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A return to history in Northeast Portland
Courtesy St. Rose School This year marks the first graduating class in 30 years from the Northeast Portland school named St. Rose. 
Courtesy St. Rose School
This year marks the first graduating class in 30 years from the Northeast Portland school named St. Rose. 

On June 14 at 6 p.m., St. Rose School will graduate its first class in 30 years — under that name. The ceremony will take place at St. Rose of Lima Church.  

With a constant 104-year history, the school spent three decades under the name Archbishop Howard School. The change originally occurred in 1986, when the Archdiocese of Portland restructured and merged St. Rose and St. Charles schools, strengthening their financial viability for the future. In September 2016 and with permission from Archbishop Alexander Sample, the St. Rose name was restored as it was when founded in 1913. Returning to its given name is a step toward a more unified campus vision for St. Rose of Lima Parish and the school.

“(The school) is the primary mission of St. Rose of Lima Church, so it’s only natural that our ‘family’ should share the same name,” said Father Matt Libra, St. Rose Parish administrator.

One family has a unique tie to the school’s name change. Tom Dubravac graduated with the last St. Rose class in 1986. Thirty years later, his son, Andrew, graduates with the first class to usher back the name. Dubravac went on to graduate from Central Catholic — as did his wife, Melanie. Andrew is on track to do the same.

Regardless of titles, the brick schoolhouse on Northeast Alameda Street never strayed from its mission: to educate each student as a unique child of God, to know and live the Catholic faith and to achieve excellence. In keeping with that mission, seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. Rose must complete a minimum of 10 and 20 community service hours, respectively. By the time they graduate, volunteerism has become part of who they are. Service includes work within the church and school, but also in the wider community with organizations such as Providence Child Center, Habitat for Humanity and Oregon Food Bank.

As this year’s graduating class moves on in their educational journey, every student has been accepted into his or her high school of choice — like many of the classes before. Staff and faculty note that, with a strong moral foundation in their hearts, they are equipped to face life’s challenges no matter their chosen path.

Here are the graduates: William (Will) Harrison Bostick, Andrew Thomas Dubravac, Nicholas Evan Fleischmann, Meara Christine Hamilton, Dan Manh Nguyen, Tony Tran Nguyen, Sawyer Daniel Paugh, Amelia Carman Santangelo St. Martin, Luke Nathaniel Thompson and  Conor Michael Winning

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