Powers Catholic High School

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Powers Catholic High School
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Praise. Progress. Preserve.
Address
1505 West Court Street
Flint, Michigan, (Genesee County) 48503
United States
Coordinates 43°0′19″N 83°42′11.8″W / 43.00528°N 83.703278°W / 43.00528; -83.703278Coordinates: 43°0′19″N 83°42′11.8″W / 43.00528°N 83.703278°W / 43.00528; -83.703278
Information
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1970
Authority Diocese of Lansing
Superintendent Rev. Steve Mattson
Dean Rory Mattar
Principal Sally Bartos
Athletic Director Brian Sheeran
Chaplain Fr. Dan Kogut
Grades 912
Enrollment 678 (2016-17)
Color(s)      Orange
     Blue
Athletics conference Saginaw Valley League, Catholic High School League
Team name Charger
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Powerline
Yearbook Pegasus
Tuition $9,165[1]
Website

Luke M. Powers Catholic High School (Powers Catholic, PCHS, or P-Cat), frequently referred to as simply Powers, is a private, Roman Catholic, co-educational high school located in Flint, Michigan. Powers Catholic was established in 1970 under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing and bears of name of Luke M. Powers, a Villanova University educated pastor in Flint from 1929 to 1966.

Overview[edit]

Fay Hall, built in 1913

After 40 years at its original location just north of Flint in Mount Morris Township, Powers relocated to downtown Flint for the 2013-14 school year. The new location is a wooded property located at the corner of W Court St and Miller Rd, immediately off I-69 from the Hammerburg Rd exit 135. The new campus has 57-acres on a hill, with historic Fay Hall serving as the main academic building. As part of a 36 million dollar development approved in 2010, over $15 million was spent restoring Fay Hall, and adding a 75,000-square-foot addition containing a gymnasium, chapel, library, theater and media center.

Powers devotes over $1 million annually to financial aid assistance to encourage socio-economic diversity at the school. Currently, Powers draws students from Genesee, Shiawassee, Saginaw, Lapeer, Livingston and Oakland County. Prominent K-8 feeder schools include: St. Pius X (Flint), St. John Vianney (Flint), Holy Rosary (Flint), St. Robert (Flushing), Holy Family (Grand Blanc), St. John (Fenton), St. Paul (Owosso), Our Lady of the Lakes (Waterford), and Bishop Kelly (Lapeer). Fostering the growth of the region's Catholic primary and secondary schools is Cornell University graduate Bill Haley, the executive director of Genesee County Catholic Schools.

Academics[edit]

In addition to an offering of honors and AP courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Powers Catholic has dual-enrollment partnerships with Kettering University and University of Michigan–Flint, with both campuses located blocks away from Fay Hall. Powers holds the highest ACT average of any high school within a 40-mile radius of Flint.[2] One-hundred percent of the school's graduates are accepted to college.[3] Recent college matriculates include: University of Michigan, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), Kalamazoo, Hillsdale, Hope, Carnegie Mellon, Loyola Chicago, Dayton, Miami (OH), Miami (FL), Kettering, and Michigan State University.[4][5]

Students may choose from over 40 various clubs and activities. Powers Catholic students are extremely invested in academic extracurriculars, and many of the interscholastic and extracurricular programs offered have won awards and recognitions. The school's programs and performing arts include: Model UN, DECA, Debate, Forensics, Rotary Interact, Quiz Bowl, FIRST Robotics, Theater and Choir, Math, Band, and Ethnic Clubs, among others.

Athletics[edit]

The Chargers are in the Michigan High School Athletic Association, as members of the Saginaw Valley League, and routinely compete amongst the Catholic High School League. Rivals include Grand Blanc, Fenton, Detroit Country Day, and Cranbrook-Kingswood. Recent state titles include: Boys Soccer (2013), Girls Soccer (2011), Football (2005, 2011), Boys Basketball (2009), Girls Lacrosse (2008), Boys Golf (2006), Girls Golf (2007, 2008). The ice hockey team has won 29 League Championships, 32 Regional Championships, appeared in 19 Final Fours, and is a seven-time State Finalist. From 2009-15, girls soccer won five Regional Championships, were two-time State Finalists, and collected one State Championship. Former head football coach, Jack Pratt, won over 300 football games, nearly 400 basketball games, and numerous state titles before retiring in 2006. His coaching career spanned five decades and he was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. In the fall of 2015, the soccer and football teams began playing home games at Kettering University’s historic Atwood Stadium, following over $2 million in restoration to the 11,000-seat stadium. The football team finished 11-3 in the 2015 season after losing to Zeeland West on Friday, Nov. 27 at Detroit’s Ford Field in the Division 4 state championship game.

Powers Catholic offers 24 sports for boys and girls.

  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Boys Golf
  • Girls Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Biathlon
  • Ski
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Softball
  • Boys Swimming & Diving
  • Girls Swimming & Diving
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

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