De La Salle North Catholic photo
Briaunna Solomon, Mi’keyta Bates-Miller, Esther Hardy, Marcus Minich, Marina Hohnstein, Chloe Rumbel and Chelsea Phan celebrate De La Salle North graduation.
De La Salle North Catholic photo
Briaunna Solomon, Mi’keyta Bates-Miller, Esther Hardy, Marcus Minich, Marina Hohnstein, Chloe Rumbel and Chelsea Phan celebrate De La Salle North graduation.
De La Salle North Catholic High School, a college preparatory high school serving low-income students in North Portland and surrounding communities, graduated 54 students June 11. More than 1,000 well-wishers were on hand.

This was the end of the 10th year at De La Salle North, where students on average start two grade levels behind. In addition to catching up academically, students work in a corporation or nonprofit business five days a month to pay for their education and gain experience. That earned it the moniker, "The school that works."

In the class of 2011, 96 percent of students have been accepted to college.

“De La Salle North Catholic is a place where passion and faith compel our students to achieve,” says Tim Joy, the principal. In addition to students earning admission to colleges and universities such as Georgetown and Rochester Institute of Technology, De La Salle North Catholic had its first student appointed to a military academy. Senior Martin Vu, nominated by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy and will be leaving shortly for basic training in Colorado Springs. Sixty percent of De La Salle North Catholic students received scholarships or grants.

About one in three students is African American, one in four is white and one in seven is Latino. One in three is Catholic.