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
Vice principal Travis Perry, Andrew Schmidt
Athletic Director Brian Sheeran
Chaplain Fr. Dan Kogut
Grades 912
Enrollment 655 (2015-16)
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 $9,045[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, in Metro Detroit. 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. The school enjoys consistent leadership and a strong academic reputation within a faith-supportive school community.

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. Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County and was the birthplace of General Motors in 1908. The new location is a picturesque wooded property located immediately off I-69 from the Hammerburg Road exit 135. The more centralized location, in the center of Genesee County, and its proximity to the intersections of I-69, M-21, US 23, I-75, and I-475, makes for more ideal commutes for families living in Fenton, Linden, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Owosso, Holly and Clarkston. The new campus boasts 57-acres on a hill, with historic Fay Hall serving as the main academic building. 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 shares a campus with the Michigan School for the Deaf, as part of a $36 million development approved in 2010.

Powers claims a tradition of diversity and has worked for decades to enable qualified students from all over the region to attend. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for all Catholic schools to be “strong, accessible, affordable ... owned by every parish, supported by every Catholic, available to every child.” Powers devotes over $1 million annually to financial aid assistance for 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 alum Bill Haley, the executive director of Genesee County Catholic Schools. Total enrollment at Powers for 2015-16 is expected to surpass 650 students.

Academics[edit]

Powers strives for excellence in education, nurtures self-worth in individuals, and encourages commitment to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service to church, family and community. Powers is regarded as one of the premier parochial high schools in the state and known for its value-centered environment in the Catholic tradition. In addition to a comprehensive and rigorous 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 mere blocks away from Fay Hall. One-hundred percent of the school's graduates are accepted to college. The alumni are a part of the school's legacy of leaders and play a prominent role as leaders of industry, education, faith and family. Powers Catholic graduates often matriculate to Ivy League schools and other highly-regarded colleges and universities across America. Recent college placements include: Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), Kalamazoo, Hillsdale, Hope, Carnegie Mellon, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, Dayton, John Carroll, Miami (FL), DePaul, Holy Cross, Wake Forest, Kettering, and Michigan State University.

Students may choose from 40-plus different 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]

Chargers ice hockey team at their home arena

Athletic competition has long been a part of the Powers Catholic tradition and the Chargers are a fixture in MHSAA championship tournaments in nearly all sports. 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 a two-time State Finalist, 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 are expected to play home games at Kettering University’s historic Atwood Stadium, following over $2 million in restoration to the 11,000-seat stadium.

The Chargers are members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and compete in the Saginaw Valley League along with the Catholic High School League. Rivals include Grand Blanc, Fenton, Midland Dow, Lansing Catholic, Detroit Country Day, and Cranbrook-Kingswood.

Powers Catholic offers 23 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
  • Ski
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Softball
  • Boys Swimming & Diving
  • Girls Swimming & Diving
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

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