TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) – The Portland area high school devastated by a shooting during the final days before summer break is working to move on from the June 10 tragedy.
Reynolds High School wants to support students’ and the community’s healing process through physical changes to the space, anticipated to be complete by September.
Specifically, expanded renovations at Reynolds High School will include changes to the school’s gym complex. The hallway students took shelter in during the lockdown; the locker room where 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman was killed; the bathrooms; the lobby.
Portland-based design firm Oh Planning & Design Architecture, along with other local firms donated funds, material and labor to see the project through.
Renovations to the school’s locker rooms were already in place the day 15-year-old Jared Padget opened fire in the Reynold’s gym complex, injuring teacher Todd Rispler and killing Hoffman.
Reynold School District Superintendent Linda Florence said the extended renovations would “create a space that would support students when they return in the fall.”
“The gym complex serves the entire community and we wanted the gym complex to be a place that welcomes and honors the important work that takes place there,” she said. “It [provides] opportunities for the community to heal and recover from the events of June 10.”
“We wanted students to return to a place of hope and vision so they can move beyond any fears they may have,” said Oh Planning & Design principal architect Deb France.
In the midst of the locker room project, France reached out to the construction community to make significant cosmetic improvements to the entire complex. “The response so far has been overwhelming and immediate,” she said.
Other additions to the renovations include new finishes and furnishing for the locker room and restroom, new floors and ceilings in the lobby, and a new trophy case.
Anyone willing to donate material is asked to contact Oh Planning & Design, while cash donations can be submitted to the Reynolds Education Foundation at 1204 NE 201st Avenue in Fairview, OR 97024 or via paypal via or by sending money to firstname.lastname@example.org.