Jefferson Modernization 2020 Bond
Jefferson Design Advisory Group (DAG)
The Jefferson High School Design Advisory Group will meet about every 6 weeks for approximately 6 months and will include members representing students, teachers, alumni, industry professionals, parents, school programs, potential site and/or capital partners, school administration and a school board representative. This group will be involved in developing the design of the modernized Jefferson High School by providing feedback on design details and options proposed by the project team. DAG members perform in an advisory role only. Decisions on project details are the responsibility of the Office of School Modernization in collaboration with other District leadership.
View the DAG Charter
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DAG Meeting Presentations
DAG #1 Presentation
DAG #1 Presentation with public comments
DAG #2 Presentation & meeting record
DAG #3 Tubman relocation discussion meeting notes
The Jefferson Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC)
The Jefferson Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC) is a group of school and community stakeholder representatives who will work together to help provide feedback for the Jefferson Comprehensive Plan. CPC members synthesize community-wide input and share the evolving details of the project with others in the community. The Committee includes parents, teachers, students, alumni, PPS staff and partners, community representatives and a school board member. While CPC members do not make decisions, their input is crucial in creating a design that the entire Jefferson community will be proud of.
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View the Jefferson CPC Code of Conduct | Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | Soomaali | 中文
View the Jefferson CPC Schedule | Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | Soomaali | 中文
Jefferson Dec. 2023 Project Update
View the Jefferson Project Dec 2023 Update
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Jefferson Comprehensive Plan Approved Dec 2022
On Dec. 13th, 2022, the PPS Board of Education approved the Jefferson High School Modernization Comprehensive Plan. PPS is now moving forward with the next phase of the design for the modernization of Jefferson High School. The project plan includes major renovation of the original 1909 building plus new building additions on the campus. Construction will begin in the fall of 2024.
Read the Jefferson HS Comprehensive Plan Report 12-13-22
Jefferson Modernization Project History - Conceptual Master Planning 2019
In late 2019, after a series of public meetings over a four-month period, a Jefferson High School Conceptual Master Plan was completed as part of the planning effort for the 2020 Bond. The work was done through a Conceptual Master Planning Committee (CMPC), a group of school and community stakeholder representatives who worked together to help provide feedback for the Conceptual Jefferson master plan. This conceptual plan will be used as the starting point for the new Jefferson Modernization Master Plan, but the new Master Planning Committee (MPC) will not be restricted by those plans. To learn more, please visit the Jefferson Conceptual Master Planning webpage.
View the Jefferson CMPC Report
Harriet Tubman Relocation & Jefferson
Due to the I-5 freeway expansion, Harriet Tubman Middle School is relocating. The PPS School Board is considering constructing a new Tubman MS and a KairosPDX facility on two parcels, including the Jefferson HS South Lot. This option will reduce Jefferson HS’s athletic facilities, as required by PPS HS Educational Specifications, and other planned improvements on the South Lot.
As of May 10th 2023, PPS has postponed any decision on the Tubman relocation to revisit whether any other previously-not-considered sites are viable.
You can also learn more at the Center for Black Student Excellence website
To share your questions, thoughts or concerns with the design team for the Jefferson Modernization project, or to simply join the mailing list email us at JHSBond@pps.net
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Jefferson Modernization Design Team
Bora Architecture & Interiors and LEVER Architects have teamed up for the Jefferson High School Project. This dynamic partnership brings an unmatched, long-term commitment to North/Northeast Portland. Bora has deep K-12 experience and a strong history of successful projects with PPS, and is a national leader in the design of performing arts spaces. LEVER, based in the Jefferson neighborhood, has recently completed the Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters. Bora and LEVER are joined by Colloqate Design, who will lead the team’s Design Justice-based community engagement process. All three firms are committed to the creation of a vibrant, sustainable, and resilient high school that reflects the values and aspirations of the community.
Thank you voters
Thank you voters for supporting the 2012, 2017 and 2020 Bonds. The Office of School Modernization is continuing the important work of rebuilding our aging schools, making them all safer, more sustainable and better equipped for 21st century learning.
View the District Education Specifications for Comprehensive High Schools (Ed Specs)
Educational Design Specifications provide a framework of needs for the design team as they develop their vision for any modernization and rebuild project.