Pensacola Catholic High School
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|Pensacola Catholic High School|
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(s)||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 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.
Pensacola Catholic High School's athletic program is vibrant. 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.
Basketball (G/B), Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross Country (G/B), Football, Golf (G/B), Soccer (G/B), Softball, Swimming (G/B), Tennis (G/B), Track (G/B), Volleyball and Weightlifting.
The Athletic Director is Richard LaBounty. The current head football coach is Greg Seibert. The Football Team has won the district championship in each of Seibert's first four years as head coach (2005–2008). Nick Mead is the head coach of the boys Basketball Team, which captured the District Championship for the 2006-2007, 2007–2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. The girl's Basketball Team is coached by Heather Bell. Former Head Coach, Ron Robison, died after a courageous battle with cancer on May 7, 2009. Girl's basketball has won 4 State Championships since 1976. They won the district championship in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Felicia Terhaar is the Head Volleyball coach, taking over for the late Randy Pounders. The girl's Volleyball Team has won numerous district championships. The baseball team has won 12 district championships, appeared in eight final fours, and won one state title under coach Richard LaBounty, who has been the head coach since 1984. Three alumni have appeared in Major League Baseball. They are: Phil Hiatt (1993, 1995, 1996 and 2001), Jeff Farnsworth (2002) and Billy Sadler (2006 and 2008). Softball is coached by John Billy. The Softball Team won the district championship in 2007. The Boys Golf Team won the district championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the regional championship in 2006 2007 and 2008, appeared in the State Finals in 2005, 2006 (where they finished fifth),2007 and 2008, they also had an individual state finalist in 2004. They are coached by Donnie Benefield. The girls Golf Team is coached by Trae Cary. Boy's Soccer is coached by Kent Williamson. They have won the district championship from 2005-2009. Girl's Soccer is coached by Breck Bankester. They have won the district championship from 1997–2000, 2007–2010 and advanced to the State Final Four in 2010. Under Coach Eric Nelson, the Crusader Cross Country and Track Teams has also enjoyed much success. The track and field squad has had a representative at the FHSAA state meet for the past 20 years, and the boys Cross Country Team won state titles in 1993 and 1996 while the girls Cross Country Team also won the 1996 state title.. For the 2007 Cross Country season, the boys finished the year 20th in state, and the girls 23rd.
Pensacola Catholic High's state of the art technology provides students with the tools that they need for the future. Each classroom features video projection for instruction and closed-circuit television for broadcasting. Wireless Internet connectivity is available throughout the campus. Pensacola Catholic High School is the first school in the entire Panhandle of Florida, to be part of grade-wide 1 to 1 laptop initiative. That is, each CHS student will be educated with the assistance of his/her own laptop which will be used throughout the curriculum as an invaluable learning tool. This is the first step toward Pensacola Catholic High School becoming a laptop school, a learning environment in which students and teachers have 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to the tools and resources of the 21st Century classroom.
Catholic High School has been preparing for this exciting initiative for many years. CHS boasts a universal wireless environment and teachers who have been equipped and teaching with laptops for the past two years. In addition, our teachers have been and continue to be involved in an intensive faculty professional development program that enables them to engage students in learning in a truly digital environment. We are very aware that students in the 21st Century learn most comfortably and enthusiastically when they are able to access, analyze, and synthesize information using digital tools. Our laptop initiative is the needed step toward helping our students to achieve and be successful in a fully digital learning environment.
To make this possible, Catholic High School has contracted with Apple, Inc. to set up a lease-to-purchase program for student laptops. By means of this program, each incoming freshman will acquire through CHS the school-assigned Apple MacBook which will become the standard for every CHS student. Apple has offered CHS lease terms that will make it possible for our families to acquire this wonderful learning tool and all the needed software applications, along with 4 years of hardware and software assurances, at a price that is unavailable elsewhere.
Laptop information meetings are held during the registration process to explain the program in detail and answer any parental questions. Also discussed at this meeting is the means by which parents may apply for “laptop assistance” so that we can help to ensure that this wonderful learning opportunity is within the reach of any child who wishes the quality of a Catholic High School education. A laptop case is included with each student's laptop. The laptop case offers protection for your student's laptop and also a secure work environment for use on a desktop surface. And the best part is that they will fit into the student's locker.
Notable alumni, coaches, and faculty
Ashton Hayward - Hayward is the current mayor of Pensacola, who took office in January 2011. He was a 1987 graduate of Catholic High.
Josh Sitton - National Football League (2008–present) - Sitton is a starting right guard for Green Bay Packers after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Central Florida and was voted to all Conference-USA team his senior year. He was a four-year letter winner at Catholic High School allowing just three sacks over two years as an offensive lineman, and voted to first-team all-area and second-team all-state his senior year.
Joe Scarborough - Scarborough is a former U.S. congressman (1995–2001) and currently host of the nationally broadcast morning show "Morning Joe" on MSNBC. He graduated from Catholic High School in 1981 (he wrote the class song and performed it at the graduation ceremony in May). He played quarterback on the 1979 varsity squad and led the Crusader football team to a respectable 6-4 season.
Billy Sadler - Major League Baseball (2006–Present) - Relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Played his college ball at Pensacola Junior College and Louisiana State University, where he was the closer, and played in the College World Series. Sadler was selected by Seattle in the 37th round (1106th overall pick) of the 2000 amateur draft and in the 30th round (909th overall pick) of the 2001 draft, but opted not to sign with the Mariners. He signed with the Giants after they made him their sixth round selection (183rd overall pick) in the 2003 draft. He graduated from Catholic High School in 2000 when he was named the Florida Class 3-A Baseball Player of the Year.
Jon Akin - Oglethorpe University Head Men's and Women's Soccer Coach (2003–2006) - Oglethorpe University Men's Soccer Coach (2003–present) - Professional Soccer Player (1999–2002). Jon was a Two-Time NSCAA All-American and led the nation in scoring in 1996 with 28 goals and 16 assists. Inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame in 2006 for his accomplishments as a player at St. Leo University. Graduated from Catholic High School in 1995. He was drafted in the 1st round of the USL draft by the Charleston Battery and played for the Battery from 1999-2002. In 2002 he was traded to the Atlanta Silverbacks where he played 20 games. He also played in Ireland in the Eircom Premier League with Kilkinney City in 2000-2001. He is a 1995 graduate of Catholic High School.
Brian Waltrip - Professional Soccer Player - Currently plays for the Molde of the Norwegian Trippeligaen as an attacking midfielder. Waltrip played college soccer at the University of South Florida and was a Hermann Trophy candidate in 1999. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 MLS Superdraft by the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He opted out of this contract and chose instead to play for Tampere United of the Veikkausliiga in Finland. He spent only one season in Finland then signed with C.D. Olivais e Moscavide of the Portuguese Second Division. After a short stint in Portugal, Waltrip went back up north to play with Mandalskameratene in Norway. After one successful season there his contract was bought by Sandefjord. In January 2007, he signed a tree-year contract for Sogndal, but stayed only one season, before signing a two-year deal for Molde FK. He is a 1996 graduate of Catholic High School.
Phil Hiatt - Major League Baseball (1993–2005) - Hiatt played in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He attended Jefferson Davis Community College and Louisiana Tech University and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He hit 301 home runs in twelve years of minor league service. He is a 1987 graduate of Catholic High School.
Jeff Farnsworth - Major League Baseball (2002) - Farnsworth played in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 1996 major league draft. He is a 1994 graduate of Catholic High School.
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