Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School
|Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School|
|329 North Garfield Avenue
Montebello, California, (Los Angeles County) 90640
|Motto||Age Cum Anima Christi
(Act with the Character of Christ)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Philip of Jesus and Sacred Heart of Mary|
|Color(s)||Cardinal, Navy and Gold|
|Athletics conference||CIF - Southern Section
Camino Del Rey Association
|Rival||Bishop Mora Salesian High School|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Vice Principal||Annette Chambers|
|Dean of Students||Anna Gutierrez|
|Athletic Director||Omar Villalta|
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School (CSHM), is a Roman Catholic high school located in Montebello, California, precisely on the border of East Los Angeles and Montebello. It is now owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the challenging curriculum prepares students for admission to four-year university programs and other career options.
Sacred Heart of Mary High School for young women was founded in 1942, The school was formally dedicated on June 30, 1943, with Archbishop John J. Cantwell presiding. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), an international apostolic institute of religious women,were commissioned to teach at the new institution. Through their emphasis on liberal arts education and respect for all cultures, the Sisters worked to promote the growth of the human person by creating an environment which enabled young women to work for their own spiritual, educational, and personal development.
In 1946, the Most Reverend John J. Cantwell, Archbishop of Los Angeles, established Cantwell High School. At the time of its founding, the school was temporarily located on the top floor at St. Alphonsus Grade School, in East Los Angeles. On October 23, 1946, the school relocated to 17-acre (69,000 m2) the campus it still occupies on a picturesque seventeen-acres in Montebello, California. Based on his respect for their teaching abilities, the archbishop invited the Christian Brothers of Ireland to staff the school. The school was dedicated by Archbishop Cantwell on April 13, 1947.
As the flag was raised over the “largest addition to the Archdiocesan school system,” tribute was paid to the teaching qualities of the Christian Brothers who constituted the initial Cantwell faculty. The Irish Christian Brothers had long influenced Bishop Cantwell as he attended the Patrician Brothers Monastery National School in Fethard in his early childhood years.
On-going changes occurred over the years and with the closure of nearby Sacred Heart of Mary High School in 1990, the girls attending that high school were incorporated into Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School, thus extended the dream of Archbishop John J. Cantwell’s vision to provide an opportunity of a Catholic education for all God’s children.
1950s thru 1980s
In 1956, a beautiful new building was completed at 441 North Garfield Avenue, and in September, 1957, 450 girls enrolled at the new Sacred Heart of Mary High School. The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary became the focal point of all religious activities. In 1961, ground was broken for an 800-seat auditorium, and a chapel was constructed adjacent to the convent. Both were completed in 1962. Just the chapel and convent remain today, as the rest of the property was sold.
Under the watchful eyes of the Sacred Heart of Mary sisters, the Catholic boys of Cantwell High came no closer to the girls during school hours than a lingering glance through the chain-link fence. "The sisters were very restrictive," recalled an alumnus whose wife attended Sacred Heart of Mary while he was at Cantwell. "Though we used to look at the girls from afar, the best we could do was cruise by, (until after school)."
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary as an entity began when Sacred Heart of Mary High School, an all girls school administered by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and Cantwell High School, an all boys school administered by the Irish Christian Brothers, consolidated into one lay administered coed school in 1991. For many, especially the alumni of both schools, the consolidation meant the end of an era. Since the merger, enrollment is at about 600 students. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CSHM is a coeducational, college preparatory institution. The school's spiritual patrons are St. Philip of Jesus, and the Sacred Heart of Mary, Mother of Jesus. With the advent of young women moving to the young men's campus, the Cantwell former school motto for the conjoined schools was changed from the Latin for "Act Manfully", "Viriliter Age", to "Act with the Character of Christ", "Age cum Anima Christi". The girls all became "Cardinals" and their mascot "Scooter" was laid to rest without ceremony.
The majority of the CSHM families reside in communities surrounding the East Los Angeles area. 95% of the students are Roman Catholic. Economically, the families are characterized as blue collar/skilled labor workers and managers of small privately owned businesses. 52% of the students live below the government designated “poverty” line and would qualify for the federal school lunch program if they attended a public school. CSHM has a very generous financial aid program and close to a fourth of the students work jobs after school to supplement their tuition. As a school it is completely self-supporting with the exception of generous support from foundations and many committed donors, including the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and support from the archdiocese of Los Angeles for the physical plant of the school, and its spacious property.
Given this history, infused with the tradition and mission of the RSHM, and the presence of so many teachers and staff who taught and worked beside RSHM sisters and many who are graduates of Sacred Heart of Mary High School, and many who are the children of mothers educated at Sacred Heart of Mary High School, it is a natural progression that the goals and mission of CSHM high school do embrace the goals and mission of the RSHM network of schools. In so many ways, the Mission of the RSHM Network of Schools is mirrored in the goals and mission of CSHM High School . The principal's secretary began at Sacred Heart of Mary H.S. in 1973 and continues her role at CSHM for a total of almost 40 years of service.
Integral Student Outcomes
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary graduates are young women and men of...
CATHOLIC CHARACTER AND CHRISTIAN VALUES WHO
- Practice the teachings and tenets of the Catholic faith
- Embrace the dignity of life by accepting others with love, respect, and mercy
SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARENESS WHO
- Commit to a relationship with God and empathy for others through a life of service
- Celebrate personal heritage, respect cultural diversity, and recognize the value of collaboration
HARMONIOUS HEALTHY LIVING WHO
- Live a healthy lifestyle that nurtures the mind, body, and soul
- Maintain stewardship of the environment
MULTIPLE ACADEMIC SKILLS WHO
- Affect intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and academic integrity
- Communicate effectively, develop proficiency in research, organization, technology, and the arts.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, a College Preparatory School owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, provides an educational environment which promotes Gospel values, celebrates diversity, develops self-worth and respect for others, encourages personal responsibility, and challenges students to share their gifts in building a just and peaceful society. Every aspect of the school program is based on the foundation of To Teach As Jesus Did, bringing Christ and His message into the educational experience, collaborating with parents as the primary educators to develop “young men and women of character.”
The school provides an atmosphere of learning which develops an awareness of self-worth, respect and responsibility toward others, thereby fostering an appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity. All students are challenged to utilize their unique gifts to promote the common good and the glory of God. Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School offers curricular and co-curricular activities providing all students with opportunities to pursue their interests in a supportive learning environment. The curriculum prepares students to accept future educational and career challenges. The co-curricular program encourages students to develop mental and physical skills, a healthy competitive spirit, teamwork, and self-discipline.
The co-curricular program encourages students to develop mental and physical skills, a healthy competitive spirit, teamwork, and self-discipline.
- Girls' volleyball
- Cross Country
- Boys' Basketball
- Girls' Basketball
- Boys' Soccer
- Girls' Soccer
- Track and Field
Our Guiding Light is burning bright at Cantwell Sacred Heart.
The Light refines us, keeps us, binds us, when at length we part.
In Cardinal pride and unity, our life to Christ, we hold.
We promise to stay true to You,
our colors red, blue, and gold.
- Juan Gómez-Quiñones, professor, activist, and co-author of El Plan de Santa Barbara
- Jerry Grote, professional basketball player
- Philip S. Gutierrez, federal judge
- Craig Worthington, professional baseball player
Notes and references
- WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School - About us Archived November 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- privateschoolreview.com Review
- Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School - Campus Ministry Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Catholic High Schools' Merger a Mixed Blessing". Los Angeles Times. 1990-11-23.