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Athletics history video

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Celebrating our athletes on the pitch, in the field, and around the gym

Homecoming photo gallery

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What could be better than Friday night under the lights? The Murphy Athletic Complex's Gant-Davis field is a thing of beauty when the sun sets on an autumn evening, our athletes play their hearts out, and fans flock together to cheer. Go Eagles!

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Creative Arts Center groundbreaking photo gallery

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A grand celebration!

On a beautiful afternoon in early October, we broke ground for the Creative Arts Center for Middle and Upper School students. The building will open fall 2013. For more information about the project, please visit

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Daily Journal of Commerce story on the planned Creative Arts Center

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Daily Journal of Commerce, August 2012

Creative Arts Center Groundbreaking

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October 4, 2012 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.

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Catlin Gabel receives $200,000 grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Funds bolster instructional technology in the planned Creative Arts Center

Catlin Gabel School has received a grant of $200,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant will support instructional technology in the school’s planned Creative Arts Center.

Groundbreaking for the new building will be held October 4. Students in grades 6–12 will experience an innovative use of space for interdisciplinary work in visual and media arts, theater, and music when the Creative Arts Center opens in the fall of 2013. Funds from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant will be used for computers and recording equipment for the music laboratory, theater sound systems, and state-of-the-art LED stage lighting that will greatly reduce the building’s energy consumption. Additionally, the grant will support servers, networking, classroom projectors, and advanced theater projection.

The $6.9 million Creative Arts Center was designed by renowned architect Brad Cloepfil, of Allied Works Architecture. Funds for the building’s construction have come primarily from donors to the project, as well as grants. Cloepfil has designed notable museum and creative spaces worldwide, from the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis to the adaptive reuse of Manhattan’s Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle. “Catlin Gabel’s project for the new arts building means a tremendous amount to me,” said Cloepfil. “To build on that beautiful campus, with the legacy of great architecture by John Storrs and Thomas Hacker, is a true gift. We have worked with faculty and students to create a building that will be a beautiful catalyst for creativity, not only in the visual and performing arts, but for the entire curriculum of the school. It truly is a laboratory, one that will encourage the students to develop new ideas and forms of expression.”

“The arts are a core of Catlin Gabel’s philosophy and are key to a well-rounded education. In no other discipline do critical thinking, problem-solving, predicting outcomes, analyzing, re-assessing, and creativity come together as they do in the arts. The intellectual challenges posed by visual art, music, and theater facilitate learning in all other disciplines. These vital pursuits help make our children more thoughtful, interesting, and well-rounded—and create a life of more profundity and beauty for all of us.” –Lark Palma, head of school

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, based in Vancouver, Washington, was created by the will of Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc., and established in 1975. The trust aims to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

2013 Alumni & Homecoming Weekend Registration

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Online registration is open for alumni until September 13.

You may register for specific events on the following page.

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Science teacher Veronica Ledoux's work with Teachers Across Borders South Africa

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Upper School science teacher Veronica Ledoux volunteered this summer for Teachers Across Borders South Africa, working for three weeks with 200 South African math and science teachers from rural schools to help update their skills. South Africa has identified the teaching and learning of math and science as national priorities.

Project founder Yunus Peer praised Veronica for her contributions, noting that she is personable, professional, and passionate about her work. "She made a positive difference for teachers who did not have the same academic experience that we are privileged to in the United States," he wrote to Catlin Gabel head Lark Palma.

"As institutions of higher learning, with such talented faculty, I believe the least we can do is share the knowledge we have about our profession with colleagues in the developing world who so desperately need help with content, methodology and the pedagogy of the subjects they teach, under the most challenging conditions," wrote Yunus. "I know that Veronica's presentation will inspire your faculty with the possibilities of service that advantaged private schools like ours can undertake, and by example, will highlight the values we want our students to embrace, too."

Focus on Giving: Campaign Update

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From the Summer 2012 Caller

The Campaign for Arts & Minds had a productive spring, with more than $1 million in new gifts coming in since our last update in the winter Caller. Total gifts for the Creative Arts Center, as we went to press in late June, totaled $5.39 million, or 78% of our goal. Overall, the Catlin Gabel community has pledged $15.17 million to the campaign over the past two years.
Of note is a $200,000 award to the Creative Arts Center made by the Collins Foundation in April. “Receiving a gift from a highly respected foundation such as Collins has really energized our efforts. Support from the greater Portland community is important to this project and endorses our investment in the arts curriculum,” said director of advancement Miranda Wellman ’91.
Another telling trend has been the support of the campaign by multigenerational families. “Donors are choosing to involve grandparents, parents, and siblings in their philanthropic process. Whole families are embracing the importance of building the endowment and the Creative Arts Center,” said Miranda. The summer months will be very busy for the Campaign Committee and development staff, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or thoughts about the Campaign for Arts & Minds.


Focus on Giving: Tuition on the Track

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Launching a tradition for financial aid

From the Summer 2012 Caller

Tuition on the Track represents the essence of Catlin Gabel’s mission: inspired learning leading to responsible action. What began as a single student’s idea became a successful event bringing together multigenerations to raise money for financial aid.
The walkathon notion originated as Kate Rubinstein ’12’s “agents of change” paper for her junior English class in 2011. A lifer, Kate fondly remembered everyone working together at the Rummage Sale for a common cause: raising money for financial aid. She understood why the Rummage Sale was not sustainable—too few volunteers, too much time and effort, lagging sales—but wanted future students to have a similar experience. Kate, Brooke Edelson ’12, and a great committee of seniors persuaded their classmates to make the Tuition on the Track effort their senior gift to the school and organized every aspect of the event.
“Our dream is for Tuition on the Track to become an annual tradition that makes it possible for students who could not otherwise attend Catlin Gabel to benefit from the exceptional academic and social experience our class has enjoyed together,” say Kate and Brooke. The April 12, 2012, event surpassed the $25,000 goal, raising $50,000! Best of all, students and teachers from across the school came together for an afternoon of walking, skipping, and sprinting. The feeling of doing something good together was as empowering for 1st graders as it was for seniors.
Kate envisioned raising enough money to say “yes” to one student who needed a scholarship to attend Catlin Gabel—but their tremendous effort will allow us to admit more than one exceptional student next year. As just one example, this spring we enrolled a 9th grader who has exceptional academic talent, plays two sports, and is known by his peers as a quiet and respected leader. He sought a school where his classmates were passionate about learning and his teachers would truly know him. And we were proud to be able to offer financial aid to this student who will add immensely to our community.
Students have selected a handful of juniors to ensure a second Tuition on the Track success in 2013. Alumni and parents are excited about joining future walkathons. The baton has been passed, and a tradition is launched!
Be a part of this inspiring philanthropic effort and continuum of giving back by contributing to Tuition on the Track. To make a gift, go online to www.catlin. edu/giving or call 503-297-1894 ext. 310.  


Graduation 2012 Photo Gallery

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After a week of steady – sometimes torrential – rain, the weather brightened on the class of 2012. The sun came out just in time to catch photos of a great group of seniors just before they became alumni.

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