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Property Name Washington High School
Reference Number 15000779
State Oregon
County Multnomah
Town Portland
Street Address 1300 SE Stark Street
Multiple Property Submission Name Portland Oregon's Eastside Historic and Architectural Resources, 1850-1938
Status Listed 11/9/2015
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Washington High School is locally significant under Criterion A for its significant role in the development Portland's inner eastside and the community life of its residents and their children during the early 20th century. The building and campus are associated with the City of Portland's changing education system and schoolbuilding techniques and priorities during its period of significance from 1923 to 1957. In particular, this period was marked by the need for expanded school facilities; growing concerns around health and safety (with a particular focus on fire prevention); and school designs that offered optimal learning environments as espoused by education experts at the time. The history of Washington High School embodies the struggles of a young West Coast city attempting to establish its public education system within a rapidly-expanding population base. Its location, siting, campus development, architectural design, and construction reflect the priorities, values, and challenges of its time.

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Portland Oregon's Eastside Historic and Architectural Resources, 1850-1938


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