Cardinal Ritter High School

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For the Roman Catholic high school in St. Louis, see Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School.
Cardinal Ritter High School
3360 West 30th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222
United States
Coordinates 39°48′36.5″N 86°12′55″W / 39.810139°N 86.21528°W / 39.810139; -86.21528Coordinates: 39°48′36.5″N 86°12′55″W / 39.810139°N 86.21528°W / 39.810139; -86.21528
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Dare to be different.
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1964
School district Archdiocese of Indianapolis
President Greg Perkins
Principal Jo Hoy
Chaplain Dustin Boehm
Grades 712
Enrollment 620 (2011)
Student to teacher ratio 13:1[citation needed]
Color(s) Red, Black, White, Silver                
Athletics Indiana High School Athletic Association
Athletics conference Indiana Crossroads Conference
Team name Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 1475[citation needed]

Cardinal Ritter High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school on West 30th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. It was founded in 1964 and serves the west side of the Indianapolis metropolitan area.


Cardinal Ritter High School opened in 1964 and was named after Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter who became the seventh Bishop and first archbishop of Indianapolis. Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter was born in 1892, was ordained in 1917, and became known for his work in desegregation. In 1938, he ordered all of the Catholic schools in the diocese to integrate, sixteen years before Brown v. Board of Education. He was appointed the first Archbishop of Indianapolis in 1944, and two years later was appointed Archbishop of St. Louis.[2]

Community involvement[edit]

In 2008, service to the west side expanded to include the new "Rittertown" initiative. Through "Rittertown", Cardinal Ritter High School expanded its Service Learning Program beyond the campus boundaries and into the community surrounding the school.[3] The entire Cardinal Ritter High School family came together with the Mayor of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Colts, and the City of Indianapolis' Peace in the Streets - Stop the Violence campaign. The idea of "Rittertown" is to make this community a better place for its residents to live. It also elevate the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Ritter to its proper place. The students help to make this a reality with service projects in the community. Those projects include: beautification projects in area parks, visits with the elderly at local nursing homes, and English as a Second Language classes for adults in the area. "Rittertown" helps to continue to elevate the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Ritter in the city of Indianapolis.[3]

In 2010; the Cardinal Ritter team won Brain Game; the next year they were runner-up.


The following is an "at-a-glance" statistical overview of the high school:[when?][4]

Marching Band

Athletic championships[edit]

  • 1977 Football (1A)
  • 2003 Football (1A)
  • 2008 Football (1A)
  • 2013 Football (2A)[5]

2014 - Sarah Bacon - National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association 2014 All American and 2014 National Champion

2013 & 2014 - Sarah Bacon IHSAA State Diving Champion

Notable alumni[edit]


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