Cardinal Ritter High School

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Cardinal Ritter High School
3360 West 30th Street


United States
Coordinates39°48′36″N 86°12′55″W / 39.81000°N 86.21528°W / 39.81000; -86.21528Coordinates: 39°48′36″N 86°12′55″W / 39.81000°N 86.21528°W / 39.81000; -86.21528
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoMiles Christi Sum
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtArchdiocese of Indianapolis
PresidentE. Jo Hoy
PrincipalSteven Pelych
ChaplainFr. Jeff Dufresne
Athletics conferenceIndiana Crossroads Conference
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

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.[citation needed]

Athletic championships[edit]

  • Football - 1977, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2016
  • Baseball - 2017


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "NBCC | The Legacy of Cardinal Joseph Ritter continues on Indy's West Side". Archived from the original on 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  4. ^ IHSAA. "IHSAA State Championships by School". Archived from the original on 2016-09-13. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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