Wheeling Central Catholic High School

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Wheeling Central Catholic High School
75 14th Street
Wheeling, West Virginia, (Ohio County) 26003
United States
Coordinates 40°3′59″N 80°43′10″W / 40.06639°N 80.71944°W / 40.06639; -80.71944Coordinates: 40°3′59″N 80°43′10″W / 40.06639°N 80.71944°W / 40.06639; -80.71944
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1853, 1923
Authority His Excellency, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
Oversight Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Superintendent Vincent Schmidt
President Lawrence E. Bandi
Principal Rebecca Sancomb
Chaplain William Matheny
Grades 912
Color(s) Maroon and white         
Slogan "Where Championship Lives Begin."
Athletics Boys soccer, girls soccer, cross country, golf, football, hockey, swimming, boys basketball, girls basketball, track and field, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, softball, cheerleading
Athletics conference OVAC
Mascot Maroon Knight
Team name Maroon Knights
Rival Shadyside High School, The Linsly School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication Knight Times
Yearbook Accolade
Pastor Msgr. Gene Ostrowski
Athletic Director Donnie Murray

Wheeling Central Catholic High School is a parochial, Roman Catholic high school in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Wheeling Central Catholic High School has been educating young men and women since 1865. The school has always been a vital part of the East Wheeling downtown area, and remains an integral part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston campus, which includes the Cathedral of St. Joseph, the Diocesan Offices, and the Chancery.

Central's overriding mission is to provide all students with an outstanding education within a Christ-centered environment so that they "think and act like Christ."

At the end of the 2016–2017 school year, Bishop Donahue Memorial High School will close and merge into Central Catholic.[2]


Wheeling Central Catholic High School boasts an exemplary academic record, growing and evolving as the world continues to change in the twenty-first century. Wheeling Central is continuously updating its curriculum, utilizing the College and Career Readiness Objectives of Common Core along with the educational and religious philosophies which have served as the traditional bedrock of a Catholic education at Wheeling Central.

As Wheeling Central increases its curriculum rigor, the school has continued to add Advanced Placement classes for students wishing to experience college level academics. The AP courses for the 2013–2014 year include the following: AP Chemistry, AP U.S History, AP Calculus, and AP English Language and Composition. In an effort to prepare underclassmen for the challenges of these courses Wheeling Central is vertically aligning all courses with the Advanced Placement curriculum.

With a 98.7% graduation rate, the staff of Wheeling Central Catholic High School takes great pride in maintaining the highest possible standards while assisting students who may have difficulty in certain subject areas. It is within this educational, religious, and family-oriented environment that students can achieve admirable goals, preparing them with educational skills and spiritual awareness as they become students and children in Christ.[according to whom?]


Wheeling Central's athletic teams are called the Maroon Knights. They include:

  • Boys: football, hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and baseball
  • Girls: cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball
  • All: tennis, track and field, cross-country, swimming, and golf
  • Club sports: ice hockey

State championships[edit]

  • Football: 1979, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Softball: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2016, 2017
  • Cheering: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008
  • Baseball: 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Boys basketball: State Catholic Championships: 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966. WV ‘AA’ State Championships: 1982, 1987, 1990. WV ‘A’ State Championships: 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Girls basketball: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Golf: 2000, 2004, 2006
  • Girls tennis: 2005
  • Boys track: 2005, 2008
  • Hockey: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
  • Lacrosse: 2010, 2016
  • Girls Track: 2017

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