Valley Catholic School
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|Valley Catholic School|
|4275 Southwest 148th Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon, Washington County, 97007
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon
|Principal||Ross Thomas, High School; Jennifer Gfroerer, Middle School; Joe Manning, Elementary School; Trish Roussel, Early Learning School|
|Enrollment||1,000 (2013-2014 academic year)|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and white |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Cowapa League 4A-1|
|Accreditation||Northwest Accreditation Commission|
The school is owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Campus Schools.
Valley Catholic is Oregon's only pre-K through grade 12 Catholic school system.
The history of Valley Catholic dates back to 1886 and the founding of the Community of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, the first women's religious order to be established in Oregon.
In 1902, at the request of Archbishop William H. Gross, the religious community voted to open a school on Tualatin Valley Highway, west of Beaverton, Oregon. The school, originally called St. Mary's Academy, served boys and girls. It opened its doors in January 1903.
Several years later, the Sisters opened a dormitory, and St. Mary's Academy became an all-girls school and was renamed St. Mary's Institute. In 1930, it was renamed again, becoming St. Mary of the Valley.
A groundbreaking for the current high school building was held on May 27, 1968. On December 1, 1969, classes were held in the new building for the first time.
In 1991, the school once again welcomed boys as well as girls, and St. Mary of the Valley High School and Middle School officially became Valley Catholic School.
In 2006, St. Mary of the Valley Elementary School became Valley Catholic Elementary School. Little Flower Development Center became Valley Catholic Early Learning School.
In 2011, the campus hosted a dedication for a new, LEED-gold building which is home to Valley Catholic Elementary and Middle Schools.
Valley Catholic has been accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools since 1965.
In 2012 and 2013, Valley Catholic High School received the Oregonian Cup for overall excellence among 3A schools.
The Valley Catholic Valiants have an impressive record of individual and team state championships. They include:
In 2013, the varsity girls basketball team won the 3A state championship - the first in school history. The boys cross country team and girls soccer team won state championships. Also in 2013, Valley Catholic's Charisma Dance Team won its fourth consecutive state championship.
In 2011, the boys cross country team won its first state title for 3A/2A/1A.
From 2007-2009, the girls softball team won the 3A/2A State title back-to-back-to-back.
In 2007, Valley Catholic captured its first state title in boys basketball.
- Gregory, Roger (2010-05-12). "Robert Weber named new president of Valley Catholic School". The Oregonian. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
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