Moreau Catholic High School

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Moreau Catholic High School
Moreau High School Hayward.jpg
27170 Mission Boulevard


Coordinates37°38′37″N 122°3′37″W / 37.64361°N 122.06028°W / 37.64361; -122.06028Coordinates: 37°38′37″N 122°3′37″W / 37.64361°N 122.06028°W / 37.64361; -122.06028
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoIn Tenebris Lux
(In darkness there is light)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Brothers of Holy Cross
PresidentTerry Lee
PrincipalLisa Tortorich
ChaplainBruce Cecil
Enrollment960 (2017)
Campus size14 acres (57,000 m2)
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Team nameMariners
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]

Moreau Catholic High School is a college preparatory Roman Catholic secondary school sponsored by the Moreau Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. It is located in Hayward, California, within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland under the care of Michael C. Barber, the Bishop of Oakland. It opened in 1965 as an all-boys Catholic High School, temporarily located on the parish grounds of St. Bede's Church. That same year, construction of the permanent campus began at the current location. That construction was completed in the spring of 1967. At the request of Bishop Floyd Begin, Moreau became a coeducational institution in 1969, with the admission of 177 ninth grade girls. Moreau has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School.[2]

School History[edit]

Moreau Catholic High School opened its doors in 1965 to a class of 103 ninth grade boys. In 1969, as the only Catholic high school serving the Southern Alameda County, the school became co-educational. The high school was constructed with financial and community support from the members of the Diocese of Oakland, the late Bishop Floyd L. Begin and the Brothers of Holy Cross, South-West province. It is the only school to be named after Blessed Basil Moreau.

In addition to its strong commitment to providing young men and women with a quality education that is firmly rooted in the Christian values, Moreau Catholic has twice earned national recognition for academic excellence as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education and the Council for American Private education.

Bishop Allen Vigneron and Hayward mayor Roberta Cooper officiated at the April 30, 2006 groundbreaking ceremony for a multimillion-dollar expansion at Moreau. The project included increasing the school library, adding a state-of-the-art life and physical science laboratory and classroom, and building a film and video arts studio and multi-media classroom.[citation needed]


Moreau offers more than 40 Honors and AP courses. Moreau Catholic is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[citation needed] Moreau Catholic was one of eight schools in California and 54 schools nationwide to be selected as a 2010 Apple Distinguished School.[citation needed]

Some of the courses offered at Moreau Catholic include: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Chinese, AP Government, and AP Statistics.


Moreau is a member of the Mission Valley Athletic Conference (MVAL), the North Coast Section (NCS), and the California Interscholastic Federation.

Teams include: Football, Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Golf, Rally Squad, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Badminton, Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Swimming, men's and women's Water Polo, Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, and Boys Volleyball. (Girls Basketball won the State Championship in the 1992-1993 season )

Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

The school offers courses in choral and instrumental music, dance, theater, and the visual arts, including and Honors Dance Class.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  3. ^ "Biographical Summary". The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Retrieved 4 January 2016.

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