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Storied Lincoln High School Educator Selected Grand Marshal of the Starlight Parade

David Bailey (better known as Mr. Bailey) had one job to do — ushering young minds into adulthood. He did it very well. As a teacher at Portland’s Lincoln High School, Mr. Bailey spent the best part of fifty years educating more than 12,000 students at one of the west coast’s oldest high schools. Lincoln celebrated 150 years in 2018, and Mr. Bailey (who taught U.S. history and government for one third of that time) decided that it was time to step away from the only teaching job he ever had.

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In celebrating the rich history of the institution — and the man — the Rose Festival has invited Mr. Bailey to be Grand Marshal of the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade (Saturday, June 1, 2019, staring at 8:30 p.m.). The PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade starts downtown at NW 9th and Burnside, and winds its way to Lincoln High School, dropping Mr. Bailey back where it all began 50-years ago.

“We’re so excited to honor someone who has taught generations of Portlanders, who make up our unique city,” said Amy Johnson (Chairman of the Starlight Parade Committee). “Particularly this year, with Lincoln High School celebrating 150 years of educating students, we wanted to highlight the value and significance of our educators.”

The Rose Festival announced the selection of Mr. Bailey at its annual kick-off party Wednesday afternoon during the unveiling of seasonal collector’s art. Each year Oak Knoll Winery commissions a local student — this year PSU student Caitlyn Sparkman — to create original art for its Rose Festival signature Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Rosé labels available only at local Fred Meyer stores. Graphic Artist Kenneth Poirier introduced his latest seasonal poster honoring another American icon — the Woodstock music festival — in soft sky blue tones.