Cathedral High School (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Cathedral High School
Probitas et Scientia
Goodness and Knowledge
30 Wentworth Street North
Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 8H5, Canada
School board Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Superintendent Corrodo Ciapanna
Principal Sara Cannon
Vice principal Brian Daly, Michael Lawlor, John Pusztay
School type Public high school
Grades 9–12
Language English and French Immersion
Mascot Gael
Colours Blue and White         

Cathedral High School is a public Roman Catholic high school in Hamilton, Ontario, under the administration of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Cathedral High School dates back to 1912, when high school classes where offered to the youth of Hamilton by the Hamilton Separate School Board.[1] Classes were held in two rooms at St. Mary’s School, located on Mulberry Street. By 1921, enrollment had increased significantly and the two rooms could no longer hold the amount of people. The boys were soon moved to the upper floor of St. Patrick’s School on East Avenue and Main Street. While the girls remained at St. Mary’s.[2] In 1925, the Separate School Board authorized the building of a new and larger building.

People of Catholic faith were asked to donate money to help build the new school by the Holy Name Men of various parishes.[3] In 1928 Cathedral Boys’ High School was officially opened on Emerald and Main Street, where it still stands today. In the same year the Girls’ School took over the space on the top floor of St. Patrick’s School. The gym and the labs at Cathedral Boys’ had to be shared between the boys and the girls.[4]

In 1951, the memorial Wing was added onto Cathedral Boys’. In 1955, the girls moved into their new building on Main Street two blocks east of the boys’ school. It was not until 1995 that the two separate high schools were amalgamated into one Cathedral High School.[5]

In 1995, the new state-of-the-art facility on Wentworth Street was open, merging both the boys and girls into one school, instead of sharing the old two sites together. The Wentworth Street site is still in use to this day.[6]

The new school brought amalgamation and new progress. Cathedral High School has the Board's French Immersion program, a state of the art ESL program, as well as the Academic, Applied and locally developed courses to meet the needs of all students. Cathedral also has programs in the technologies including Food Services, Communications Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Technological Design and Health Care. Other exciting courses include Art, Drama and Music. The Physical Education program is also extensive, offering many sport-focused courses. Cathedral has one of the largest high school gymnasiums in the country. Cathedral’s tradition of service, caring, compassion and striving for excellence is a source of pride and inspiration for future generations.

Reunions & Anniversaries

In 2003 The school celebrated 75 years with a large gala event hosted at The Wentworth Street location, and was attended by various alumni. School Archive materials were on display, there was live music in the gymnasium, a catered dinner, and an anniversary Mass was celebrated in The Board of Governor's Forum, which was attended by approximately 600 people.

On September 28 and 29, 2012, Cathedral High School celebrated its 100th Year Reunion as the Cathedral tradition dates back to 1912. Visit for photos from the event.

Student Clubs

Cathedral offers many clubs that students can join:

Student Council, CHSTV News, Eco Team, Year End video Crew, Glee, Choir, Band, SWAT, Health Action Team, Yo Go Girl, Best Buddies, Board Game Club, Cathedral Works, Reading Club, Breakfast Club, Gael Guides, Culture of Life, Art Club, Stage Crew, Gael Gazette, Diversity Ambassadors, and many more.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ 75th Anniversary book
  2. ^ 75th Anniversary
  3. ^ 75th Anniversary
  4. ^ 75th Anniversary
  5. ^ 75th Anniversary
  6. ^ 75th Anniversary
  7. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Mar. 16 2011.
  8. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 6, 2007.
  9. ^ Canadian Olympic Association
  10. ^ Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 1980.,176375
  11. ^ "A History of the Diocese of Hamilton", pg. 19
  12. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 6, 2007.
  13. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Sept. 15, 2009.
  14. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 24, 2008
  15. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 6, 2007.
  16. ^ Hamilton Spectator, Mar. 16 2011.

Coordinates: 43°15′13″N 79°50′54″W / 43.2536°N 79.8484°W / 43.2536; -79.8484