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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
"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."
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