- About Us
Oakland Catholic High School has been educating young women from the city, suburbs, and beyond since its establishment by Bishop Donald Wuerl in 1989. Continuing a 155-year diocesan tradition of educating young women in all female settings, Oakland Catholic draws upon the histories, foundation, and alumnae of the former parish high schools of Sacred Heart and St. Paul Cathedral, Divine Providence Academy, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, St. Augustine High School, St. John the Baptist High School, St. Lawrence O'Toole High School, St. Mary High School, St. Raphael High School, St. Rosalia High School and Ursuline Academy. Providing a college-preparatory formation grounded in Catholic values to each of its over 600 students, Oakland Catholic has exceeded everyone's initial expectations and defined itself as a powerhouse in both academics and athletics.
As the premier and largest college preparatory school for young women in southwestern Pennsylvania, Oakland Catholic serves as an important regional asset. Educating students from forty-five school districts and eighty-seven parishes in five western Pennsylvania counties, the Oakland Catholic student body represents a broad base of cultures and faith traditions. OC graduates have gone on to study at some of the nation's most prestigious universities and almost 100 percent of its graduates attend their first- or second-choice college or university. Each graduating class of Oakland Catholic receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in academic scholarships to a variety of university programs. Our students are regularly recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and continually noted both locally and nationally for their academic accomplishments. Recently placed on the Catholic High School Honor Roll by the Acton Institute, a private non-profit organization that tracks the achievements of Catholic High Schools across the nation, Oakland Catholic was named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools overall and ranked one of the top 20 for academics.
Excellence in athletics nicely complements the academic successes of our students. Competitors in over 15 different sports and recipients of numerous regional, state, and national titles in basketball, bowling, cheerleading, crew, fencing, and swimming, OC students take all performances seriously. In 2001, President of OC, Mrs. Katherine D. Freyvogel, and the school's Board of Directors felt it was important that the physical facilities match the excellence of the school's programs and its students' performance. A capital campaign and construction plan to enhance the physical facilities was spread over three phases. Due to the efforts and support of families, alumnae, and benefactors, the physical facilities now encompass an expanded art wing, a fitness center, a welcoming dining hall, a state-of-the art gymnasium named the Donahue Pavilion, athletic rooms, common areas for the students' comfort, new science labs, and a brand-new library/research facility. The entire campus is wireless and includes more classroom space than previously, a lecture hall, conference rooms, new Guidance and office space, and a beautiful chapel that incorporates elements of the convent that stood on the same site for years.
With over 10,000 members in the Alumnae Association, more than 2,200 of whom have graduated from Oakland Catholic, the OC community represents women who have given generously of their time and talents on behalf of their families and communities. They are women of faith who take on the roles of professionals, mothers, and leaders in various arenas of life. They strive to make the world in which we live a better place. With the support of our growing alumnae association, the richness of our tradition, and the promise of so many future talented students, Oakland Catholic will continue to evolve while providing the young women of this region a great educational experience that prepares them to be leaders of the future. - See more at: http://www.oaklandcatholic.org/about-oc