Jesuit High School (Beaverton, Oregon)

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Jesuit High School
Jesuit High logo.png
Age Quod Agis
Do well whatever you do
9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Portland, Oregon 97225
United States
Coordinates 45°29′8″N 122°46′11″W / 45.48556°N 122.76972°W / 45.48556; -122.76972Coordinates: 45°29′8″N 122°46′11″W / 45.48556°N 122.76972°W / 45.48556; -122.76972
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Established 1956; 60 years ago (1956)
President John Gladstone
Principal Paul Hogan
Teaching staff 90.3 (FTE)
Grades 912
Enrollment 1280 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 14.2
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Athletics conference OSAA Metro League 6A-2
Nickname Crusaders
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission
Newspaper Jesuit Crusader

Jesuit High School is a Catholic high school in Beaverton outside Portland, Oregon, USA, in the Archdiocese of Portland. It was founded by the Oregon Province, Society of Jesus, in 1956 and uses a Jesuit, college-preparatory curriculum. It is coeducational and enrolls approximately 1,300 students of all faiths.


The school was the 43rd Jesuit high school to be established in the United States. Though it was not finally established until 1956, the process of founding a Jesuit high school in Portland began in 1907, when property was purchased by the parish of St. Ignatius and set aside for a future high school. A lay appeal to the Jesuit Provincial for a high school in 1929 came to nothing. In 1954 the Holy Cross Fathers of Portland announced the closing of Columbia Prep and a plan for the Jesuits to take over the premises was discussed, but again dropped. Finally in 1955 the Jesuit Provincial Superior was asked by the Archbishop to set up a school. Hillsdale Dairy Farm, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) plot to the west, some 15 minutes drive from downtown Portland, was purchased for $165,000. Jesuit and Holy Cross priests raised pledges of $117,000 by Wednesday of the first week of a fund-raising campaign in churches, and hundreds of thousands more by door-to-door canvassing. Jesuit High School opened for freshmen boys on September 10, 1956 and girls have been admitted since 1993. [4]


The demographic breakdown of the 1,280 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:[3]

  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.2%
  • Black - 3.4%
  • Hispanic - 4.6%
  • Multiracial - 7.2%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 10.2%
  • White - 74.4%


Jesuit High School has been accredited through Northwest Accreditation Commission since 1961.[5]

In 1989 and 1998, Jesuit High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.[6]

The school has many notable staff members such as their acclaimed librarians Gregory Lum and Laura Schick.[7] The Library Journal noted that Mr. Lum gave a "sense of service and leadership to the wider library community".[8]

Science research[edit]

Many students at Jesuit have succeeded in science research competition. Several placed highly in prestigious competitions such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.[citation needed]


In 1998, the Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center opened, providing visual art, music, and drama resources. In 2004, the Educational Theatre Association cited the drama program as "extraordinarily professional," and featured a JHS production on the Friday and Saturday night performance slots of its week-long international festival.[citation needed]

The entire Choral Department received the Academic All-State award for having the highest average grade point average in 2006.[9]

Retreat program[edit]

PILGRIMAGE – a 12-mile hike to the oldest Catholic mission in the Northwest, led by seniors who give talks and perform skits along the way.
FRESHMAN DAY RETREAT – a required, on-campus retreat focusing on community-building and spiritual life as found in the school, led by seniors and including discussions and games.
FRESHMAN OVERNIGHT RETREAT – an optional, Saturday to Sunday, off-campus, overnight retreat led by sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a focus on community through sharing in small and large groups and a giant campfire sing-along.
SOPHOMORE OVERNIGHT RETREAT – an overnight retreat focusing on relationships and on finding God in the world, led by juniors.
ENCOUNTERS (JUNIORS) – a program for juniors, running from Friday morning to Sunday evening, aimed at greater knowledge and love of God, of other persons, and for oneself.
SENIOR QUIET RETREAT WEEKEND – in May seniors have a weekend of quiet to reflect on life beyond Jesuit, in a spiritual context.
PARENT RETREAT – a Sunday to Tuesday retreat for parents and recent grads, at St. Benedict Lodge on the McKenzie River in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.


On June 20, 2007, Sports Illustrated rated Jesuit the number one high school athletic program in the nation, citing success both on and off the field.[10]

In the 2005-2006 academic year, Jesuit won seven state championships in various sports and activities. Jesuit High School has won the Oregon 4A All Sports Award 13 years in a row, and has received the Oregonian Cup five times.[11]

Jesuit High School has claimed a state championship in each of its sports over the course of 53 years, including men's football, soccer, cross-country, tennis, basketball, volleyball, track & field, and swimming, and women's tennis, swimming, soccer, ski racing, cross-country, golf, and softball.

In November 2009, ESPN ranked Jesuit's women's soccer team first among all women's programs nationwide.[citation needed]

State championships[edit]

The school's Spirit Store
  • Football – 1967 (tie), 1968, 2000, 2006,[11] 2007,[11][12] 2015
  • Men's Basketball – 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012[11][13]
  • Men's Cross Country – 2000, 2002,[11] 2004,[11] 2008
  • Men's Golf – 2007,[11] 2008[11]
  • Men's Soccer – 2002,[11] 2006[11]
  • Men's Swimming – 2006,[11] 2007[11]
  • Men's Tennis – 2008,[11] 2009,[11] 2010,[11] 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Men's Track & Field – 2006,[11] 2013[11]
  • Women's Golf – 2004,[11] 2005[11]
  • Women's Ski Racing – 2003[11]
  • Women's Soccer – 2002,[11] 2003[11]
  • Softball – 2006[11]
  • Women's Swimming – 2002,[11] 2009, 2010
  • Women's Cross Country – 1996,[11] 1998,[11] 1999,[11] 2002,[11] 2003,[11] 2004,[11] 2005,[11] 2006,[11] 2007,[11] 2008,[11] 2009, 2010
  • Women's Tennis – 2002,[11] 2005,[11] 2006,[11] 2007,[11] 2008,[11] 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Women's Track and Field – 2008,[11] 2010,[11] 2011,[11]
  • Women's Basketball – 2011
  • Volleyball – 2005,[11] 2012, 2014, 2015

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "OSAA - Jesuit". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 139. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Jesuit High School". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jesuit High School : A Catholic College Preparatory High School in the Jesuit Tradition: Member Login". Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  5. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  7. ^ "Jesuit High School : A Catholic College Preparatory High School in the Jesuit Tradition: Member Login". Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Gregory Lum | Movers & Shakers 2007". Library Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  9. ^ Link Lookup
  10. ^ " - Nation's Top 10 athletic programs - Jun 19, 2007". CNN. June 19, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Link Lookup
  12. ^ "OSAA - Error" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "OSAA - Error" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Linebacker Slade Norris, out of OSU, signed with the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday". The Oregonian. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
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