New Start for De La Salle North
High school for underserved completes new campus
10/25/2021, 12:27 p.m.
The completion marks the beginning of a new chapter for the 20-year-old institution known for its unique and transformative education. The school is the first new Catholic high school campus in Portland in more than 50 years.
De La Salle North Catholic High School prepares urban students with limited educational opportunities for college by providing a rigorous, faith-based education emphasizing math, science and language arts. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay.
“We began our search for a new home more than five years ago and it has been a roller coaster as we navigated through the search, the agreement with St. Charles, the design of the new campus, the fundraising for the new school and the global pandemic, said Oscar Leong, De La Salle North president.
Gabriella Quinto Alfaro, a 2016 De La Salle North graduate who now works as a business office associate, is one of four alumnae who currently works for the school.
“Being in the new school makes me want to be a freshman all over again! The new school is just so beautiful and exciting,” Alfaro said
The school completed a $26 million capital campaign, led by honorary co-chairs Mary and Tim Boyle, in two phases over 30 months. Phase one included $20.5 million in funding for the renovation of the academic wing, and new construction of the commons, courtyard and parking lot. Phase two raised $5.5 million needed for a gymnasium and additional campus costs.
The new campus accommodates more than 350 students, ensuring the school’s strong and transformative education will continue to impact a growing number of students’ lives long into the future. It also includes a private courtyard, new commons, state-of-the-art science labs, a specialized art classroom and a high school competition-sized gym. The science classrooms allow for both technology-based and hands-on labs to provide a greater variety of experiential learning in physics, biology and chemistry.
“We’re especially excited about the Michael Kelley Gymnasium, which provides a new, long-deserved home for our two-time state championship-winning boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and volleyball teams, as they’ve never had one before,” said Leong.
The school welcomed 274 students on Sept. 7 while construction finished on the commons and gymnasium. The official ribbon cutting on the entire new campus was held on Friday, Oct. 22.