Back to School | Seeking the peace of a very liberal city by helping to rejuvenate a deteriorating school
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/22/14, 01:00 am
PORTLAND, Ore.—Roosevelt High School is in a poor area of Portland, but the beautiful brick building, surrounded by trees and a well-maintained lawn, projects a safe and well-ordered atmosphere. That hasn’t always been the case.
Seven years ago, a lawn overgrown by weeds and a derelict track suggested deeper struggles, and Roosevelt was on a list of potential closures. It was the school where parents did not want their children.