John Carroll Catholic High School (Birmingham, Alabama)

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John Carroll Catholic High School
300 Lakeshore Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama, (Jefferson County) 35209
United States
Coordinates 33°26′38″N 86°49′57″W / 33.44382°N 86.83255°W / 33.44382; -86.83255Coordinates: 33°26′38″N 86°49′57″W / 33.44382°N 86.83255°W / 33.44382; -86.83255
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Pro Deo et Patria
(For God and Country)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1946
President Fr. John McDonald
Principal Dr. Joseph O'toole
Staff 69
Grades 912
Enrollment 625 (2012)
Hours in school day 8
Color(s) Green and White         
Slogan Where Faith and Reason Flourish
Team name Cavaliers
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication Looking Glass (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Cavalier
Yearbook Green Leaves
Affiliation National Catholic Educational Association [2]
Dean of Students Amy Owens
Athletic Director Francis Crapet

John Carroll Catholic High School, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of six Catholic high schools serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. John Carroll Catholic's colors are kelly green and white. The school's motto is "Pro Deo et Patria," meaning "For God and Country." John Carroll is guided by its slogan, "Where Faith and Reason Flourish."


One of the first projects envisioned by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen, when he was assigned to the former Mobile-Birmingham Diocese in 1927, was the establishment of a Catholic high school in this area. However, John Carroll Catholic High School would still be a dream if it were not for the leadership and dedication of a Birmingham layman, Mr. John Carroll. Mr. Carroll, at a testimonial dinner for the Archbishop, began an organization - The Friends of Catholic Education - to raise funds for a Catholic high school in Birmingham. The memory of Mr. Carroll's dedication lives on in the name of our school, John Carroll Catholic.

The construction of John Carroll Catholic High School on Highland Avenue began in November 1946. Ten months later, on September 8, 1947, the main educational unit was opened. In 1951 the Bishop Toolen Center, located at the east end of the campus, was completed.

The Center housed the gymnasium-auditorium, physical educational facilities and the fine arts facilities. The cafeteria and bookstore were added in 1957, followed a year later by the addition of the east wing, which housed classroom facilities. In 1957 property on Montclair Road was cleared for athletics with the completion of the athletic complex in 1961, including the football field, baseball field, running track and club house. Two years later, the second phase was completed, including the erection of bleachers, lights for the football field and a concession stand. In September 1981, the Activity Center, formerly the Benedictine Convent, was opened, which included a faculty facility, art room and guidance offices.

On December 9, 1989, Bishop Raymond Boland held a press conference to announce plans for the construction of a new John Carroll Catholic High School; ground breaking ceremonies and construction began April 8, 1990. The campus, including all academic, fine arts and athletic facilities, is a tribute to the generosity of the Bruno Family and the entire Birmingham community.

John Carroll Catholic moved to the new site on Lakeshore Parkway and began school there in August 1992. The dedication of the new school was held by then Bishop Raymond Boland on September 4, 1992.

The class ring is green onyx and was adopted in 1964.

Notable alumni[edit]


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