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Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School
Interlocking school initials
6300 SW Nicol Road

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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
TypePrivate, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopalian
Opened1869 (as St. Helens Hall)
CEEB code380915
PrincipalDavid Lowell
Head of Lower School[6]
PrincipalAnn Sulzer
Head of Middle School[7]
PrincipalSarah Grenert-Funk
Head of Upper School[8]
Head of schoolMo Copeland
Head of School[5]
Peter Kraft
Associate Head of School[5]
GradesPre K-12[1]
Number of students875 (2020-21)[9]
CampusSuburban, 59 acres (240,000 m2)
Color(s)Forest green, white, and Carolina blue    [10]
SloganAlways Open
Athletics conferenceOSAA Lewis & Clark League 3A-1[2]
NewspaperThe Dig[4]

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


St. Helens Hall (1906)

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."[11] 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.[12][13] Currently, the school serves children from prekindergarten through 12th grade and includes day-school and boarding programs.[14]

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.


The Beginning, Lower, and Middle schools consist entirely of day students, but the Upper School includes a 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 as one of the best in Oregon.[] 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.[15][16][17] OES ranked #2 on Oregon's 25 Best K-12 Schools for 2018, according to the Portland Business Journal.[18]

Science research

OES's research-based science program 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.[19][20][21] 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.[22][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.[25][26] In 2021 OES's aerospace team won the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. [27]


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. Serves as a facility for STEM related fields in the Upper School.
  • Bishop Dagwell Hall: This is OES's fine arts building. This building was the boys school at OES that later merged with St Helens Hall in 1960 to form OES. [28]
  • Lower School: The 45,000-square-foot facility for Pre-K through 5th grade students was completed in 2016.
  • Ferris Hall: This building was the old OES lower school, but due to the new lower school building being constructed in 2016 Ferris Hall is now a shared space with three main areas. This building was initially slated for demolition after the lower school was constructed, but due to the need for more space this never happened. These are:
    • EC3 Design Center: Founded in 2017 this facilities mission statement is to cultivate curiosity and creativity while collaborating with peers. This facility is used by the whole school and is composed of three rooms: Think (lounge), Make (Maker space) and Move (used for performance arts).
    • Ferris Hall Athletics: Ferris Hall athletics is composed of an exercise gym and a dance studio.
    • Lower School: Some lower school classes are still held in parts of Ferris Hall.
  • Jackson and Rodney Houses: Founded in 1963 these are OESs two student dormitories. As a boarding school OES houses 60 boarding students. [29]
  • OES Athletic Center: Opened September 2021 this building includes two courts, one named after Kris Van Hatcher and the other, main court named after the Morissette family. [30] These courts are mainly used for basketball and volleyball as well as other miscellaneous activities. [31] The OES athletic center was constructed using sustainable wood and is doted with solar panels and large windows, these building choices make it 82% more efficient than gyms of similar characteristics. [30]



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.[28]

In 2013, the mascot placed second in the West in USA Today's High School Sports' Best Mascot competition.[32]

State championships played or won

  • Men's lacrosse: 2004, 2009, 2017, 2018[]
  • Women's lacrosse: 2017[33]
  • Women's soccer: 1993, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018[]
  • Women's volleyball: 2006[]
  • Women's Cross Country: 1988[]
  • Women's tennis: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018[]
  • Men's tennis: 1983, 1984, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018[]
  • Men's soccer: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014[34]
  • Oregon Style Cross-Examination Debate: 2016[35]
  • Oregon Battle of the Books: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016[]
  • Speech and Debate: 2018[36]
  • Men's Golf: 2019[37]
  • Men's Basketball: 2020[38]

Disaster on Mount Hood

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.[39] The OES disaster spurred the development of the Mountain Locator Unit, an inexpensive transmitter which helps searchers find climbers in distress.[40]

Notable alumni


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