Promoting a Catholic education in Eugene
O'Hara Elementary School
O'Hara Catholic School is a member of the
Archdiocese of Portland and the largest Catholic elementary school in the State of Oregon.
Fully accredited with NAAS, WASC and WCEA, O'Hara began as the parish school for St.
Mary's in Eugene more than 118 years ago. In 1971, O'Hara became the first area school
in the State of Oregon, serving multiple parish communities throughout Lane County.
It was recently selected as the School of the Month
from the national Catholic journal, Today's Catholic Teacher.
It continues to serve as the parish school for St. Mary, St. Jude, St. Mark, St. Thomas
Newman Center, St. Alice, St. Helen, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Henry's and, of course,
St. Peter Catholic Church. Student enrollment is at an all-time high of 515 students
and with 2 classrooms for each grade level, from pre-Kindergarten though the 8th grade,
O'Hara is able to maintain an average class size of 25 students.
Marist High School
Marist High School has a long history in
Eugene stretching back to 1918 with St. Mary's Parish in Eugene and later in 1950
as St. Francis High School (currently, O'Hara Catholic School). As Eugene experienced
a population boom during the late 50s and early 60s resulting in several more parishes
opening throughout Lane County, new ground was sought for the high school. In 1968,
Marist opened its doors for the first time under the direction of the Marist Brothers,
a Roman Catholic Congregation, and operated the school for the Archdiocese of Portland.
In 1993, the Marist Brothers withdrew from their ministry in Eugene due to other nationwide
committments. They left, however, an indelible mark upon the school , its academics and
its service to others. Like O'Hara Catholic School, Marist is directed by a lay principal.
Fully accredited by both the NAAS and the NASC, Marist boasts an enrollment of 540 students
resulting in a an average class size of 22 students.