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Detroit Catholic Central High School

Detroit Catholic Central High School, commonly known as Catholic Central (CC), is a private, Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school in Novi, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1928 in Detroit, Michigan by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the school is operated by the Congregation of St. Basil.

Detroit Catholic Central High School
Detroit Catholic Central High School is located in Michigan
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Detroit Catholic Central High School is located in the United States
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Detroit Catholic Central High School
27225 Wixom Road


United States
Coordinates42°29′22″N 83°32′26″W / 42.48944°N 83.54056°W / 42.48944; -83.54056Coordinates: 42°29′22″N 83°32′26″W / 42.48944°N 83.54056°W / 42.48944; -83.54056
MottoTeach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Congregation of St. Basil
Patron saint(s)Mary, Alma Mater (The Blessed Mother)
PrincipalDennis Noelke
ChaplainJames O'Neill
Teaching staff76.0 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,072[1] (2015-16)
Student to teacher ratio14.1[1]
Color(s)Royal Blue and White         
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School League
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe Spectrum
YearbookThe Shamrock

The school was originally located on Harper Avenue in Detroit with an enrollment of 280 students; the school has made several moves in its history and now has an enrollment of over 1,000 students at its 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus in Novi.

"Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge" is the motto of the school in which it strives to prepare young men to become productive members of church and society.

The schools mascot, the Shamrock, represents the three persons of the Trinity, as shamrocks have three clovers. The school colors, royal blue and white, are the colors of the school's patron and alma mater – the Virgin Mary.



Detroit Catholic Central was founded in 1928 in Detroit and was originally located on Harper Avenue, at the site of Holy Rosary Church. In 1934, control of Catholic Central was assumed by the Basilian Fathers and the school moved to 60 Belmont Street, just north of the Woodward Avenue site of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school's enrollment continued rising, so the Basilians purchased a 17-acre (69,000 m2) tract of land on the corner of Hubbell and West Outer Drive. Though the planned construction was not complete until 1961, Catholic Central moved into 6565 West Outer Drive (a site that would later be occupied by the Detroit Public Schools' Renaissance High School and is presently occupied by the Foreign Language Immersion School) in 1951.

The Belmont Street location later housed the similarly named Detroit Cathedral High School, staffed by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, from 1954 until 1970, when the building closed as a high school for good (it was later used as a satellite campus for Wayne County Community College). The building was razed during the remodel of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.

Detroit Catholic Central would remain on West Outer Drive until 1978, when it moved out of the city of Detroit. The school utilized a former middle school in Redford (George C. Marshall Junior High) that became available when the South Redford School District consolidated its two junior highs into one school. Although this was only intended to be a temporary move, Catholic Central remained in Redford at 14200 Breakfast Drive for another 27 years. In July 2005, the school relocated to 27225 Donoher Drive, at the far northwest corner of the city of Novi, near Wixom.[citation needed]

The current campus, built for $30 million, opened in August 2005. At the time it had 920 students.[3]


The new campus, opened in August 2005, sits on 60 acres (240,000 m2) of wooded land in the suburban city of Novi. The land and most of the funding for construction was donated by friends and alumni of the school. It was named for alumnus Patrick M. Nesbitt. Facilities include a 350-person capacity chapel, a laboratory for each scientific discipline, five computer labs, art and music studios, computer connectivity in every room, a fitness center, two gymnasiums, an indoor track, eight tennis courts, two baseball fields, and a 4,500 seat athletic stadium with Field Turf and an outdoor track. The Catholic Central Library Media Center is the school's curriculum support hub. The library contains multimedia information and over 14,000 books. The collection is accessed, searched, and circulated via the automated catalog.

Five full computer labs are available for curricular use. Additional computers are available in the Media Center, science labs, the yearbook and newspaper centers, and the art and music suites. Every student is provided with his own user name and e-mail account.


The Shamrocks compete in the Central Division of the Catholic High School League and in Class A/Division I (largest schools) of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

  • Baseball (3 state titles: 1979, 1987, and 1999)[4]
  • Basketball (2 state titles: 1961 and 1976)[5]
  • Bowling (1 state title: 2010)[6]
  • Cross country (6 state titles: 1983, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2009 and 2010)[7]
  • Football (10 state titles: 1979, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2009)[8]
  • Golf (5 state titles: 2003, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017)[9]
  • Ice hockey (14 titles: 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019)[10]
  • Lacrosse (1 state title: 2018)
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (1 state title: 2017)
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis (3 state titles: 1985, 1986, 2010)[11]
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling (14 state titles: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1983, 1988, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019)[12]

Catholic Central's athletic rival is Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills.[13]

The hockey team maintains a rivalry with Trenton High School.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "High school's new home rates 'Wow!'." The Detroit News. August 24, 2005. ID det22236488. Retrieved on October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Yearly Champions - Baseball - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Yearly Champions - Boys Basketball - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Bowling - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Cross Country - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Yearly Champions - Football - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Golf - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Yearly Champions - Ice Hockey- MHSAA Sports". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Tennis - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Team Champions - Wrestling - MHSAA Sports". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
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  15. ^ "Who Was Jay Sebring?". Detroit Free Press. November 18, 2017.

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