15840 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97233 • Phone 503-762-3207 • Fax 503-762-3237

About Us

Harold Oliver Elementary School Sign


15840 SE Taylor
Portland, OR 97233

503-762-3207 • FAX 503-762-3237


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A Bit of History:

Harold Oliver Elementary was named after Harold Oliver who came to our district in 1939. Harold Oliver was part of a teaching staff of five in the school district then called Lynch District. He retired after 43 years of teaching and work in administration, and later died at the age of 96. He was known for his leadership and devotion to both students and teachers.

Initially, Oliver was an intermediate school and our neighbor Parklane Elementary housed primary students only. Now both schools have become K-6 to respond to our growing population.

Centennial School District was created from two former K-8 elementary districts (Lynch and Pleasant Valley). Residents voted in 1976 to combine the two districts and the high school, which previously was part of the Gresham Union High School District. The new K-12 district was named Centennial in recognition of the nation’s bicentennial celebration.


Our School’s Vision:

Oliver Elementary Community supports the growth of each child through a rigorous, inclusive and student centered education. Our students gain cultural literacy and a love of learning through an engaging, meaningful and standards-based education.  As a diverse community, we provide a safe, friendly and positive environment with high expectations for all. Our values and beliefs are recorded below in the areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, and environment.  These values and beliefs form the heart of our mission and vision.


Our School’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the Oliver Elementary Community is to build a foundation of academic and social success by challenging, inspiring, and empowering individuals who positively impact our world.


Priority School:

Oliver Elementary is designated as one of Oregon’s Priority Schools. Priority schools have been identified by Oregon Department of Education as being in need of improvement based on student performance on the OAKS statewide assessment. These schools are provided with support in the form of a School Improvement Grant and a Leadership Coach in order to focus their improvement efforts.


School Improvement Grant (SIG):