Cathedral Catholic High School

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Cathedral Catholic High School
5555 Del Mar Heights Road

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United States
Coordinates32°57′37″N 117°12′1″W / 32.96028°N 117.20028°W / 32.96028; -117.20028Coordinates: 32°57′37″N 117°12′1″W / 32.96028°N 117.20028°W / 32.96028; -117.20028
Other nameUniversity of San Diego High School
MottoScientia Pro Deo et Patria
(Education For God and Country)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
Established1957 (Relocated in 2005)
CEEB code052896
PresidentStevan R. Laaperi
PrincipalKevin Calkins
ChaplainFr. Michael Ortiz, Fr. Martin Latiff, Fr. Patrick Wainright, and Fr. Richard Captain (Ret.), USN
Enrollment1,650 (2017)
Average class size24
Student to teacher ratio18:1[1]
Color(s)Red and Gold         
SloganRoll Dons, Once a Don, Always a Don
Athletics42 sports
Athletics conferenceCIF - San Diego Section
MascotThe Don
Team nameThe Dons
RivalsSaint Augustine High School
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Torrey Pines High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
PublicationEl Sol (art/literary magazine)
NewspaperEl Cid
Athletic DirectorDavid Smola
Dean of CounselingAshley Bascom
Formerly Known asUniversity of San Diego High School

Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) is a private coeducational Catholic college preparatory school in San Diego, California, USA. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego and was founded as the University of San Diego High School in 1957. CCHS came into existence in 1999, and the school moved to its current location on Del Mar Heights Road in Carmel Valley and changed its name in August 2005. Cathedral Catholic High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and holds membership with the College Board.[4]


Financial aid and scholarships[edit]

As part of Bishop Robert H. Brom's "Secondary Education Initiative," all students from Catholic schools are entitled to financial assistance. The annual cost to send a child to Cathedral Catholic is $17,900 or 81% of the cost to send a child to one year of a private college including the $500 registration fee.[5] The announced 2018-2019 tuition fee was an increase of approximately $32 per month over the 2017-2018 school year. Technology fees (including iPads for students) and the use of the Learning Center are included in tuition. Scholarships are available in memory of notable alumni from USDHS. These scholarships are awarded to returning students based on academic, or artistic achievement, or through service.


AP classes[edit]

CCHS offers Advanced Placement classes in art history, biology, calculus AB & BC, chemistry, English language, English literature, environmental science, Macroeconomics, Physics C, Spanish language, studio art, US history, US government and World history.[6]

Dual-enrollment classes with MiraCosta College and Mesa College are also offered, as well as honors courses.[7]

Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

Visual and performing arts classes at CCHS include drama and advanced drama 1-2, multimedia authoring 1-2, CCTV broadcast and video journalism, journalism, photography, digital imaging, art 1-2, art 3-4, ceramics, 3D design, introduction to guitar, choral music, concert and pep band, AP art history and AP studio art. After-school courses in band, journalism and Yearbook are also available.[8]

Student life[edit]

Pastoral care and counseling[edit]

Schoolwide masses are held on various feasts and solemnities of the Church throughout the school year.[9] In addition to the schoolwide liturgies, daily mass and lauds (or a morning prayer) are held each morning before school in the St. Therese Chapel on campus.[10]


An aerial shot of CCHS's athletic facilities. In the far bottom left is part of right field of the baseball diamond. At the bottom is the multipurpose practice field. In the center is the pool. On the right is left field of the softball diamond. Manchester Stadium (track and turf field) is visible in the background. The Claver Center (basketball/volleyball court, wrestling room) is opposite Manchester.[11]

Cathedral Catholic has the following sports:

Cathedral Catholic's mascot is "The Don."

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
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  4. ^ "Welcome to Cathedral Catholic High School – Cathedral Catholic High School". Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  5. ^ Admissions for College Averages
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-04-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Cathedral Catholic School Profile" (PDF).
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  12. ^ "Prep lefty Brady Aiken to Astros". Associated Press. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Person, John (May 12, 2014). "Panthers sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney already a big hit". The News and Observer. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "Southpaw pitcher has lightning in his arm". U-T San Diego. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  15. ^ Zieralski, Ed (December 11, 2011). "Aztecs' Stahovich has a leg up for the NFL". U-T San Diego. Retrieved June 6, 2014.