Charlotte Catholic High School

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Charlotte Catholic High School
Charlotte Catholic High School logotype.png
7702 Pineville Matthews Road
Charlotte, North Carolina, (Mecklenburg County), 28226
United States
Coordinates 35°5′18″N 80°51′0″W / 35.08833°N 80.85000°W / 35.08833; -80.85000Coordinates: 35°5′18″N 80°51′0″W / 35.08833°N 80.85000°W / 35.08833; -80.85000
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1955
School board MACS
Superintendent Dr. Janice T. Ritter
Principal Kurt Telford
Asst. Principal Steve Carpenter
Angela Montague
Chaplain Fr. Matthew Kauth and Fr. Jason Barone
Grades 912
Average class size approximately 350
Education system MACS(Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools)
Language English
Hours in school day 7 hours
Color(s) Columbia Blue, White and Red             
Slogan "The Soul of Education is Education of the Soul"
Fight song Notre Dame Fight Song
Athletics conference NCHSAA Division 4A
Sports Football, Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball,Lacrosse
Mascot Cougar
Nickname Catholic
Team name Cougars
Rival Charlotte Country Day School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
National ranking 1
Newspaper The Chronicle
Tuition Tuition for Non-Participating Catholics & Non-Catholics $13,348 - Discounted Tuition for Participating Catholics $9,366
Affiliation Paramus Catholic High School
Dean of Students Randy Belk
Stadium Keffer Stadium (Jim Oddo Field)
Athletic Director Kevin Christmas
Director of Bands Timothy W. Cook
Alma Mater Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Charlotte Catholic is a diocesan high school in Charlotte, North Carolina founded in 1955. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is located in the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.


The school's mascot is the cougar. Charlotte Catholic's school colors are red, white, and Columbia blue. CCHS has 31 teams competing in 14 different sports as members of the Southern Meck 8 Conference. It had previously been in the 2A conference until 2006 and 3A until 2013. Charlotte Catholic is one of only three non-public school members of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Notable coaches include Jim Oddo and Kenneth Hazen, each boasting long, fruitful careers leading the football team and tennis teams to many victories and state championships over the past 30 years.

The women's swim team has won thirteen consecutive state championships (2001–2013) and the men's team won their first championship in 2005. Charlotte Catholic's women's swim team is regarded as one of the most dominant and best high school sports teams in the country. The Men won the 2008 state title as well. In 2006, the school was advanced to the 3A division and the school won both the men's and women's state swimming championships (2006). In 2005, the Cougars won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Division 3AA Football State Championship, after winning the 2AA Title in 2004. Catholic had a 32-0 record from 2004 to 2005 in football. The Cougars also won the 2A Football State Championship in 1977. They also won the Division II 2A Football State Championships in 1981 and 1984. The girls tennis team has won recent state championships with the last coming in 2012.

In 2004–2005 the following teams qualified for the state playoffs: Men's and Women's Track, Volleyball, Football, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Men's Golf, and Lacrosse. Also in the 2004–2005 school year, there were 14 conference champions, 12 state team champion and three state individual champions. The successes of the athletic program led to the seventh consecutive year that CCHS was awarded the Wachovia Cup for overall athletic excellence. In 2005, Catholic also joined the Queen City 3A-4A Conference as a 3A team. In 2013, THE Charlotte Catholic High School moved to 4A as a member of the SoMeck 8 Conference.

Starting with the school year of 2013-2014, Charlotte Catholic will be moving up to 4A and join a new conference.

On May 15, 2010, the Charlotte Catholic Women's Lacrosse team became the first North Carolina Women's Lacrosse state champions in history.

Charlotte Catholic's Rugby team in 2010 had a "perfect regular season and won all three of its matches at USA Rugby South High School Championships advancing to the National championships". In 2011 Charlotte Catholic again competed in the National Championships finishing in 4th place. This year, Charlotte Catholic wil again be traveling to South Bend, Indiana for another chance at the National Title. The rugby team has won five straight state championships.[2]

The 2008 and 2009 Men's Lacrosse won state championships and had a perfect season in 2008.[citation needed]

Fine arts[edit]

The school puts on two major theatrical productions per year: a fall drama and a spring musical produced by the drama department directed by Marcus "The Spider" Riter. The shows are produced on the stage within the gymnasium. There are also 2 major productions done per year by the chorus and honors chorus directed by Dottie Tippet. The final production usually has a set of songs done by the graduating seniors of both classes.

The Marching, Concert, and Symphonic Bands are led by Timothy W. Cook, while the percussion sections of symphonic band and marching band are under the direction of Patrick McGinty. The bands have won and placed in many competitions over the past several years, including first place in their division in the 2009 Providence Cup marching band competition under the direction of Mr. Ken Rudd. They have also won 1st place Marching, 1st place Concert Band, and 1st place Grand Champion in Orlando's Universal Studios. This is the first time in Charlotte Catholic's history for the band to receive Superior in grade 6 music. Previous marching band shows include The Blueprint and An American Tribute which was written around the first annual Patriotism Bowl. In 2013 the Marching Band performed Pay it Forward. Past Band Directors include Ken Rudd, Joshua Potter, and Ryan "The Great" W. Tinker. In 2014, the Charlotte Catholic Marching Band performed "A Day in Dublin" with music from the piece "Irish" by Tim Hinton. The band won two awards performing at the Butler Festival of Bands and will be traveling to Ireland to perform the show. In Ireland the Band won Overall Best International Band in a Parade in Limerick and Overall Best Band in Dublin. The Band Preformed Little Red Riding Hood as their show in 2015.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Charlotte catholic rugby grabs national stature. (2010, June 16). Retrieved from[dead link]

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