Ida B. Wells High School
Renamed January 2021
Formerly known as Woodrow Wilson High School
Originally established in 1956
1151 SW Vermont St
Portland, Oregon 97219
Tel: 503.916.5280 / Fax: 503.916.2705
Ida B. Wells High School is a comprehensive public high school with a proud tradition of excellence. In addition to our core curriculum, Ida B. Wells High School offers 28 Advanced Placement courses in english, science, mathematics, music and art, world languages and social science. Rigorous programs are also available in visual and performing arts and computer science. More than 12 Dual Credit courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credit simultaneously with high school credit. Our programs allow students to pursue a challenging course of study and encourage high academic performance and intellectual growth while also allowing students who excel in fine and performing arts to develop their gifts. For more information, browse our Forecast Guide and visit our Academics page.
At the freshman level, teachers team for modern world history, physics, and English in our 9th-Grade Communities, offering the support of a smaller learning community as freshman students transition to high school.
Ida B. Wells High School College and Career Center staff and volunteers help students fulfill career related learning graduation requirements, research careers and colleges, and apply to college and for financial aid. The services offered in the CCC complement the work of the Counseling Department in preparing Ida B. Wells High School students to achieve their post-high school goals.
Opportunities to learn outside the classroom include Multnomah ESD Outdoor School Program, apprenticeships in science and engineering, and many programs at area universities.
Ida B. Wells High School encourages family and community involvement as an essential component of student success. Families and community members help coordinate school activities, volunteer in classrooms and study centers, and accompany students on field trips. Families get involved and support Ida B Wells High School through PTA, Booster Club, and Foundation. Site Council consists of teachers, parents, administrators, community members, and students.
Ida B. Wells High School features a modern brick building with three floors and an elevator on over 20 acres of a park-like setting; including wide halls, spacious cafeteria and gymnasium, auditorium, music facilities, choir and drama rooms, lighted football stadium, swimming pool, courtyard, tennis courts, garden, and handicapped accessibility. In the summer of 2014 we installed an all-weather turf field in our athletic stadium, and have recently completed construction of a new concessions building.
The library features a full computer lab. State-of-the-art computer technology is readily available in publications, science, library, business, math and writing labs. Special education programs help assure that students have opportunities and assistance to maximize learning.
In addition to a rigorous and challenging math curriculum including two years of AP Calculus, Ida B. Wells High School offers four years of Computer Science and two years of Systems Dynamics and Modelling. We offer more than 13 art courses including AP Studio Arts, Illustration, and Ceramics. We offer 18 courses in Music and Performing Arts, including Theater, Band, Choir and Dance.
Ida B. Wells High School students are active in more than 50 clubs and activities including Mock Trial and Model UN. Ida B. Wells High School has fielded as many as 23 teams in PIL and Recreational leagues, including men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, basketball, skiing, sailing, and dragonboats.
Ida B. Wells High School is located at 1151 SW Vermont between Capitol Highway & Vermont St in the Hillsdale neighborhood.
Tri-Met Buses: 1, 39, 44, 45, 54, 56, 61, 64
Wilson by the Numbers
SAT, ACT and AP Scores: Consistently Exceed District, State and National Averages
One Thousand, One hundred Thrity-Nine: AP exams taken by Wilson students in 2018
Twenty-Eight: Number of AP courses offered
Seventy-Two: Percentage of staff holding a master's degree or higher
6A: PIL league level
Over $1 million: Estimated amount of scholarship dollars received by Wilson graduates
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A Parent's Perspective:
“I'd like to take a moment to express my gratitude at the excellent education that my daughter, Kathryn Hampton-Wonder received while attending Portland Public Schools. Katie's years attending Markham Elementary, Jackson Middle School and Wilson High School have resulted in an outstanding Freshman year at Oregon State University where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
“I knew that Katie was an excellent student, so was pleased when she was awarded one of two Top Freshman Student Awards from the OSU Department of Chemistry. But when I learned that the other student was Nicholas Diaz-Hui, a boy that also attended Jackson and Wilson along with Katie, I was amazed. Out of 1000 freshman chemistry students, the Wilson cluster teachers grew the top two Chemistry freshmen!
“I don't believe that this is coincidence but instead a result of all of the dedication and hard work of the excellent teachers working in the Wilson cluster schools. Thank you specifically to the two Wilson High School chemistry teachers, Michael Duchow and George Penk who did a great job preparing Katie for success at OSU and beyond.”
What Our Grads Say About Wilson
“Wilson gave me very good preparation for college. The understanding of the world at large that Wilson’s passionate faculty has helped inculcate in me has given me a leg up in the college learning environment.”
—Marley Kinser, WHS Class of 2017, pursuing a degree in Public Policy at New York University
“Wilson provides everything necessary for students to be successful. The dedicated faculty and AP classes helped prepare me for college, but also taught me to enjoy learning.”
&emdash;Max Calcagno, WHS Class of 2012, Valedictorian, currently a Junior at the University of Washington, majoring in chemical engineering
“The teachers at Wilson were devoted to going beyond the basic content to develop our critical thinking skills and creativity. My favorite classes, including history with Mr. Nolan, chemistry with Mr. Penk, English with Mr. Boly, and math with Mr. Sahler, provided me with a framework for learning that has influenced me to this day. After graduating from Wilson, I felt prepared to take on coursework in college and, later, in grad school. I am grateful that I got to experience a high school environment that challenged and nurtured me academically.”
—Jane Adkins, WHS class of ’09, graduated from Wellesley College (’13) and is now pursuing a master's in nursing at Yale (’16)
“I loved my time at Wilson, from the incredible teachers and coaches to the amazing student body. All of my teachers were extremely helpful during my college application process and coming into college, I felt prepared from my experiences and opportunities at Wilson. From the awesome sports teams to the school magazine, ceramics class, AP statistics project and making aspirin in advanced chemistry, I am so thankful that Wilson encourages students to get so involved. I will never forget the feeling of home basketball games and all of Coach Nolan and Olsen's words of wisdom. I am so proud to be a Trojan, and want to thank the Wilson community for all it has given me as I couldn't be happier to be at Claremont Mckenna College and excited for what the future holds.”
—Ellen Berkley, WHS class of 2014, attends Claremont McKenna College where she plans to study Science and Management and play both soccer and lacrosse
“More than anything, Wilson provided me with opportunities for success. I was put in classes with teachers who love the subject they teach, which opened doors for me to explore subjects I had originally thought intimidating or uninteresting. For example, Physics with Ms. Feller set the stage for me to pursue a physics major in college. Other opportunities came in the form of job shadowing and internships. The College and Career Center even hooked me up with a mini-internship at Nike! I'm grateful for all the doors that Wilson opened for me academically, professionally, and in terms of the invaluable connections I made with teachers, mentors, and friends.”
—Liam Reese, WHS Class of 2014, attending Pomona College
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Students New to PPS or Who Do Not Live in the Wilson Attendance Boundary
If your student is new to PPS or does not live within the Wilson attendance boundary and plans to attend Wilson in the fall, visit New Student Enrollment and provide the requested documents before submitting forecasting forms. Email Counseling Department Secretary Sharon Dailey with any questions.
Fall Freshman Registration
All students attend Registration in late August, prior to the beginning of the school year, to have their yearbook picture taken, receive their school id card, textbooks, locker assignment, and course schedule. Watch for the date to be announced in early summer.