Cretin-Derham Hall High School
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|Cretin-Derham Hall High School|
|550 South Albert Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55116
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||1871 - Cretin High School
1905 - Derham Hall
|Founder||Christian Brothers, Sisters of St. Joseph|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis|
|Dean||Jerry Kline Jr. and Marcus Freeman|
|Chaplain||Fr. John Forliti|
|Enrollment||approx. 1,420 (2008)|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Song||C-DH Alma Mater|
|Athletics conference||Suburban East|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|School fees||$25–$30 materials|
|Affiliation||Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph|
Cretin-Derham Hall High School (CDH) is a private, co-educational Catholic high school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is co-sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Cretin High School was named for Joseph Crétin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, while Derham Hall High School was named for Hugh Derham, a Minnesotan farmer who donated money to start an all-female Catholic boarding school. The school describes itself as committed to Christian values and academic excellence. As a college preparatory school, it seeks to prepare each student for success in both post-secondary education and in life, through academic rigor and commitment to service.
Cretin High School was founded as a secondary school for boys in 1871 by the Christian Brothers. In the late 1800s, the school incorporated a mandatory program of instruction grounded in the tradition of a military institute, which makes it one of the oldest such programs in the United States. Instruction included lessons in leadership, close-order drill and ceremonies, and numerous other strictly non-combat-related instruction designed to instill a sense of discipline and order in all aspects of student life. The 1916 National Defense Act created the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), a more formalized program of instruction with national oversight for training standards and a provision for active duty and retired soldiers and officers as instructors. Cretin's "military program" became one of the very first Junior ROTC (JROTC) programs in the country, and participation remained mandatory for all students until the early 1980s when it became voluntary.
Derham Hall was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1905 as a college preparatory school for girls and was originally located on the campus of St. Catherine University in the original building, Derham Hall. In 1987, the two merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall, a co-educational institution.
Cretin-Derham Hall is part of the Suburban East Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. Prior to joining the Suburban East Conference, Cretin-Derham Hall played in the Saint Paul City Conference for twenty six years. The Cretin-Derham Hall Football team won their second state championship title in 2009 by beating Eden Prairie, by a score of 16-5.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Cross Country Running, Boys||1||1975|
|Basketball, Boys||2||1991, 1993|
|Spring||Baseball||11||1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2007|
|Ultimate Frisbee, Boys||3||2004, 2007, 2010|
|Ultimate Frisbee, Girls||4||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
Cretin-Derham Hall additionally has a strong arts program both in terms of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The Cretin-Derham Hall theatre department has achieved first place in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition although the school no longer participates.
In the summer of 2005 the theater department was one of about 20 schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. This invitation was "based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations."
The spring musical of 2009, Crazy for You, won an Outstanding awards for Overall Production of a Musical, Performance by a Chorus Ensemble, Performance by a Dance Ensemble, and two for Performances in a Leading Role from Spotlight Musical Theatre Awards. In addition, three Honorable Mentions were given to Performance in a Lead Role, Performance in a Supporting Role, and Performance in a Featured Role.
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Cretin High School, Derham Hall, and Cretin-Derham Hall High School have been attended by several persons of note in its history, including:
- Lt. Col Paul "Max" Moga, USAF - F-22A instructor pilot/ACC F-22 Demonstration Pilot - Host of SHOWDOWN: AIR COMBAT and GREAT PLANES on the Military Channel 
- Carl McCullough Former running back at the University of Wisconsin and played in NFL Europe
- Fr. John A. Ryan (1887) - Economist, theologian, and theorist of the early 20th century
- John Albers - former chairman, chief executive officer and president of Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Companies
- Thomas A. Schwartz - retired United States Army four-star general who commanded the United States Army Forces Command from 1998 to 1999 and United States Forces Korea from 1999 to 2002.
- Michael Floyd - NFL Wide Receiver - Arizona Cardinals and graduate of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Walt Kiesling – Hall of Fame American football lineman
- Kate Millet - Author (Sexual Politics)
- Joe Mauer - Catcher, Minnesota Twins
- Matt Birk - Center, Baltimore Ravens
- Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper - Astronaut, assisted in initial reassembly of the International Space station with NASA 
- Paul Molitor - Baseball Hall of Famer
- Steve Walsh - former NFL quarterback
- Chris Weinke - Quarterback, 2000 Heisman Trophy winner
- James E. Duffy Jr. - Justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court (term 2003-2013)
- James E. Thornton - helped engineer Control Data Corporation's first super computer with Seymour Cray and William Norris
- Tim Tschida - Umpire, Major League Baseball
- Mark Wegner - Umpire, Major League Baseball
- George Sweeney - Umpire, American League (1979)
- Chris Coleman - Mayor, Saint Paul, Minnesota (2006–present)
- Ryan Harris - NFL Offensive Lineman Denver Broncos and former Notre Dame player.
- Corbin Lacina - Guard, Minnesota Vikings
- Jack Hannahan - Drafted 3rd Round (87th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2001.
- Ryan McDonagh - Defenseman, New York Rangers
- John Vachon - Photographer for the FSA (Farm Security Administration), Life magazine, and Look magazine
- Seantrel Henderson - 2009 USA Today Offensive Player of the Year (American Football)
- Brandon Archer - former NFL linebacker, played college football at Kansas State University.
- Joseph Votel - Lieutenant General serving as the Joint Special Operations Commander
- Archbishop Robert Carlson, ninth Archbishop of St. Louis
- Josh Hartnett, Actor
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Cretin High School Year Books. Cretin-Derham Hall School Grounds.
- "United States Army Junior ROTC". Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Derham Hall, St. Catherine University Library, Accessed August 9, 2009.
- Not an official Minnesota State High School League sport
- Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League
- CDH Theater Honored with SpotLight Awards
- Discovery Press Web, http://press.discovery.com/us/mil/talent/moga-max/
- American Catholic History Research Center
- Minnesota Public Radio, Joe Mauer Bio
- NFL Players, Matt Birk Bio
- NASA Biographies, http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/stefanys.html
- USA Today, Sports Players from Cretin-Derham Hall, June 28, 2001
- HPC News Briefs, James E. Thornton biodata