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Nominations will soon be accepted for school's future Hall of Achievement

Beaverton High School 1916It’s not every day you turn 100.

So Beaverton High School plans to take many opportunities to celebrate its centennial year during 2016.

And maybe a bit before: Starting during homecoming this fall and continuing through January, the school’s centennial committee will begin accepting nominations for the school’s new Hall of Achievement.

The first class of inductees is likely to be larger than future additions and will focus on “Golden Grads,” those who earned diplomas in 1965 or earlier, said Lisa Sandmire, chairwoman of the committee and de facto Beaverton High historian.

The first Hall of Achievement inductees will be announced in the spring, when the school also will install a visual timeline in a hallway that artistically recounts the school’s 100-year-plus history in photographs, artifacts and short biographies of its Hall honorees.

It’s a 100-year-plus history because the first school building on the larger campus is dated 1902, when ninth grade was added. Three more classes were added incrementally over the next decade-plus and a larger high school building was dedicated in June 1916, Sandmire said.

That original structure was actually three stories, but a 1949 earthquake and removal of a load-bearing wall made that structure’s top floor unsafe and it was removed in the 1950s, Sandmire said.

Centennial planners will also soon announce plans to renovate the school’s stadium that will include a new plaza and concessions area, paid with the school’s growing Success Fund. Athletic teams will begin wearing a centennial patch starting this winter and continuing through the fall of 2016. And the committee is considering the possibility of burying a time capsule for future generations.

Sandmire, the parent of three Beaverton High students, said additional centennial activities — at least one per month — will be planned throughout the 2016 calendar year.

Sandmire is continuing to look for historic photographs and artifacts that tell Beaverton High School’s story.

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