This institution is seemingly universally worshipped as the
epitome of fine secondary-school architecture, and it probably has the best presentation of any high school in the city. Architect Naramore liked to situate his schools so that they dramatically address themselves to the street; view Franklin from Division for an example of this. It makes a strong and dignified statement as it majestically rises over its fields, though the large and slightly goofy statue of the school's namesake spoils the effect a bit.
Floyd Archibald Naramore (1879-1970) was a double threat: an architect who was also the superintendent of the Portland school district. During his tenure, Naramore drew up the designs for many excellent schools, including Couch Elementary, Kennedy School, and Benson Polytechnic High School. In fact, he was so well-thought of, he was hired away by the Seattle School District in 1919. There, he eventually formed an architectural firm now known as NBBJ. It's still around, and it's huge.