Moreau Catholic High School

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Moreau Catholic High School
Moreau High School Hayward.jpg
In Tenebris Lux
In darkness there is light
27170 Mission Boulevard
Hayward, California, 94544
United States
Coordinates 37°38′37″N 122°3′37″W / 37.64361°N 122.06028°W / 37.64361; -122.06028Coordinates: 37°38′37″N 122°3′37″W / 37.64361°N 122.06028°W / 37.64361; -122.06028
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Brothers of Holy Cross
Established 1965
President Terry Lee
Principal Lisa Tortorich
Asst. Principal Matthew Stadelman;
Katie Teekell
Chaplain Bruce Cecil
Faculty 61
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 900 (2013)
Campus size 14 acres (57,000 m2)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics 49 teams in 15 sports
Team name Mariners
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper Explorer
Yearbook Voyager
Director of Admissions Julia Ando
Athletic Director Christine Krisman

Moreau Catholic High School is a college preparatory Roman Catholic secondary school sponsored by the Moreau Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. It is located in Hayward, California, within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland under the care of Michael C. Barber, the Bishop of Oakland. It opened in 1965 as an all-boys Catholic High School, temporarily located on the parish grounds of St. Bede's Church. That same year, construction of the permanent campus began at the current location. That construction was completed in the spring of 1967. At the request of Bishop Floyd Begin, Moreau became a coeducational institution in 1969, with the admission of 177 ninth grade girls. Moreau has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School.[citation needed]

School History[edit]

Moreau Catholic High School opened its doors in 1965 to a class of 103 ninth grade boys. In 1969, as the only Catholic high school serving the Southern Alameda County, the school became co-educational. The high school was constructed with financial and community support from the members of the Diocese of Oakland, the late Bishop Floyd L. Begin and the Brothers of Holy Cross, South-West province.

In addition to its strong commitment to providing young men and women with a quality education that is firmly rooted in the Christian values, Moreau Catholic has twice earned national recognition for academic excellence as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education and the Council for American Private education.

Bishop Allen Vigneron and Hayward mayor Roberta Cooper officiated at the April 30, 2006 groundbreaking ceremony for a multi-million dollar expansion at Moreau. The project included increasing the school library, adding a state-of-the-art life and physical science laboratory and classroom, and building a film and video arts studio and multi-media classroom.[citation needed]


Moreau offers 30 Honors and AP classes. Moreau Catholic is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the maximum allowable term.[citation needed] Moreau Catholic was one of eight schools in California and 54 schools nationwide to be selected as a 2010 Apple Distinguished School.[citation needed]

Some of the courses offered at Moreau Catholic include: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus AB/BC, and AP Statistics.


Moreau is a member of the Mission Valley Athletic Conference (MVAL), the North Coast Section (NCS), and the California Interscholastic Federation.

Teams include: Football, Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Girls tennis, Girls Golf, Rally Squad, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Badminton, Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Swimming, Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, and Boys Volleyball.

Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

The department offers courses in Chorus, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater and the Visual Arts.


Theatre Arts[edit]

Instrumental Music[edit]


Visual Arts[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Sexual abuse allegations[edit]

Moreau has had faculty who have been accused of sexually abusing students, as part of the nationwide sexual abuse scandal. Five ex-members of staff, including a Chaplain and two members of the clergy, have been named in regard to child sexual abuse allegations that are said to have occurred in the 1970s.[2][3][4]

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops policy of 2002, since reaffirmed,[5] has led to major reforms in the Church. The Diocese of Oakland continues its outreach,[6][7] and has established policies for all schools, including Moreau Catholic, to follow.


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ Simerman, John (January 23, 2005). "Accountability Eluded Three Christian Brothers". Contra Costa Times. 
  3. ^ Herb, Dennis; Rob, Jeremy (April 3, 2008). "Abuse was common in religious orders". Inside Bay Area. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dennis, Rob; Herb, Jeremy; Artz, Matthew; De Benedetti, Chris (March 30, 2008). "Sins, Secrets and Denial". San Jose Mercury News. 
  5. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (June 16, 2011). "Catholic Bishops Uphold 2002 Sex Abuse Policy". New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ McPhee, Glenn Anne (April 30, 2010). "Diocese of Oakland combats sexual abuse". SFGate. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Timeline of diocesan responses to clergy sex abuse". The Catholic Voice 49 (11). June 6, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 

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