Timeline

1922: C. H. Fletcher becomes first president of the Board of Education (with trustees A. L. Snow, secretary; Harm Schuring, treasurer; H. B. Sweetland; and George Chipman); Cleora A. Skinner named first superintendent, serving until 1939; Administration Building built (as Portage Agricultural School housing five faculty members and 183 students from elementary through high school).

1924: The first annual commencement of Portage High School in the buildings auditorium, June 18: Bertha Dustin, Gerrit Fletcher, Dorothea Huizinga, Mason Kintner, and Charles Matteson who graduated in memoriam.

1928: Lake Center Elementary built as a part of School District #7 (and became part of Portage Township Schools in 1950). The current principal is Kelly Jensenius.

1932: Portage Agricultural School wins state title in basketball under Coach Fran Pellegrom, the first of 40 state championship titles.

1934: Harry Sweetland becomes president of the Board of Education.

1938: George Chipman becomes president of the Board of Education.

1939: Hugh G. Archer named superintendent, serving until 1943.

1943: Lewis D. Crawford named superintendent, serving until 1947.

1944: Gardner Garlick becomes president of the Board of Education.

1946: Stuart McCamley becomes president of the Board of Education, and later has the school district football stadium named in his honor.

1947: Varl O. Wilkinson named superintendent, serving until 1970.

1949: Central High built (as Portage Township High School). The current prinicipal is Eric Alburtus.

1951: Community Education Center built (as Milham Elementary). Craig Ross is the current CEC Administrator over Community High School, Curious Kids Day Care and PreSchool, and Enriched for Life continuing education.

1953: Clair Branch becomes president of the Board of Education.

1955: Waylee Elementary built. This building has been converted into the Administration Building.

1957: Central Middle built. The current principal is Chuck Haskin

1960: Okko Brouwer becomes president of the Board of Education; Amberly Elementary School is built.  The current principal is Mary Daoust.

1961: Dr. Bob VanderRoest becomes president of the Board of Education; North Middle built. The current principal is Dr. Celeste Shelton-Harris.

1962: Haverhill Elementary built. The current principal is Jeremy Zonts.

1963: Angling Road Elementary built (the current principal is Heather Yankovich;  Portage becomes a city.

1965: Northern High built. The current principal is Jim French.

1970: Dr. L. William Boyer becomes president of the Board of Education; Dr. George L. Conti named superintendent, serving until 1986.

1968: Woodland Elementary built. The current principal is Mark Root.

1969: Central Elementary built. 

1972: West Middle built. The current principal is Denny Roehm.

1975: Gayl Werme becomes president of the Board of Education

1978: James Ellinger becomes president of the Board of Education

1981: Portage Athletic Foundation established, and has since donated more than $350,000 to District athletic programs.

1986: Patricia Dolan becomes president of the Board of Education; James H. Rikkers named superintendent, serving until 2002.

1989: Kevin Flynn becomes president of the Board of Education.

1990: Portage Education Foundation created by the Board of Education, and has since donated more than $300,000 to faculty, students, and school and District programs.

1991: Philip Sheldon becomes president of the Board of Education.

1994: Moorsbridge Elementary built. The current principal is Lori Kirshman.

1995: John Whyte becomes president of the Board of Education

1996: Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck becomes president of the Board of Education.

1997: The District celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

1998: PPS is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Program for juniors and seniors, with Northern and Central becoming the first two IB public high schools in West Michigan. Half of all juniors and seniors take one or more IB classes.

2002: Dr. Peter J. McFarlane named superintendent.

2003: Tom Eddy becomes president of the Board of Education.

2005: Portage Education Foundation celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

2006: Shirley Johnson becomes president of the Board of Education.

2007: Marsha A. Wells returns to Portage Schools as the 8th superintendent.

2009: Jennifer Whistler becomes president of the Board of Education; 12th Street Elementary School is dedicated on August 31 as the first new school since 1994.   Beth Hartman is the current principal.

2010:  Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck becomes president of the Board of Education.

2011:  Robert "Bo" Snyder becomes a president of the Board of Education.   Dr. Ric Perry becomes the 9th superintendent of the District.

 

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