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PPS Building Renamed After First Black Superintendent

PPS School Board voted unanimously to rename District Head Quarters in honor of Dr. Matthew Prophet.

As the first Black superintendent in Portland Public Schools, Dr. Matthew Prophet was a pioneering force in the city’s educational landscape from 1982-1992. His many accolades include: dramatic improvements to test scores among students of color, significant increases to teacher salaries, and securing substantial funding to strengthen school infrastructure. Dr. Prophet is remembered as a hands-on administrator whose influence was felt among scores of administrators, educators, and students.

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After a most compelling Board Presentation by members of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators (ORABSE) and World Arts Foundation, Inc. (WAFI), Portland Public Schools has renamed its Educational Service Center in Dr. Prophet's honor on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, to reflect his contributions and his memory.

ORABSE in collaboration with WAFI and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC/RAHS,) prepared a virtual tribute to honor Dr. Prophet's life and legacy. This virtual tribute aired on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Many notable community members, former PPS Board of Education Directors, PPS Administrators, PPS Educators and the City of Portland have contributed to these efforts.

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Contribute to the Scholarship Fund

Please consider donating to the scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Matthew Prophet. Donations can be sent to PO BOX 86341 Portland, OR 97286. Please make checks payable to payable to Reap Inc., memo line: Dr. Prophet Scholarship or use the donation button below.


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