Detroit Catholic Central High School
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|Detroit Catholic Central High School|
|27225 Wixom Road
Novi, Michigan, (Oakland County) 48374
|Motto||Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
Congregation of St. Basil
|Patron saint(s)||Mary, Alma Mater (The Blessed Mother)|
|Principal||Dennis P. Noelke|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Peerless White|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Rival||Birmingham Brother Rice High School|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Detroit Catholic Central High School, commonly known as Catholic Central (CC), is a private, Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school in Novi, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1928 in Detroit, Michigan by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the school is operated by the Congregation of St. Basil.
The school was originally located on Harper Avenue in Detroit with an enrollment of 280 students; the school has made several moves in its history and now has an enrollment of over 1,000 students at its 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus in Novi.
"Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge" is the motto of the school. which strives to prepare young men to become productive members of church and society.
The school nickname, "Shamrocks", represents the three persons of the Trinity, as shamrocks have three clovers. The school colors, royal blue and white, are the colors of the school's patron and alma mater – the Virgin Mary. Red is sometimes used as a secondary color in athletic team uniforms.
Detroit Catholic Central was founded in 1928 in Detroit and was originally located on Harper Avenue, at the site of Holy Rosary Church. In 1934, control of Catholic Central was assumed by the Basilian Fathers and the school moved to 60 Belmont Street, just north of the Woodward Avenue site of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school's enrollment continued rising, so the Basilians purchased a 17-acre (69,000 m2) tract of land on the corner of Hubbell and West Outer Drive. Though the planned construction was not complete until 1961, Catholic Central moved into 6565 West Outer Drive (a site that would later be occupied by the Detroit Public Schools' Renaissance High School and is presently occupied by the Foreign Language Immersion School) in 1951.
The Belmont Street location later housed the similarly named Detroit Cathedral High School, staffed by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, from 1954 until 1970, when the building closed as a high school for good (it was later used as a satellite campus for Wayne County Community College). The building was raised during the remodel of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
Detroit Catholic Central would remain on West Outer Drive until 1978, when it moved out of the city of Detroit. CC utilized a former middle school in Redford (George C. Marshall Junior High) that became available when the South Redford School District consolidated its two junior highs into one school. Although this was only intended to be a temporary move, Catholic Central remained in Redford at 14200 Breakfast Drive for another 27 years. In July 2005, the school relocated to 27225 Donoher Drive, at the far northwest corner of the city of Novi, near Wixom.
The current campus, built for $30 million, opened in August 2005. At the time it had 920 students.
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The new campus, opened in August 2005, sits on 60 acres (240,000 m2) of wooded land in the suburban city of Novi. The land and most of the funding for construction was donated by friends and alumni of the school. It was named for alumnus Patrick M. Nesbitt. Facilities include a 350-person capacity chapel, a laboratory for each scientific discipline, five computer labs, art and music studios, computer connectivity in every room, a fitness center, two gymnasiums, an indoor track, eight tennis courts, two baseball fields, and a 4,500 seat athletic stadium with Field Turf and an outdoor track. The Catholic Central Library Media Center is the school's curriculum support hub. The library contains multimedia information and over 14,000 books. The collection is accessed, searched, and circulated via the automated catalog.
Five full computer labs are available for curricular use. Additional computers are available in the Media Center, science labs, the yearbook and newspaper centers, and the art and music suites. Every student is provided with his own user name and e-mail account.
- The school newspaper is The Spectrum, which is a member of the High School National Ad Network.
- There are currently four bands at Catholic Central (see more about the bands below).
- The Quiz Bowl team has won multiple State Championships and three National Championships and is the reigning state champion since 2011. The DCC team was ranked 1st in the nation  oing into the national competitions at the end of the 2016 season, and won the 2015 PACE National Scholastic Championship.
- Other activities: Bowling League, Chess Club, Cinema Club, Computer Club, Drama/Improvisation Club, French Club, Intramural Sports Program, Mathematics Club, Monogram Club, Archery Club, Science Club, Student Council, Yearbook, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Shamrock Voice (a political debate club) and Spanish Club
- Past activities: Catholic Central's Debate Team (listed as D.C.C.) was successful and consistently ranked in state competitions, most recently placing second overall in 2007. The Debate Club is no longer active, after being shut down mid-season in 2008.
Sports (58 state titles):
- Baseball (3 state titles: 1979, 1987, and 1999)
- Basketball (2 state titles: 1961 and 1976)
- Bowling (1 state title: 2010)
- Cross country (6 state titles: 1983, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2009 and 2010)
- Football (11 state titles: 1938, 1979, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2009)
- Golf (4 state titles: 2003, 2010, 2015, 2016)
- Ice hockey (MHSAA: Division 1; 17 Class A State Championship Titles: 1959, 1961, 1968, 1974, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016)
- Swimming and diving
- Tennis (3 state titles: 1985, 1986, 2010)
- Track and field
- Wrestling (11 state titles: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1983, 1988, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014)
Catholic Central won six state titles in the 2009–2010 school year. This tied the previous national record for most state championships won by a school in a single year.
The hockey team maintains a rivalry with Trenton High School. The two teams have played every year, and will continue playing once Trenton becomes a member of the MIHL. In 2010, Fox Sports and "Replay Fuled by Gatorade" chose to showcase the CC-Trenton rivalry by continuing a game from the 1998–99 season which prematurely ended after a player was seriously injured on the ice when the game was tied 4–4.
There are five full-year bands at CC, in addition to two part-year bands. The full-year bands are Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra, while the part-year bands are Marching Band and Full Orchestra.
The bands travel every other year to perform in overseas events. In the past, they have performed in London, Hawaii, and Paris. It currently considers Rome and Sydney in addition to London, Hawaii, and Paris. The Shamrock Band was invited to and performed in the New Year's Day Parade in London, England on January 1, 2011.
