Catlin Gabel School
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|Catlin Gabel School|
|8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon, 97225
|Number of students||729|
|Student to teacher ratio||8.3:1|
|Campus||Suburban, 54 acres (21.9 ha)|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and white |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1|
|School barn in the fall|
|The commons during a snowfall|
With roots that go back to 1859, the school was founded in 1957 as a result of merger between the Catlin Hillside School (founded 1911 as Miss Catlin's School, named after the founder Ruth Catlin) and the Gabel Country Day School (originating as the Portland Academy, named after founder Priscilla Gabel). The school had initially hoped to expand onto the Gabel school property, but lost it to eminent domain. Since the Catlin property was too small to support the school, Catlin Gabel purchased the Honey Hollow Farm in 1958, relocating the upper school there in the fall. Nine years later, the middle school relocated there, followed by the lower school a year later, in 1968. The school sold the Catlin Hillside buildings to the Portland Art Museum.
As of the 2010-11 school year, there were 738 students. The student body is divided into four groups: Upper School (grades 9-12), Middle School (grades 6-8), Lower School (grades 1-5), and Beginning School (pre-school through kindergarten).
Catlin Gabel is accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS).
Catlin Gabel has a long history of science research competition success. Over the years, many students have placed highly in prestigious competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Competition, the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Catlin Gabel has been a successful participant in the Oregon Mock Trial competition, and has often gone to the National Competition.
Catlin Gabel's traditional rival in athletics is the Oregon Episcopal School. From Middle School and up, seasonal sports include soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, baseball, track, golf, men's volleyball, and tennis.
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