown in size. This growth, along with extra funding via grants, has allowed Roosevelt to make leaps and bounds educationally. They still have a high drop out rate, and low graduation rates, but the school is most certainly on the rise.[7][8]

Modernization Process[edit]

Since the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Roosevelt begun its modernization process. While most of the school is being completely revamped, the main building with the clock tower, as well as the theater wing are protected by the State of Oregon during its reconstruction. While the entire building will be renovated, the famous Bell tower will remain, it will have renovations in its interior. By the 2016-2017 school year, Roosevelt will have a new gymnasium, theater, library, science wing, and center of performing arts. By the 2017-2018 school year, the main building will have finished its renovation process. By the 2018-2019 school year, the modernization process is expected to be completed.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dungca, Nicole (2014-07-28). "Franklin and Roosevelt get new leaders in latest round of principal announcements". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
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  5. ^ a b Polich, Edward L. (1950). A history of Portland's secondary school system with emphasis on the superintendents and the curriculum (Thesis/dissertation). University of Portland. p. 160. OCLC 232551057. 
  6. ^ Melton, Kimberly (2010-01-21). The Oregonian Retrieved 2010-02-09.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  9. ^ Ammann, Ana; Lasocki, Ann (September 7, 2012). "Will the real Penny Lane please stand up?". Oregon Music News. Retrieved 18 August 2015.