Clearwater Central Catholic High School
|Clearwater Central Catholic High School|
|2750 Haines Bayshore Road
Clearwater, Florida 33760
(Latin: "Take Up and Read")
|Founder||Archbishop Joseph Hurley|
|Oversight||Diocese of St. Petersburg|
|Age||9th Grade to 12th Grade|
|Campus size||40 Acres|
|Color(s)||Red and Gold|
|Athletics||Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Weightlifting|
|Athletics conference||FHSAA, Class 3A|
|Rival||St. Petersburg Catholic, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Publication||Silent Epiphanies (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Central Voice|
|Affiliation||Sisters of Notre Dame|
|Admissions Director||Tara Shea McLaughlin|
|Athletic Director||John Gerdes|
|Campus Minister||Andrew Shannon|
Clearwater Central Catholic High School is a private college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 and located in Clearwater, Florida, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1962, the school enrolls approximately 500 students from the Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Central Catholic High School is an international IB World School.
The school was founded in February 1962 with the groundbreaking of its first building. CCC opened its doors in September 1963 with a seven-member staff and an enrollment of 96 students. In 1964, the first graduating class consisted of 26 students. The school has been awarded Blue Ribbon School of Excellence status.
CCC athletes and teams have won 325 District, Sectional and Regional Championships. Teams representing the school have participated in 92 Final Four’s with 21 state runner-up finishes and a total of 36 State Championships! Individual athletes have participated in FHSAA Championship events and have won 21 individual State Championships! When we look at team and individual appearances after winning District Championships, CCC’s athletic program has appeared 475 times in FHSAA Championship events. In the school years of 1999-2000 and 2003-2004 CCC received from the FHSAA the prestigious Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award recognizing schools that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship during the regular season and FHSAA Championships. The Athletic Program has been recognized by the St. Petersburg Times in 1996-1997 with the "All Sports Award" and by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Florida High School Activities Association in 1977-1978, 1978-1979, and 1979-1980 for having the "Most Successful Athletic Program in the State".
CCC has also had a rich heritage in College and Professional sports, turning out an MLB pitcher Ryan Webb, and two NFL starters Riley Cooper and Colin McCarthy.
- Riley Cooper (graduated 2006) – former starting Wide Receiver for the Florida Gators, was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently wears the number 14 jersey, unlike the number 11 jersey he wore while playing football at CCC and Florida.
- Paul Freedman (graduated 2009) - former starting Tight End for the Virginia Cavaliers. He started two seasons and lettered all four years for UVA. Wore number 88.
- Brooke Hogan (born 1988) – daughter of famous wrestler Hulk Hogan and an American pop singer and television personality who attended the school for half a year.
- Brooke Magnanti (graduated 1992) – scientist and writer of the Belle de Jour books.
- Colin McCarthy (graduated 2006) – former starting Middle Linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes where he wore the number 44 jersey. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
- Ryan Webb- (graduated 2004 – son of former MLB star Hank Webb and currently a free agent pitcher.
- A.J. Trump - (graduated 2004) - former starting center for the Miami Hurricanes Where he wore number 70. He started two seasons for the canes one at guard and one at center.
- Ryan Weber- (graduated 2008)- Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th round. He then attended St. Pete College and was drafted again by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round.
- "School History" page, CCCHS website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
- Institution Summary, SACS-CASI at AdvancED.org website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
- CCCHS page, IBO.org website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
- "Blue Ribbon Schools Program" Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. US Dept of Ed., CCCHS awarded 1988-89, p. 22. Accessed 2011-09-27.