Aurora Central Catholic High School

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Aurora Central Catholic High School
1255 North Edgelawn Drive
Aurora, Illinois 60506
United States
Coordinates 41°46′58″N 88°21′30″W / 41.78278°N 88.35833°W / 41.78278; -88.35833Coordinates: 41°46′58″N 88°21′30″W / 41.78278°N 88.35833°W / 41.78278; -88.35833
Type private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1968
Founded 1926
Principal Fr. William Etheredge
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 530 (2011)
Student to teacher ratio 28:1
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Metro Suburban Conference
Team name Chargers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 1300
Average ACT scores 23.6 (2012)[2]
Newspaper Central Times
Tuition $4,625-$5,350 (1st child)

Aurora Central Catholic High School (ACC) is a Roman Catholic secondary school under the direction of the Diocese of Rockford. ACC began as two separate secondary schools in 1926. Madonna Catholic High School, a girls school, and Roncalli High School, a boys school, merged in 1968 to become Aurora Central Catholic. The first campus was located on the East Side of Aurora, Illinois, USA, in what is now Cowherd Middle School. The current location of the school is on Aurora's West Side. The 2011 student body was 530 students.


Aurora Central Catholic requires 28 credits for graduation. However, because of the block scheduling system, many students graduate with 30 or 32 credits. There is a wide range of courses and levels offered which includes honors, independent study, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

The Aurora Central Catholic High School Class of 2009 had ten Illinois State Scholars. This year ACC claimed its college-bound students earned over $5.2 million in scholarship money. This amount is higher than the Class of 2006's $3.7 million.[citation needed] Over 95% of ACC graduates go on to secondary education at various respective universities and colleges throughout the country. The school was recognized as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States in 2004[3] and 2005.[4]

Principals, 1968 - Present
James Swann 1968-1986
Robert Stewart 1987-1997
Randy Thomas 1997-2000
Fr. William Etheredge 2000-present


As of 2014, ACC participates in multiple classes (depending on the sport) in the Illinois High School Association. ACC is a member of the Metro Suburban Conference West Division. The Metro Suburban Conference includes members of the disbanded Suburban Christian Conference and former members of the disbanded Private School league. Teams are stylized as the Chargers.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Anonymous (2013). "Institution Summary". AdvancED. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Anonymous (2014). "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS". NCA-CASI. Retrieved February 15, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Anonymous (2014). "2004 Catholic High School Honor Roll (Top 50).". The Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Anonymous (2014). "2005 Catholic High School Honor Roll (Top 50)". The Cardinal Newman Society. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Michael Sneed (2002-07-10). "Trump 'em ...". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Anonymous (2014). "1982 Draft -- June Amateur Draft". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008, Biographical Sketch of Kathleen Vinehout, p. 80.

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