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the origins of aloha high school

In the 1950s, the greater Beaverton area held one high school district and twelve elementary school districts. The high school district had two buildings, Beaverton High School and the newly completed Sunset High School.

In 1960, the people voted to combine or unify the thirteen districts into one large organization. To save some of the autonomy of the original districts, each school acquired a "Local School Committee" which acted as a voice in running the school, giving it both direction and uniqueness and serving as a communication link between people in each area and the school near them. Those committees continue today.

In 1962, the Beaverton District determined that the area's rapid population growth (it was one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Oregon) would soon require a third high school. District officials purchased the thirty-five acre Kinnaman Dairy Farm as the first step toward the new institution. In 1966, work actually started on the building. Unfortunately, construction lagged behind schedule and soon administrators realized that the structure would not be ready for the 1968-69 school year. Because of the delay, Aloha High School opened in the abandoned Merle Davies elementary school building in September 1968. During the 1968-69 school year, tenth and eleventh grade students used that facility and some parts of Beaverton High School, next door. There they laid the foundation and early traditions for Aloha High School.

Although not yet done, the building was ready for students in September 1970. In all the structure and land cost around $8 million. Then seen as advanced in design, the school included rooms with movable walls allowing for small and large groupings of students.


The Aloha High School Crest

The Crest depicts an Hawaiian Warrior with a United States Flag and an Oregon State Flag.

Below the Warrior is a shield on which is the date 1968, the year Aloha High School began.

Each item on the shield tells something about Aloha High School. The star in the center of the shield is called a mullet and it symbolizes Aloha High School as being the third son which means that Aloha is the third high school in the Beaverton School District.

In the upper left corner of the shield is a torch which means knowledge and symbolizes Aloha students and teachers are 'working together as one.' The two hands holding the torch are those of a student and a teacher.

The conch shell, in the upper right of the shield is the symbol of spirit. In ancient Hawaii, leaders used the conch as a horn to call everyone together for important meetings. Here it symbolizes the idea that we are all called together to learn.

Rising from the flame at the bottom of the shield is a Phoenix Bird which symbolizes new learning and hope.

The Warrior wears the headdress of Hawaiian royalty and indicates that Aloha is a leader in education. The Warrior itself is the symbol of the school.

The Aloha Crest was designed by a steering committee of students who attended Aloha High School in the 1968-69 and 1969-1970 school years. The final drawing was done by an artist from the Crown Company who included the word "Aloha" in an original customized font with an Hawaiian motif.