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Trust gives $1 million grant to Tigard school


TIGARD — Westside Christian High School has been awarded a second and significantly larger grant from the Vancouver, Wash.-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for work on the school’s new campus here. The $1 million Program Related Investment (PRI) grant will function as a low-interest, short-term investment using outstanding capital campaign pledges as collateral.

The Murdock Trust previously awarded a $250,000 grant to Westside to help with the construction costs for the two new science labs at the new school site.
Westside Christian High School last winter purchased the City Bible Church building near the intersection of Highway 217 and U.S.99W in Tigard. Renovation is well underway, and the school plans to transition to the new site the first week of January. Classes begin as normal this month at the school’s current site in Lake Oswego.

“What an honor it is to once again partner with the Murdock Charitable Trust to impact the next generation of servant leaders,” said Andy Sears, Westside Christian High School president. “We can’t thank the Murdock Trust enough for their generous support of our new campus project. The PRI makes it possible for us to focus on getting the majority of Phase I of our project done by end of December and begin construction of the new gym. “These are exciting times. We are in the final push to raise the remaining $195,000 needed to complete this phase of the project — a very manageable goal.”

Phase I of the project includes the renovation of the existing structure to resize existing rooms, widen hallways, and add special architectural modifications for the choir, drama, and visual arts classrooms. Additionally, two new science labs, a gym, fitness center, locker rooms, and a library and technology center will be added.

The trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. The trust’s mission is to provide grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the Northwest’s educational, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.