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Covington Catholic High School

Covington Catholic High School (abbreviated CCH or CovCath) is a private, Roman Catholic high school for boys in Park Hills, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1925 by Bishop Francis William Howard and Brother George Sauer and is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington. The school is the only boys' high school in Northern Kentucky and one of five in the Cincinnati area. The girls' Notre Dame Academy is located across the street.

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Covington Catholic High School
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Covington Catholic High School is located in the United States
Covington Catholic High School
Covington Catholic High School

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Coordinates39°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
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Other names
  • CCH
  • CovCath
TypePrivate high school
MottoLatin: Pro Deo et patria
(For God and country)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1925; 94 years ago (1925)
Founders
OversightRoman Catholic Diocese of Covington
NCES School ID00515778[1]
PrincipalBob Rowe
ChaplainFr. Michael Hennigen
Teaching staff41.9 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Grades912
GenderBoys
Enrollment603 (2015–2016)[1]
Student to teacher ratio14.4[1]
Campus size30 acres (12 ha)
Color(s)Blue and White         
MascotColonel Covington Colonels.png
NicknameColonels
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe CCH Times
Website

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Covington Catholic traces its roots to St. Joseph Commercial School in Covington. In 1885, Bishop Camillus Paul Maes invited three brothers of the Society of Mary of Dayton, Ohio, to run the all-boys parochial school at St. Joseph's Parish on 12th Street. The brothers later established the commercial school to offer vocational education in business. The school graduated classes from 1892 to 1926.[3][4][unreliable source?]

In 1925, responding to Bishop Francis William Howard's call for a four-year Catholic boy's high school in Northern Kentucky, the Marianists opened Covington Catholic High School at Mother of God on West 6th Street, with a freshman class of 32. The commercial school closed the following year as the brothers chose to devote their efforts to the new high school. High school classes were held in the Mother of God School building until a new building could be completed.[5] Covington Catholic graduated its first class of 17 in 1929. The school received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education that year. In its early years, the school's support and students came primarily from parishes in Covington, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, and Ludlow.[3][4]

Relocation to Park HillsEdit

In the early 1950s, it became apparent that Covington Catholic High School would have to be expanded further to accommodate increased demand. Pastors from 13 Northern Kentucky parishes approved plans for construction of a new 44,000-square-foot (4,100 m2) high school building on a 14-acre (5.7 ha) plot in Park Hills, a few 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 13 parishes shared the cost of the new school, around $845,000 (equivalent to $6.4 million in 2018).[3][4]

The school gymnasium was dedicated on January 29, 1955, when the Purcell High School Cavaliers played Covington Catholic in basketball.[4] Some Kenton County families sent their children to Newport Catholic High School because Covington Catholic lacked a football program.[6] In 1968, the school added a football team that initially practiced at the Ludlow landfill.[7] Wooten Field was later added for football, and the baseball field was completely rebuilt. A building containing a weight room, locker rooms, showers, and offices was added in 1988 to accommodate the growing needs of athletic teams.[4][6]

Covington Catholic's athletic program benefited from a 1979 Ohio High School Athletic Association rule, affirmed in Alerding v. OHSAA, that barred Kentucky residents from participating in Ohio high school athletic competitions. Parents began sending their children to Covington Catholic instead of nationally renowned Moeller High School in Cincinnati.[7]

Project Team BuildEdit

In 1968, Covington Catholic introduced Project Team Build in response to the financial and staffing challenges that parochial schools were experiencing. The program consisted of modular scheduling, team teaching, independent study, and grading based on self-assessments, with increased participation by parents. Religious education became self-directed with an emphasis on elective courses. An "open campus" policy permitted students to leave the campus when not attending a class.[8][9]

