Catlin Gabel School

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Catlin Gabel School
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8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon 97225
United States
Coordinates 45°30′35″N 122°46′03″W / 45.509819°N 122.767373°W / 45.509819; -122.767373Coordinates: 45°30′35″N 122°46′03″W / 45.509819°N 122.767373°W / 45.509819; -122.767373
Type Independent private
Opened 1957
Head Tim Bazemore
Grades Preschool-12[1]
Number of students 760[2]
Student to teacher ratio 6.3:1[2]
Campus suburban 67 acres (27 ha)
Color(s) Royal blue and white   [3]
Athletics conference OSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1[3]
Mascot Eagles[3]
Rival Oregon Episcopal School
Accreditation NAAS[4]
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School barn in the fall
Catlin Gabel Commons during Snow.jpg
The commons during a snowfall

Catlin Gabel School is an independent preschool through 12th grade private school in West Haven-Sylvan, a census-designated place in Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area, in the U.S. state of Oregon.


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).[5] 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 for its art school.

In 2005, the Malone Family Foundation endowed Catlin Gabel with a $2 million grant for financial aid under its Malone Scholars Program.[citation needed]


As of the 2014-15 school year, there were 760 students.[4][2] 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 (preschool through kindergarten).


Catlin Gabel is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).

Science research[edit]

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 operated a team in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2005, called "The Flaming Chickens." The team has consistently qualified for the First World Championships competition almost every year. [6]

Catlin Gabel has been a successful participant in the Oregon Mock Trial competition, and has often gone to the national competition.[7]


Catlin Gabel's traditional rival in athletics is the Oregon Episcopal School.[8] The Middle School fields teams of soccer, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, and track. The Upper School competes in soccer, cross-country, basketball, baseball, track, golf, swimming, women's volleyball, and tennis.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Catlin Gabel School". National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Ted Kaye. "Catlin Gabel School". The Oregon Encyclopedia. 
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  7. ^ Allyn, Bobby (March 12, 2011). "Catlin Gabel School takes state mock trial title for second year; not all participants have attorney ambitions". The Oregonian. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
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  9. ^ Dumont, Katana (October 26, 2015). "Character Sketch PDX: Nadya Okamoto". Willamette Week. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

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