Oregon Episcopal School

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Oregon Episcopal School
OES logo.png
Address
6300 SW Nicol Road

, ,
97223

United States
Coordinates45°28′27″N 122°45′22″W / 45.4742°N 122.7561°W / 45.4742; -122.7561Coordinates: 45°28′27″N 122°45′22″W / 45.4742°N 122.7561°W / 45.4742; -122.7561
Information
TypePrivate, Boarding
Opened1869 (as St. Helens Hall)
CEEB code380915
PrincipalDavid Lowell
Head of Lower School[1]
PrincipalAnn Sulzer
Head of Middle School[2]
PrincipalAsha Appel
Head of Upper School[3]
Head of schoolMo Copeland
Head of School[4]
Peter Kraft
Associate Head of School[4]
GradesPre K-12[5]
Number of students860[6]
CampusSuburban, 59 acres (240,000 m2)
Color(s)Forest green, white, and Carolina blue    [7]
Athletics conferenceOSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1[8]
AccreditationNAAS[6]
NewspaperThe Dig[9]
Website

The Oregon Episcopal School (OES) is an American private coeducational college preparatory school in the Raleigh Hills area of Portland, Oregon.

History[edit]

St. Helens Hall (1906)

The Oregon Episcopal School (OES) was established in 1869 in Portland, Oregon, by the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Wistar Morris, Bishop of Oregon, and is "the oldest Episcopal school west of the Rocky Mountains."[10] Known as St. Helen's Hall at the time of its founding, it was originally a boarding and day school for girls.

OES's original site at 4th and Madison is now the location of Portland's City Hall. The school moved several times during its first century to different locations in downtown Portland. It was located at 13th and Hall Streets before moving to its present location in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood of Portland in 1964. The Bishop Dagwell Hall was soon added, expanding the academic program to boys.

In 1972, St. Helen's Hall merged with Bishop Dagwell Hall to become Oregon Episcopal School.[11][12] Currently, the school serves children from prekindergarten through 12th grade and includes day-school and boarding programs.[13]

A number of facilities have been added over the years. Meyer Hall was built in 1996 as a new facility for Middle School students; the Drinkward Center for Math, Science and Technology opened in 2003; and in 2016 a 45,000-square-foot Lower School facility opened for Pre-K through 5th grade students. Today, approximately 870 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 attend OES.

Academics[edit]

The Beginning, Lower, and Middle schools consist entirely of day students, but the Upper School includes a large boarding program. Approximately one-fifth of the Upper School's student body resides on campus, and around three-fourths of those boarding students hail from outside the United States.

In 2007, Portland Monthly magazine named the school one of the best in Oregon.[citation needed] In 2014, Oregon Episcopal School was ranked the best high school in the state of Oregon and the 13th best private school in the United States.[14][15][16] OES ranked #2 on Oregon's 25 Best K-12 Schools for 2018, according to the Portland Business Journal.[17]]

Science research[edit]

OES's research-based science program is one of the best in the United States and has a long history of success in science research competitions. 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, the Google Science Fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad, the BioGENIOUS Competition, and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Since 1995, 19 students have been named Intel National Semifinalists and National Finalists with one senior National Finalist contestant placed 2nd nationally among 40 national finalists in 2003 and one senior National Finalist contestant placed 3rd nationally in 2004.[18][19][20] Since 2002, 36 students have been named Siemens National Semifinalists, Regional Finalists and National Finalists. In 2010, Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez placed 1st nationally in the team category and won the Siemens Competition.[21][22] In 2013, sophomore Vinay Iyengar, as one of the five students competing in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from OES, won the Best in Category award in Mathematical Sciences at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and was also named the National Finalist for the Google Science Fair with research titled "Efficient Characteristic 3 Galois Field Operations for Elliptic Curve Cryptographic Applications".[23][23][24] Also in 2013, Ajay Krishnan was named the recipient of a prestigious $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship, the top honor in the engineering category. He was also named a regional finalist in the Google Science Fair.

Facilities[edit]

OES's 59-acre campus lies in the hills of Southwest Portland. Facilities include:

  • Meyer Hall: Built in 1996 for Middle School students. Topped by a "green" roof with soil and plants in 2006.
  • Drinkward Center for Math, Science and Technology: Opened in 2003.
  • Lower School: The 45,000-square-foot facility for Pre-K through 5th grade students was completed in 2016.

Athletics[edit]

Mascot[edit]

OES's official mascot is an Aardvark, chosen by the student body to replace their previous mascot, a falcon. At one time an eagle was also a mascot at the school.[25]

In 2013, the mascot placed second in the West in USA Today's High School Sports' Best Mascot competition.[26]

State championships[edit]

Disaster on Mount Hood[edit]

One of the worst climbing accidents in U.S. history occurred in May 1986 when seven sophomore students and two faculty froze to death during an excursion on Mount Hood. Of the four survivors, three had life-threatening injuries; one had his legs amputated.[27] The school commemorates this event by engaging in a day of service for the Portland community in gratitude for their support. All students and faculty go out to help others in a variety of ways, from serving food to taking care of hiking trails. At Catlin Gabel, the school's rival, there is a memorial as well.

The OES disaster spurred the development of the Mountain Locator Unit, an inexpensive transmitter which helps searchers find climbers in distress.[28]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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