After 10 years, Jefferson High renovations done

Jefferson High School at 5210 N. Kerby in Portland, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Jefferson High School at 5210 N. Kerby in Portland, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jefferson High School used to have an unwelcoming chain link fence and narrow sidewalks on it North Portland campus. Now, it’s all manicured.

Jefferson High School at 5210 N. Kerby in Portland, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Jefferson High School at 5210 N. Kerby in Portland, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The sidewalks are larger. There are new flag poles. And there’s a retaining wall with the school’s name.

The project was funded by the Portland Development Commission not just for the students but for the entire neighborhood.

It took more than 10 years and cost $600,000, but PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton said the project is one of their priorities in the commercial corridor.

Across the street from the school is the PCC Cascade campus, plus shops, restaurants and homes. The hope is this school improvement will add to the growth and vibrancy of the community.

“I think it’s a great project,” Quinton told KOIN 6 News. “It has been great for the students and it gives people pride in the neighborhood and it’s high quality work. We could not be more thrilled.”

The site was dedicated this week to Carl Flipper III, a community activist who first came up with the idea for the project. He served on the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Advisory Board, but died before this project was complete.

A plaque on the retaining wall next to the Jefferson High School name honors him.

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