Nancy Wyly Ryles was born in
from Jefferson High School and was chosen Queen of Rosaria in 1955. She
attended Willamette University and Portland State University and later
served on the Beaverton School Board from 1972 - 1978. In 1974, Nancy
the Human Rights Award presented by the Oregon Education Association.
1979, she received the Beaverton First Citizen Award.
Nancy Ryles also served two terms in the
of Representatives where she led a successful fight to require all
schools to provide kindergarten education to their students. Nancy was
also elected to the Oregon Senate and served two terms. In 1987, she
the first woman to serve on the Oregon Public Utility Commission and in
that same year she received the Woman of Accomplishment Award from the
Oregon Commission for Women.
Nancy Ryles died in 1990, after a battle
We are proud to have our school bear her name.
"The challenge then, is to do
the best we
can... wherever we are... in whatever time we have."