Latinos Unite: It'sTime for New Leadership at Reynolds High School
  • Petitioned Dr. Joyce Henstrand

This petition was delivered to:

Dr. Joyce Henstrand
Board Chair-Theresa Delaney-Davis
Reynolds School District Board

Latinos Unite: It'sTime for New Leadership at Reynolds High School

    1. Diego Hernandez
    2. Petition by

      Diego Hernandez

      Portland, OR

The former principal Jeff Gilbert of Reynolds High School (RHS), a public high school in Troutdale, Oregon, has repeatedly ignored the needs of its Latino community. As current Latino students, very recent graduates, and supporting allies of RHS we feel that it is time for a new Principal at RHS.

It is time for new leadership that’s inclusive to organizations that support our community. It is time for more resources and support for Latino students, and we need to start that by not bringing Jeff Gilbert back.

Statistically, in Reynolds, 41 percent of Latinos will graduate and drop out rates continue to increase. Latinos at RHS make up 37 percent of enrollment and it continues to increase every year. As students of color, we need a new principal that will hire new bilingual/bicultural teachers and counselors, allow outside Latino organizations to provide services and empowerment to current students, a new principal that understands the importance of communicating with Latino parents, a principal that fully embraces Latino equity and equality for all students and one that inspires higher education for Latinos and ALL students at RHS.  

Here are other reasons Gilbert should go...
•    His emergency six-month extension license from the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission expired. He applied for a second extension but it was not granted.
•    Is under investigation from the school board for property damage and misuse of student fee money
•    Has been accused of racism by 3 Latino administrators
•    Has been accused of sexism by female job applicants
•    Has a tort-claim against him by a special education assistant
•    Has been previously put on probation from two other schools
•    Has mistreated employees, since he began at RHS in 2008.
•    Has put emphasis on military service rather than higher education.

We need a new culturally competent principal, that not only supports students, but respects teachers as well. Please sign the petition below to urge the Reynolds School Board and Administration to find new leadership for Reynolds High School.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Barrow PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm from Oregon. It's time for a new coach for us. Please read and sign my petition too.

      There's something wrong with our education system to allow bad educators/administration to act in these manners.

    • Alejandrina Felipe GRESHAM, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      As a formal Reynolds graduate in 2001, with honors, receiving the "principal cup award" I've an obligation and commitment to the community to advocate for better/adequate education and hold those accountable for the education of ALL High school student. Specially my fellow Latino youth, in which we seem to continue to be the highest drop out rate, due to the lack of leadership at the school level and with all the odds against us from economic, social, & cultural. Reynolds high school CANNOT continue to ignore it's students and community. I wad a success story due to the support and teachers that I had, but beyond that I had leadership to advocate for injustice. Therefore, as a professional Latina, I'll continue to advocate for accountability by the administration, Reynolds was once a school I praised, but now I'm embarrassed and disappointed to even name Reynolds as my formal school.

    • Jose Solis PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Support students of all races to have equal & fair chance to realize their full potential.

    • Elisa Solis SALEM, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      In order to help improve opportunities and chances for the Latino community, it is essential to find a school principal who is willing to promote higher education to all students equally.

    • Amira Caluya WOOD VILLAGE, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      As a resident of Wood Village I am dismayed that my young sisters and brothers in the Latino community are not receiving adequate support from their principal.


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