Lima Central Catholic High School

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Lima Central Catholic High School
720 South Cable Road
Lima, Ohio, (Allen County), 45805
United States
Coordinates 40°43′54″N 84°8′54″W / 40.73167°N 84.14833°W / 40.73167; -84.14833Coordinates: 40°43′54″N 84°8′54″W / 40.73167°N 84.14833°W / 40.73167; -84.14833
Type Parochial, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1959
School district Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Principal Kathleen Herpich
Chaplain Fr. Tim Ferris
Grades 912
Enrollment 650 (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Color(s) Red and Columbia blue         
Mascot Thunderbird
Teams Basketball, Football, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling, Track, Softball, Tennis, Volley Ball, Cross Country, Swimming, Cheerleading.

Lima Central Catholic High School is located in Lima Ohio. LCC, short for Lima Central Catholic, is a private, parochial school with the capacity to hold over six-hundred and fifty students. Enrollment has remained around four-hundred students for a number of years. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.


The current school building was built in 1960. Before then, the school was housed in two of the elementary schools St. Rose and St. Gerard as two different high schools. In 1959, with the collaboration of St. Rose, St. Gerard, St. John's and St. Charles elementary schools, Bishop George J. Rehring began construction of the current school building.

In 1960, the school opened its doors in the new building with Fr. Herr (pronounced her) as its first principal. In 1962, two wings were added to the building. Fr. Herr, who received the title of Monsignor in 1963, held the position of principal until the 1980s and was succeeded by Daniel Rupert until 1997. In 1998, Fr. Dennis Hardigan became the pastor/president of LCC. Under his guidance, a new Science and Technology Center was built in 2002 and a new Athletic and Convocation Center in 2003. In 2004, Fr. Todd Dominique was named pastor/president. In 2006, Mr. Richard Mitterholzer was named the new principal. Mr. Mitterholzer resigned from his position in 2011. Mr. Walter Klimaski was named the new President of Lima Central Catholic during the summer of 2011.

Grade Schools[edit]

Lima Central Catholic is fed in by three Catholic city grade schools. St. Rose, St. Gerard and St. Charles. Each grade school consists of grades Pre-8th. The three grade schools come together to make the Junior High Lima Central Catholic Athletic teams, which have not been in a conference since 2011 when they were voted out of the NWC over recruiting talent from the local junior high schools.


The school prides itself in its Catholic identity. Its mission statement goes as follows: Lima Central Catholic High School is committed to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, providing a faith-based education through quality academic, artistic, and athletic programs combined with opportunities for spiritual formation and growth.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

* Won by St. Rose High School prior to consolidation into Lima Central Catholic. St. Rose is now an elementary school only.

Individual State Champions

  • Golf (2) - Steve Mulcahy 1985 (Class AA), Paul Marshall 2004 (Division III)
  • Track & Field (Boys) (12) - 4x100m Relay 1989 (Shane Foster, Anthony Hutchins, Shawn Foster, Travis Merry), Scott Thompson 1991 (110m Hurdles), 4x100m Relay 1997 (Louis Jennings, Jason Potts, Andre Manley, Charles Barnett), MyKale Rogers 2011 & 2012 & 2013 (Long Jump), 4x100m Relay & 4x200m Relay 2013 (Nick Taflinger, Darius West, Jamir Coleman, MyKale Rogers), Jamir Coleman 2014 (Long Jump) 4x200m Relay 2014 (Dmitri Floyd, Jamir Coleman, MyKale Rogers, Scott Willeke) Jamir Coleman 2014 (100m Dash), Jamir Coleman 2014 (200m Dash)
  • Wrestling (2) - David Wellmeier 1992 (145lb), Jim Kessen 1996 (135 lb)
  • Track & Field (Girls) (1) - Katie Christoff 1999 (100m Hurdles)

Notable Alumni[edit]

Thomas Lynch (Rear Admiral United States Navy)

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  2. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.