Central Catholic High School (Portland, Oregon)
|Central Catholic High School|
2401 SE Stark Street
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Cardinal and gold |
|Athletics conference||OSAA Mt. Hood Conference 6A-3|
|Accreditation||Northwest Accreditation Commission|
Central Catholic High School is a college prep school located 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[clarification needed] 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 freshman 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.
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 freshmen and sophomores for the 1980–81 school year. The first co-ed class graduated in 1983.
Central Catholic High School has a rich athletic tradition having won 26 State Championships and 18 state 2nd place titles since 1945.
- Boys Football: 1952, 1953, 2013, 2014
- Boys Cross Country: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- Boys Soccer: 2007, 2014
- Boys Basketball: 1994 (4A)
- Boys Boxing: 1992, 1994 (4A)
- Girls Softball: 1999 (4A)
- Girls Volleyball: 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2016
- Girls Basketball: 2013
- Girls Track and Field: 2013
- Michael Doleac, basketball, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Steven Evans, soccer, Portland Timbers
- Joey Harrington, football quarterback, Detroit Lions
- Fred Quillan, 1974, football, San Francisco 49ers
- Galen Rupp, 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist, 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medalist
- Brennan Scarlett, NFL linebacker, Houston Texans
- George Van Hoomissen, former justice on the Oregon Supreme Court
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