Woodrow Wilson High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Woodrow Wilson High School
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Woodrow Wilson High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Woodrow Wilson High School
Woodrow Wilson High School
1151 SW Vermont

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United States
Coordinates45°28′37″N 122°41′23″W / 45.476842°N 122.689798°W / 45.476842; -122.689798Coordinates: 45°28′37″N 122°41′23″W / 45.476842°N 122.689798°W / 45.476842; -122.689798
Motto"Diligence, Excellence, Integrity"[4]
School districtPortland Public Schools
PrincipalFilip Hristic[1]
Number of students1,413 (2016–2017 enrollment)[3]
Color(s)Forest green and white   [1]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[1]
Team nameWilson Trojans

President Woodrow Wilson High School (colloquially Wilson High School) is a public high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. In 2006, the school was one of seven in Oregon ranked among America's 1,200 best high schools by Newsweek.[5] In 2008, Wilson was voted 37th out of all the public high schools in the state.[6]


Wilson High School was built in 1954, after a ballot measure was passed in 1945 providing $5,000,000 to improve Portland's school system. Population was growing explosively, so emphasis was put on economy and ease of building, instead of on architectural style as was the norm in the earlier school buildings. Wilson High School, which was designed by the firm Edmundson and Kochendoerfer, used the technique of lift-slab construction to speed up construction. Wilson was the first building in the Northwest to use that technique.[7]

On June 18, 2003, an arsonist damaged the school. Two students were arrested in connection with the fire and several others in the Portland area.[8]

Student profile[edit]

In the 2016–2017 school year, the student population was 74.7% White, 8% Hispanic, 5.7% African American, 3.3% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 0.4% Native American, and 7.3% mixed race.[3] About 88% of students live within the school boundaries.[3] In 2009, 10% of Wilson's students transferred into the school.[9]


In 2008, 87% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 343 students, 299 graduated, 29 dropped out, eight received a modified diploma, and seven were still in high school the following year.[10][11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "New Principal for Wilson High School Named". Pamplin Media. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2018–19" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 69. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "School Profiles & Enrollment Data 2016-2017" (PDF). Portland Public Schools. p. 299. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Executive Summary: Wilson High School". AdvancED. 2014. p. 3. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Seven Oregon schools make Newsweek list". The Oregonian. May 9, 2006. p. B5.
  6. ^ Top 10 Best Oregon State Elementary Schools - OR School Rankings
  7. ^ "Wilson High School (Portland, oregon)". Oregon Digital. University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Sate University Libraries. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Previous Portland-area school fires". The Oregonian. November 10, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
  9. ^ Melton, Kimberly (February 4, 2010). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  10. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  11. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  12. ^ Stabler, David (March 9, 2010). "Homecoming for composer Kenji Bunch at the Portland Youth Philharmonic". OregonLive. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Janet Christ (June 1, 2000). "He's Got a Future Full of Drama". The Oregonian. p. D02.
  14. ^ Rob Owen, Special to The Oregonian. "Ex-Portlander Alicia Lagano shows her grit in 'Client List'". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  15. ^ "Commissioner names aides". The Oregonian. January 4, 1973. Section 2, p. 13.
  16. ^ "Dale Murphy Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Damon Stoudamire Stats". Basketball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "Wayne Twitchell Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2017.

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