The school was accredited by the Kentucky Department of Education as an experimental school and won recognition for educational innovation.[10][9] However, the governing Board of Pastors objected to the open campus policy and religion curriculum. In April 1971, after failed negotiations with the 12-member board, 30 of 46 faculty members resigned, including the principal, Fr. Richard K. Knuge. The Society of Mary permanently withdrew from the school.[3][11][12] Kenneth J. Gross became the first lay principal that year, and the board was reorganized to include parents and laypeople. The open campus policy remained but was limited to seniors in good standing.[13]

ExpansionEdit

On October 29, 2002, construction of the current building began directly behind the original structure. It opened in December 7, 2003, and contains four computer labs. Since the new school has been built, renovations have been made to the football field, baseball complex, and gymnasium.[3][4] Wooten Field was converted to synthetic turf with markings for American football and soccer.[14] In October 2003, Covington Catholic became the first high school in the Cincinnati area to ban tailgate parties at on-campus sporting events.[15]

The campus expanded again in 2010 with the acquisition of 5 acres (2.0 ha) and an adjoining church property with a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) building,[4] now called the Griffin Centre.[14] Covington Catholic began a $7.6 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the school's other facilities. As part of phase 1, the Yung Family Tennis Complex opened in early 2016 and a new academic building opened soon after. In August 2017, the school opened a renovated Wooten Field at Dennis Griffin Stadium. The $2.6 million project upgraded the field, stands, and press box and added floodlights for night games.[16] A new building opened in 2018 to house the school's STEM program and a 200-seat auditorium for drama and music classes. A south campus building will include a new cafeteria and alumni center. Phase 2 will renovate the existing gymnasium and build a separate multipurpose gymnasium.[17]

The campus comprises 30 acres (12 ha).[4] The gymnasium is the only building remaining from when the school moved to Park Hills.[14]

AcademicsEdit

Students applying to Covington Catholic are required to take the Scholastic Testing Service's High School Placement Test (HSPT).[18]

In 2015, Covington Catholic partnered with Project Lead the Way to introduce a STEM program. As of 2016, a quarter of enrolled students take classes in this program.[19]

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Covington Catholic as a National Blue Ribbon School for the 2007–08 and 2016–17 school years.[20]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

AthleticsEdit

Covington Catholic athletic teams are known as the Colonels,[16] and the student cheering section is known as the Colonel Crazies.[21] As of 2018, the Colonels have won 21 Kentucky High School Athletic Association championships. From 1987 to 2015, under athletic director Mike Guidugli, the Colonels won 10 state championships, 21 state runner-up titles, and 130 regional titles. As of 2014, two-thirds of the student body participates in KHSAA-sanctioned sports.[22]

Since its football debut in 1968,[6] the Colonels have been one of three dominant high school football teams in Northern Kentucky, along with Beechwood and Highlands.[23] The Colonels have won seven state championships at the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the eighth most in the state. Originally, Covington Catholic was placed in Class 3A for postseason competition; it won the state championship in this class in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1997, and 2006.[24] In a 2007 statewide realignment of boy's high school football teams, Covington Catholic was placed in Class 5A; as of 2018, they have won one state championship in this class, in 2017.[25] The school's District 5 competitors are Boone County, Conner, Cooper, and Highlands.[26] The Colonels play home games on the school grounds, at Wooten Field at Dennis Griffin Stadium.[16]

The baseball team plays home games at Tom Berger Field.[14] The team has won a single state championship, in 2002.[27]

The swimming and diving teams practice at Silverlake Recreation Center in Erlanger and at Northern Kentucky University.[28] Covington Catholic has won five state championships, in 1962 (in class B), 1974 (tied with Ft. Thomas Highlands in class AA), 1977 and 1978 (in class AA), and 1983.[29]

Covington Catholic fielded its first soccer team in 1977.[30] It won its first state championship in 2015.[31]

The Colonels have also won two KHSAA championship titles in basketball (2014[32] and 2018[33]), two in cross country (1982 and 1994 in class AA),[34] two in golf (1969 and 1984),[35] and one in track and field (2009 in class AA).[36]

