The Catlin Gabel School Receive $350,000 Grant From M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Oct 1, 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact: Langley Allbritton


The Catlin Gabel School Receive $350,000 Grant From M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Grant to Finance Wireless Technology Infrastructure for New Upper School Library

Portland, Ore. – October 1, 2002 – Catlin Gabel, an independent, coeducational day school, today announced a $350,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to finance the wireless technology infrastructure for its new Upper School library.

The new 14,000 square foot library is part of a larger effort to make the campus wireless. Students will access Internet resources and specialized software from anywhere on campus. They will take laptops into the field to gather scientific data. Teachers will incorporate electronic curriculum material into their classes.

“The laptop program will redress the socioeconomic inequities of home computer ownership by students and address the imbalance in technological literacy between girls and boys. And students with learning disabilities will have easy access to powerful electronic learning tools,” said Lark Palma, Head of School.

A 65-seat multimedia auditorium in the Library will be equipped for teleconferencing, Web cast, and other means for accessing and sharing information and distance learning. “We are most grateful to the Murdock Trust. This grant is key to the success of this project,” said Dr. Palma.

About The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver, Washington. Established in 1975, the Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s education and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

About Catlin Gabel Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to providing an unparalleled education by promoting student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism and life-long learning. The school’s dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit