Message from Principal, Mr. Neil Wagner
Welcome to Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School. To understand the essence of our school, I want to provide some context.
The Most Reverend John George Bennett, back in 1956, oversaw the building of Central Catholic High School. The cornerstone of the building reads that the school was dedicated “To God & Country.” The patron saints of the school are the Immaculate Conception, St. Joseph, Saint John Bosco, and Saint Maria Goretti. The school colors are blue and white in honor of the Virgin Mary. The inscription on the school’s seal reads “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG), which translates in English as “For the Greater Glory of God.” The school mascot is a Knight.
In 1999, the Eberle Center was built to help with addition of the junior high school. It contained classrooms, a chapel, and an auxiliary gym. In 2007, the main building at Central Catholic had major renovations to the school and several additions. A beautiful new St. Joseph’s Chapel and Main Entrance improved the look of the school. New energy efficient windows were installed all around the school, new HVAC, new infrastructure (water, gas, and electrical lines), new hallway lights and ceiling tile were added and more. The school is ready for the next generation of students.
Central Catholic provides holistic education as students are challenged spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially.
The school is known for its faith-based education, exemplary academics, strong athletic programs, and student life outside of the classroom. When one opens the doors of the school to the main entrance and sees the beautiful statue of the Holy Family it is easy to understand that Jesus Christ is the reason for the school. Students take religion classes and attend a retreat every semester. Eucharistic Adoration occurs every first Friday of the month and students have the opportunity weekly to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Central Catholic is an exemplary school with an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education. The school was designated as a Four-Star School indicating that every grade level is the upper 25% of all schools in the state based on state testing and college-to-career readiness. The school has won several state Academic Super Bowl competitions in various disciplines. Close to 100% of students graduate within four years, and over 90% of our students go on to post-secondary education with remainder enlisting in armed services or attending vocational schools.
The school’s athletic programs are thriving. The baseball team won State Championships in 2004, 2007, 2009-20012. The boys’ basketball team won State Championships in 1998, 2000, and 2003. The football team won State Championships in 1976, 1999, 2009-2012. The girls’ basketball team won a State Championship in 2006 and the girls’ volleyball team in 2010. The school is proud of its strong athletic programs.
Student life thrives at the school as students have ample opportunities to get involved in social activities. Every year, a group of students attend March for Life and Destination Jesus. The students in the senior class put on the SEARCH retreat for juniors. Students participate in service clubs by joining INTERACT, Campus Ministry, or Right for Life. High-school students can attend the Homecoming, Frostbite, and Junior-Senior Prom dances. Students have opportunities to participate in numerous academic teams and clubs.
Our parents are essential to the success of the school. Parents have ample opportunities to get involved with the school. Parents can join one of the following organizations, Academic Booster Club, Parents’ Guild, Band Booster Cub, Athletic Booster Club, 21st Century Club or volunteer their time at the school or help out with the various clubs, organizations, and sports teams. We are grateful to parents for entrusting their children to our care.
Central Catholic’s holistic approach to education has helped to create a sense of community that is the hallmark of the school. The entire community comprised of faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, past parents, and friends take pride in providing a well-rounded education for its students.
The school continues to prepare for the future as our goal is to be one of the top schools in the nation. We look forward to the renovations and additions to the Athletic Complex, 1:1 Computing, and Central Catholic University.
Please enjoy our new website as it will help to keep you informed about all the school has to offer.
You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Neil Wagner