Upon arriving in Pendleton 30 years ago, I immediately became acquainted with the term "Pendleton pride."

It quickly rubbed off on me as I learned it included pride in our community, and especially pride in our schools. In fact, in 1976 our schools were bursting with this pride. On every school ballot measure since, our unique little community came through, showing its support by passing measures that mostly failed elsewhere in the state. Recognition of our school support became known throughout Oregon.

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