East Catholic High School
|East Catholic High School|
|115 New State Road
Manchester, Connecticut, (Hartford County) 06042
|Type||Private, Coeducational, Roman Catholic|
|Motto||Quodcumque Dixerit Vobis Facite
(Do whatever He tells you)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Archdiocese of Hartford, Fr. Shaw first principal|
|School district||Archdiocese of Hartford|
|Superintendent||Dr. Dale R. Hoyt|
|Principal||Mr. Jason Hartling|
|Chaplain||Fr. Andy Tuan|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Song||East Catholic Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)|
|Rival||Northwest Catholic High School, Cheney Tech|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Athletic Director||Tom Malin|
East Catholic High School is a Catholic, college preparatory high school located in Manchester, Connecticut and part of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The parochial school was founded in 1961 and is inspired by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. East Catholic is the only school in the Archdiocese of Hartford that has had the continued presence of its founding order throughout its history. During the 2011–2012 school year, East has 690 students in grades 9–12, with 47 teachers. Students are representatives of 36 towns and cities in the Greater Hartford/Springfield area as well as northeastern Connecticut. In athletics, it competes in the Central Connecticut Conference.
According to the school website, East Catholic's mission statement reads as follows:
East Catholic High School is a regional college-preparatory school of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Building on Catholic tradition and teaching, and inspired by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we educate young men and women according to the Gospel and the life of Jesus Christ. We seek to develop the whole person and to prepare students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens with a strong moral foundation, an appreciation for diversity, and a dedication to service, justice, and peace.
Awards and recognition
During the 1988–89 school year, East Catholic High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive from the United States Department of Education.
East Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and the State of Connecticut and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
In 2014, the Archdiocese recognized 23 students from its high schools as Summa Scholars. The Summa Scholar Award provides an opportunity for Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dale R. Hoyt, to personally recognize students from Northwest Catholic, Saint Paul Catholic, Sacred Heart, and East Catholic High Schools who have achieved academic excellence, as well as the Catholic school teachers they identify as having been most influential to their success. In the past, to qualify for a Summa Scholar honor, a student must have, at minimum, an overall 4.3 grade point average, or a 98% average for grades 9 through the first two quarters of grade 12. 15 of the 23 students recognized in 2014 were students from East Catholic High School. In the 2015 school year, the requirements for Summa Scholar's were changed to encourage more equal representation from the diocesan schools and so now the top ten students in the senior class are collectively recognized as Summa Scholars.
 Over its history, East Catholic has been led by eight different principals.
Rev. Charles Shaw, Founding Principal (1961–1970) (deceased in 2011)
Rev. Robert Saunders, Principal (1970–1981) (deceased in 1997)
Rev. William Charbonneau '65, Principal (1981–1986) - President (1987–1996) (deceased in 2010)
Peg Siegmund, Principal and Chief Administrator (1986–2005)
Sr. Bette Gould, SSJ, Interim Principal (2005–2006) (deceased in 2015)
Christian J. Cashman, Principal & Chief Administrator (2006–2010)
Dr. Karen Juliano, Ed.D., Interim Principal (2010–2011)
Jason S. Hartling, Principal & Chief Administrator (July 1, 2011 to present)
The Fine Arts Department at East Catholic is led by department chair and band conductor Mr. David Brudz. The department offers 7 instrumental groups (Concert Band, the competing Jazz East Big Band, String Orchestra, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Jazz Combo, and Stage Band) as well as 7 choral groups (Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Liturgical Choir, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, and the East Catholic Choral Ensemble known as ECCE).
In addition to music, 10 art classes are offered through the Fine Arts department including AP Studio Art: 2-D Design and Drawing Portfolio.
Stage East, the acting and theatre department within the Fine Arts Department is well regarded in the community and has puts on two shows a year: a drama in the fall and a musical in the spring. The 2014-2015 school year included performances of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in the fall and "Anything Goes" in the spring. Starting off the beginning of the 'Stage East' 2015-2016 performing season, the house opened on October 23 and 24 for the Greek tragedy "Antigone".
A full year in review for the East Catholic music department can be found on this link.
Athletic Director and Varsity Soccer Coach Tom Malin led the Boy's Soccer team to his 300th career win against Middletown on October 17, 2007. In 2011, now-retired baseball coach Jim Penders won his 600th career victory in a state semifinal game against Wamogo High. The current track and field coach at East Catholic, Bill Baron, was named National Track Coach of the Year in 1988 while coaching at East Hartford High School and celebrated his 50th year of coaching during the 2015 season.
East Catholic has 49 athletic teams in that compete in 26 sports.
Baseball — V, JV, Freshman
Boys Basketball – V, JV, Freshman
Girls Basketball — V, JV, Freshman
Cheerleading – V
Boys Cross Country — V, JV
Girls Cross Country – V, JV
Girls Field Hockey - V
Football — V, JV, Freshman
Boys Golf – V, JV
Girls Golf — V, JV
Boys Indoor Track – V, JV
Girls Indoor Track — V, JV
Boys Ice Hockey — V, JV
Girls Ice Hockey - V
Boys Lacrosse – V, JV
Girls Lacrosse — V, JV, Freshman
Boys Outdoor Track — V, JV
Girls Outdoor Track – V, JV
Boys Soccer — V, JV, Freshman
Girls Soccer – V, JV, Freshman
Girls Softball – V, JV
Boys Swimming & Diving – V
Girls Swimming & Diving — V
Boys Tennis – V
Girls Tennis — V
Girls Volleyball – V, JV, Freshman
Wrestling – V, JV
Since 1961, East Catholic has won 56 state championships.
East Catholic has made a recent push to expand their presence on social media. Links to East Catholic's social media pages can be found below:
- Michael Donnelly - veteran
- Kim Zolciak - reality television star and recording artist
- Mary Cadorette - dancer and television star who played Vicky on Three's a Crowd, a spin-off of Three's Company
- Ralph Brancaccio - artist
- NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "History". East Catholic High School. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "Mission, Philosophy, and History - East Catholic High School". www.echs.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 through 1999–2002 Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006
- CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
- "Students Honored with Superintendent's Summa Scholar Award". East Catholic High School. May 15, 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "History". East Catholic High School.
- "Excel Fine Arts - East Catholic High School". www.echs.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Staff. "Malin earns 300th career victory at EC", Journal Inquirer, October 18, 2007. Accessed October 22, 2007. "East Catholic High boys soccer coach Tom Malin, however, won his 300th career game on Wednesday, a 2–1 Northwest Conference decision over Middletown."
- "Coach Jim Penders Honored for 600th Win". East Catholic High School. November 29, 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Courant, Hartford. "Fifty Years Of Teaching, Learning For East Catholic's Baron". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- News, Reminder. "East Catholic High School Stays Connected Through Social Media". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Maypr, Alison (July 15, 2015). "East Catholic High School Releases Comical Video Announcing New Social Media Platform". Manchester Patch. Retrieved October 5, 2015.