Detroit Catholic Central High School
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|Detroit Catholic Central High School|
27225 Wixom Road
|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 White|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|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 in which it strives to prepare young men to become productive members of church and society.
The schools mascot, the Shamrock, 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.
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. The school 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.
- 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 (10 state titles: 1979, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2009)
- Golf (5 state titles: 2003, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Ice hockey (13 titles: 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- Lacrosse (1 state title: 2018)
- Soccer (1 state title: 2017)
- Swimming and diving
- Tennis (3 state titles: 1985, 1986, 2010)
- Track and field
- Wrestling (13 state titles: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1983, 1988, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
- 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 and Arkansas 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
- Jay Sebring (Thomas Kummer): hair stylist, murdered by Manson Family in 1969
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.
- "Yearly Champions - Baseball - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Yearly Champions - Boys Basketball - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Team Champions - Boys Bowling - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Team Champions - Boys Cross Country - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Yearly Champions - Football - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Team Champions - Boys Golf - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Team Champions - Boys Tennis - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Team Champions - Wrestling - MHSAA Sports". mhsaa.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- http://detnews.com/article/20101007/SPORTS05/10070356/Brother-Rice-Catholic-Central-rivalry-still-going-strong[dead link]
- "Who Was Jay Sebring?". Detroit Free Press. 18 November 2017.