Lyman Moore Middle School is located in Portland, Maine, a few miles from the coast and 50 miles north of New Hampshire.
Portland has a rich history. The Abenaki Native Americans wo lived here originally called it Machigonne-meaning Great Neck. The English controlled the town beginning in 1633 and called it first, Casco, and then Falmouth. In 1676 the Abenaki people returned to destroy the town and it remained abandoned until 1713. The community was leveled again during the revolutionary war, this time by the British. Locals separated from Falmouth in 1786, calling their new home Portland. 100 years later Portlandwent up in a massive inferno leaving 10,000 people homeless. And yet after each setback, Portlanders rebuilt and their city revived. Today Portland is home to about 64,000 people.
Portland's city seal depicts a phenix rising out of ashes. It's motto is "Resurgam," Latin for "I will rise again."
Portland is a designated United States Refuge Resettlement Community. In recent decades our city has welcomed families from Africa, Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and many other lands. Over 1800 of Portland's students come from homes where over 50 languages are spoken. These students represent about 25% of the Portland School Districts total enrollment.
North Deering, where Lyman Moore is located, is a neighborhood that borders on Falmuth. Lyman Moore draws students from Munjoy Hill, both sides of washington Avenue, and from the homes surrounding the school.