Our History


We have great pride of our long history in Stark County. 

Central Catholic High School was founded in 1946 when Mt. Marie Academy (founded in 1905) and St. John High School (founded in 1925) merged to educate both young men and women.

For more than six decades, Central Catholic has strived to live its mission – to develop in our students, faith, academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to service and social justice.

Central Catholic sits on a breathtaking, 65-acre campus. 
We are still responsibly using the original building constructed in 1905. The history of our campus is celebrated and our traditions remain honored while offering innovative programs and updated facilities.  

We are focused on continual growth to enhance the student & family experience.
2008: The school completed $3.2 million in renovations and upgrades.  The old heating and electrical systems were replaced, academic spaces were vastly improved with dramatic upgrades to science and math classrooms, a graphics computer lab, art rooms, and the offices and main entrance were remodeled. 

2012-2013: A new chapel was built. 

2014: Our gymnasium was remodeled, offering a fantastic venue for athletes and Crusader fans, alike. 

2014-2017: Projects included new restrooms, a new baseball stadium, and a completely renovated football stadium. 

2017: New tennis courts and turf were installed, our outdoor patio for senior study hall was expanded, and our landscaping was updated, along with the restoration of our outdoor Grotto. 

2019: A new track was laid in our football stadium. 

2020-2022: Nearly every hallway has been painted, new interactive boards were installed in every classroom, teachers and students all received brand new Chromebooks and laptops, a new water filtration system was added, and a campaign was launched for a new learning commons set to be completed in 2023.

2022-2023: Girls locker room was remodeled, state-of-the-art student learning commons was added, and the old convent which was no longer useable was demolished.

We offer a well-rounded student experience personalized to each student's interests and needs. 

Central Catholic offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Approximately 95% of each graduating class attends college. Our academic program helps students far exceed the state and national percentiles on the ACT, SAT, and AP tests.

While 95% of our students attend college right after graduation, 5% of our students seek full-time employment, join the armed forces, or pursue vocational training. Students are prepared for life after high school with hands-on classes in potential career fields.

The academic offerings are enhanced by a competitive athletic program, an outstanding arts program including music, speech & debate, and a drama department, our campus ministry programs, and other strong student activities. 
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