ControversyEdit

January 2019 Lincoln Memorial incidentEdit

Covington Catholic sends students to the March for Life each year; nearly half of the student body attended in 2015.[37] On January 18, 2019, the school attracted attention when viral videos showed Nathan Phillips, a Native American who was participating in an Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C., encountering a group of their students.[38][39][40] The students were visiting the Lincoln Memorial after participating in the Washington March for Life.[38] The students were initially widely condemned on the basis of a short video and reported accounts from Phillips. Longer videos fueled controversy and discussion on what exactly occurred.[41] Several media sources issued retractions, corrections, and apologies.[42][43][44][45]

The school and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington initially apologized to Phillips and said that they would further investigate the matter.[46] Bishop Roger Joseph Foys subsequently apologized to the student involved, saying, "We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely."[47]

An investigation into the event conducted by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc. found no "offensive or racial statements" were made by the Covington Catholic students.[48] Following the Washington D.C. incident, the students involved were not punished in any form. However, following the incident, drastic changes were made within the school to better protect the students attending after numerous bomb and gun threats.[49]

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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  2. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e Schroeder, David E. (2009). "Covington Catholic High School". In Tenkotte, Paul A.; Claypool, James C. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. pp. 239–240. ISBN 978-0-8131-2565-7 – via Issuu.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Covington Catholic High School History". Covington Catholic High School. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007.
  5. ^ "High School To Be Ready in Fall For Catholic Students of Covington, Bishop Says". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Kentucky ed.). June 10, 1926. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b c Sweeney, Michael R. (2009). "Newport Central Catholic High School". In Tenkotte, Paul A.; Claypool, James C. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. pp. 354–355. ISBN 978-0-8131-2565-7 – via Issuu.
  7. ^ a b Gamble, Tom (December 2, 1994). "From ashes rose a state powerhouse - Once awful CovCath eyes 4th football championship". The Kentucky Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. 1K – via NewsBank. Covington Catholic Football Coach Lynn Ray stands near the Ludlow dump, where his team practiced when he started coaching 20 years ago. Players cleared away the garbage to play football. … In the early 1980s, too, CovCath was aided by a ruling of the Ohio High School Athletic Association that prohibited Kentucky residents attending Ohio high schools from participating in athletics. For years, Cincinnati Moeller had attracted some of Northern Kentucky's top prep football players. But the ruling began to keep many at home - and enabled Ray to continue his building process, which was escalated by CovCath's first state playoff appearance in 1984.
  8. ^ Brookshire, Kay (February 14, 1971). "It's What's Happening At Covington Catholic". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Combined Communications. p. 3–K – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ a b Kuettner, Al (December 2, 1970). "New idea in study: Covington Catholic throws traditional education out". The Cincinnati Post & Times-Star. E. W. Scripps Company. p. 15 – via NewsBank.
  10. ^ Valentine, Carole (August 18, 1970). "Innovation at CCHS: Mrs. Malony Tells Catholic Women About It". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Kentucky ed.). Covington, Kentucky: Combined Communications. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Brookshire, Kay (April 6, 1971). "Marianist Evaluator Commends CCHS Staff". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Kentucky ed.). Covington, Kentucky: Combined Communications. p. 41 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Kaufman, Ben L. (April 3, 1971). "Covington Teachers Quit Catholic School". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Combined Communications. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Brookshire, Kay (May 14, 1971). "Layman New Principal of 'Covington Catholic'". The Cincinnati Enqurier (Kentucky ed.). Covington, Kentucky: Combined Communications. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ a b c d "Our Campus". Covington Catholic High School. Archived from the original on June 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Eigelbach, Kevin (October 30, 2003). "CovCath tailgating ban is 'preemptive'". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. A1 – via NewsBank. Covington Catholic High School has a new principal, a new building, a brand-new parking lot and now a new policy against tailgate parties before Colonels football games and other sporting events. It may be a first in Greater Cincinnati, where the trend has been toward more tailgating rather than less.
