After dodging a teachers strike students in Portland Public Schools are now looking to dodge another obstacle. The loss of school sports.
In 1988 Benson High School won a state football championship. They were the last PIL team to do so, and now they may never get that chance to do it again.
Four years ago, Benson became a magnet school, drastically lowering enrollment, which in turn lowered the number of student athletes. Along with a lessor number of athletes has come smaller number of wins. But the PPS Athletic Director Marshal Haskins claims that has nothing to do with the decisions. “We’re trying to build and in order to do that you have to have sustainable programs,” Haskins told KGW. “You have to have multiple levels so freshman can play freshman, JV can play JV, and varsity can play varsity.”
50 students marched 2 miles in the rain to the district board meeting to let there voices be heard.
District officials say they will meet with community members over the coming weeks to talk about this before any decisions are made.