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The Origins Of Aloha High School

In the 1950s, the greater Beaverton area held one high school district and twelve elementary school districts. The high school district had two buildings, Beaverton High School and the newly completed Sunset High School.

In 1960, the people voted to combine or unify the thirteen districts into one large organization. To save some of the autonomy of the original districts, each school acquired a "Local School Committee" which acted as a voice in running the school, giving it both direction and uniqueness and serving as a communication link between people in each area and the school near them. Those committees continue today.

In 1962, the Beaverton District determined that the area's rapid population growth (it was one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Oregon) would soon require a third high school. District officials purchased the thirty-five acre Kinnaman Dairy Farm as the first step toward the new institution. In 1966, work actually started on the building. Unfortunately, construction lagged behind schedule and soon administrators realized that the structure would not be ready for the 1968-69 school year. Because of the delay, Aloha High School opened in the abandoned Merle Davies elementary school building in September 1968. During the 1968-69 school year, tenth and eleventh grade students used that facility and some parts of Beaverton High School, next door. There they laid the foundation and early traditions for Aloha High School.

Although not yet done, the building was ready for students in September 1970. In all the structure and land cost around $8 million. Then seen as advanced in design, the school included rooms with movable walls allowing for small and large groupings of students.