Grant High Principal "Saddened" by School's Toga Day Tradition


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Grant High School's new principal is continuing to shake things up at Portland Public Schools' biggest high school. In a lengthy online letter to students, teachers and parents, Principal Vivian Orlen said she was "saddened" to see what transpired at Grant on the last day of "Spirit Week" in October, when seniors dressed in togas as part of a school tradition stretching back decades. "What ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: School Closures, Boundaries, Board Elections and Union Impasse


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The busy state of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign and teacher contract negotiations bring this omnibus update, in advance of tonight's School Board meeting: • Parents in the Grant High School cluster met last week to organize against Grant's possible closure as a neighborhood school. Between 200-300 people attended the meeting, which included entertainment from Grant's Royal ...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

A Very Generous Grant High Graduate


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When Grant High School's Ndamukong Suh spurned Oregon State University and the University of Oregon to play football at the University of Nebraska, there was much gnashing of teeth by local sports fans about a great player who got away. Suh's standout senior season last year heightened the loss, as he's now one of the top prospects heading into this week's NFL draft. And now comes one more ...   More
 
Monday, April 19, 2010 HANK STERN

ACLU of Oregon Stops Breathalyzer Tests at Grant Prom


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Grant High School's prom Friday night at the Tiffany Center featured one fewer guest than expected. After announcing this winter that he wanted breathalyzer tests at the prom, Principal Joe Malone didn't get what he wanted. ACLU of Oregon, prompted by news of Malone's proposal, raised numerous questions about the constitutionality of searching students going to the prom. Among those questions: ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Anti-gay Hate Group Outnumbered at Grant High School


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Donning T-shirts advertising godhatesamerica.com and holding their offensive signs, about 20 members of the Westboro Baptist Church spewed anti-gay blather outside Grant High School in northeast Portland this morning. About a couple hundred counter-demonstrators showed up in what's become the usual drill for the Topeka-based outfit founded by Fred Phelps to protest against homosexuals, or as ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Hadley Malcolm

Updated: Group Emerges to Save Grant High's Choral Director


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In the upside-down world of Portland Public Schools where last-minute budget maneuvers have delayed staffing efforts, a handful of teachers are just now learning that they've been laid off. At Grant High School, the news hit the choral director, Katy Wagner-West, on Friday, less than four weeks before the start of school. And, just like the emergence of a Facebook group to save PE when it was ...   More
 
Monday, August 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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