Paul Hogan will step down as principal of Jesuit High School at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Hogan is a 27-year-veteran of the Southwest Portland school.

“As I begin my 35th year as an educator, 25th as an administrator at Jesuit and 10th as principal, the time is right for this transition,” Hogan told faculty and staff in September. “I have come to my decision with deep peace and excitement about what lies ahead for me and for Jesuit.

“What an honor it has been to accompany you as our students pursue knowledge, grow in confidence, have fun, and experience the faith, hope and love that this school showers on them.”

During his long tenure at Jesuit, Hogan oversaw the creation of dual credit courses, the start the school’s mock trial program and the growth of important discussions, Thomas Arndorfer, president of the school, wrote in an email to the school community.

Arndorfer added that Hogan helped lead Jesuit’s transition to a 1:1 computing school in 2013-14, keeping Jesuit on the leading edge of innovative education. Under his leadership, the school’s professional development program has grown and the vice principal administrative team effectively restructured.

Despite focusing on his administrative duties, Hogan managed to teach classes at Jesuit, having most recently taught broadcast journalism and English.

“His commitment to excellence in every segment of our school community, his care and cura personalis for our students, faculty and staff, and his devotion to the mission of Jesuit High School, all for the greater glory of God, have been truly exceptional,” wrote Arndorfer.

Inspired by his Jesuit educators at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, Hogan decided in college that he wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Williams College and earning a master of arts in English literature from the University of Washington, he taught and coached at St. George’s School in Spokane followed by five years at Fairfield Prep, a Jesuit high school in Connecticut.

Hogan returned to the Northwest in 1994 when he arrived at Jesuit as an English and journalism teacher. In 1997, he assumed the role of academic vice principal, which he held for the next 15 years. He was appointed Jesuit’s 11th principal in July 2012. 

Hogan has helped develop the school’s diversity program, building a relationship with St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland. He also created strong relationships with principals at other Catholic and Portland metro-area schools.

One of the causes near to Hogan’s heart — inspired by Jesuit students and family members with cancer — is the Children’s Cancer Association united “Walk of Joy,” now in its 22nd year with nearly $1 million raised among the Portland area’s six Catholic high schools.

“My heart has always been with all of our students, especially those who struggle for any reason,” said Hogan.

Under Hogan’s leadership, Jesuit developed a learning support program for students and strengthened relationship with Edison High School, a separate high school on Jesuit’s campus dedicated to serving students with learning differences.

Jesuit will be undertaking a national search this fall for its next principal and expects it to be completed in the spring of 2022.