Lincoln High School (Portland, Oregon)

Lincoln High School is a public high school located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States. It was established in 1869 as Portland High School, making it one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River.[5]

Lincoln High School
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1600 Southwest Salmon Street

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Coordinates45°31′08″N 122°41′18″W / 45.51889°N 122.68830°W / 45.51889; -122.68830Coordinates: 45°31′08″N 122°41′18″W / 45.51889°N 122.68830°W / 45.51889; -122.68830
School districtPortland Public Schools
PrincipalPeyton Chapman[1]
Number of students1,705 (2017–2018 enrollment)[4]
Color(s)Red and white   [3]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Portland Interscholastic League 6A-1[3]
NewspaperThe Cardinal Times
WebsiteLincoln High School
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Student profileEdit

In the 2017–2018 school year, Lincoln High School's student population consisted of 71.1% White, 10.4% Asian, 8.3% Hispanic, 1.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 8.4% mixed race.[4] About 91% of its students live within the school's neighborhood.[4]

In 2008, 89% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 372 students, 330 graduated, 34 dropped out, four received a modified diploma, and four were still enrolled in high school the following year.[6][7] For the 2010–11 school year, Lincoln had the highest overall graduation rate among Portland Public high schools, at 84 percent. About 90% of its Asian-American students graduated on time, as did 88% of Latino students. However, only 38% of its African-American students graduated on time, which was the worst rate in the district.[8]


Lincoln's constitution team has won 23 state championships and six national titles.[9][10][11]


19th centuryEdit

The 1885 high school building which, in 1909, became the first to take the name Lincoln High School

With an initial enrollment of 45 students, the school was established in 1869 as the Portland High School in the North Central School sited on Block 80 of Couch's Addition (bounded by NW 11th & 12th and Couch & Davis Streets).[12]:74 The principal was J.W. Johnson.[13] The high school moved from the top floors of the North Central School to the Central School in 1873 (located where Pioneer Courthouse Square is today) and moved again to the Park School (block bounded by Park, 10th, Madison, and Jefferson (now the Portland Art Museum)) in 1878. The first building to be known as Lincoln High School was built at SW 14th and Morrison in 1885,[12]:79, 85–86 but was still named West Side High School at the time. The land for the 14th and Morrison School was given to the school district by Mrs. Simeon G. Reed (wife of the founder of Reed College) in 1869 and the building was designed by William Stokes, an architect who had recently moved to Portland from Oakland, California. The building was situated in the block bounded by 14th, Morrison, Lownsdale (now 15th) and Alder Streets.[14]

In 1889, a "very successful" night school program was started at the first purpose-built building at SW 14th and Morrison.[13]

20th centuryEdit

Lincoln High School circa 1920, now known as Lincoln Hall and part of Portland State University

The school was renamed Lincoln High School in 1909,[12][15] and moved to the 45-room South Park Blocks location (now known as Lincoln Hall) when construction was completed in 1912. The building occupies the block bounded by Market & Mill Streets and Park & Broadway.[12][16] (After the 1912 move, the old building of 1885 was used by the Girls' Polytechnic School. In fall 1928, that school moved to a new building on the east side,[17] leaving the 1885 building vacant,[14] and it was demolished by 1930.)

In 1937, the school had grown to 1,580 students and 53 teachers.[12] In 1972, it had 1,253 students, 7% of whom were black (a contemporary report noted they were mostly "voluntary transfers"); 4.3% of the students were on welfare.[18]

Also in 1937, the Portland Police Bureau's anti-leftist "Red Squad" interrogated a student union leader. This rapidly led to the disbanding of the Silver Shirts-affiliated Red Squad.[19]

Due to the baby boom and passing of a $25 million building levy by the school district in 1947, a new high school was slated.[13] The existing building was sold to the Vanport Extension Center (now Portland State University) in April 1949 for $875,000, with the intention that the high school would not leave for "at least two years."[13] Land was cleared for the school by June 1950 on the former Jacob Kamm House property.[13]

21st centuryEdit

New campus under construction in November 2020

Lincoln is slated to be completely rebuilt as part of a $790 million bond measure passed in 2017.[20] Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2020, with students returning at the beginning of the 2023 school year. The new building is being built where the field used to sit, leaving the old building available to attend in the interim years.[21]

Notable AlumniEdit






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