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Lincoln High School

Portland, OR

Lincoln High School

Portland, OR

Bora's design puts the deep history of Lincoln High School and the city as the foundation for the next 100-plus years of student Cardinals to embrace and learn from, as they develop the skills needed to jump all-in and lead on causes that call to them.

Jason Trombley, Chair, Design Advisory Committee

At six stories high, Lincoln High School is the first mid-rise high school in the state of Oregon. Situated on a constrained urban site in downtown Portland, this mid-rise design is the perfect build.

The High School is envisioned as a modern learning environment. It brings together a varied program into a cohesive and compact singular form. The new build presents a creative model of restraint and economy of space while also maximizing design.

Prominent exterior glass-wrapped stairs emphasize the school’s vertical nature. This projects a sense of movement and energy outward from the school. Flexible learning spaces on every floor cultivate social hubs and intersections for collaboration. Floor-to-ceiling windows and east/west views strengthen students’ connections to the active urban edge and also the mountains and hills beyond. The building design features a shared commons space and new media center. The space doubles with generous gathering venues for the greater community.

With the ground breaking for the new build, Lincoln High School released a land acknowledgment. This statement recognizes the indigenous land in which the new school is built. It also acknowledges the specific Indigenous Tribes that once lived on the land. , Read the school statement here.


289,000 square feet


Hoffman Pacificmark LLC
Mayer Reed