Rosa Parks Elementary School

Portland, OR

One of only two new schools built in thirty years in Portland, students walked into the doors of Rosa Parks Elementary School with anticipation on opening day. Awarded the Richard Riley Award for Centers of Community in September, 2007 by the American Architectural Foundation and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the school is part of the largest revitalization project in Oregon history. Set on land donated by the Housing Authority of Portland, the K-5 school is part of the New Columbia Community Campus, which replaces the old crime-ridden Columbia Villa housing project. Serving as a model and for educational improvement throughout the School District, this project was designed to serve the whole child, as well as the family, neighborhood, and greater community.