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Centennial is a suburban community bridging the cities of Portland and Gresham, Oregon. Downtown Portland, Portland International Airport and Mt. Hood Community College are all within a 20-minute drive. A primarily suburban district with strong community support, Centennial has grown steadily and is expecting accelerated growth through the next decade. To meet the needs of the growth, the district completed a new elementary school and major renovation of Centennial High School in 2003.
Centennial School District was created from two former K-8 elementary districts (Lynch and Pleasant Valley) and the high school those students attended Centennial. Residents voted in 1976 to combine the two districts and the high school, which previously was part of the Gresham Union High School District. The new K-12 district was named Centennial in recognition of the nation’s bi-centennial celebration.
Centennial’s Supt. Dr. Paul Coakley was named Interim Superintendent for the 2016 -17 school year. Previously he was the Director of Human Resources and Assistant Superintendent.
Centennial strives to cultivate the talents of new teachers and provide continuous training for all staff. The goal is that staff members work collaboratively and focus on the use of proven strategies that will increase the academic performance of the district’s diverse student body.
Throughout the ups and downs of Oregon’s economy and the state legislature’s unpredictable support for schools, Centennial school leaders and Board stay committed to providing as stable a financial footing as possible. The district scrutinizes expenditures to ensure new programs can be sustained for the long haul. Direct services to students remain a top priority.