Central Catholic Marianist High School

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Central Catholic High School
1403 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, (Bexar County), Texas 78215
United States
Coordinates29°26′12″N 98°29′7″W / 29.43667°N 98.48528°W / 29.43667; -98.48528Coordinates: 29°26′12″N 98°29′7″W / 29.43667°N 98.48528°W / 29.43667; -98.48528
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep
MottoMen of faith, men of letters, men of action
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Society of Mary (Marianists)
Patron saint(s)William Joseph Chaminade
Sister schoolProvidence High School
Area trusteeJohn J. Stephens
PresidentPaul Garro[1]
ChaplainDonald Cowie
Number of students601 (2016-2017)
Color(s)Navy Blue and White         
Fight song"Central Will Shine Tonight"
Athletics conferenceTAPPS Class 6A
RivalHoly Cross
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe Pep
YearbookThe Fang

Central Catholic High School, is a Catholic, all-male, non-boarding college preparatory school located in the River North District of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.


The school began as St. Mary's Institute on March 25, 1852 in rented rooms above a blacksmith's shop on Military Plaza.[3] The original faculty consisted of Brother Anthony Edel (Founder, First Superior, and First Principal) from Ohio, three Marianist Brothers from Bordeaux, France (Nicholas Koenig, Jean-Baptiste Laignounse, and Xavier Mauclerc), and Timothy O'Neil, a layman from San Antonio.

The school moved to a new 2-story building at 112 College Street March 1, 1853. In 1891, the school was renamed St. Mary's College, reflecting its expansion to include boarders and primary and middle school grades. In 1923, the school added boarding students from St. Louis College and was renamed St. Mary's Academy.[4] The site is now a hotel entryway, recognized by Texas Historical Marker #3819[5] as the location of Old St. Mary's College, or "The Old Academy."

In 1932, the school relocated to a new 3-story brick building on 2.2 acres (0.89 ha) at 1403 N. St. Mary's Street and was renamed once more to Central Catholic High School. The third floor was not occupied until 1953. Grade school classes were dropped in 1955. A Dr Pepper bottling plant occupied the northeast corner of the site until 1956. On December 6, 1982, the school was incorporated in the State of Texas as Central Catholic Marianist High School. Upon the assumption by Rev. Joseph Tarrillion, SM,[6] of the presidency, the school's name was changed back to Central Catholic High School. The school now occupies over 10 acres (4.0 ha) after purchase of surrounding properties.

Central Catholic is one of the oldest high schools in San Antonio, and it counts many prominent business and political leaders among its alumni. It was the first all-boys school in San Antonio and remains one of the largest all-male schools in Texas. Texas Historical Marker #788[5] on the school's front lawn describes the school's history and denotes it as a Texas landmark.


The Central Catholic mascot is the Buttons which are hard, round protrusions found anterior to the rattles of the rattle snake. The mascot pays tribute to St. Mary's University, of which the high school was originally a part of, whose mascot is the Rattler.


Central competes in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). For the 2008-2010 alignment, Central is in Division I District 2 for Winter Soccer and 11 Man Football and 6A District 2 in Baseball, Swimming, Track and Field, Golf, Tennis, and Basketball. Central competes in Cross Country in the TAPPS 6A division.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also Central Catholic Marianist High School alumni


  1. ^ Chris Gill. "Central Catholic - Board of Directors". cchs-satx.org.
  2. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ "- Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". tshaonline.org.
  4. ^ "- Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". tshaonline.org.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  6. ^ "After a lifetime of service, Rev. Joseph Tarrillion, S.M. '51 retires; named President Emeritus at Central Catholic High School" (PDF). November 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  8. ^ "About Rick Galindo". rickgalindo.com. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
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  11. ^ "Sonny Melendrez". IMDb.

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