Brief History

Oregon Episcopal School began in 1869 as St. Helen's Hall, a boarding and day school for girls. It attracted students from the rural areas of Oregon as well as from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Idaho. The school moved several times during its first century to different locations in downtown Portland. It was located at 13th and Hall Streets before moving to its present location in Raleigh Hills in 1964.

In 1972, St. Helen's Hall merged with Bishop Dagwell Hall, an all-boys school, and was renamed Oregon Episcopal School (OES). Over the years, the school has grown in the number of students and in the quality of its facilities. In the 1990s and especially since 2000, the school has gained a nationwide reputation for its research-based science program. Today our students regularly win awards in competitions such as the Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology. The music program has grown dramatically over the past 10 years, offering numerous choirs, a cappella groups, bands, orchestras, and jazz bands. Alumni continue to praise the instruction they received in writing, saying it has been critical for them in their further studies and careers.

The scope and breadth of our facilities matches the education we provide our students. Meyer Hall was built in 1996 as a spacious new facility for Middle School students that was topped by a "green" roof with soil and plants in 2006. The Drinkward Center for Math, Science, and Technology opened in 2003 with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. 2016 introduced a new 45,000 square foot Lower School facility for our Pre-K through 5th grade students. Designed to serve our Reggio Emilia-based curriculum, its openness, transparency, and light reflects an openness to encouraging new ideas, cultures, and people that is at the core of OES's mission, vision, and values.