Cardinal O'Hara High School

Infobox school | name = Cardinal O'Hara High School
name2=Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, Pennsylvania

type=High School
address= 1701 S. Sproul Road,
location = Springfield, Pennsylvania, 19064
faculty = 95+/-
enrollment = 1700
free_label = Mascot
free_text = Lion
colors = Cardinal Red and Royal Blue
information = (610)-544-3800
president = William J. McCusker
principal = George Stratts
website =

Cardinal O'Hara High School is a coeducational Catholic High School of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school is named after John Francis O'Hara who was Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1951 to 1960. It is located in Springfield, Pennsylvania and was first opened in September 1963.


The position of President was established in 1993 for all Archdiocesan High Schools. The President is responsible for financial operations, facilities issues, fund raising, alumni relations, and external affairs.

1993-2001: Rev. Joseph P. McFadden
2001- : Dr. William J. McCusker


The Principal was originally the top administrator in the school. In 1993, this shifted when the presidency was introduced. Since then, the principal has handled the day-to-day operation of the school.

1963-1969: Rev. Paul P. Maloney
1969-1971: Rev. Joseph C. McCloskey
1971-1980: Rev. James E. Mortimer
1980-1988: Rev. Philip J. Cribben
1988-1993: Rev. Joseph J. McLaughlin
1993-2001: Dr. William J. McCusker
2001-2004: Rev. Michael O'Malley
2004-2007: Mr. William J. Miles
2007- : Mr. George Stratts

Mission Statement

Cardinal O'Hara is a regional, Catholic, coeducational high school that teaches and follows the gospel values of Jesus. Our purpose is to develop mature men and women and to prepare them to meet with confidence and faith the challenges of the academic, social, and technological world. Building on a history of pride, excellence, and tradition, our students are challenged by strong academic regimen and a diverse extracurricular program that foster individual talents and nurture respect for oneself and others through a spirit of service and compassion.


Cardinal O'Hara has recently undergone renovations which allowed for the replacement of windows for the entire front of the school as well as a redesigned auditorium with new seats.


The typical school day begins with homeroom followed by eight 42 minute class periods.Every Friday each class is 37 minutes long to allow for a teacher meeting at 1:30.


Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

Band (Marching Band, Pit Band, and Concert & Jazz Band)
Chess Club
Color Guard
Community Service Corps (CSC)
Costume Club
Dance Club

Delco Hi-Q
French Club
Irish Club
Italian Club

National Honor Society (NHS)
Newspaper ("O'Herald")
Poetry Club
Political Science Club
Respect Life Group
Stage Crew
Student Council
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Tech Club
Television Crew (WCOH)
Mock Trial
United Americans
World Affairs Club
World Cultures Club
Yearbook ("Coeur de Lion")

Notable Alumni

*Gerald Feehery, professional football player cite web
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title =Cardinal O'Hara High School Alumni Hall of Fame
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*Lt. Gen Ronald Kadish, military
*Kevin Jones, professional football player [cite web
last =McLane
first = Jeff
title =O'Hara Enters Wider Stage
work =Philadelphia Inquirer
publisher =Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC
date =September 2006
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accessdate = 2007-08-13
*Joe Sestak, Congressman (D) for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district [cite press release
title = Congressman Joe Sestak Tours Don Guanella School and Highlights his Support of Education for All
publisher = The Office of Congressman Joe Sestak
date = 2007-04-03
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-13
*Tim Donaghy, NBA referee who plead guilty to gambling on games he officiatedcite web
last =McCallum
first =Jack
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title =Crisis of character
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date =July 22, 2007
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*Mark Matkevich, Actor, Dawson's CreekFact|date=June 2008
*John Kincade, Atlanta-based ESPN Radio hostcite web
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first =Laura
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title =Ties that bind
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date = August 24, 2007
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*Kathy Deitch, Broadway actress (Footloose, Wicked)

See also

* Philadelphia Catholic League
* Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia


External links

* [ School's Website]
* [ Catholic League Website]
* [ Archdiocese of Philadelphia Website]

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