Central Catholic High School (Portland, Oregon)

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Central Catholic High School
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Central Catholic High School is located in Portland, Oregon
Central Catholic High School
Central Catholic High School
2401 SE Stark Street
Portland, Oregon, (Multnomah County), 97214
United States
Coordinates 45°31′12″N 122°38′27″W / 45.52000°N 122.64083°W / 45.52000; -122.64083Coordinates: 45°31′12″N 122°38′27″W / 45.52000°N 122.64083°W / 45.52000; -122.64083
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1939
Superintendent John Harrington[1]
Principal Jonathon Garrow[1]
Grades 912[2][3]
Enrollment 870[2] (2008)
Color(s) Cardinal and gold         [1]
Athletics conference OSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-3[1]
Mascot Rams[1]
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission[2]

Central Catholic High School is a co-educational, private high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. Central Catholic is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, and is the only archdiocesan high school in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland.


Central Catholic was founded in 1939 by Archbishop Edward Howard as a diocesan high school for boys. In 1930, St. Mary's Cemetery was closed and the interments were relocated, mostly to Mount Calvary, and Central Catholic High School was built on the site of the old cemetery. Although the Great Depression made fund raising difficult, the Knights of Columbus staged fund-raising affairs and a generous bequest made it possible to open the first unit of the school in 1939. It was dedicated on May 9, 1939 and opened with about 125 freshmen and sophomore students. The first principal was Father Francis Schaefers.

Initially the school operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, meeting its expenses with its tuition, which was $50 a year. Overhead was low because many classes were taught by the diocesan priests, who did not take salaries, and by sisters from different congregations, who were paid $50 a month.[4]

While teaching, many of the priests continued their education at universities such as the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oregon, Catholic University, Dominican College of San Rafael, and the University of Chicago.

Central Catholic became a co-ed high school in the 1980s. It accepted the first co-ed students as Freshman and Sophomores for the '80-'81 school year. The first co-ed class graduated in 1983.


Central Catholic High School has a rich athletic tradition having won 25 State Championships and 18 state 2nd place titles since 1945.[citation needed]

  • Boys Football: 2013, 1952, 1953
  • Boys Cross Country: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Boys Soccer: 2007
  • Boys Basketball: 1994 (4A)
  • Girls Softball: 1999 (4A)
  • Girls Volleyball: 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Girls Basketball: 2013

Notable alumni[edit]

Rufus Dingleschmidt, chess, US National Open 1986


  1. ^ a b c d e http://www.osaa.org/schools.aspx/CentralCatholic/
  2. ^ a b c http://www.northwestaccreditation.org/schools/Oregon.pdf
  3. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09". Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ Pereyr, Lillian (Jan 26, 1996). "History". Catholic Sentinel (reprinted on Central Catholic website). Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ Green, Ashbel (December 9, 1999). "After 4 decades, Van Hoomissen leaves his mark on Oregon". The Oregonian.