Catholic Central High School (London, Ontario)
|Catholic Central High School|
450 Dundas Street
|School type||Catholic high school|
|Motto||Virtus et Scientia|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School board||London District Catholic School Board|
|Vice Principal 1||Rick Sheardown|
|Vice Principal 2||Sandra Standish|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Team name||CCH 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.
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.
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.
- Anne Marie DeCicco-Best - former Mayor of London
- Paul Haggis - Canadian screenwriter, producer, and director
- Carol Off - Canadian television and radio journalist, associated with CBC Television and CBC Radio
- Brendan Shanahan - NHL Hockey player (New Jersey Devils)
- Ryan Thelwell - CFL Football player (Calgary Stampeders)