Catholic Central High School (London, Ontario)

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Catholic Central High School
Front Of CCH.jpg
450 Dundas Street

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Coordinates42°59′18″N 81°14′21″W / 42.9883°N 81.2393°W / 42.9883; -81.2393Coordinates: 42°59′18″N 81°14′21″W / 42.9883°N 81.2393°W / 42.9883; -81.2393
School typeCatholic high school
MottoVirtus et Scientia
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School boardLondon District Catholic School Board
SuperintendentEd DeDecker
School number3119
PrincipalPaul Lamoureux
Vice Principal 1Rick Sheardown
Vice Principal 2Sandra Standish
AreaDowntown London
Colour(s)Blue and White
Team nameCCH Crusaders
Last updated: August 25, 2017

Catholic Central High School (CCH) in London, was Ontario's first Jr. Catholic High School, opened with grades 7 to 13 in September 1950. The new building was a Junior High School with grades 7 to 10. The original building on site was formerly known as Sacred Heart Convent and it housed 11, 12, 13 for a number of years but dropped grades 7, 8 when enrolment in grades 9 & 10 increased. CCH is administered by the London District Catholic School Board.

The school has a wider range of programs than other London region high schools, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Environmental Leadership Program, English as a Second Language program and the Music Extension program, which mostly caters to graduates of St. Mary Choir School. It also has a co-op program called LEAP (Leaders in Exercise Athletics Program). CCH attracts students from the downtown area as well as the greater London region.

200pxThe single gym of Catholic Central, located on second floor.


Catholic Central High School was established in September 1950 through the efforts of the Sisters of St. Joseph with the support from the Diocese of London and the Oblate Fathers. The cornerstone was laid in December 1951 and the school was officially opened September 14, 1952. In the fall of 1958 the construction of the east wing began and was first used by students in September 1959. Due to an increase in student population, a total of 14 portables were added between 1970 and 1972. The north wing which accommodates the Fine Arts & Family Studies programs was constructed in 1986.

In 1997 and 1998, a massive renovation was begun. This renovation included the complete renovation of both the east and west wings as well as an addition which unified both wings and added a new chapel, atrium, library, technology wing, new computer and science labs, gymnasiums, cafeteria and administration, guidance and office area.

The Catholic Central School Community is a diverse community which include core area families as well as families from across the greater London area for speciality programs.[1]


CCH has a rich history of athletic pride and achievement. CCH has an athletics Wall of Champions located in their gym that was created in 2008; The wall displays championship winning team in the school history. There is also an athletic Wall of Fame, which displays the greatest athletes and coaches who have been a part of Crusader Athletics. In 2013/2014 Catholic Central achieved the first "triple crown" in London since 1983, winning a TVRAA championship in football, hockey, and basketball. This included the Crusader football team's 20th TVRAA championship.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Ryan Thelwell Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine