Remarkable turn-around

May 20, 2011
Press Release

Yesterday, Congressman Blumenauer visited Reynolds High School. At 3000 students, Reynolds is the largest – and most diverse – high school in Oregon; its students represent more than 50 nations and speak more than 45 different languages.

Reynolds has an important turn-around story to tell. Four years ago, the school graduated only 48% of its Seniors; today that figure is more than 80%.  Under the leadership of Principal Jeff Gilbert, Reynolds continues to make remarkable progress with its Career and Technical Education; Fine Arts/Performing Arts; Reading and Math Intervention; and Leadership programs.

While at Reynolds, the Congressman visited the Early Childhood Center, a Culinary Arts classroom (the homemade pizza smelled delicious!), the state-of-the-art Metals Workshop, and the Woodworking Center, where teacher Eric Storm presented the Congressman with a custom made bow tie!  The Congressman also spoke with teacher John Dixon’s Leadership Class, where he faced some tough questions from thoughtful and articulate freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior Reynolds students.