QUICK FACTS ABOUT O’GORMAN
Our mission is to form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and academic excellence. O’Gorman High School welcomes students of diverse backgrounds academically, economically and culturally. Our programs provide opportunities for students to explore and yet promote their God-given gifts and talents. From service to athletics and performing arts to academics, O’Gorman High School is built on excellence.
O’Gorman High School is a Catholic co-ed high school (grades 9-12) established in 1961 by Bishop Lambert Hoch.
• U.S. Department of Education: National Blue Ribbon School – Exemplary High Performing School – 1985, 2005 & 2014
• Catholic Education Honor Roll-School of Excellence – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2014
• College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Achievement District Honor Roll
• State of South Dakota
• North Central Association – Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (AdvancED)
o South Dakota Christian Schools Association
o South Dakota High School Activities Association
o National Catholic Educational Association
o National Association for College Admission Counseling
ACT Scores – Average:
• 25.3 mean composite score for the Class of 2016
• 97% of seniors in the Class of 2016 took the ACT
Advanced Placement Courses:
• 20 Advanced Placement courses offered
• 90% Average pass rate on Advanced Placement tests over the past five years (e.g. Passing score of 3 or higher)
• 9400 active alumni with alumni located in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and in 14 countries throughout the world.
• 40 acres at 3201 S. Kiwanis Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
• 207,000 square feet
• State-of-the-art academic classrooms (Completed in 2008 and 2009)
• Academic Services for academically challenged students
• 6 computer labs and 6 mobile laptop carts (30 laptops on each)
• Handicap Accessible Campus
• 1300 square foot Msgr. Sampson Chapel (Completed in 2009)
• 33,200 square foot Dr. Tom and Penny Lorang Theatre- 1000 seats (Completed in 2011)
• Athletic facilities include: McEneaney Field (new field turf, 8 lane track and video scoreboard in 2008), 2 gymnasiums and an activity center to accommodate weight room, wrestling, cheer & dance
Christian Service Hours:
• O’Gorman students contribute well over 20,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
• Students enrolled in a theology course complete a minimum of ten volunteer service hours each semester.
• An active Campus Ministry program offers additional opportunities for service in a wide range of capacities.
• A Christian Service course, taken by two-thirds of all seniors, contributes over 5,000 service hours.
Class Size Average:
• 14:1 (Student:Teacher ratio)
• 90% student involvement
• 18 varsity sports
• 4 club sports
• 69 state championships since 2000
• Multiple freshmen teams
• Outstanding Theatre program
• 4 Theatre productions/year
• 55 National Catholic Forensic League and National Forensic League qualifiers in Oral Interpretation
• National School of Excellence in Speech (2011, 2012, 2013)
• National Speech School of Honor (2014, 2015)
• National Team of Excellence Award in Speech (2012, 2013)
• Concert Choir performs regularly at the State Music Conventions
• Ovation Varsity Show Choir competes successfully within a four state area
• 13 singers have been selected for National ACDA Honors Choirs since 2003
Black = 3%
Hispanic = 3%
Asian = 3%
Native Hawaiian/PI = 0%
White = 91%
• 775 students – O’Gorman attracts students from the Sioux Falls metro area as well as students from surrounding communities.
• 52 college credits through Mount Marty College are available to O’Gorman students through AP and college level courses.
• 54 teachers
• 15.3 average years of experience
• 50% have advanced degrees
• 20% are alumni
• Students may apply for the work-study program
• Grants are available through Sioux Falls Catholic Schools
• Financial aid forms are available at the central office or online
• 97% pursue post-secondary education
• An average of $8-9 million offered annually in scholarships to graduates (Avg. Class Size of 180)