Mater Dei Catholic High School (Chula Vista, California)

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Mater Dei Catholic High School
Address
1615 Mater Dei Drive
Chula Vista, California, (San Diego County), 91913
United States
Coordinates 32°37′13″N 116°58′38″W / 32.62028°N 116.97722°W / 32.62028; -116.97722Coordinates: 32°37′13″N 116°58′38″W / 32.62028°N 116.97722°W / 32.62028; -116.97722
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Rationabile Obsequium
(Rational Service)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1960/2007
President Sister Lilia Barba [1]
Principal George Milke
Asst. Principal Frank Stingo
Chaplain Fr. Martin Latiff, MC
Faculty 59[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 690[2] (2011-2012)
Grade 9 190
Grade 10 160
Grade 11 168
Grade 12 172
Average class size 25[2]
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
Average SAT scores 1584[2]
Publication Crusader Connection
Yearbook The Gauntlet
School fees $660
Tuition $11,640 (Catholic rate)
V.P./Dean of Boys Joseph Brunner
Dean of Girls Cresencia Angeles
Admissions Director Roy Vasquez
Athletic Director Bill Gerken
Website

Mater Dei Catholic High School (MDCHS) is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Chula Vista, California, USA. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Mater Dei Catholic replaced its former school, Marian Catholic High School, in September 2007. The rebuilding/renaming came as a result of the Diocese's decision to upgrade all of its secondary campuses beginning in 2002. The original campus was located in South San Diego.

Background[edit]

Marian Catholic was established in 1960. It was the first Catholic co-educational high school in the Diocese.[4] The school mascot is the Crusader. The cost of attendance at MDCHS is the average catholic rate compared with most private, Roman Catholic high schools in San Diego, at around $11,040 - $12,960 per year in the 2010-2011 academic year.

Athletics[edit]

Marian Catholic/Mater Dei teams have won two state titles.[5]

Basketball[edit]

The 2009 Lady Crusaders became the first Crusader team to win a state title.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Distinguished alumni Hall of Fame[edit]

The Mater Dei / Marian Alumni Association introduced the Distinguished Crusader Hall of Fame in 2011.[9] The annual class of inductees is listed below:

Year Inductees
2011
  • Fr. Robert Brocato (1969)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Egger, Sr. (Meritorious Induction)
  • Harris Quesnell (1964)
  • The Honorable Jesus Rodriguez (1969)
  • Sr. Suzanne Soppe (1966)
2012
  • Dr. Michael and Mrs. Sarah Bajo
  • David Kassebaum
  • MGYSGT Charles Padilla, USMC, Ret., (1982)
  • Sheriff Detective Steve Reed, (1969)
  • Maria Dunham Roberts, Esq., (1981)
  • Former Assemblywoman Mary Casillas Salas, (1966)
2013
  • Mary Searcy Bixby, president/CEO Charter School of San Diego, (1965)
  • Steven Boudreau, Esq. – member of the Marian and MDCHS board of directors
  • Tom Finch, VP RCP Block and Brick, (1982)
  • Mary Gabbard, past faculty and school nurse at Marian
2014
  • Tom Beecher, director of schools for the Diocese of San Diego and former president of Mater Dei Catholic
  • Bishop Robert Brom, retired Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego
  • Gordon Day, Marian and Mater Dei Catholic board of directors (1974)
  • Bill Dean – UCSD grad, former naval officer, regional director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1972)
  • John Carlos Frey, freelance investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. (1981)
  • Sr. Sarah Shrewsbury, director of vocations for the Diocese of San Bernardino (1968)

Crusader Hall Of Fame[edit]

In 2008, the Marian High Alumni Association inducted the inaugural class of the "Crusader Hall Of Fame".[10]

Year Inductees
2008
  • Dr. Philip Bajo - (1970)
  • Susan Compton-Kherkher - (1981)
  • Cmdr. James "J.J." Gracio, USN - (1978)
  • Gerald "Jerry" Judge, administrator - (years of service unknown)
  • George Milke - (1972)
  • 1980 girls' varsity volleyball team
2009
  • Karen Klein Day Cravens, teacher - (1971)
  • Jim Grady - (1973)
  • Bob Maruca - (1967)
  • 1966-67 boys’ basketball team
2010
  • Wendy Modic - (1985) – Marian golf team MVP, 1983-85 (boys' team). San Diego State University ladies' golf team (MVP 1988-89). Assistant SDSU coach 1989-90. Interim coach end of 1990 season. Member PGA since 1996. Played in two US Women’s Opens and one LGPA Championship. LPGA teaching pro, golf pro at Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York.
  • Manny Silva (Coach) – varsity basketball 1972–1977. Athletic director 1970 – 71.
  • Mike Stockapler - (1977) All Metro. University of San Diego. Played and coached basketball in Switzerland for 10 years. Twice Suisse LNA champions. Twice Raimundo Saporta European Cup quarter-finalist.
  • 1987 softball team – (Div 2A CIF Champions)
  • 1960 football team - (Meritorious Selection)
2011
  • Art Calvert - (1981)
  • Alisa Eischen - (1983) SD-CIF volleyball player of the year (1981–1982).
  • Robin Krall - (1979)
  • Sean Loomer - (1982)
  • Bill Youmans - (1965)
  • 1988 Football Team – 1st CIF champion football team at Marian.
2012
  • Julie Baker - (1980)
  • Stanley Daniels - (2002)
  • Freddy Sandoval - (2000)
  • Darbie Seegrist Vorce - (1987)
  • 1996 Baseball Team – 1st CIF champion baseball team at Marian.
2013
  • Dario Aguiniga - (2000)
  • Domonic Cruz - (1998)
  • Yessenia Martinez - (1994)
  • Mickey Pimentel - (2003)
  • Dan Prager - (1972)
  • 2003 State Champion and SDCIF Division III champion football team

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome new President at MDCHS". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vasquez, Roy. "Mater Dei Catholic High School - School Profile". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 50 May 2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "About Us: History". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "CIF Recordbook". SDCIF. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Orozco, Ivan (15 March 2009). "Crusaders stun Bishop's and look to Sacramento". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Brand, Steve (21 March 2009). "Mater Dei Catholic girls win Division IV state basketball title". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  8. ^ Frey, John Carlos. "Gatekeeper Productions - About Us". Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Crusader Sports Hall Of Fame". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 27 June 2013.