Holy Cross of San Antonio

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Holy Cross High School
Spes Unica
Only Hope
426 North San Felipe Avenue
San Antonio, Texas, (Bexar County), 78228
United States
Coordinates 29°26′26″N 98°33′25″W / 29.44056°N 98.55694°W / 29.44056; -98.55694Coordinates: 29°26′26″N 98°33′25″W / 29.44056°N 98.55694°W / 29.44056; -98.55694
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Congregation of Holy Cross
Established 1957
President Bro. Stanley Culotta
Principal Henry Galindo
Grades 612
Enrollment approx.460
Campus Inner City
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Fight song "Holy Cross Victory March"
Athletics conference Texas Association of Private and Parochial SchoolsClass 4A
Mascot Knights
Nickname Cross
Rival Central Catholic
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Bard
Yearbook The Tradition
Academic Dean Richard Vasquez
Dean of Men Angel Cedillo
Dean of Women Molly Calderon
Athletic Director Mike Harrison

Holy Cross High School, is a Catholic, Coeducational, college preparatory school located on the west side of San Antonio, Texas, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.


Holy Cross was opened in 1957 by the Brothers of Holy Cross as the only Catholic, college preparatory, school primarily serving students of the West and South Sides of the city. Today, Holy Cross serves students from all over the city and remains one of four Catholic, Coeducational, College preparatory school serving students through the 12th grade.

The Brothers of Holy Cross provide an educational mission tried and proven for more than 175 years. In the tradition of our founder, Blessed Father Basil Anthony-Marie Moreau, CSC, the Brothers understand the importance of providing educational opportunities to students of all abilities in order to develop their spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical capacities.


Holy Cross offers Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf, Cross Country, Tennis and Cheerleading.

From 1957 to 1997, Holy Cross competed in the Texas Catholic Interscholastic League (TCIL), winning 21 State Championships and 1 NCA National Title: Basketball, 3 (1991, 1992, 1994); Baseball, 2 (1968, 1990); Football, 6 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997); Soccer, 1 (1991); Cross Country, 8 (1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997); Track and Field, 1 (1996) and Cheerleading with 10 NCA National title (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, & 2014).

Since 1998, Holy Cross competes in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), winning 19 District Championships, 10 NCA National Titles and 1 State Championship: Track, 1 (2003); Football, 7 (1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Soccer, 2 (2003, 2011); Basketball, 1 (2005); Tennis, 1 (2006); Golf, 6 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009). Holy Cross has also received state Honors in Basketball (2005), Baseball (2005), Track (2004), Softball (2007,2010,2011), State Champions in Golf (2002) and Cheerleading, 10 NCA National Championships (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and 1 NCA Grand National title (2005).

Holy Cross plays its arch-rival Central Catholic. In football, the game between the two schools every year is known as "The Holy Bowl". The Holy Bowl is usually played in the last week of the regular season for the district title.

The Holy Bowl[edit]

Holy Cross has won "The Holy Bowl" in 1967, 1970, 1984, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The first game was played in November 1963 at the old Missions Stadium on a Sunday. Holy Cross lost that first meeting. The only years that these two teams didn't play were 1974 & 1975 (due to reclassifying the division) and 1994-1997 (Due to the intensity of the rivalry).

"The Holy Bowl" has been held in almost every stadium in the city. Including the Alamodome (2002-2004).

In 2012, The game marked the first time in the history of the series that Holy Cross and Central Catholic have met in their season opener. The scheduling changed when Holy Cross dropped from Division I to Division II in the realignment by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Starting in 2014 "The Holy Bowl" will begin its third hiatus due to scheduling conflicts.

Twice in (2000 & 2011), Holy Cross wore special green jerseys for "The Holy Bowl". In both occasions, Holy Cross would come out for their pre-game warm up and coin toss wearing their home blue jerseys, but come game time onto the field from the locker room wearing green. Similar to Notre Dame in 1977 when they famously squared off against the University of Southern California at Notre Dame Stadium. Holy Cross is 1-1 when wearing green jerseys.


Holy Cross "Knights", named for the English term for a social position. The Fighting Irish ("The Irish") is the mascot of The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana also a Congregation of Holy Cross Institution.


  • The Holy Cross Annual Alumni Softball Tournament happens each year on Memorial Day weekend. The former students whose ages range from 20 years to the upper 60’s sport uniforms that identify them as alumni, their years of graduation from Holy Cross and their version of how to display their school colors, blue, gold and green.

The weekend begins an event that is more than a softball tournament. Friendships are renewed not just with classmates but with alums from all the classes. The camaraderie at this tournament is known beyond the attendees. It is an event known to and admired by friends and associates of Holy Cross. And on Sunday night, after the championship game, alumni from all classes gather to sing the Holy Cross Victory March.

  • In addition to the Softball tournament, The Alumni Basketball Tournament is held every year at the end of June in honor of Daniel Gutierrez a graduate of Holy Cross who lost his long battle with Cancer in 2006. Proceeds from this event go to a Scholarship in his name.
  • The Alumni Soccer Tournament is the most recent extension to the many Holy Cross traditions. Much like the Alumni Basketball Tournament revenue from this event is used for a Scholarship given to current deserving student Soccer players.
  • Holy Cross is a historically All-Boys institution therefore The Alumni Softball Tournament, The Alumni Basketball Tournament and The Alumni Soccer Tournament are largely competed in by male graduates.
  • The night before "The Holy Bowl", Holy Cross holds the tailgate party and pep-rally to build community and support for the school, program, team and alumni, which establishes a strong core of support for the game.
  • During Holy Cross Football and Basketball games, the students from Holy Cross sit in an energetic student section called "Section Ñ". they are known for being one of the most visible and vocal sections of the crowd as well as for their occasionally raucous behavior.

School Song[edit]

Cheer, cheer for old Holy Cross
Cheer her in victory, cheer her in loss.
Send the volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
Whether the odds be great or small.
Old Holy Cross will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
onward to victory!
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Notable Graduates[edit]

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