Franklin High School: A Local Treasure Enters The Second Century

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“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Benjamin Franklin

Last month, about 50 local residents and parents gathered in the nearly-60 year old Auditorium of Franklin High School. They mostly kept their coats on because, as students know, the room –though beautiful –is always cold.

Principal Shay James and Portland Public Schools invited the public to this Open House to see the landmark campus, operating since 1915, and to talk about plans for the future of the school. Now that funds are available through the PPS facilities bond that voters passed in November, hopes are high that things like antiquated heating will be fixed soon. (more…)

Marysville Opening Grows Near


Marysville Elementary at SE Raymond St & 76th caught fire in 2010, and it’s closure has left a void in the Foster area neighborhoods. Since the fire, students from Lents, Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott Arleta travel each day to the Rose City Park neighborhood in NE to attend their relocated “Marysville NE.”

But the day grows nearer when Foster will have another elementary school again. Crews are wrapping up construction for the January 7th 2013 opening. (more…)