Pensacola Catholic High School
|Pensacola Catholic High School
Rival: West Florida
Pro Deo et Patria
Latin: For God and Country
|3043 West Scott Street
Pensacola, Florida, (Escambia County), 32501
|School type||Private, Coeducational Private|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Authority||Diocese of Pensacola Tallahassee|
|Principal||Sister Kierstin Martin, ASCJ|
|Asst. Principal||Jim Edler|
|Chaplain||Fr. Bob Johnson|
|Age range||fourteen years - 19 years|
|Average class size||120|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
$4,572 Catholic Parish members
|Dean of Students||Nick Mead|
|Athletic Director||Richard LaBounty|
|Network Administrator||Jim Matson|
Pensacola Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic diocesan high school in Pensacola, Florida, under the jurisdiction of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. It is co-educational, organized on the 9-12 plan with an enrollment of over 600 students. The school is an accredited Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and has been so ever since receiving the award in 1993.
Pensacola Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic diocesan high school owned and operated by the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Catholic High was opened in the Fall of 1941 when the former St. Michael's High School, located on the corner of Garden and Baylen Streets, was renamed as it gained students from several smaller Catholic schools in the city and became the one central Catholic High School in Pensacola. It opened its doors to 180 students. In 1958, Pensacola Catholic High School relocated to its current site in West Pensacola. Through the years, the campus has undergone numerous additions and renovations to accommodate its growing enrollment. The Brent Media Center was built in 2001 and the Science wing was completely remodeled in 2003. In 2004, the renovation of the administration wing was completed.
In 1993, Pensacola Catholic High School was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. This honor is granted to outstanding public and private schools across the United States that achieve high academic standards and model excellence.
Pensacola Catholic High School has been continuously accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1928.
Sr. Kierstin Martin has served as Principal of CHS since 1988. There are 35 full-time and 6 part-time teachers on faculty. Current enrollment is 650, with a student/teacher ratio of 15.8:1.
A total of 26 credits is required for graduation. Students entering CHS are placed in one of four ability levels (Honors, Accelerated College Prep, College Prep, and General Studies) based on their previous academic achievement and standardized testing. Dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses are offered to those students who qualify.
CHS offers an Adaptive Education Program for students with identified learning disabilities. The program offers support services to students who have difficulty functioning in the regular classroom.
All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities while at Catholic High. Participation in either an athletic or non-athletic extracurricular activity enhances a student's high school experience.
There are over 24 clubs and organizations in which a student can participate. CHS has an active Student Council which serves a liaison between the students and administration.
- Book Club
- Chase Club
- Chess Club
- Crusade-Martial Arts Club
- Crusader Chronicles Student Newspaper
- Drama Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- French Club
- Green Club
- Interact Club
- Mock Trial Team
- Music Ministry
- National Honor Society
- Relay for Life
- Social Justice Club
- Spanish Club
- Spirit Squad
- Student Council
- Tesserae Literary Journal
- Ultimate Frisbee Club.
Numerous regional, district and state championship titles have been earned by CHS teams. The CHS Athletic Program has earned the State's top athletic honor, the Floyd E. Lay All-Sports Award, twice. CHS was also awarded the Fred E. Rozelle Award for Sportsmanship by the State of Florida in 2003. The girls basketball team has won four state championships and the boys have won one. The baseball team was named "National Champions" by four different publications in 2013 after they completed a perfect 30-0 season: USA Today, CBS MaxPreps, Student Sports FAB 50  and Collegiate Baseball. Baseball has won three state championships in 2003, 2012 and 2013 and was state runner-up in 2004 and 2011. They are the only baseball team in state history to have appeared in twelve consecutive regional championship games (2002-2013). Head Coach Richard LaBounty (1983-2013) is in his 31st season at Pensacola Catholic having compiled a career record of 651-211-1. He was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 2013  and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2013 by USA Today and CBS MaxPreps. He also oversees all of the other sports programs as the Athletic Director. LaBounty, a University of West Florida graduate, was also inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Basketball (G/B)
- Cross Country (G/B)
- Golf (G/B)
- Soccer (G/B)
- Swimming (G/B)
- Tennis (G/B)
- Track (G/B)
- Jon Akin - former professional soccer player for the Atlanta Silverbacks and Kilkinney City, Head Men's and Women's Soccer Coach of Oglethorpe University.
- Jeff Farnsworth - Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers.
- Ashton Hayward - 1987, mayor of Pensacola.
- Phil Hiatt - Major league baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Billy Sadler - Relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
- Joe Scarborough - U.S. congressman (1995–2001), broadcaster.
- Josh Sitton - right guard for Green Bay Packers
- Brian Waltrip - Professional Soccer Player in Norway, Finland, and Portugal.
- Roman Reigns - Professional Wrestler for WWE, and former Professional Canadian Football Player.
- "Tuition and Fees". Pensacola Catholic High School. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]