Catholic Conference (MIAA)

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Catholic Conference
ConferenceMIAA
DivisionI
No. of teams10 - 6 Boys / 4 Girls
RegionGreater Boston

The Catholic Conference is a Massachusetts high school athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in Eastern part of Massachusetts. Its five members include only all-boys Catholic high schools. The Catholic Conference participates in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division I in sports competitions.

The Catholic Conference is regarded as one of the most accomplished sports conferences in terms of its winning reputation, with 17 state football championships, 9 basketball championships, 34 ice hockey championships, and 15 swimming championships.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The Catholic Conference consists of 5 member institutions located in Eastern Massachusetts. Listed in alphabetical order, these 4 cities within the Catholic Conference's geographical footprint are Hingham, Danvers, and Westwood. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within Eastern Massachusetts and stretches from Westwood in the west to Hingham in the east and from Danvers in the north to Westwood in the south. Saint John’s in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is a member in swimming and diving.

On July 1, 2021, St. John's High School of Shrewsbury formally joined the Catholic Conference as the sixth boys' school. The Pioneers played the 2020–21 season in the Catholic Conference bubble due to the COVID–19 pandemic.[1]

Since July 1, 2021, the 10 members of the Catholic Conference are:

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
Boys’ Division
Boston College High School Dorchester, Massachusetts 1863 Private 1,700[2] Eagles    
Catholic Memorial School West Roxbury, Massachusetts 1957 1957 Private 707 Knights    
Malden Catholic High School Malden, Massachusetts 1936 Private 600 Lancers    
St. John's High School Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 1898 2021 Private 872 Pioneers    
St. John's Preparatory School Danvers, Massachusetts 1907 Private 1,650 Eagles    
Xaverian Brothers High School Westwood, Massachusetts 1963 1963 Private 880 Hawks    
Girls’ Division
Fontbonne Academy Milton, Massachusetts 1954 Private 311 Ducks    
Mount Alvernia High School Newton, Massachusetts 1935 Private 240 Mustangs    
Notre Dame Academy Hingham, Massachusetts 1853 Private 600 Cougars    
Ursuline Academy Dedham, Massachusetts 1819 Private 450 Bears    
Catholic Conference
Locations of Catholic Conference members, 2021-2022 Blue pog.svg Boys division member Pink pog.svg Girls division member Red pog.svg Former member

Former members[edit]

School Location Type Founded Joined Left Current Conference Nickname
Don Bosco Technical High School Boston, Massachusetts Private 1946 1946 1998 None (Closed) Bears

Ice hockey[edit]

The Catholic Conference boasts very strong hockey programs. The conference has combined to win the Super 8 Hockey Tournament 22 times since its inception in 1991. Catholic Memorial has won the tournament 13 times, Boston College High School has won 6 times, and Malden Catholic has won 5 times.[3]

Super 8 Championships

School Appearances Wins Losses Championships Years Won
Catholic Memorial School 17 61 15 13 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999,
1998, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991
Boston College High School 14 48 18 6 2019, 2018, 2007, 2006, 2002, 1996
Malden Catholic High School 8 29 6 5 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
St. John's Preparatory School 10 12 18 1 2015
Xaverian Brothers High School 2 3 4 0  

Rivalries[edit]

Rivalries
BC High Catholic Memorial
BC High Xaverian
Xaverian St. John's Prep
Xaverian Catholic Memorial
Catholic Memorial St. John's Prep
Malden Catholic St. John's Prep

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garven, Rich (September 21, 2020). "Right time arrives for St. John's move". Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "As applications drop, BC High School ponders its future - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  3. ^ "Super 8: Malden Catholic beats Austin Prep for its third straight title". Boston Globe. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2015-05-05.


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