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
Portland, Oregon, (Multnomah County) 97219
United States
Coordinates 45°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
Type Public
Motto "Diligence, Excellence, Integrity"[4]
Opened 1956
School district Portland Public Schools
Principal Brian Chatard[1][2]
Grades 9-12[2]
Number of students 1439[3]
Color(s) Forest green and white   [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Portland Interscholastic League 5A-1[1]
Mascot Trojan[1]
Team name Wilson Trojans
Yearbook The Trojan[citation needed]

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]

The student population is 76% White, 8% Latino, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 5% African American.[3] About 85% of students live within the school boundaries, the highest percentage in the district.[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]


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  2. ^ a b "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b c Melton, Kimberly (2010-01-21). "What will be the fate of my high school?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Executive Summary: Wilson High School". AdvancED. 
  5. ^ "Seven Oregon schools make Newsweek list". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Publishing. 2006-05-09. pp. B5. 
  6. ^ Top 10 Best Oregon State Elementary Schools - OR School Rankings
  7. ^ "Wilson High School (Portland, oregon)". Oregon Digital. Oregon Historical Site Form. 
  8. ^ "Previous Portland-area school fires". The Oregonian. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  9. ^ Melton, Kimberly (2010-02-04). "How many transfer, and where do they go?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  10. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  11. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  12. ^ Rob Owen, Special to The Oregonian. "Ex-Portlander Alicia Lagano shows her grit in 'Client List'". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  13. ^ "Commissioner names aides". The Oregonian. January 4, 1973. Section 2, p. 13. 
  14. ^ Dale Murphy Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Damon Stoudamire NBA & ABA Stats | Basketball-Reference.com
  16. ^ Wayne Twitchell Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com

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