Vose School was built in the year 1960. It was the first
school in the Pacific Northwest that was constructed in a circular
shape. Vose houses students in grades kindergarten through fifth. At
present there are
approximately 620 students enrolled at Vose. It is one
of thirty-one elementary schools that are part of the Beaverton School
District. Beaverton Schools, which encompasses a 57 square mile area,
also has nine middle schools and seven high schools. The district is
the third largest in Oregon and has a total student enrollment of
approximately 37,157 students.
Vose School is named for Annie Vose, a teacher who dedicated
32 years to the Beaverton School District.
Annie was born in 1890, in Laurel, Oregon. In 1908 she
married Burgett Vose. They had two sons, Lowell and Arno.
When her children were in high school, Annie decided to
finish her education. She graduated from Franklin High
School the same year her son graduated from Lincoln High. She went on
to Monmouth College where she graduated with her teaching credential.
In 1928 Annie began her teaching career at McKay School, at
that time a little red schoolhouse painted white. She had thirty-seven
4th, 5th, and 6th grade
students in her class. A canvas divider was all that separated
her classroom from her husband's class of thirty-six 7th
and 8th graders. The following year Mrs. Vose had 46 students
and Mr. Vose had 56!
When Mr. Vose died in 1947, Annie lived with the Denney
family, after whom Denney Road is named (the location of Vose School).
She continued to teach until
she was 70 years old. After her retirement as a full time
teacher, she substituted until the time of her death in
When the name was chosen for our school, it was Annie's
request that it be called "Vose School" and not "Annie Vose," to honor
her husband as well as herself.
Annie Vose saw many changes in the Beaverton School District
during her time, and the district continues to grow and change.
Currently, 61 different spoken
languages are represented in our schools. We at Vose are
proud of the cultural diversity we enjoy at our school.