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School Overview

De La Salle North Catholic High School opened in 2001 to provide a faith-based, college preparatory high school education to underserved students in the North Portland area. It is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. DLSNC was the first school to replicate the innovative Corporate Work Study program pioneered by Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. It has been identified as the most diverse private high school in all of Oregon.

Students at De La Salle North Catholic High School attend class four days per week and work for a local company one day each week as part of our Corporate Work Study program (CWS). CWS provides valuable real-world work experience, giving them a competitive edge for future employment opportunities. It also helps offset the cost to educate students by approximately 50%, allowing us to maintain the lowest tuition of any private high school in the Portland metropolitan region. A large portion of our students receive financial aid, and no admitted student is turned away because they cannot afford our modest tuition.

We aim to develop tomorrow’s community leaders by making high-quality education accessible to motivated young people in a learning environment that values cultural, spiritual, and ethnic diversity. We have a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1 and an average classroom size of 19. We are a small, caring community where students get individualized attention, and we are proud of our cumulative college acceptance rate of 98%.

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DLSNC is 1 of 22 college preparatory high schools sponsored by the De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of San Francisco/New Orleans.

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DLSNC is 1 of 39 schools that make up the Cristo Rey Network. This network delivers career-focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources.

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DLSNC is 1 of 6 Catholic high schools in the Portland metropolitan region that operate with the blessing of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

Highlights of DLSNC's History

1970

North Catholic High School burns down creating an absence of Catholic secondary education options in North Portland.

1970

1998

The De La Salle Brothers (San Francisco District) challenge themselves to find creative ways to educate the underserved.

1998

1999

The De La Salle Brothers select North Portland as an optimal location for a new school and become interested in the Cristo Rey model, recently launched in Chicago, which involves local businesses to employ students five days per month as a financial support system for the school.

1999

2000

DLSNC’s first board is formed, and its inaugural president, Matthew Powell, is appointed.

2000

2001

DLSNC secures space at the empty Queen of Peace Church building on N. Delaware Avenue, hires staff, and opens its doors to 75 freshmen…one week before the World Trade Center bombings on September 11, 2001.

2001

2005

Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny celebrated the First Baccalaureate Mass at the St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The next day DLSNC graduates its first class of 55 seniors in its inaugural commencement exercises, celebrating a stunning college acceptance rate of 95% for the Class of 2005. 

2005

2007

DLSNC moves to a larger facility in North Portland, the former PPS Kenton School on N. Fenwick Avenue.

2007

2007

The Class of 2007 achieves a phenomenal 100% college acceptance rate. Eight subsequent classes since 2007 have also achieved 100% college acceptance, most recently in 2021. 

2007

2012

The community of De La Salle Brothers in Portland closes, eliminating the presence at DLSNC of Brothers as teachers and administrators. The Brothers continue to participate in the school through its Board of Directors.

2012

2015

Alums from the first graduating class (now approaching their 30s) gathered for the first DLSNC alumni reunion to open a time capsule buried at Queen of Peace.

2015

2017-2021

Identifying the need for a permanent home, DLSNC conducts a comprehensive search in North and Northeast Portland and pulls off a $26 million capital campaign to fund renovation and construction…in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2017-2021

2020

DLSNC hires its first alumnus in a full-time staff position. As of 2024, we have employed a total of 7 alumni including one alum teacher.

2020

2021

DLSNC moves into a new and renovated campus, establishing stability for the future at the former St. Charles Parish School on NE Killingsworth Street.

2021

2023

DLSNC’s 1,000th graduate collects her diploma at our 19th commencement exercises.

2023
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