Mater Dei Catholic High School (Chula Vista, California)

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Mater Dei Catholic High School
Mater Dei Catholic High School (Chula Vista, California) logo.jpg
Address
1615 Mater Dei Drive
Chula Vista, California, (San Diego County) 91913
United States
Coordinates 32°37′13″N 116°58′38″W / 32.62028°N 116.97722°W / 32.62028; -116.97722Coordinates: 32°37′13″N 116°58′38″W / 32.62028°N 116.97722°W / 32.62028; -116.97722
Information
Type Private
Motto Rationabile Obsequium
(Rational Service)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1960/2007
School code 051244
President Sister Lilia Barba SJS[1]
Principal George Milke
Chaplain Fr. Gonzalo Viaña, MC
Faculty 56[2]
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 690[2] (2011-2012)
 • Grade 9 190
 • Grade 10 160
 • Grade 11 168
 • Grade 12 172
Average class size 22[2]
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Mascot Crusaders
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
Average SAT scores 1560[2]
Publication Crusader Connection
Yearbook The Gauntlet
Tuition $8,000 (Catholic rate)
V.P./Dean of Boys Joseph Brunner
Dean of Girls Cresencia Angeles
Admissions Director Roy Vasquez
Athletic Director Kenny Cesar
Website

Mater Dei Catholic High School (MDCHS) is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Chula Vista, California, USA. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Mater Dei Catholic replaced its former school, Marian Catholic High School, in September 2007. The rebuilding/renaming came as a result of the Diocese's decision to upgrade all of its secondary campuses beginning in 2002. The original campus was located in South San Diego, near the intersection of Coronado Avenue and Thermal Street.

Background[edit]

Marian Catholic was established in 1960. It was the first Catholic co-educational high school in the Diocese.[4] The school mascot is the Crusader. The cost of attendance at MDCHS is the average catholic rate compared with most private, Roman Catholic high schools in San Diego, at around $8,000 - $11,000 per year in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Athletics[edit]

Most recently, the Mater Dei football team won the CIF Division 5AA State Championship in December 2015 against Immanuel High School of Reedley, CA. [5]

Basketball[edit]

The 2009 Lady Crusaders became the first Crusader team to win a state title.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Distinguished alumni Hall of Fame[edit]

The Mater Dei / Marian Alumni Association introduced the Distinguished Crusader Hall of Fame in 2011.[9] The annual class of inductees is listed below:

Year Inductees
2011
  • Fr. Robert Brocato (1969)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Egger, Sr. (Meritorious Induction)
  • Harris Quesnell (1964)
  • The Honorable Jesus Rodriguez (1969)
  • Sr. Suzanne Soppe (1966)
2012
  • Dr. Michael and Mrs. Sarah Bajo
  • David Kassebaum
  • MGYSGT Charles Padilla, USMC, Ret., (1982)
  • Sheriff Detective Steve Reed, (1969)
  • Maria Dunham Roberts, Esq., (1981)
  • Former Assemblywoman Mary Casillas Salas, (1966)
2013
  • Mary Searcy Bixby, president/CEO Charter School of San Diego, (1965)
  • Steven Boudreau, Esq. – member of the Marian and MDCHS board of directors
  • Tom Finch, VP RCP Block and Brick, (1982)
  • Mary Gabbard, past faculty and school nurse at Marian
2014
  • Tom Beecher, director of schools for the Diocese of San Diego and former president of Mater Dei Catholic
  • Bishop Robert Brom, retired Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego
  • Gordon Day, Marian and Mater Dei Catholic board of directors (1974)
  • Bill Dean – UCSD grad, former naval officer, regional director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1972)
  • John Carlos Frey, freelance investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. (1981)
  • Sr. Sarah Shrewsbury, director of vocations for the Diocese of San Bernardino (1968)
2015
  • Ruth Judge
  • Jeff Stuart (1964)
  • Allen Gates (1977)
  • Eddie Gates (1980)
  • Dr. Steven Holsenback (1985)
2016
  • Alfred De La Rosa (1969)
  • Jim Martinez (1978)
  • Bernadette (Balestrieri) Martinez (1980)
  • Carlos Varela (1989)

Crusader Hall Of Fame[edit]

In 2008, the Marian High Alumni Association inducted the inaugural class of the "Crusader Hall Of Fame".[10]

Year Inductees
2008
  • Dr. Philip Bajo - (1970)
  • Susan Compton-Kherkher - (1981)
  • Cmdr. James "J.J." Gracio, USN - (1978)
  • Gerald "Jerry" Judge, administrator - (years of service unknown)
  • George Milke - (1972)
  • 1980 girls' varsity volleyball team
2009
  • Karen Klein Day Cravens, teacher - (1971)
  • Jim Grady - (1973)
  • Bob Maruca - (1967)
  • 1966-67 boys’ basketball team
2010
  • Wendy Modic - (1985) – Marian golf team MVP, 1983-85 (boys' team). San Diego State University ladies' golf team (MVP 1988-89). Assistant SDSU coach 1989-90. Interim coach end of 1990 season. Member PGA since 1996. Played in two US Women’s Opens and one LGPA Championship. LPGA teaching pro, golf pro at Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York.
  • Manny Silva (Coach) – varsity basketball 1972–1977. Athletic director 1970 – 71.
  • Mike Stockapler - (1977) All Metro. University of San Diego. Played and coached basketball in Switzerland for 10 years. Twice Suisse LNA champions. Twice Raimundo Saporta European Cup quarter-finalist.
  • 1987 softball team – (Div 2A CIF Champions)
  • 1960 football team - (Meritorious Selection)
2011
  • Art Calvert - (1981)
  • Alisa Eischen - (1983) SD-CIF volleyball player of the year (1981–1982).
  • Robin Krall - (1979)
  • Sean Loomer - (1982)
  • Bill Youmans - (1965)
  • 1988 Football Team – 1st CIF champion football team at Marian.
2012
  • Julie Baker - (1980)
  • Stanley Daniels - (2002)
  • Freddy Sandoval - (2000)
  • Darbie Seegrist Vorce - (1987)
  • 1996 Baseball Team – 1st CIF champion baseball team at Marian.
2013
  • Dario Aguiniga - (2000)
  • Domonic Cruz - (1998)
  • Yessenia Martinez - (1994)
  • Mickey Pimentel - (2003)
  • Dan Prager - (1972)
  • 2003 State Champion and SDCIF Division III champion football team
2014
  • Jennifer Reyes - (1992)
  • Ben Cordova - (1998)
  • 2009 Southern California Regional State Division III Champion Men's Soccer Team
  • 2009 California State Division IV Champion Women's Basketball Team

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome new President at MDCHS". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vasquez, Roy. "Mater Dei Catholic High School - Faculty/Student Body". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 50 May 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "About Us: History". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "2015-16 Varsity". MaxPreps. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Orozco, Ivan (15 March 2009). "Crusaders stun Bishop's and look to Sacramento". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Brand, Steve (21 March 2009). "Mater Dei Catholic girls win Division IV state basketball title". San Diego Union-Tribune News. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  8. ^ Frey, John Carlos. "Gatekeeper Productions - About Us". Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Distinguished Award". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Crusader Sports Hall Of Fame". Mater Dei Catholic High School. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

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