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 Gerkin
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 has had notable athletic successes. School teams have won 22 San Diego CIF titles and two state titles.[5]

Basketball[edit]

The 2009 Lady Crusaders beat Bishops School 54-51 to win the CIF Division IV regional title. They then beat Modesto Christian High School in a come-back win 54-51 to become the CIF State Division IV Champions, becoming the first Crusader team to win a state title.[6][7]

Football[edit]

The Crusaders boys' American football teams won the Division 1A championship in 1988, were Division IV champions in 1998–1999 and Division III champions in 2002–2003. The 2003 team set the CIF record for points in a season with 713. They won 27 consecutive games between 2002 and 2004. Outstanding players include Stanley Daniels (2002), Mickey Pimentel (2003) and Patrick Gates (2004).

Soccer[edit]

The 2009 Crusader soccer team beat Francis Parker High School 2-0 in the San Diego Section CIF Finals. They then beat Salesian High School of Los Angeles 2-1 in the State Regional finals in Downey, California, to win the 2009 CIF Division III Title. Sergio Lopez was named player of the week by the San Diego Hall of Champions and received the player of the month award for March. Mater Dei Catholic is the first boys' soccer team from San Diego in any division to win the State Regional Title.[8]

Softball[edit]

The 2009-2010 Lady Crusaders' softball team defeated the number one seed Christian High School to win the SDCIF Division IV softball title.[9]

The 2010-2011 Lady Crusaders defeated the number one seed Madison High to win the SDCIF Division IV Softball title.[10]

Volleyball[edit]

The 1979–1981 girls' volleyball team won three consecutive SD-CIF Div 2A titles. The 1979 team placed third in state and the 1980 team finished in second place. Three members of those teams were awarded SD-CIF Player of the Year title: Julie Baker (1979), Susan Compton (1980) and Alisha Eischen (1981 and 1982). They won the Metro division in six sconsecutive years, from 1979 to 1984. The volleyball team still holds the section record for consecutive wins (46) from 1980 until 1982.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Distinguished alumni Hall of Fame[edit]

The Mater Dei / Marian Alumni Association introduced the Distinguished Crusader Hall of Fame in 2011.[13] 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".[14]

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. 
  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. ^ Orozco, Ivan (15 March 2009). "Mater Dei carries title match". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Thien, Glae (30 May 2010). "Power surge sparks Mater Dei Catholic victory". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Brents, Philip (3 June 2011). "Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders repeat as Division IV softball champions". Chula Vista Star News. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "CIF Recordbook". SDCIF. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Frey, John Carlos. "Gatekeeper Productions - About Us". Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Crusader Sports Hall Of Fame". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 27 June 2013.