Within the same week in 1969, Paul Dickinson received job offers from two prestigious Portland schools, and his choice to go with Catlin Gabel has been life-changing for thousands. Throughout his 46 years as a science teacher, Paul–affectionately known as Mr. D–inspired generations of students, and introduced them to fields of study, such as ornithology, that many chose as their lifelong pursuit. Paul, who retired in 2015, is also a Catlin Gabel parent; his son was a “lifer” who graduated in 1996.

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

Explore why Catlin Gabel is a national leader in progressive education.

We welcome more than 100 new families annually to our inclusive community from the Portland area and beyond.


A demanding and engaging program in which each student is the unit of consideration

Playing sports involves life lessons in determination, grace, and resilience. We invite everyone to be part of a team.

Extensive support ensures our students are successful.

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We foster a community that appreciates our differences and recognizes our essential unity

Every gift benefits our students. Every volunteer hour builds our community.

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