Lansdale Catholic High School

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Lansdale Catholic High School
Address
700 Lansdale Avenue
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County) 19446
United States
Coordinates 40°14′30″N 75°16′7″W / 40.24167°N 75.26861°W / 40.24167; -75.26861Coordinates: 40°14′30″N 75°16′7″W / 40.24167°N 75.26861°W / 40.24167; -75.26861
Information
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Fides Scientia
(Faith, Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1949
Founder Monsignor Schade
President James Casey
Principal Rita McGovern
Chaplain Fr. John Nordemann
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 850 (2008)
Average class size 30
Color(s) Green and gold         
Slogan A Learning Community Teaching Values for Life
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication The Catalyst (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Crusader
Yearbook Trail
Tuition $7,300
Admissions director Anne Marie Allen
Athletic director Tom Quintois
STEM Coordinator Mary Antoni
Alumni affairs Aisling Ardiff
Website

Lansdale Catholic High School is a secondary school that is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States.

History[edit]

The school opened in September 1949 in a very small building on the grounds of St. Stanislaus Church in Lansdale with only a freshman class. It was named Little Flower Catholic High School, after its patron saint, Therese of Lisieux. That building is still functioning on the property of St. Stanislaus and today is called Little Flower Hall. Each succeeding year, another class/year was added and in 1953, commencement exercises were held for the first graduating class of 33 students.

Probably the main, if not the only, driving force to bring about the establishment of the school was Monsignor Joseph Schade, who was the Pastor of St. Stanislaus at that time. He was aided in his efforts by the willingness of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of Philadelphia who initially staffed the school, with Sister Theresa Clare being the first principal (and one of the teachers).

In September 1960, the present facility opened at 7th Street and Lansdale Avenue on a property that consisted of approximately 79 acres (320,000 m2) of land, and the first class graduated from there in 1961. Although the sports teams had long been referred to as Lansdale Catholic, it was with the opening of the new facility that the name of the school was "officially" changed to Lansdale Catholic High School.

The school continued as a "parish" high school until the mid-1980s when control of the school was taken over by the Archdiocese.

In 1988, there was the dedication of a major addition to the school. It was made possible primarily through the support of the Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools.

In more recent years, other improvements were added including another on-site parking facility, baseball field, window replacements, air-conditioning in the gymnasium, reconditioning of the football and lacrosse fields. Over the Summer of 2012, the gymnasium was completely refurbished with new floors and bleachers.

On January 28, 2008, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the school would move following the 2012 graduation pending funding. A new school, Lansdale Catholic Regional High School, in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, was to be built to replace the school in Lansdale. The name of the new school was voted by the students, parents and alumni. That project was cancelled because of financial reasons.

Honors[edit]

  • 1993 men's cross country team won the PIAA class AA state championship, the first state championship in school history[citation needed]
  • 1991 PIAA District I girls' basketball champions[citation needed]
  • 1990 PIAA District I Class AA soccer champions[citation needed]
  • 1987-1990 PAC-10 League cross country champions[citation needed]
  • 1981 Bicentennial League men's basketball champions
  • 1981 Bicentennial League men's track and field champions

In the media[edit]

  • Jim Lynam started his coaching career coaching the boys' basketball team for the 1964 season.[4]
  • In 1973, Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield was a member of the faculty.
  • In 1998, the Lansdale Catholic football team won an ESPN ESPY Awards for "Outrageous Play of the Year", with a "Cal-Stanford" play in a game against Upper Perkiomen.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Larry Glueck, Class of 1959[6] - professional American football player and coach
  • Tom Fazio, Class of 1962[7] - world-renowned golf course designer
  • Peggy March, Class of 1966[8] - youngest female artist to have a number one single in the United States; she released "I Will Follow Him" in 1963, at the age of 15. (Born Margaret A. Battavio)
  • Timothy C. Senior, Class of 1977[9] - currently Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, wrote LCHS alma mater
  • Tim Johnstone, Class of 2002 [10] - Radio DJ at WRTI

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ "PIAA Class AA Football Past Champions". easternpafootball.com. Retrieved October 8, 2006. 
  3. ^ "FIRST Awards". For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Retrieved October 8, 2006. 
  4. ^ Sielski, Mike. "Lynam holds court again". Calkins Media, Inc. Retrieved November 9, 2006. 
  5. ^ "The 2003 ESPY Awards". Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Three legendary mentors tabbed for induction into Montgomery County Coaches Hall". Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tom Fazio Biography". Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Peggy March (Official Website)". Retrieved November 17, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Monsignor Timothy C. Senior Named Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia". Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  10. ^ http://wrti.org/people/tim-johnstone Retrieved February 7, 2016.

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