Charleston Catholic High School
Charleston Catholic High School Address 1033 Virginia Street East
Charleston, West Virginia, (Kanawha County), 25301-2831
Coordinates Coordinates: Information Type Private, Coeducational Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Established 1923 Principal Debra K. Sullivan Grades 6–12 Enrollment 469 (2008) Color(s) Kelly Green and White Team name Irish Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools  Website http://www.charlestoncatholic-crw.org
Charleston Catholic High School is located in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, USA. CCHS is a Catholic, coeducational high school founded in 1923. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Sacred Heart Church, founded in 1815 by Zachary Bogan, established a parochial school as early as 1869. The parish conducted primary grades irregularly in the 19th century. In 1903, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, of Stella Niagara, New York, assumed administration of the school. In 1923, Sacred Heart added high school grades in the former Chilton house in downtown Charleston and named the institution Sacred Heart High School. In 1940, John J. Swint, the bishop of the former Diocese of Wheeling, created Charleston Catholic High School. Area Catholics contributed to the construction of a three-story building, including science laboratories and a gymnasium, completed in 1941. Post-war growth of Charleston led to the expansion of the school and the addition of a third floor in the 1950s. Enrollment peaked in the late 1960s and then began a slow decline in the mid-1980s. In 1986, Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, a local priest, hired Debra K. Sullivan as the principal.
Charleston Catholic enrolls both Christian and non-Christian students from a wide range of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. Students are required to follow a uniform policy. CCHS boasts a rigorous college preparatory program for all students with an extensive offering of academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs. Its athletic teams compete with public and parochial schools in the WVSSAC Division A. Typically, 100 percent of graduating classes enroll in four-year colleges and universities.
Awards and recognition
Charleston Catholic High School was named the top athletics program in West Virginia for 2008-2009 school year by Sports Illustrated.
Class of 2009
Members of the Charleston Catholic High School Class of 2009 were accepted and enrolled in some of the country's finest universities (including Washington University in Saint Louis, Princeton University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania), had eight national merit finalists in a graduating class of only 69, and were ACRE champions. 38% of the graduating class were honored as AP scholars.
Notes and references
- ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". http://www.advanc-ed.org/schools_districts/school_district_listings/?. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
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