Benson Polytechnic High School - BluePrint Yearbook (Portland, OR)

 - Class of 1976

Page 12 of 244

 

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Park., Fountains Donated Benson State Park is located near Multnomah Falls, which was itself a gift to the city of Portland from Benson. Here, Benson is honored with many scenic trails which offer the public a view of natural beauty. At the dedication, Benson said, "ln presenting this park to the people of the city of Portland I had two obiects in view: first, to provide a recreation ground for all the people and their children in the city of my adoption which they could enioy at any time. Second, to provide an added charm to the highway, the construction at which is the fulfillment of one of my fondest dreams. It is a highway which will put Portland on the map for all time to come." Mr. Benson saw the need for pure drinking water for the public easily available at any time, so he gave the city ten thousand dollars to install twenty bronze drinking fountains at downtown street corners. The installation of these fountains helped to make the corner saloons "run dry." A special memorial fountain was installed at Southwest Salmon and Park streets in downtown Portland by the student body of Benson High School in l959 ta pay tribute to his great accomplishments. This year additional drinking fountains, replicas of the originals, will be donated to the city by Benson High School. Page 9



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Trade Training Essential Although Simon Benson had little formal education, he saw the need of vocational education for those who were planning to work at some trade. He donated Sl00,000 to the Portland School Board and the city toward establishment of Benson Polytechnic School. At first it was used by the army for training soldiers for World War I, It was then called "Soldiers of Industry." On January 19, l9l8, it was opened to high school students and renamed Benson Polytechnic High School. Benson felt that this school was a direct result ot his desire to fill a real public need. "The reason I gave SI00,000 toward establishing the Benson Polytechnic School was to give our boys a chance to learn trades and become self-supporting, self-respecting citizens. If a mon has a trade, he can earn money. We need fewer men who are looking for white-collar jobs. I have no interest in a man who is unwilling to sweat." Page I I

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