A Message from The President
President Bridges shared the following remarks on October 1 during the Evening of Excellence, which included an announcement about a third consecutive tuition freeze!
An excerpt from the book, Cathedral Seventy-Five Years-She's Still Dear Old Cathedral, pages 3-4.
"The war in France was going well for the Allies. Rumors of an armistice were rampant, but the most deadly attack on the civilian population had been the influenza epidemic, which was still ravaging the country. Hundreds of thousands of American lives had been taken by the Spanish Flu so far, and Indianapolis citizens were still battling the germ or recovering from the brain fever and rheumatic problems that followed in the Flu's wake. "I rode a bike to school, Stanley Boyle '21, recalled, "and wore a mask over my face. Everybody wore masks. It looked like Halloween, but it was necessary." The three existing public high schools, Shortridge, Manual, and Tech, closed for a month to avoid the contagion of 'the grippe,' but Cathedral continued its classes. "(As kids) We were disappointed," Boyle recalls, "but that was to be an indication of the kind of school Cathedral would become." - September 1918
This excerpt, from 102 years ago, during another worldwide pandemic, shows that Cathedral started, way back in year one, with a goal to be different. To be better. To be great. That Fighting Irish spirit, personified in this quote, has been emblematic of how we do things here. We choose greatness. When we selected Greatness is Calling as our new tagline this past summer, it resonated from day one. This does not happen by accident. By being CHS supporters, you also choose greatness for yourself and your own family. In a world that has always had bad and good throughout our history, why would you NOT choose greatness?
This past summer, in addition to committing ourselves to figure out a way to provide face-to-face instruction for our students, our leadership team made time to look to the future. Yes, we were socially distant, and yes, safety was at the front of our minds. But as we began the process to plan our future, fear was NOT a factor. As the Holy Cross Brothers in 1918, we are determined to prayerfully and prudently navigate these interesting times with an eye on always being great, and always intentionally choosing to be great.
Our next year, and five years, bring the promise that we are not standing still. The evidence of that is right here on campus, as our Innovation Center has stubbornly continued despite the pandemic. But this fantastic new building is not all that we are doing to prepare for the future. We are looking to fulfill our vision to be the Catholic school of the future by taking innovation and creativity to all school areas. We are, right now, in the process of building an exciting and bold plan in our academic and athletic areas, led by the brightest minds in Indianapolis. As a diverse and inclusive school, we are not shying away from today's hot-button issues, but instead figuring out how we can teach students on both sides of challenging issues in the solid context of our Catholic faith and in the tried and true framework of Holy Cross education.
Our leaders have been tasked with choosing greatness in our technology, student life, admissions and advancement efforts, and our financial approach. We also choose to be great in our facilities. Ten school leaders, working with at least two board members, are creating a draft five-year plan, which they will present to the full board at our November retreat. We will share this plan with all of you shortly after that.
The courage and tenacity of Cathedral High School is not an accident, nor is the high level of achievement we enjoy in all areas of our school. Greatness is indeed calling. It always has been, and we continue to answer that call, just like we did in 1918 and every year since. Oh, and one thing more. More greatness. In the spirit of courage and tenacity, we have agreed to, and I am pleased to announce, for the third consecutive year, freeze our tuition for the 2021-2022 school year! I only know of one educational institution that has been able to do that. Boiler Up!
I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement. Go Irish, and remember, Greatness is Calling.
Cathedral Raises More Than One Million Dollars in One Night - Inducts New Class Into Circle of Excellence
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Evening of Excellence! We raised a whopping $1,070,684 for the Cathedral Fund! Thank you to all who gave so generously so that we can continue our mission to transform the hearts and minds of a diverse group of students to have the competence to see and the courage to act. Please click here for the Greatness is Calling video that was shown during the event.
Congratulations to the Circle of Excellence inductees who were inducted October 1 during the Evening of Excellence. Congratulations to Fr. William Munshower '50 (posthumous), Jim McLinn '70, Jean Kesterson, Melinda Bundy, Hon. '94, John Davis '66, Samantha Peszek '10, Tom Greer, Ph.D., Hon.'19, John Quinn '65, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Barnard (posthumous). John Munshower '62 accepted the award on behalf of his brother, Fr. Munshower; Marcia Reynolds accepted the honor on behalf of her friend, Betsy Barnard, and Kevin Davis '95 and Ryan Davis '06 received the award for their father, John Davis.
