Holy Cross of San Antonio
|Holy Cross High School|
|426 North San Felipe Avenue
San Antonio, Texas, (Bexar County), 78228
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
Congregation of Holy Cross
|President||Bro. Stanley Culotta|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Fight song||"Holy Cross Victory March"|
|Athletics conference||Texas Association of Private and Parochial SchoolsClass 4A|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Academic Dean||Richard Vasquez|
|Dean of Men||Angel Cedillo|
|Dean of Women||Molly Calderon|
|Athletic Director||Mike Harrison|
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 1 NCA National title (1997).
Since 1998, Holy Cross competes in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), winning 18 District Championships, 9 NCA National Titles and 1 State Championship: Track, 1 (2003); Football, 6 (1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013); 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, 9 (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012) 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
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 it's 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. However 2013 marked the first year that young women received their own bracket in the The Alumni Softball Tournament.
- 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.
- Stan Kelly, the public address announcer for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
- Roger Metzger, was a Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs (1970), Houston Astros (1971–78) and San Francisco Giants (1978–80).
- Ricardo Cedillo, Named One of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century by Texas Lawyer Magazine
- Larry Noll, Judge, 408th District Court in Bexar County.
- Rick Noll, Prominent San Antonio Lawyer.
- Emilio M. Garza, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Roger Trevino, President of Twang Beer Salt.
- Bubba Hernandez, former member of the polka band Brave Combo and Grammy Award winner.
- Matthew Cazares, Member of the band Pinata Protest. The band is signed to Saustex Media and are currently touring the United States of America.
- Marcus Cazares, Member of the band Pinata Protest. The band is signed to Saustex Media and are currently touring the United States of America.
- Anthony Prater, Member of the band Nada Mas Basura and former co-host of radio show Punk Rock 101 on KSYM-FM 90.1.
- Alyssa Bernal, Singer-Songwriter currently signed to Star Trak/Interscope Records. Alyssa just finished supporting Lifehouse on their fall tour.
- John Serrano, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Privileged by X.E.M.
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