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Holy Cross of San Antonio

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Holy Cross of San Antonio
426 North San Felipe Avenue
Loma Vista
San Antonio, Texas, (Bexar County) 78228
United States
Coordinates 29°26′26″N 98°33′25″W / 29.44056°N 98.55694°W / 29.44056; -98.55694Coordinates: 29°26′26″N 98°33′25″W / 29.44056°N 98.55694°W / 29.44056; -98.55694
Type Private, College-prep
Motto Spes Unica
(Only Hope)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Denomination Congregation of Holy Cross
Patron saint(s) Saint André Bessette, CSC
Established 1957
Area trustee Bro. Stanley Culotta, C.S.C.
Principal Rene Escobedo
Chaplain Bro. Michael Winslow, C.S.C.
Grades 612
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 400 (2016-2017)
Campus Inner City
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Fight song "Holy Cross Victory March"
Athletics conference TAPPS Class 5A
Mascot Knights
Nickname Cross
Rival San Antonio Christian School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Bard
Yearbook The Tradition
Academic Dean John Gutierrez
Dean of Men Angel Cedillo
Dean of Development Richard Vasquez
Dean of Women Molly Calderon
Athletic Director Mike Harrison

Holy Cross of San Antonio, is a Catholic, Coeducational, college preparatory school located in the Loma Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, on the West side of the city, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.


Holy Cross was opened in 1957 by the Brothers of Holy Cross as the only Catholic, college preparatory, school primarily serving students of the West and South Sides of the city. Today, Holy Cross serves students from all over the city and remains one of four Catholic, Coeducational, College preparatory schools serving students through the 12th grade.


During the 1983-1984 school year Holy Cross was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.[citation needed]

Holy Cross offers comprehensive Middle and High School catalogs including the Holy Cross STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program.


Holy Cross is a member of TAPPS and participates in the 5A classification, the second largest in the league. Holy Cross has won, or has been a finalist for, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) previously known as (TCIL) championship title in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Boys' Baseball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Boys' Cross Country
  • Weightlifting
  • Boys' Golf
  • Boys' Track & Field
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Cheerleading

The Holy Bowl[edit]

Holy Cross has won "The Holy Bowl" in 1967, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013. The first game was played in November 1963 at the old Missions Stadium on a Sunday. Holy Cross lost that first meeting. The only years that these two teams didn't play were 1974 & 1975 (due to reclassifying the division) and 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 (Due to the intensity of the rivalry).

Holy Cross VS. Central Catholic in the "Holy Bowl" (2010)

"The Holy Bowl" has been held in almost every stadium in the city. Including the Alamodome (2002-2004).

In 2012, The game marked the first time in the history of the series that Holy Cross and Central Catholic have met in their season opener. The schedule changed when Holy Cross moved from TAPPS 2-I to TAPPS 3-II in the realignment by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Starting in 2014 "The Holy Bowl" will begin its third hiatus due to scheduling conflicts.

After 46 years of competition "The Holy Bowl" was the second oldest rivalry in the city.


Holy Cross "Knights", named for the English term for a social position. The Fighting Irish ("The Irish") is the mascot of The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana also a Congregation of Holy Cross Institution.

Religious Life[edit]

Christian service is an integral part of a Holy Cross education. Because of the importance of Christian service, Holy Cross students are required to serve the community through charitable acts as a requirement for graduation.

The Grotto to Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of many spiritual places on campus.


  • The Holy Cross Annual Alumni Softball Tournament happens each year on Memorial Day weekend. The former students whose ages range from 20 years to the upper 60’s sport uniforms that identify them as alumni, their years of graduation from Holy Cross and their version of how to display their school colors, blue, gold and green.
  • In addition to the Softball tournament, The Alumni Basketball Tournament is held every year at the end of June in honor of Daniel Gutierrez a graduate of Holy Cross who lost his long battle with Cancer in 2006. Proceeds from this event go to a Scholarship in his name.
  • The Alumni Soccer Tournament is the most recent extension to the many Holy Cross traditions. Much like the Alumni Basketball Tournament revenue from this event is used for a Scholarship given to current deserving student Soccer players.
  • Holy Cross is a historically All-Boys institution therefore The Alumni Softball Tournament, The Alumni Basketball Tournament and The Alumni Soccer Tournament are largely competed in by male graduates.
  • The night before "The Holy Bowl", Holy Cross holds the tailgate party and pep-rally to build community and support for the school, program, team and alumni, which establishes a strong core of support for the game.
  • Acoustic night is held in may to close the school year. This is a live music show where student participants present their musical or vocal talents. Family, friends and alumni attend this widely popular event.

Notable Alumni[edit]

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