North Catholic High School

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This article is about a Pittsburgh school. For a closed Philadelphia school for boys, see Northeast Catholic High School.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School
1400 Troy Hill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (Allegheny County), 15212
United States
Coordinates 40°27′38″N 79°59′08″W / 40.460532°N 79.985530°W / 40.460532; -79.985530Coordinates: 40°27′38″N 79°59′08″W / 40.460532°N 79.985530°W / 40.460532; -79.985530
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Established 1939
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 250[1] (2012)
Color(s) Scarlet and gold         
Team name Trojans
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Dean of Students Jason Lucia
Admissions Director Maura DeRiggi
Athletic Director Jason Lucia

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School is a private Catholic high school located on Troy Hill on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The school's mascot is the Trojan and its colors are scarlet and gold.

North Catholic High School began as an all-boys school in 1939, founded by Bishop Hugh Charles Boyle of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Marianists.[3] Girls began enrolling in the school in 1973. North Catholic has over 12,000 alumni world-wide.

On June 2, 2012, the Diocese of Pittsburgh held a groundbreaking ceremony in Cranberry Township to signify the start of construction of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, slated to receive students in the Fall of 2014. The current school was renamed Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School for the 2013-2014 school year.


The school offers activities for all students.

Athletic programs feature: football, soccer, basketball (for men and women), crew, golf, volleyball (women), cheerleading, baseball, softball (women) and wrestling.

The Fine Arts Department offers students participation in dramatic productions throughout the year. Fall and spring musicals are produced, as are the student-driven one-act plays. Students participate in all aspects of the theater, including creation of props and sets, and costumes.

The Forensics Team offers speech and debate competitions locally, regionally and nationally. Students explore the elements of forensics and compete accordingly.

The NC Leadership Team allows students to become peer-teachers to local grade school children. Members of this group are all certified CPR trainers and educate local businesses and healthcare professional in CPR techniques. Over 25 programs are offered to local grade schools.

The NC Student Government is focused on student-driven activities. The annual blood drives, dances, homecoming festivities and Senior week are projects driven by student government.

The The LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) and Campus Ministry groups enable students to learn more about their Catholic faith while interacting with their peers and helping the community at-large. These groups sponsor retreats for students.

In 2008 the North Catholic robotics team competed in the First Robotics competition at the University of Pittsburgh. They were placed 17 out of 33. The team was sponsored by the North Catholic Alumni Association.


North Catholic offers a full complement of college preparatory academics. Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and "College In High School" courses are offered as well.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Grant, Tim (2006-12-29). "2 big gifts for moving lifts spirits of North Catholic". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ "About North". North Catholic High School. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-05-08.