Work continues to modernize Grant High School and plans to transform Madison High School are taking shape with a Design Advisory Group, part of the Portland Public School District’s effort to gain community engagement in the upgrade.
At Grant, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave., the 1956 gym has been demolished, but its bleachers and hardwood floor are expected to be reused in part of the upgraded building, said David Mayne, a spokesman for the district’s modernization projects.
The small 1923 gym, part of the school’s original design, is being re-purposed as an arts complex. Its second floor running track has been removed and classrooms are planned for that level.
Excavation is under way for a new gymnasium at the south end of the building. It will have seating for 1,700 and also include a weight room, spin area and band room.
All Grant’s interior walls have been removed to make way for newly designed interior spaces. The west side of the building will be extended 50 feet with new construction, and the existing exterior wall will be an interior wall.
New mortar will replace the original material between bricks, which is beginning to fail in some places and damage bricks in some cases, Mayne said.
The revamped Grant is expected to open in late summer, 2019, when students will return from the Marshall High campus, 3905 N.E. 91st Ave. In the fall of 2019, work will start at Madison, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave., and the students then will attend classes at the Marshall campus.