Bond-funded expansion and improvements at South Salem High School will add new classrooms, expand career and technical (vocational) programs, add a new auxiliary gym, improve seismic safety, and much more. Just over $66 million is being invested in improvements at South. In order to make room for the improvements, the original Leslie Junior High School building will need to be replaced.

Leslie Junior High School has a long history in the community. The original building was constructed in 1927 near the corner of Church and Howard streets, and served students until the new Leslie Middle School on Pringle Road opened in 1997. The building then served as the home of Howard Street Charter School from 1997 until late 2019, at which time Howard Street Charter School relocated to its new home downtown.

The district is creating a documentary video to honor the old Leslie Junior High School’s long history of service to the community. The community is invited to participate in the creation of the video by sharing photos, stories or short remembrances of time spent at the original Leslie Junior High School.

To share submissions for the video, please see the Leslie Documentary Video page on the district website:

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