• Image courtesy of Peter Eckert

  • Image courtesy of Peter Eckert

Adrienne C. Nelson High School

Happy Valley, OR

Project Categories

K-12 education


228,000 square feet

Adrienne C. Nelson is a new high school and conversion of Rock Creek Middle School. Named after the first Black women appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court, it serves the surrounding growing community. While the converted space was upgraded, the new portion encompasses larger and more classrooms with an athletics wing and a full-size gym as well as a performing arts wing with a performance hall and black box theatre.


Bora Architects


North Clackamas School District

Special features

  • Overall energy performance is 13% better than similar buildings built to code
  • Airside heat recovery
  • Primarily women-led engineering design team
  • High efficiency heating plant
  • Building envelope exceeds code minimum requirements
  • Underfloor displacement distribution system in the auditorium
  • Daylighting and efficient energy use throughout

Media Coverage

DJC Oregon: 2022 Top Projects


OPB: North Clackamas School District Breaks Ground On High School Named After Black Oregon Justice