West Catholic High School

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West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol N.W.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
United States
Coordinates 42°59′47″N 85°42′35″W / 42.99639°N 85.70972°W / 42.99639; -85.70972Coordinates: 42°59′47″N 85°42′35″W / 42.99639°N 85.70972°W / 42.99639; -85.70972
Established 1962
Superintendent David Faber
Principal Cynthia Kneibel
Chaplain Fr. Dan Schumaker
Grades 9 - 12
Mascot Freddy the Falcon
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Religion Roman Catholic
Patron Saint St. John Paul II

West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan was opened in 1962. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.


West Catholic has been honored each year since 2007 as one of the top Catholic high schools in the United States by the Cardinal Newman Society.[2] With sixteen Advanced Placement courses taught on campus and Dual Enrollment credits through a partnership with Aquinas College also offered on-site, the Washington Post listed West Catholic as one of the most challenging private high schools in the United States for 2014, 2015, and 2016.[3]


Grand Rapids West Catholic High School is member of Ottawa-Kent Conference Blue Division. Though the 2007-2008 school year, West Catholic was member of Grand Rapids City League. West Catholic is also a school of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

State Championships (MHSAA unless noted):

  • 1970 Boys' Football - Class B
  • 1970 Boys' Cross Country - Class B [4]
  • 1979 Girls' Basketball - Class B
  • 1984 Girls' Gymnastics - Open Class
  • 1990 Girls' Basketball - Class B
  • 2003 Boys' Across Country - Division 3 [5]
  • 2004 Boys' Team Track n' Field [6] - Division 3 [7]
  • 2008 Boys' Team Track n' Field [6] - Division 3 [8]
  • 2008 Girls' Team Track n' Field [6] - Division 3 [9]
  • 2009 Boys' Team Track n' Field - Division 3 (MITCA)
  • 2010 Boys' Football - Division 5 Stats
  • 2013 Boys' Football - Division 5
  • 2014 Boys' Football - Division 5
  • 2015 Boys' Football - Division 5

Student life[edit]

The Westword is West Catholic's student newspaper. It is published on monthly basis by members of the Journalism class each month. The Westword, a staple of student life at West Catholic, won Spartan Awards, the highest honor awarded by Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA). The name, Westword, is a pun on westward, which refers to a direction.[10]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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