Cardinal O'Hara High School (Springfield, Pennsylvania)

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Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 South Sproul Road
Springfield, Pennsylvania, (Delaware County), 19064
United States
Coordinates 39°57′17″N 75°21′8″W / 39.95472°N 75.35222°W / 39.95472; -75.35222Coordinates: 39°57′17″N 75°21′8″W / 39.95472°N 75.35222°W / 39.95472; -75.35222
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Pride, Excellence, and Tradition
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1963
President Thomas Fertal
Principal Peter Balzano
Asst. Principal Christina Mulligan
Kelly Lanza
Linda Wert
Chaplain Rev. Ugo Piasentin, L.C
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Cardinal Red and Navy Blue         
Slogan Pride, Excellence and Tradition
Song "Alma Mater"
Mascot The Lion
Team name The Lions
Rival Monsignor Bonner High School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The O'Herald'
Yearbook 'Coeur de Lion'
Television Station WCOH (Wake-Up Cardinal O'Hara)

Cardinal O'Hara High School is a coeducational Catholic High School of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school is named after John Francis O'Hara who was Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1951 to 1960. It is located in Springfield, Pennsylvania and was first opened in September 1963.



The position of president was established in 1993 for all archdiocesan high schools. The president is responsible for financial operations, facilities issues, fund raising, alumni relations, and external affairs.

  • 1993-2001: Rev. Joseph P. McFadden
  • 2001-2014: Dr. William J. McCusker
  • 2014-  : Mr. Thomas Fertal


The principal was originally the top administrator in the school. In 1993, this shifted when the presidency was introduced. Since then, the principal has handled the day-to-day operation of the school.

  • 1963-1969: Rev. Paul P. Maloney
  • 1969-1971: Rev. Joseph C. McCloskey
  • 1971-1980: Rev. James E. Mortimer
  • 1980-1988: Rev. Philip J. Cribben
  • 1988-1993: Rev. Joseph J. McLaughlin
  • 1993-2001: Dr. William J. McCusker
  • 2001-2004: Rev. Michael O'Malley
  • 2004-2007: Mr. William J. Miles
  • 2007-2010: Mr. George Stratts
  • 2010-2013: Mrs. Marie Rogai
  • 2014-  : Mr. Peter Balzano

Student life[edit]

There are numerous activities and clubs:

  • Band (Marching Band, Pit Band, and Concert & Jazz Band)
  • Choir
  • Color Guard
  • Community Service Corps (CSC)
  • Delco Hi-Q
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Newspaper (O'Herald)
  • Respect Life Group
  • Robotics
  • Stage Crew
  • Student Council
  • Tech Club
  • Television Crew (WCOH)
  • Theatre
  • Yearbook (Coeur de Lion)


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey (2010 Pennsylvania Class AAA State Champions)
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 

External links[edit]