St. Mary Central Catholic High School

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St. Mary Central Catholic High School
410 West Jefferson Street
Sandusky, (Erie County), Ohio 44870-2427
United States
Coordinates 41°27′5″N 82°42′43″W / 41.45139°N 82.71194°W / 41.45139; -82.71194Coordinates: 41°27′5″N 82°42′43″W / 41.45139°N 82.71194°W / 41.45139; -82.71194
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Denomination Catholic
Patron saint(s) Mary
Established 1902
Founder Rev. Joseph S. Widmann
Status Open
School district Sandusky City
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Superintendent N/a
Chaplain Fr. Eric Mueller
Grades 912
Average class size 40 students
Hours in school day 7
Color(s) Navy blue and Vegas Gold         
Fight song University of Notre Dame Fight Song (Victory March)
Sports Football, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Baseball, Golf, Swimming
Mascot Panther
Team name Panthers
Rival Perkins Highschool
Graduates 100%
Affiliation Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Conference Sandusky Bay Conference

St. Mary Central Catholic High School is a Catholic, private high school in Sandusky, Ohio. Founded in 1902, it is a part of Sandusky Central Catholic School, administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.


A faith community committed to:

  • Following Jesus
  • Living the Gospel by
  • Strengthening the body
  • Challenging the mind
  • Enriching the spirit
  • Forming future leaders for the Church and community

School Symbol[edit]

School Traditions[edit]

Kiaros Retreat - Each year seniors attend an off-site 4 day retreat to become closer to God and to form a community amongst each other. This retreat is to learn more about one's children of God.

School system combination[edit]

Three area Catholic schools combined in 2003: Holy Angels, Sts. Peter and Paul, and St. Mary. The school's Superintendent became Sr. Mary Jon Wagner. Originally the school's new name was to be Trinity Catholic School. Since then the entire school system has become Sandusky Central Catholic Schools, and the High School Campus has remained St. Mary Central Catholic.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

  • Boys Basketball – 1936, 1980 [1]
  • Boys Wrestling – 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Girls Cross Country – 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 [1]
  • Boys Swimming - 2010
  • Panther's wrestling tradition started back in 1976 when they had their first champion Joe Dye

Sandusky River League[edit]

  • On February 1, 2013, St. Mary announced they would be forming a new league called the Sandusky River League in 2014-15 with Tiffin Calvert, Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort, and Fremont St. Joe's. This league ultimately gave a home to the remaining MAL schools.[2] However, the SRL was absorbed by the Sandusky Bay Conference in 2016-17, bringing the Panthers back into their traditional league home.

Gay Band Director Fired[edit]

Early in 2014 the school was subjected to national scrutiny following the forced resignation of Brian Panetta, the school's band director, over gay wedding plans.[3]


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