David Douglas School District No. 40 is located in East Portland. While located in the city, David Douglas is a separate district from Portland Public Schools. David Douglas School District covers 12 square miles of suburban homes, apartments, shopping centers and small businesses. It serves a community population of approximately 53,775. The David Douglas School District was formed in 1959 from three elementary districts—Gilbert, Powellhurst and Russellville and the David Douglas Union High School District. The district now includes nine elementary schools for grades kindergarten through five, three middle schools for grades six through eight, one high school for grades 9-12, and one alternative school for grades 9-12. A community aquatics center and community performing arts center are located on the high school site.