West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys

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West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys (West Boys, West Catholic, Burrs) opened it doors in 1916, at 49th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school closed its doors in 1989 when the co-educational West Philadelphia Catholic High School opened in the former West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School building at 45th and Chestnut Street.

The school consisted of two connected buildings. The original staff were the Marist Brothers. They were replaced in 1926 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, who administered the school until its closing by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1989.[1]

The school colors were blue and white and its motto was Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country).

The West Catholic Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, remains the official alumni association for West Catholic Boys as well as for the male graduates of West Philadelphia Catholic High School. The Association's website is www.westcatholicalumni.org


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Coordinates: 39°57′31″N 75°13′10″W / 39.9585°N 75.2195°W / 39.9585; -75.2195