Catlin Gabel School

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Catlin Gabel School
Catlin Gabel blue logo.png
8825 SW Barnes Road


Coordinates45°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
TypeIndependent private
HeadTim Bazemore
Enrollment760[2] (2014)
Student to teacher ratio6.3:1[2]
CampusSuburban, 67 acres (27 ha)
Color(s)Royal blue and white   [3]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1[3]
RivalOregon Episcopal School
Catlin Gabel School barn in the fall - Portland Oregon.jpg
School cafeteria in the fall
Catlin Gabel Commons during Snow.jpg
The quad during a snowfall

Catlin Gabel School is an independent preschool through 12th grade private school in West Haven-Sylvan, a census-designated place in Portland, Oregon.


With roots that go back to 1859, the school was formed by the 1957 merger between the Catlin Hillside School (founded in 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. The buildings were later converted to a community center for the Hillside neighborhood.[6]

In 2005, the Malone Family Foundation endowed Catlin Gabel with a $2 million grant for financial aid under its Malone Scholars Program.[7]


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 scientists have placed highly in competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Competition, the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.[citation needed]

The school ranked #1 on Oregon's 25 Best K-12 Schools for 2018, according to the Portland Business Journal.[8]


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.[9]

Catlin Gabel also has recently established, thriving geopolitical society that made it to nationals in 2018. Established only in 2016, the society is on a path to greatness.

Catlin Gabel has been a successful participant in the Oregon Mock Trial competition, and has often gone to the national competition.[10]


Catlin Gabel's traditional rival in athletics is the Oregon Episcopal School.[11] 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, skiing, 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 May 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Catlin Gabel School". National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Catlin Gabel". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Ted Kaye. "Catlin Gabel School". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ "Hillside Community Center". The City of Portland. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Malone Scholars Program". Malone Family Foundation. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Retrieved 2019-05-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Home". Team 1540 - The Flaming Chickens. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  10. ^ 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 February 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Toshio Suzuki (November 22, 2009). "OES edges rival Catlin Gabel for fourth title in five seasons". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Portland Rites Of Interest". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. August 9, 1945. p. 6 – via

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