Cretin-Derham Hall High School

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Cretin-Derham Hall High School
550 South Albert Street

Coordinates44°55′30″N 93°09′29″W / 44.925°N 93.158°W / 44.925; -93.158Coordinates: 44°55′30″N 93°09′29″W / 44.925°N 93.158°W / 44.925; -93.158
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1871 - Cretin High School
1905 - Derham Hall
Opened1987 (merger)
FounderChristian Brothers
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
OversightArchdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
PresidentFrank Miley [1]:12
PrincipalMona Passman[1]:12
Enrollmentapprox. 1,130 (2016)
Average class size22
Student to teacher ratio15:1
Campus typeResidential Urban
Color(s)Purple and Gold          
SongC-DH Alma Mater
Athletics conferenceSuburban East
Team nameRaiders
RivalSaint Thomas Academy
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe Chronicle
School fees$175 technology
Tuition$12,550 [3]
Feeder schoolsNativity of Our Lord,
Holy Spirit,
Highland Catholic,
St. Joseph's
of West St. Paul
Saint Paul is located in the United States
Saint Paul
Saint Paul
Location in the United States
Saint Paul  is located in Minnesota
Saint Paul 
Saint Paul 
Location in Minnesota

Cretin-Derham Hall High School (CDH) is a private, co-educational Catholic high school in Saint Paul, Minnesota operated by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. It is co-sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Cretin High School was named for Joseph Crétin, the first Catholic bishop of Saint Paul, while Derham Hall High School was named for Hugh Derham, a Minnesotan farmer who donated money to start an all-female Catholic boarding school.


The original Derham Hall on the campus of St. Catherine University

The present-day Cretin-Derham Hall is the result of a merger between Cretin High School and Derham Hall in 1987. Cretin was founded 149 years ago in 1871 as a secondary school for boys by the Christian Brothers. In the late 1800s, the school incorporated a mandatory program of instruction grounded in the tradition of a military institute, which makes it one of the oldest such programs in the United States. Instruction included lessons in leadership, close-order drill and ceremonies, and numerous other strictly non-combat-related instruction designed to instill a sense of discipline and order in all aspects of student life. The National Defense Act of 1916 created the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a more formalized program of instruction with national oversight for training standards and a provision for active duty and retired soldiers and officers as instructors. Cretin's "military program" became one of the very first Junior ROTC (JROTC) programs in the country, and participation remained mandatory for all students until the early 1980s, when it became voluntary.[4][5]

Derham Hall was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905 as a college preparatory school for girls and was originally located on the campus of St. Catherine University (then the College of St. Catherine) in the original building, Derham Hall.[6] In 1987, the two merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall, a co-educational institution. The original building on the St. Catherine campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Cretin-Derham Hall is part of the Suburban East Conference[8] in the Minnesota State High School League. Prior to joining the Suburban East Conference, Cretin-Derham Hall played in the Saint Paul City Conference for twenty six years. The Raiders won their second state championship in football in 2009 with a 16–5 win over Eden Prairie in the title game.

State Championships[edit]

State Championships
Season Sport Number Year(s)
Fall Cross Country, Boys 1 1975
Football 2 1999, 2009
Winter Hockey, Boys 1 2006
Basketball, Girls 1 1999
Basketball, Boys 3 1991, 1993, 2018
Spring Baseball 11 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989,
1990, 1992, 1996, 1997,
1998, 2001, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Boys[9] 3 2004, 2007, 2010
Ultimate Frisbee, Girls[9] 4 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Total 24


Cretin-Derham Hall additionally has a theater program both in terms of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The Cretin-Derham Hall theater department has achieved first place in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition although the school no longer participates.[10]

In the summer of 2005 the theater department was one of about 20 schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. This invitation was "based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations."[11]

The spring musical of 2009, Crazy for You, won an Outstanding awards for Overall Production of a Musical, Performance by a Chorus Ensemble, Performance by a Dance Ensemble, and two for Performances in a Leading Role from Spotlight Musical Theatre Awards. In addition, three Honorable Mentions were given to Performance in a Lead Role, Performance in a Supporting Role, and Performance in a Featured Role.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

Cretin High School, Derham Hall, and Cretin-Derham Hall High School have been attended by several persons of note in its history, including:


  1. ^ a b "2016-2017 Cretin-Derham Hall Student Handbook" (PDF). Cretin-Derham Hall. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ "CDH Quick Facts". Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  4. ^ Cretin High School Year Books. Cretin-Derham Hall School Grounds.
  5. ^ "United States Army Junior ROTC". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  6. ^ Derham Hall Archived 2010-06-15 at the Wayback Machine, St. Catherine University Library, Accessed August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  8. ^ "Suburban East Conference". Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ a b Not an official Minnesota State High School League sport
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2006-08-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Welcome to Cretin-Derham Hall".
  13. ^ NFL Players, Matt Birk Bio
  14. ^ "Iowa Archbishop Retires". The New York Times. 1 September 1983. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Archdiocese of Dubuque: History". Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  16. ^ Rathbun, Andy (5 April 2009). "Obituary / Thomas Byrne, 85, a former mayor of St. Paul, worked for a human rights ordinance, the return of St. Pat's parade". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Ian Anthony Dale '96".
  18. ^ "St. Paul native Ian Anthony Dale gets advice from cop brother for TNT show". St. Paul Pioneer Press. July 5, 2014.
  19. ^ "Bob Sansevere on and on with Jake Esch". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  20. ^ Minnesota Public Radio, Joe Mauer Bio
  21. ^ a b c USA Today, Sports Players from Cretin-Derham Hall, June 28, 2001
  22. ^ American Catholic History Research Center Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Astronaut Bio: H. Stefanyshyn-Piper (2/2009)".

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