Award Year: 2021

O'Gorman High School

3201 S Kiwanis Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD, 57105-4296

(605) 336-3644

Mrs. Joan Mahoney, Principal at time of Nomination

Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools

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To form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Community, faith, excellence - O'Gorman High School has it all!

Community, faith, excellence - O'Gorman High School has it all!

O'Gorman High School is comprised of approximately 750 students in grades nine through twelve. A four-time National Blue Ribbon School, O'Gorman has a proud tradition of excellence in activities and academics rooted in the Catholic faith. As a Christ-centered community, faculty and staff partner with families to help students grow in their faith life while receiving a college preparatory education from a nationally recognized academic program.

O'Gorman believes in educating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Weekly Mass, theology classes, and a thriving campus ministry program form the basis of spiritual development for students. Collectively O'Gorman students perform over 15,000 hours of Christian Service annually.

O'Gorman students achieve test scores consistently higher than state and national averages, with an average ACT composite score of 26.4 for the class of 2020. Nearly 100% of graduates matriculate into college. With access to 21 Advanced Placement and college dual credit courses, three-fourths of graduates leave O'Gorman with college credit earned.

O'Gorman students compete at the highest level of competition in South Dakota, despite the school population being roughly half the size of the largest schools. Over 95% of students are involved in extra-curricular activities with 112 state athletic championships won. O'Gorman's oral interpretation and debate teams rank in the top 2% of schools nationwide.

Whether in the classroom, on the stage, in the chapel, or on an athletic playing field, O'Gorman students learn lessons that prepare them for success, not just in school, but in this life and the next.