Father Lopez Catholic High School

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Father Lopez Catholic High School
3918 LPGA Boulevard
Daytona Beach, (Volusia County), Florida 32124
United States
Coordinates 29°10′25″N 81°7′11″W / 29.17361°N 81.11972°W / 29.17361; -81.11972Coordinates: 29°10′25″N 81°7′11″W / 29.17361°N 81.11972°W / 29.17361; -81.11972
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
President Pat LaMort
Dean Melissa Knepshield
Principal Leigh Swajko
Grades 912
Enrollment 413 (2013)
Color(s) Green and White         
Mascot Green Wave
Team name Green Wave
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Father Lopez Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando. 413 students are enrolled.


Father Lopez Catholic High School was established in 1959 to meet the growing need for a central Catholic high school in the Daytona area. The school replaced several parish schools, including St. Paul Parish School, which was established in 1924 as the first Catholic high school in the area.[2] It was built by the Diocese of St. Augustine at 960 Madison Avenue. The school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[3]

In 1968 the school was transferred to the administration of the Diocese of Orlando.[3]

In 2001 the school paid $1.17 million for 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land and two buildings as the first step in a planned $3 million expansion and renovation project.[3]

In 2004 Bishop Thomas Wenski signed a $2 million-plus agreement for the Orlando Diocese to buy 80 acres (32 ha) on LPGA Boulevard for a replacement campus. The Diocese sold the approximately 15 acres (6.1 ha) old campus to help pay for the new school.[3]

In 2005 Wenski supplied $1.5 million of diocesan funds for the new school. The school raised $10 million.[3]

A new school was constructed in 2008 in Daytona, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from its previous location. The campus will have a tennis courts in the next 10 years. Currently, it has a main football field with a new track, a new baseball field, a new softball field and practice fields.[4]

Student body[edit]

The enrollment for 2012-2013 is about 413 students. Senior class is about 95 students. Nine Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered. 68.4% passed AP courses in 2010; Florida average was 42.9%. Class of 2009 mean SAT score was 1549; average Florida score was 1475. ACT composite mean score was 21.9; Florida mean score was 19.5. 64% of the class of 2009 enrolled in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.[5]


The campus, new in 2008, cost $30 million.[4] The 100 seat chapel was constructed in the Spanish style. The stadium seats 1200.

There is a double gym that holds 740 people. There are over 24 computers for public use, 24 computers for classes, and a television production room with a screen and news casting equipment. The cafeteria-auditorium holds 740 with a "murphy bed" fold up stage. The area also doubles as a dance studio. An "in-house" chef caters continuous events.


The school fields 32 teams playing 13 sports.[5]


The girls' varsity basketball team were State champs in 2005 and 2013.[6] The boys' varsity cross country team were State champs in 2015.[citation needed]


The National Catholic Educational Association recognized the school board as "outstanding" in 2008, the only board to be so recognized.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ FLCHS. "School History & Philosophy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e [1]
  4. ^ a b Father Lopez. Florida Catholic. July 18–31, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Kurth, Robyn (August 6–19, 2010). "New administration to give Father Lopez High School room to grow". BOrlando, Florida: florida Catholic. pp. A16. 
  6. ^ "Records". FHSAA. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ staff (April 11–17, 2008). Father Lopez High School and Diocese of Orlando school boards receive national recognition. Florida Catholic. 

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