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About This School

Portland High School is a public high school in Portland. 983 children attend Portland High School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 52% of the 983 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Portland High School is 11:1. Cheverus High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 61% 67%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.5%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 45%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Portland High School is a beautiful school really niche architecturally set in the heart of downtown Portland Maine. It is culturally rich diverse and they give a lot to the community. Our kids were very well prepared for college when they graduated! Thanks PPHS!

  • (4 years ago)

    As an alumni I found PHS during my time there very diverse and prides itself on the diversity found among the students. Where else do you have the option of more than 6 languages to study. I also find that the faculty does care and deals with truancy seriously. The comment from June 16 is very incorrect as I know from experience that the school will call (several times) if you are absent however the faculty and staff expects full parental/guardian involvement in the students activities and academics.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm not impressed with the way things are run at the Portland High School. My son soon 17 goes there. He doesn't go to School everyday & when he does go he doesn't go to all his classes & the staff there don't care. The only way I find out that something is wrong is when I call the School or go there personally. Or when my son breaks something in the School then they call me. Other than that they don't care. They don't even have Truant Officers looking out for kids who are running the streets during School hours. I went to Schools in New York City. Schools in N.Y would call the parents every time their child isn't in School or if they were picked up by Truant Officers. I wouldn't recommend this School to anybody. Sorry.

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe that all aspects of the school are outstanding. It is safe diverse respectful and challenging with a wide variety of offerings excellent teachers and fine leadership.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son transfered to Portland High School from a private school and he/love it. He is now a junior and is receiving a great education and part of a wonderful and diverse community.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Portland High School in from 2000-2005. I recently graduated from the University of Vermont and I have to say the English teachers at Portland High school are some of the best in the nation. I received my degree in English and thanks to a few incredible teachers at Portland my four years at UVM were a breeze. I owe Portland a huge thanks!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are the most diverse school in Portland as well as one of the most welcoming towards people of all faiths backgrounds and ethnicities. I am truly proud of my high school- the quality of learning is exceptional and the student body is so rich with cultures.

  • (5 years ago)

    Outstanding school. It has a pioneering program working with the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. My child has gotten the support she needs to succeed as a deaf adult because of the wonderful teachers she has had as well as interpreters. Top notch program.

  • (6 years ago)

    A great diverse school offering quality education in an urban son thrived here!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think it is an excellent school. My daughter will leave with a great experience as well as several college credits. She has been accepted to several top schools. It has been a great school all around.

  • (6 years ago)

    Both my children have greatly enjoyed their school. They are challenged at the right level and supported by the adults there.

  • (6 years ago)

    Although it gets a bad rap Portland High is the best public highschool in Portland if not in Maine. It's diversity and quality of its education are unsurpassed by any other school. Colleges recognize the neccesity for students to come from a diverse and academically challenging environment. Both of these PHS provides.

  • (8 years ago)

    great school i am currently a student at portland high school and have surprising experienced both the deering and portland atmosphere. There is a great pride for the school and everyone is respected already adding to the great staff education and school clubs/activities.

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