Covington Catholic High School

Covington Catholic High School
1600 Dixie Highway
Park Hills, Kentucky, (Kenton County), 41011
 United States
Coordinates 39°3′58″N 84°31′59″W / 39.06611°N 84.53306°W / 39.06611; -84.53306Coordinates: 39°3′58″N 84°31′59″W / 39.06611°N 84.53306°W / 39.06611; -84.53306
Motto With a Spirit That Will Not Die
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1925
Superintendent Mike Clines
President Grant Guess
Principal Bob Rowe
Pastoral Administrator Fr. Mark Keene
Chaplain Fr. Joe Gallenstein
Chief custodian Joe Mangan
Faculty Jack Kaelin (Senior Professor)
Grades 912
Gender Male
Number of students 511
Average class size 30
Language American English; Sarcasm
Color(s) Blue and White         
Slogan You're Worth It!
Fight song
Sports football, soccer, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, swim and dive, track and field, lacrosse
Mascot Colonel
Team name Colonels
Rival Highlands High School
Accreditation(s) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
National ranking 420
Average ACT scores (2011) 34.9
Newspaper 'The CCH Times'
Feeder schools St. Pius X, Blessed Sacrament, St Agnes, St Joseph, Any student is welcome
(2011) Graduates 118
Dean of Students Mike Guidugli
Dean of Academics Anthony Zechella
Dean of Discipline Charles Hartman
Athletic Director Mike Guidugli
Executive Producer Jack Kaelin

Covington Catholic High School (abbreivated CCH or CovCath) is a private, all-male high school in Park Hills, Kentucky. It was founded in 1925 by Bishop Francis William Howard and Brother George Sauer. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington.



CovCath traces its roots to St. Joseph Commercial School, which was opened in 1885 by three brothers of the Society of Mary, and was affiliated with St. Joseph's Parish in Covington. At the time, the school was a grade school that also offered what would now be called vocational education. As time went on, a need for a full four-year Catholic boys' high school in the area developed, and it was decided to open the new Covington Catholic High School in 1925 at Mother of God on 6th Street, with a freshman class of 32. St. Joseph Commercial School was closed the following year as the Brothers of Mary chose to devote their full time to the new school. In the early 1950s it became apparent that Covington Catholic High School would have to be expanded further if it were to continue its role as the central Catholic high school for boys in Northern Kentucky. Pastors from thirteen Northern Kentucky parishes approved plans for construction of a new 44,000 sq./ft. high school building on a 14-acre (57,000 m2) plot in the heart of Park Hills, just miles away from the previous location in Covington.

The cornerstone was placed in 1954, and the first class graduated from the school in 1955. The class president was Edward Sessinger. The total cost of the building and property was $845,439.44, and was shared by the thirteen parishes.

The school gymnasium was dedicated on January 29, 1955 when the Purcell Marian High School Cavaliers played Covington Catholic in basketball. Later, through the efforts of the S.C.O.R.E. committee, Wooten Field was added for football, and the baseball field was completely rebuilt. In 1988, the Scott Knochelman Alumni Building was built to accommodate the growing needs of athletic teams. It includes a weight room, locker room, showers, and coaches offices.

In 2002, construction of the current building began directly behind the original structure, finishing in time for the start of the 2003-2004 school year. Since the new school has been built, renovations have been made to all facilities, including a state-of-the-art football field, a remodeled baseball complex, and a restructured gymnasium. The campus has expanded again in 2010 with the acquisition of 5 acres and an adjoining property with a 20,000 building now known as the Griffin Centre, named after the Griffin Family that donated the $865,000 building.


Athletics at Covington Catholic are very esteemed, enjoying a high rate of success in many of its programs despite its small number of students. As an all male school, a large percentage of the enrollment contributes to this success. Covington Catholic routinely battles it out with arch rival Highlands High School for Northern Kentucky supremacy. CCH and Highlands were regular contenders for state AAA football titles from the late 1980s until the Kentucky High School Athletic Association increased the number of classes for football from four to six in 2007. Although CovCath's enrollment would have placed the Colonels in the new Class 4A, and Highlands' would have placed the Bluebirds in the new Class 3A, both schools were approved to move to Class 5A. The rivalry has twice been named the Sporting News' prestigious "Best Prep Rivalry in America." In USA Today Covington Catholic was named 13th best place in the nation to watch a basketball game. The Colonel Crazies provide cheers and entertainment throughout all sporting events. Crazies make the game a fun and exhilarating experience for players and fans alike.

State Championships

  • Baseball - 2002
  • Cross Country - 1982 1994
  • Football - 1987 1988 1993 1994 1997 2006 2012
  • Golf - 1969 1984
  • Swimming & Diving - 1962 1972 1977 1978 1983 2012
  • Track & Field - 2009

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