Sam BarLOW HIGH SCHOOL
"Three hundred and two blocks east of downtown Portland, on Lusted Road, a farmer’s field was turned into a real field of dreams in September of 1968. At that time, 550 people from the communities of Hillsview, Pleasant Home, Powell Valley, Orient, Boring, Damascus and Gresham, and other places as well, formed the student body of the newest high school in the Gresham Union High School district. The dreams of thousand have filled the rooms and halls of what we proudly know as Sam Barlow High School…home of the Bruins.
Sam Barlow High School was named after the pioneer Samuel Kimbrough Barlow who, in 1845, decided to search for a better life. Barlow believed that better life could be found at the end of the Oregon Trail. Because of the tremendous cost of sending his belongings down the Columbia River to the Willamette River at Oregon City on a barge, he looked for other options. He searched for an overland passageway around Mt. Hood to Oregon City, a route now known as the Barlow Road. His group arrived in Oregon City on Christmas Eve in 1845. He then settled in Oregon City and concentrated on upgrading the road so more pioneers could use it as a way to get to the Willamette Valley.
Edith Green, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon’s Third Congressional District, was the guest speaker at the dedication of Sam Barlow High School on November 6, 1968, in the gymnasium. James Carson, head of the school board, presented the school to Dr. Alan Thede, principal, who, with student body president Bob Deatherage, accepted on behalf of the students and the community.
Scholastic excellence and student achievement have been the pursuit of Sam Barlow High School throughout its existence. A rigorous academic program taught by outstanding faculty has challenged the most dedicate learners. The program offerings are varied and flexible, with a multitude of co-curricular activities that complement the instructional programs. These diverse activities have enabled students to become involved, broadened their horizons in myriad ways, and enriched their lives."