Lansdale Catholic High School

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Lansdale Catholic High School
700 Lansdale Avenue
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County), 19446
United States
Coordinates 40°14′30″N 75°16′7″W / 40.24167°N 75.26861°W / 40.24167; -75.26861Coordinates: 40°14′30″N 75°16′7″W / 40.24167°N 75.26861°W / 40.24167; -75.26861
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Fides Scientia
(Faith, Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1949
President James Casey
Principal Rita McGovern
Asst. Principal Jonathan Slabek
Jennifer Potson Huber
Chaplain Fr. John Schiele
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 850 (2008)
Average class size 25
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Slogan A Learning Community Teaching Values for Life
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication The Catalyst (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper 'The Crusader'
Yearbook 'Trail'
Tuition $5,850
Admissions Director Anne Marie Allen
Athletic Director Stephen Alpuche

Lansdale Catholic High School is a secondary school that is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States.


The school opened in a very small building on the grounds of St. Stanislaus Church in Lansdale in September 1949 with only a freshman class. It was named Little Flower Catholic High School, after its patron Saint, Therese of Lisieux. That building is still functioning on the property of St. Stanislaus and today is called Little Flower Hall. Each succeeding year, another class/year was added and in 1953, commencement exercises were held for the first graduating class of 33 students.

Probably the main, if not the only, driving force to bring about the establishment of the school was Monsignor Joseph Schade, who was the Pastor of St. Stanislaus at that time. He was aided in his efforts by the willingness of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of Philadelphia who initially staffed the school, with Sister Theresa Clare being the first principal (and one of the teachers).

In September 1960, the present facility opened at 7th Street and Lansdale Avenue on a property that consisted of approximately 79 acres (320,000 m2) of land, and the first class graduated from there in 1961. Although the sports teams had long been referred to as Lansdale Catholic, it was with the opening of the new facility that the name of the school was "officially" changed to Lansdale Catholic High School.

The school continued as a "parish" high school until the mid-80's when control of the school was taken over by the Archdiocese.

In 1988, there was the dedication of a major addition to the school. It was made possible primarily through the support of the Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools.

In more recent years, other improvements were added including another on-site parking facility, baseball field, window replacements, air-conditioning in the gymnasium, reconditioning of the football and lacrosse fields. Over the Summer of 2012, the gymnasium was completely refurbished with new floors and bleachers.

On January 28, 2008, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the school will move following the 2012 graduation pending funding. A new school, Lansdale Catholic Regional High School, in Hilltown Township, Bucks County will be built to replace the school in Lansdale. The name of the new school was voted by the students, parents, and alumni. That project is no longer going to take place because of financial reasons.


  • 2007 Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) Football Champions[citation needed]
  • 2004 Landale Catholic football team won the PIAA class AA state football championship.[2]
  • 1993 men's cross country team won the PIAA class AA state championship, the first state championship in school history[citation needed]
  • 1981 Bicentennial League Men's Basketball Champions
  • 1981 Bicentennial League Mens Track and Field Champions

In the media[edit]

  • Jim Lynam started his coaching career coaching the boys basketball team for the 1964 season.[4]
  • In 1973 Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield was a member of the faculty.
  • In 1998, the Lansdale Catholic Football Team won an ESPN ESPY Awards for "Outrageous Play of the Year". They won with a "Cal-Stanford" play in a game against Upper Perkiomen.[5]
  • Steve Probert, Lansdale Catholic Cross Country Coach and English teacher, is the winningest coach in the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC 10). He has led his team to one state championship and multiple PAC 10 championships, most recently in 2002.[citation needed]
  • In 2004, the LC football team went 15-1 and won the PAC-10 and PIAA AA state title. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 they went 9-3 twice and 12-2, winning the district 1 title 4 straight times, and the PAC-10 title as well as the 1-11 title in '07. Head coach Jim Algeo is inducted in the PA coaches hall of fame.[citation needed]
  • In 2005 and 2006 the Lansdale Catholic Girl's Ice Hockey Team won the championship title. They won second place in 2003, 2004, and 2007. They have made it to the championship round since they were deemed a team.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Larry Glueck, Class of 1959[6] - Professional Football player and Coach
  • Tom Fazio, Class of 1962[7] - World renowned golf course designer
  • Peggy March, Class of 1966[8] - Youngest female artist to have a number one single in the United States. She released "I Will Follow Him" in 1963, at the age of 15. (Born Margaret A. Battavio)
  • Timothy C. Senior, Class of 1977[11] - Currently serves as Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, wrote LCHS alma mater
  • Katie M. Corrado, Class of 2001[16] - 2006 Carnegie Hero Award recipient

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "PIAA Class AA Football Past Champions". Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  3. ^ "FIRST Awards". For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  4. ^ Sielski, Mike. "Lynam holds court again". Calkins Media, Inc. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  5. ^ "The 2003 ESPY Awards". Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Three legendary mentors tabbed for induction into Montgomery County Coaches Hall". Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Tom Fazio Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Peggy March (Official Website)". Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  9. ^ "Miss Pennsylvania in Review". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  10. ^ "MISS AMERICA 1972 DELEGATES". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Monsignor Timothy C. Senior Named Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  12. ^ "Sports Illustrated Photographer". Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  13. ^ "Miss Pennsylvania past winners". Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  14. ^ "Noell Maerz 911 Memorial". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  15. ^ "Filmography on IMDB". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  16. ^ "2006 Carnegie Hero Award recipient". Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  17. ^ "Tim Jimenez, CBS Philly". Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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