Clearwater Central Catholic High School

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Clearwater Central Catholic High School
2750 Haines Bayshore Road
Clearwater, Florida, 33760
United States
Coordinates 27°55′49″N 82°43′25″W / 27.93028°N 82.72361°W / 27.93028; -82.72361Coordinates: 27°55′49″N 82°43′25″W / 27.93028°N 82.72361°W / 27.93028; -82.72361
Motto Tolle Lege
(Latin: "Take Up and Read")
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1962
Opened 1963
Founder Archbishop Joseph Hurley[1]
Oversight Diocese of St. Petersburg
President John Venturella
Principal Jim Deputy
Asst. Principal Enrique Garza
Grades 912
Gender co-educational
Age 9th Grade to 12th Grade
Language English
Campus size 40 Acres
Color(s) Red and Gold         
Athletics Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Weightlifting
Athletics conference FHSAA, Class 3A
Mascot Marauder
Team name Marauders
Rival St. Petersburg Catholic, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Publication Silent Epiphanies (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Central Voice
Tuition Tuition Schedule
Affiliation Sisters of Notre Dame
Admissions Director Tara Shea McLaughlin
Athletic Director John Gerdes
Campus Minister Andrew Shannon

Clearwater Central Catholic High School is a private college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 and located in Clearwater, Florida, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1962, the school enrolls approximately 500 students from the Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Central Catholic High School is an international IB World School.[3]

Clearwater Central Catholic's mascot is the Marauder and the school's motto is Tolle Lege (Latin:"Take up and read"), a phrase from Book 8 of Saint Augustine's Confessions.


The school was founded in February 1962[1] with the groundbreaking of its first building. CCC opened its doors in September 1963 with a seven-member staff and an enrollment of 96 students.[1] In 1964, the first graduating class consisted of 26 students.[1] The school has been awarded Blue Ribbon School of Excellence status.[4] CCC has also won 34 State Titles. 13 combined from the Boys and Girls Soccer teams. The last title was in 2007 when the Marauder Baseball team won. CCC has a rich heritage in sports, turning out an MLB pitcher Ryan Webb, and two NFL starters Riley Cooper and Colin McCarthy.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Paul Freedman (graduated 2009) - former starting Tight End for the Virginia Cavaliers. He started two seasons and lettered all four years for UVA. Wore number 88.
  • Brooke Hogan (born 1988) – daughter of famous wrestler Hulk Hogan and an American pop singer and television personality who attended the school for half a year.
  • Brooke Magnanti (graduated 1992) – scientist and writer of the Belle de Jour books.
  • A.J. Trump - (graduated 2004) - former starting center for the Miami Hurricanes Where he wore number 70. He started two seasons for the canes one at guard and one at center.
  • Ryan Weber- (graduated 2008)- Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th round. He then attended St. Pete College and was drafted again by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round.


  1. ^ a b c d "School History" page, CCCHS website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  2. ^ Institution Summary, SACS-CASI at website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  3. ^ CCCHS page, website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  4. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program" US Dept of Ed., CCCHS awarded 1988-89, p.22. Accessed 2011-09-27.

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