Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School

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Cardinal Ritter
Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School
701 North Spring Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri, (none) 63108
United States
Coordinates 38°38′31.7″N 90°14′6.54″W / 38.642139°N 90.2351500°W / 38.642139; -90.2351500Coordinates: 38°38′31.7″N 90°14′6.54″W / 38.642139°N 90.2351500°W / 38.642139; -90.2351500
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1979
President Leon Henderson
Principal Michael Blackshear
Chaplain Father Art Cavitt
Staff 22
Faculty 39
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 328
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Hours in school day 6 hrs.
Color(s) Maroon, White, Black             
Athletics conference AAA
Nickname CRCP, CR
Team name Ritter Lions
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Tuition $6,100
Dean of Students Sarreta Holland
Athletic Director Coach Reid

Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in St. Louis, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.


Cardinal Ritter Prep opened its doors on September 6, 1979 and is named for Cardinal Joseph Ritter, Archbishop of St. Louis in the mid-20th century. From 1977–1978, a community representative task force was established by the Board of Catholic Education of the St. Louis Archdiocese to study the future existence of a Catholic school in the old Labouré location in North St. Louis. Arrangements to establish Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School as a co-educational college preparatory high school began in August 1979. On May 18, 2003, Cardinal Justin Rigali dedicated the new Cardinal Ritter Preparatory High School at 701 N. Spring Avenue, St. Louis. The school opened its doors for students in August 2003.

School Mission[edit]

"Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School is a Catholic urban high school which educates primarily African-American young men and women who are both traditional and non-traditional college bound students.
At graduation, through the triple thrust of Academic Excellence, Faith Development, and Leadership Development, young men and women will be able to successfully serve their African-American and global communities."


Thekla Ave. (1979-2003)[edit]

When the school first opened, it was located on 5421 Thekla Ave. Saint Louis, Missouri, 63120, located in the neighborhood of Walnut Park. The school had a great relationship with its surrounding community.

North Spring Ave. (2003-Present)[edit]

In 2003, at the beginning of the school year, the new state-of-the-art Cardinal Ritter was erected on 701 N. Spring Ave, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108. It is in the heart of the Grand Center.


Cardinal Ritter, being a College Preparatory school, has a varied grading scale compared to other high schools in its area. Here, you need 30 credits to graduate.


  • English (4.5 credits)
  • Mathematics (4.5 credits)
  • Theology (4 credits)
  • Science (4 credits)
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (2 credits)
  • Physical Education (1 credit)
  • Computer Science (1 credit)
  • Orientation (1 credit)
  • Leadership (1 credit)
  • Fine Arts (1 credit)
  • Health (.5 credit)
  • Consumer Econ. (.5 credit)
  • Keyboarding (.5 credit)
  • Electives (2.5 credits)


The school is in MSHSAA Class 3. The athletic conference they are a member of is the Archdiocesan Athletic Association. The school has 8 varsity sports. Sports offered here are Football, Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Boys Track & Field, and Girls Track & Field.

State championships[edit]

Boys Basketball 1990, 1995, 1996, 2001(*) 2003, 2006, 2010, 2014
Girls Basketball 2009, 2010(**)
Boys Track & Field 1990, 1994, 1998
Boys Football 2005(***), 2008 (**)

Note:  * - Third place;   ** - Second place;   *** - Semifinals

Student organizations[edit]

  • Art Club
  • Book & Breakfast Club
  • Brotherhood
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Diversity
  • Drama Club
  • Intern Leadership Program
  • National Honor Society
  • Pastoral Team
  • Sisterhood
  • Spoken Word
  • Student Ambassador
  • Student Council

Intern Leadership Program (ILP)[edit]

The mission of the Intern Leadership Program (ILP) is to provide incentives for talented African-American youth to choose to live in, work in, and provide leadership in the St. Louis region for civic and economic life after college graduation.

The ILP, which was funded by a generous grant from the Danforth Foundation, gives African-American youth opportunities beyond college graduation, to encourage leadership in the St. Louis community and to develop youth as highly productive, responsible citizens.

Cardinal Ritter Prep juniors and seniors in the ILP can receive leadership scholarships and summer internships with local major employers. ILP is a six-year program, with students trained in professional development and placed in internships throughout college. Upon college graduation, participants are in an excellent position to earn a job with the company for which he or she has interned through the program. The first phase of ILP students graduated from college in 2008.

Notable alumni[edit]

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