Central Catholic High School (Toledo, Ohio)

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Central Catholic High School
"Dominus Dominantium"
"Lord of Lords"
2550 Cherry Street
Toledo, Ohio, (Lucas County), 43608
United States
Coordinates 41°40′24″N 83°32′36″W / 41.67333°N 83.54333°W / 41.67333; -83.54333Coordinates: 41°40′24″N 83°32′36″W / 41.67333°N 83.54333°W / 41.67333; -83.54333
Type Private, Co-educational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1919
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
President Thomas Maj
Principal Thomas Maj
Chaplain Father Matthew Rader
Teaching staff 85
Grades 9th-12th
Enrollment 700 [1]
Color(s) Scarlet and Gray          
Athletics 24 Varsity sports
Athletics conference Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Mascot Leprechaun
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Newspaper The Centric
Yearbook The Centripetal
Director of Operations Mike Boyle
Treasurer Margaret Eischen
Director of Technology James Kennedy

Central Catholic High School (CCHS), is a Catholic, co-educational, college prep secondary school in Toledo, Ohio. It is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo and is the largest Catholic high school in the area. CCHS was founded as Cathedral High School in 1919, with its name change in 1920. The school, which is located one mile northwest of Downtown Toledo, offers three possible degrees: standard, college prep, or honors. It has received two School of Excellence Awards[3] and the Drug Prevention Award.


Toledo Central Catholic High School evolved from the old St. Francis de Sales High School on Superior Street in 1914, to Cathedral High School on Collingwood in 1915, to the school we know today as Central Catholic High School in 1920. The idea of a centrally located Catholic high school was a new idea in the United States. Bishop Joseph Schrembs, parish priests, parents, and parishioners saw the advantage of having one large, centrally located high school rather than 25 small high schools scattered around the city. CCHS credits the visionary actions of these leaders in the founding of Central Catholic High School.

School Body[edit]

Central Catholic currently has an enrollment of 700 students. Central Catholic is blessed with great diversity. 72.11% of the students at CCHS are White, 24.14% are Black, 3.41% are Hispanic, 0.24% are Asian/Pacific Islander, and .08% are American Indian/Alaskan. There are 85 classroom teachers with a student-teacher ratio of 14.45.

International Baccalaureate Programme[edit]

Central Catholic was named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School on February 6, 2009. The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year, college preparatory programme for students aged 16 to 19.

Central Catholic is the first school in Northwest Ohio and the first Catholic school in the state of Ohio to become IB authorized. Central Catholic joined a group of less than 20 Catholic schools in the United States to purchase IB.

Central Catholic will be discontinuing their IB program in the 2013–2014 school year due to low enrollment in the program.

Kress Family Library[edit]

The Kress Family Library was dedicated in 1996 after a generous donation from the Kress family enabled CCHS to upgrade the facility. Tom and Lou Ann Kress are active benefactors. Tom is the president of the Central Catholic Foundation and is a past president of the CCHS board of directors. Lou Ann is a past president of the CCHS Mother’s Club; and a founder and president of Catholic High Schools Mothers United. All nine of their children attended CCHS.

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, the library features over 8,000 reference, fiction, and non-fiction circulating books, an automated library catalog, daily newspapers, a periodical collection and archives, video/DVD and CD collections, database access, A/V equipment and support, professional education print resources, 17 student computer workstations, and 30 laptop workstations.

The Kranz SPACE Room is located in the Library and is home to the Ambassador of Exploration Award given to Gene Kranz, CCHS Class of 1951 for service to NASA. This award includes a lunar sample brought to Earth from the Moon by the crew of Apollo 17.

Fine and performing arts[edit]

A special music major can be obtained. The requirements are successful completion of five music credits.

A special art major can be earned. The requirements are successful completion of four art credits.


In Athletics, Central Catholic's nickname is the Fighting Irish. Their colors are scarlet and gray.

They had been a member of the Toledo City League since 1928 and now have recently joined the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC). The biggest rivals for the Irish include fellow parochial schools St. John's Jesuit, St. Ursula Academy, Notre Dame Academy, and St. Francis de Sales.

