History

The Beginning

Oakland Catholic High School has been educating young women from the city, suburbs, and beyond since its establishment in 1989 by then Bishop Donald Wuerl. Continuing a 155-year diocesan tradition of educating young women in an all female setting, Oakland Catholic High School 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 some 550 students, Oakland Catholic High School has exceeded everyone's initial expectations and defined itself as a powerhouse in both academics and athletics.



Oakland Catholic Today

As the premier and largest college preparatory school for young women in southwestern Pennsylvania, Oakland Catholic High School 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 High School 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.

Excellence in athletics nicely complements the academic successes of our students. Competitors in over 17 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 Emerita 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 collaboration and research center. The entire campus is wireless and includes more classroom space than previously, DiNardo Lecture Hall, conference rooms, new Guidance and office space, and the beautiful Rhodora J. Donahue Chapel in honor of St. Joan of Arc that incorporates elements of the convent that stood on the same site for years.


The Oakland Catholic Legacy

With over 10,000 members in the Alumnae Association, over 4,000 of whom have graduated from Oakland Catholic High School, 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 High School 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