Our school is named after George C. Marshall, an Army commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at the Vancouver Barracks from 1936 to 1938. Marshall became secretary of state under President Harry S. Truman after World War II.
Marshall is the only VPS elementary school to participate regularly in the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Marshall lecture program. Our students are honored with visits from the dignitaries who deliver the Marshall lecture. These visits impart memorable lessons in civic responsibility, government, stewardship and community service. Past visitors include General Colin Powell, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw and Jonathan Jarvis.