Catherine McAuley High School

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631 Stevens Avenue
Portland, Maine, 04103
United States
Coordinates 43°40′48″N 70°17′37″W / 43.6800°N 70.2936°W / 43.6800; -70.2936Coordinates: 43°40′48″N 70°17′37″W / 43.6800°N 70.2936°W / 43.6800; -70.2936
Type Private, All-girls, college preparatory school
Established 1969
President Dorothy Olaru
Principal Deborah Kost
Asst. Principal Paul Pendleton
Faculty 33
Grades 912
Enrollment 245 (2007-2008)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus size 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Mascot McAuley Lion
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper Between the Lions
Athletic Director Joseph Kilmartin

Catherine McAuley High School of Portland, Maine is an all-girls' college preparatory school that is run by the Sisters of Mercy. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. McAuley is the only single-sex high school in the state of Maine. The school was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1969 and is named for their founder, the Catherine McAuley. Catherine McAuley High School is the successor school of two other all-women's Mercy schools, Saint Joseph's Academy (1881–1969) and Cathedral High School (1909–1969).


Catherine McAuley in 2009

Located in Portland's Deering Center neighborhood, McAuley's classrooms and offices are housed in the main building, the gymnasium, and the Academy. The main building and gym, designed by Portland architect Wilbur R. Ingalls, Jr., are connected by the glass-enclosed "mall," which acts as both atrium and cafeteria. The former St. Joseph's Academy building now houses the Advancement Office as well as Latin, Spanish, history, art, and some of the math and religious studies classrooms. In 2005, the Sisters of Mercy donated land to the school so that the students could have several new athletic fields. The land once held shrines to saints, stations of the cross, and a grotto to the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary. McAuley High added a wireless network in 2006.


Catherine McAuley offers an honors track as well as six AP courses.[2] Students must complete yearly service requirements in order to graduate. In addition to their service requirement, seniors complete a service project in May prior to graduation. McAuley has a 98% college placement rate.[3]

Extra-curricular activities and athletics[edit]

Clubs and activities[edit]

McAuley's students are involved in many clubs and activities. McAuley's AP Government class has won the "We the People" state champions for four consecutive years.[3]

The McAuley Limelighters have a tradition of excellence as Western Maine Drama champions.[3]

The Spanish department runs an annual exchange with the Colegios Padre Hurtados y Juanita de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.

McAuley's Key Club runs a variety of programs to serve the needy families of Portland and southern Maine. During the annual Service Week, the Key Club raises money for the Shriner's Children Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.


The school offers Class-A cross country, field hockey, soccer, basketball, cheering, indoor track, swimming, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field.


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