  16. ^ a b c Weber, James (August 14, 2017). "After 50 years of football, CovCath debuts stadium lights". The Community Recorder. Fort Mitchell, Kentucky: Gannett Company. p. 1B. Retrieved January 21, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
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  19. ^ Mayhew, Chris (February 4, 2016). "CovCath engineers a passion for robotics". Campbell Community Recorder. Fort Thomas, Kentucky: Gannett Company. p. 5A – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized, 1982 Through 2018" (PDF). United States Department of Education. November 27, 2018. p. 65. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Londberg, Max; Weber, James (January 25, 2019). "Chants, cheers and the question of insensitivity: The culture of CovCath". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved March 17, 2019. Covington Catholic is known for its zealous chanting, according to alumni. They say the school takes pride in its sports. … The Colonel Crazies [is] the name given [to] the school's student cheering section. … But others contend the paint is simply part of a spirited school culture, one whose motto is 'with a spirit that will not die.' 'That's largely related to the Holy Spirit,' said Kentucky state Rep. Adam Koenig, an Erlanger Republican and 1989 graduate of the school. 'But it also is related to the athletic spirit.'
  22. ^ a b Weber, James (July 23, 2015). "Short Hops". The Community Recorder. Gannett Company. p. 1B – via Newspapers.com.
  23. ^ Tenkotte, Paul A.; Claypool, James C., eds. (2009). "Football". The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. pp. 354–355. ISBN 978-0-8131-2565-7 – via Google Books.
  24. ^ "Football" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  25. ^ "KHSAA Football Record Book" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. July 25, 2018. p. 1.
  26. ^ "Current Alignment of Team – Football – 2019 through 2022 Playing Seasons". Kentucky High School Athletic Association. May 9, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  27. ^ "Baseball" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  28. ^ "Swimming/Diving - Varsity Overview". Covington Catholic High School. Archived from the original on December 10, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  29. ^ "Swimming – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  30. ^ "John Toebben, coach of NKU soccer team". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. April 29, 2003. p. A7 – via NewsBank. The Fort Wright resident also started the soccer programs at Covington Catholic High School in 1977 and Covington Latin School in 1980.
  31. ^ "Soccer – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  32. ^ "Basketball – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  33. ^ "KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16® Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. April 2, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  34. ^ "Cross Country – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  35. ^ "Golf – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  36. ^ "Track – Boys" (PDF). 2017–2018 KHSAA Handbook. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  37. ^ Van Benschoten, Amanda (January 23, 2015). "Thousands of local students in D.C. for anti-abortion rally". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. A20 – via Newspapers.com.
  38. ^ a b Londberg, Max (January 19, 2019). "'Blatant racism': Ky. high school apologizes following backlash after video shows students surrounding indigenous marchers". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
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  40. ^ Mervosh, Sarah (January 19, 2019). "Viral Video Shows Boys in 'Make America Great Again' Hats Surrounding Native Elder". The New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  41. ^ Mervosh, Sarah; Rueb, Emily S. (January 21, 2019). "Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video of Native American Man and Catholic Students". The New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  42. ^ Levine, Jon (January 21, 2019). "National Review Pulls Article Saying Covington Students 'Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross'". TheWrap. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  43. ^ Michael E., Miller (January 22, 2019). "Viral standoff between a tribal elder and a high schooler is more complicated than it first seemed". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  44. ^ Zimmerman, Julie Irwin (January 21, 2019). "I Failed the Covington Catholic Test". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  45. ^ Bogost, Ian (January 21, 2019). "Stop Trusting Viral Videos". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
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  48. ^ Stellars, Frances; Williams, Kevin (February 13, 2019). "Investigation finds no evidence of 'racist or offensive statements' by Covington Catholic students during Lincoln Memorial incident". The Washington Post.
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