Santa Fe Catholic High School
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
|Santa Fe Catholic High School|
|3110 US 92 East
Lakeland, Florida, (Polk County), 33801
|Motto||Ad Fidem Per Scientiam
(To Faith Through Knowledge)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Asst. Principal||Glenda Pierce|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)||Crimson and Silver|
|Slogan||Developing Each Student Fully as a Child of God|
|Team name||Crimson Hawks|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Endowment||Santa Fe Catholic Endowment & Charitable Trust|
|Athletic Director||David Saliba|
Santa Fe Catholic High School, a coeducational institution of the Diocese of Orlando, was founded in 1960 and officially opened on September 5, 1961, as Central Catholic High School. Classes were held for 50 students in grades nine and ten in the administration building at Lodwick Airport, known now as Tigertown. In 1962, Miami Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley dedicated the school Classes were held for the first time in the present administration building. A few months later, the name was changed to Santa Fe Catholic High School. In 1964, Santa Fe had its first graduating class, the organization of a football team and the formation of the National Honor Society.
Faced with increasing enrollment, the administration organized a building fund in 1969 to raise money for additions to Santa Fe. The McDonald Building[clarification needed] was dedicated in 1969. In 1970, the school broke ground for the new gymnasium. In 1972, Monsignor Martin Power, Pastor of Saint Joseph’s in Lakeland, died, and Reverend Patrick Sheedy, the new Pastor, raised money for the Martin Power Center. The new center was started in January 1973.
There are 12 sports.
There are 14 clubs and organizations.
Student body 
SAT mean scores were 1,087 (Florida mean score was 990). ACT mean score was 22.6 (Florida mean score was under 20). 98% of graduates were accepted into college. 78% percent receive Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.
In 2010, there were 15 international students from five countries who were being hosted by American families for the school year.
61% of the students were taking honors/AP courses. There are four honor societies.
In 2010, there were 16 students in special-needs programs.
- Matt Diaz, Atlanta Braves baseball player
- Joe Nemechek, NASCAR driver,
- Michael Happoldt, co-founder of Skunk Records
Notes and references 
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Dodson, Laura (20 August - 2 September 2010). "Santa Fe seeks to provide holistic education". Orlando, Florida: Florida Catholic. pp. A15.
- SFCHS. "About Santa Fe". Retrieved 2007-05-11.