Other rivalries include the Whitmer Panthers.

Gallagher Athletic Complex[edit]

This facility was blessed and dedicated at a ceremony on October 9, 1998. Charles and Diane (Bertling) Gallagher, 1956 and 1958 CCHS graduates, were presented a wooden replica of the bronze dedication plaque that is permanently placed in the Athletic Complex. The complex consists of a track, football and soccer field, and permanent seats for spectators. The Fighting Irish varsity football team played its first home game at the complex on September 25, 2004, coming away with a homecoming victory.

The stadium received a complete overhaul renovation in 2007. The new stadium includes permanent seating for 6,500 spectators and FieldTurf for its playing surface. Also included in the renovation was a state-of-the-art weight room, a home locker room equipped with 3 flat-screen TVs, coach's offices, and a team meeting room all located under the home side bleachers. It was constructed on the site of the existing complex and includes a full press box and a hospitality suite that accommodates 120 people. A 450-seat stadium club section with chair-back seats is located at midfield on the home side. Construction began in the spring of 2007 and was complete in time for the 2007 homecoming game.

Sullivan Center[edit]

The ground breaking for the Sullivan Center was in the spring of 1996. In the fall of 1997, the center was officially opened with a Mass led by Bishop Hoffman. The center holds 3,000 people, making it the largest high school field house in Northwest Ohio. The Sullivan Center includes a 3,000 seat capacity for convocation events, a 2,800 seat capacity for athletic events, one main court and two recreational cross courts, a 600-foot interior jogging track, four concession areas, six locker rooms, and a meeting room with a seating capacity for over 100 people. The Sullivan Center installed a new gym floor in the summer of 2009.

Mercy Field[edit]

Mercy Field is home to the Central Catholic High School baseball team, and it opened in the spring of 2012. 1982 Central Catholic graduate, Cleves Delp, donated $2.5 million to build Mercy Field. The stadium features an all-turf field with a clay mound and 12-foot outfield fence, and the field is lighted for night games. It has bleacher seating for 440, dugouts, a two-mound bullpen on each side, a 10-inning scoreboard, a press box with radio and TV booth, and an owner’s viewing suite. The structure also includes a concession stand, locker room, player’s study room, coach’s office, and indoor hitting room.

Mercy Field was named the Midwest Field of the Year by the National High School Baseball Association.[4]

Lourdes University, a NAIA Division II program, also takes advantage of Central Catholic's facility, using it for their home games.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Central Catholic has won seven (7) state championships.

  • Football: 2014, 2012, 2005, 1962
  • Golf: 1929
  • Track & Field (Boys): 1997
  • Volleyball: 2007

Central Catholic State Tournament Appearances:

  • Baseball: 1982
  • Basketball (Boys): 2011, 1952, 1949 (Finalist), 1942 (Finalist), 1934
  • Basketball (Girls): 2008, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1987, 1977
  • Cross Country (Boys): 2009, 2008, 2003, 1997
  • Cross Country (Girls): 2015, 1995
  • Football (Playoff Appearances): 2014 (Champion), 2013, 2012 (Champion), 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 (Champion), 2004, 2002, 2001, 1987, 1985, 1977 (Semi-Finalist)
  • Hockey: 1980 (Finalist)
  • Track & Field (Boys): 1997 (Champion)
  • Volleyball: 2007 (Champion), 1995, 1977
  • Wrestling: (top 10 finishes) 2015-2nd, 2014-3rd, 2010-4th, 2009-4th, 1971-6th, 1965-3rd
  • Wrestling Team Dual State Meet: 2015- 2nd, 2014- 4th, 2013- 4th

The Irish Knight[edit]

The Irish Knight is awarded to the winner of the Central Catholic High School and St. Francis de Sales High School football game. The winning school receives and hosts the Irish Knight trophy in their school, along with bragging rights. CCHS has won the last 12 contests, including a 49-0 victory in 2015. The Irish Knight series is now tied 28-28-1. There has only been one overtime game, which occurred in 2003.

Notable alumni[edit]


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