- Beginning Band
Beginning Band is for those first starting an instrument and is strictly designed for members to improve their playing abilities. Beginning Band does not take part in Michigan Solo and Ensemble Festival nor play at any games or events.
- Concert Band
Concert Band is mostly for freshmen who have played their instrument for at least six months. Concert Band is required for all freshmen who do not audition for Symphonic Band, though it is optional for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Concert Band performs in the Michigan High School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festivals. Each member is required to take part in the Michigan Solo and Ensemble Festival, the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and take part in Marching Band during the football season.
- Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band mostly consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Symphonic Band is optional without audition for all bandsmen who have played with the band for at least a year. The CC Symphonic Band has a record of consistently receiving perfect "I" ratings at the MSBOA festival. Each member is required to take part in the Michigan Solo and Ensemble Festival. The Symphonic Band performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and takes part in Marching Band during football season.
- Jazz Band
Jazz band is open to any student in the band program at Catholic Central. Jazz band does not perform at the MSBOA band festival, though it does take part in the Christmas and Spring Concerts every year. Students wishing to join the jazz band must audition for the band director. The spaces are limited, so there are only a few students accepted. The students also perform at various school events such as alumni gatherings, the CC Family Fest, and Night On The Town (a band benefit dinner-dance).
Orchestra, a relatively new addition (created in the 2007–08 school year), is open to all string instruments. They do not take part in Marching Band. The orchestra plays at the Spring and Christmas Concert, the MSBOA band festival, and performs individually at the Michigan Solo and Ensemble festival.
- Full Orchestra
Full Orchestra, also new to CC, consists of the Orchestra, in addition to a select few Symphonic Band musicians. They do not perform at the MSBOA band festival, though they do play at the Christmas and Spring Concerts every year.
- Marching Band
The Concert Band and Symphonic Band combine as a marching band to play at all home football games, Boys' Bowl, and Prep Bowl. Also, a smaller pep band is sent to support the football team at away games as well as selective games in other sports.
Catholic Central has two fight songs: the "School Song", played at key points during sporting events and written by Father Ned Donoher, and the "Spirit Song", played after touchdowns at varsity football games. The spirit song's tune may be familiar to those from Texas as the "Aggie War Hymn" of Texas A&M University.
Familiar formations to the Marching Band are "Block Formation", in which the band is arranged in a block for marching forward normally, and "The Double 'C's", in which the band is arranged into two interlocked "C"s, a school symbol.
In addition to the Marching Band, the CC drum line performs a drum feature each year, revealed at the annual Boy's Bowl assembly.
Boys' Bowl is a traditional, yearly football game which serves as the school's homecoming.
The Drive is a fundraiser for the school and is by far the biggest event of the year. It lasts one week in February. Each student is given tickets to sell, and based on how many tickets are sold (or how much money is brought in), the administration will give days off of school. There are also prizes to be won such as a fish-finder, plasma screen TV, mini-fridge and much more. On each day of the Drive (which are all half days), there is a drawing. If the student's name is drawn, he is given back all of the money that he's brought in (as long as it's over a certain amount).
- Vince Banonis '38, All-American football player at University of Detroit, All-NFL player with the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
- Bill Wightkin mid-40s, Chicago Bears lineman
- John McHale '39, former baseball general manager (Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Braves, Montreal Expos) and MLB player (Detroit Tigers)
- Art Houtteman '45, former MLB player (Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles)
- Thomas E. Brennan '47, former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and founder of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School
- James L. Ryan '51, senior judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Al Moran '57, former MLB shortstop (New York Mets)
- Greg Marx '68, former NFL football player (Atlanta Falcons)
- Frank Tanana '71, former MLB pitcher (California Angels, Detroit Tigers)
- Tom LaGarde '73, member of the 1976 US Olympic Gold Medal Basketball team and former NBA player (Denver Nuggets, Seattle SuperSonics)
- Bryan Gruley '75, author and Chicago Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal
- Phil Parsons '75, retired NASCAR driver
- Sean Cox '75, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Mike Duggan '76, Mayor of Detroit
- Bernard White '77, actor, screenwriter and film director
- Kevin O'Connor '79, co-founder of online advertising company DoubleClick
- Mike Cox '80, former Michigan Attorney General (R)
- Andy Dillon '80, Michigan Treasurer, former Michigan Speaker of the House (D)
- Chris Sabo '80, former MLB third baseman (Cincinnati Reds)
- Stan Heath '83, University of South Florida men's basketball head coach
- Thaddeus McCotter '83, former United States Congressman (R-MI)
- Mark Messner '84, University of Michigan and former NFL player (Los Angeles Rams)
- Steve Campbell '88, former ATP Tennis player
- Vasik Rajlich '89, International Master in chess and developer of Rybka
- Kerry Zavagnin '92, former MLS and US National Team soccer player
- Doug Brzezinski '94, Boston College and NFL player (Carolina Panthers)
- David Moss '00, NHL forward (Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes)
- Charlie Haeger '01, former MLB pitcher (Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Alex Shelley '01, professional wrestler
- Mike Martin '08, University of Michigan and NFL player (Tennessee Titans)
- Joshua Gatt '10, winger/fullback for Tippeligaen soccer team, Molde FK
- James Finn Garner, satirist and author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
- Terry Malone, tight ends coach for New Orleans Saints and former offensive coordinator for Michigan Wolverines
Notes and references
- "AdvancED - Institution Summary". advanc-ed.org. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
- "High school's new home rates 'Wow!'." The Detroit News. August 24, 2005. ID det22236488. Retrieved on October 28, 2013.
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