McDaniel High Celebrated
Reopening brings latest features to diverse school
9/7/2021, 3:25 p.m.
A special grand opening ceremony will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend and tour the school with masks required under public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. The school is ushering in a new 21st-century learning environment for a very diverse student population, with new facilities, programs and opportunities for success.
The fully remodeled 296,000 square foot campus features over 170,000 square feet of new construction, including two theatres, two gyms, and a student commons that serves as the heart of the new school.
McDaniel High was designed through a multi-year planning and design effort that gathered the ideas of hundreds of staff, students, and community stakeholders.
Students in the newly modernized McDaniel can access specialty labs for digital design, engineering, robotics, digital art, biomedical, sculpture, construction, and sustainable agriculture, in addition to a brand-new maker space. Plus, the school has dedicated facilities for the community including a child care center, public health clinic, and community food pantry.
Madison was one of two Portland high schools to go through a re-naming process in response to student and community concerns about the racist beliefs and actions of the U.S. presidents they were named for. The effort was started by Madison students who wanted a school name that reflected the values of their community.
McDaniel was a greatly respected, and well-loved Portland community leader who gained an impeccable reputation as an administrator at Madison High School in the 1970s and 1980s.
School leaders said McDaniel was wildly popular with students and staff while earning numerous awards and accolades from the many community organizations to which he contributed.