Catherine McAuley High School

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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
Status closed
Closed end of 2015-16 school year
President Dorothy Olaru
Principal Katherine Barr
Teaching staff 17.6 FTE[1]
Grades 912
Enrolment 158[1] (2013–14)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1[1]
Campus size 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Mascot McAuley Lion
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Newspaper Between the Lions

Catherine McAuley High School , located in Portland, Maine was an all-girls' college preparatory school that was run by the Sisters of Mercy. It was located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. McAuley was the only remaining single-sex high school for young women in the state of Maine. The school was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1969 and was named for their founder, the Catherine McAuley. Catherine McAuley High School was the successor school of two other all-women's Mercy schools, Saint Joseph's Academy (1881–1969) and Cathedral High School (1909–1969). In July 2016, the school building was transferred to The Maine Girls' Academy.[3]


Catherine McAuley in 2009

Located in Portland's Deering Center neighborhood, McAuley's classrooms and offices were housed in the main building, the gymnasium, and the Academy. The main building and gym, designed by Portland architect Wilbur R. Ingalls, Jr., were connected by the glass-enclosed "mall," which acts as both atrium and cafeteria. The former St. Joseph's Academy building housed 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 offered an honors track as well as six AP courses.[4] Students completed yearly service requirements in order to graduate. In addition to their service requirement, seniors completed a service project in May prior to graduation.

Extra-curricular activities and athletics[edit]

Clubs and activities[edit]

McAuley's AP Government class won the "We the People" state champions for four consecutive years.[5]

The McAuley Limelighters were the Western Maine Drama champions.[5]

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

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


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


  1. ^ a b c "Catherine Mcauley High School". Private School Universe Survey. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ Bridgers, Leslie (10 June 2016). "Catherine McAuley High School reveals new name". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 13, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  5. ^ a b McAuley HS academics Archived November 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 

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