Attendees each received the Irish Impact Report. Please click here for the online version.
Sir Jonathan Thompson '22
Please enjoy the speech Sir Jonathan Thompson '22 delivered during the Evening of Excellence. If you'd like to make a gift to help amazing students like Sir Jonathan attend Cathedral High School, please click here. Thank you!
Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon
The goal of this year’s Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon is to give the Cathedral community (students, current parents, alumnae, etc.) the opportunity to discuss issues faced by women - whether it be “breaking the glass ceiling” when it comes to leadership in the workplace, maintaining a work/life balance, or bridging the visibility gap in honoring the unsung female pioneers. This motivational event will enable attendees to learn best practices other women leaders have adopted, learn how to be an effective ally to others, and learn how to create and celebrate a culture of inclusivity.
This year's panel includes Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Dr. Michelle Edwards, Hon. Tanya Walton-Pratt '77, Dr. Kara Allen '01 Soldati, and Angela Smith Jones, J.D.
The luncheon is Thursday, October 29, at 10 a.m. at the Ritz Charles. Click here to register! Thank you to our co-chairs, Mary Susan Buhner and Kristi Macadaeg!
News from Admissions
As we welcome the largest freshmen class in years, we are already making plans for the Class of 2025!
While the Early Admission deadline has passed, there's still time to enroll in the Class of 2025! The admissions deadline is Tuesday, December 15. Visit our website to learn more about the admissions process or contact our Admissions Team at gocathedral.com/admissions or (317) 968-7370.
We are offering the High School Placement Test several times this school year, including October 3, November 7, December 5, and January 9, 2021. Check out our admissions calendar on the website to get more information.
We also invite you to register today for our
Virtual Open House. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of our sprawling 40-acre campus as you experience Cathedral virtually. The event will include Q-and-A panels, performances, testimonials, and giveaways. Greatness is calling, so register today!
October 5 - 9
Flu Shot Clinic for Educators & Students
Freshmen Day of Recollection
Raffle Free Day
Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon
Luck of the Leprechaun
The race is so tight to determine the winning class for the Luck of the Leprechaun Student Fundraiser, we've decided to extend the deadline! Students now have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, to raise money and help their class get spirit points! Want to find out more about the student fundraiser? Want to help a student reach his/her goal?
Click here to find out more and thank you for supporting Cathedral's mission!
Cathedral students are thankful to be back on the Hill, and they desperately want to stay on campus! Check out this PSA produced by our outstanding Broadcast Class, and don't forget to mask up, Cathedral!
Blessing of the Beams/
Innovation Center Update
Special thanks to Rev. Eric Augenstein, MDiv.'96, for blessing our beam, signed by students, educators, and donors. After the blessing, guests were treated to a tour of the Innovation Center construction site. One of the highlights was the new Spirit Shop! Stay tuned for information on when it will be open for business. We thank God for all the gifts that have led to this new space to fulfill our mission of educating hearts and minds. Continued blessings to all who are working tirelessly to prepare our students for the world and ultimately for heaven.
More beams for the Innovation Center arrived this week. Click here for an exciting time-lapse video.
*In Need of Artist*
We are seeking an artist to execute artwork for a feature wall in the Innovation Center. The artwork will be inspired by the Innovation Center's mission of providing facilities to enhance STEM education at the school. It will strike a balance between Cathedral's rich century-old history, Holy Cross core values, and the most up-to-date exploration. View or submit a portfolio on the Request for Qualification. The deadline is October 18.
Thank you, Coach Low!
Boys volleyball head coach Rhonda Low is retiring from coaching after a historic career! She has the most wins in Indiana boys volleyball history and won nine state titles as head coach! She will continue teaching at Cathedral. Tyler McClure '08 has been named the new head coach for boys volleyball. Click here to read more. We are so grateful for Coach Low! May God bless her as she retires from coaching, and best of luck to Coach McClure!