One Hundred Years. Wow. Think about that for a minute. We are here, at this special and beloved place, during an historic time. It is something that humbles and impresses me. We use this time to celebrate our current accomplishments, look forward to an exciting future, and reflect on our impressive past. To understand where it all began, please read the following paragraph from the official Brothers of Holy Cross Provincial Archives in Notre Dame, Indiana:
Cathedral High School may be considered as a monument to the late bishop of Indianapolis, the Most Reverend Joseph Chartrand, D.D. At the time of his silver jubilee to the priesthood, September 24, 1917, the members of the Cathedral parish, which he had served uninterruptedly since his ordination on September 24, 1892, felt that some mark of appreciation and gratitude should be shown to him for his untiring labors in their behalf. But what would be most pleasing to him?

Well, we all know that WE are “what would be most pleasing to him.” Cathedral High School was born out of a yearning to thank a tireless priest and bishop for his service to the faithful. But did you know that the actual first day of school back in that first year was delayed four days due to the death of another priest and bishop, the Most Reverend Francis Chatard? And so, on September 13, 1918, 90 boys, freshmen and sophomores, under the tutelage of three Holy Cross Brothers, began the life of Cathedral High School.

Now, all of these years later, we can look back on so many people to thank, starting with priests, bishops, and Brothers of the Holy Cross. We also thank the people of the parish who met on that Monday evening, September 17, 1917, to spawn the idea of creating a high school and raising the $50,000 needed to make it a reality.

Over the past 100 years, countless more men and women have worked tirelessly to carry on the tradition that started back on that Monday in 1917. We ask unabashedly for support, in terms of prayers, volunteer efforts, and yes, in the form of hard-earned cash. And while asking for money is not anyone’s favorite thing to do, we have been able to reach fundraising goals each year because we have a noble mission: breathe much-needed financial resources into this place and keep it going for another year, ten years, and more. You can be counted as among the thousands of Cathedral supporters who, since that initial fundraising meeting on September 17, 1917, have been serving the honorable purpose of allowing the faithful to be a part of something special, something timeless, something blessed and good.

As we prepare for the final days leading up to our Centennial activities September 13-15, amidst all of the tech-driven business and craziness of our lives in 2018, I ask you to hearken back to those first days on the second story of a grade school building at 13th and Pennsylvania Streets, and later to a new and larger building at 14th and Meridian, and still later when we moved to our current location on “the hill” on 56th street. The Cathedral faithful have been answering the bell for all of these years and the tradition continues today. If you are reading this, and these memories are striking you as significant, I urge you to rekindle your love for our school. Be a part of us once again. Renew your commitment to support our school and to help ensure its viability for another 100 years. If we don’t do it, who will? In 1917, it was the time for a group of parishioners who wanted to bring to reality the dream of a tireless priest and bishop. Today, the dream continues. And you are in that room, a part of the team, that continues to make this dream a living, breathing, dynamic, and faith-filled reality.

Thank you and may God continue to bless Cathedral High School! Go, Irish!

Faithfully and humbly,
Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

September 3
No School
Labor Day
September 6
Student Activities Fair
September 13
Cathedral Day of Service
100 Year Mass
SS Peter and Paul Cathedral - 6 p.m.
Harvest Hop - 7 p.m.
September 14
Centennial Golf Outing 
Maple Creek Golf & Country Club - 10 a.m.
Family Fan Fest - 5 p.m.
Cathedral vs. St. Xavier - U of Indy - 7:00 p.m.
September 15
Grand Gala - JW Marriott
6 p.m.
September 18
Mini College Fair
September 24-28
Spirit Week
September 28

News from Cathedral


Cathedral's excellence was established early on in her history. Coach Al Freeney started the football tradition that remains intact a century later. The Fighting Irish also excelled at hoops. In 1932, the school's basketball team travelled to Chicago to claim the National Catholic Championship. 

In 1939, many Cathedral seniors left school to join the war effort. The younger boys opened a War Bond Drive and Cathedral became the first school in Indianapolis to fly the Minuteman Flag. The Minuteman Flag was awarded to schools and businesses that exceeded a greater than 90 percent participation in bond purchases.

The 1940s saw a few firsts for Cathedral. It was in 1945 that, for the first time, Cathedral had two full-time paid varsity team coaches, the legendary "Papa Joe" Dezelan and Cleon "Goofy" Reynolds. It was also in the 1940s that Cathedral hosted her first Open House.

By the 1950s and 60s, young men were travelling from all over Indianapolis and surrounding areas to attend Cathedral. One of our graduates from that era, James Muller '61, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for his work as a co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Cathedral's reputation for excellence in academics, the arts and athletics started when she was downtown and continues today. Throughout this year, we'll continue to share more of Cathedral's history with all of you. If you have a Cathedral story to share, please send it to

                        Happy 100th, Cathedral High School!
We can't wait to see you as we mark this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Our celebration begins as we thank God for our past and pray for His blessings for our future. The 100 Year Mass is Thursday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. After Mass, you can walk across the street to the "Original Cathedral" at 14th and Meridian for the Harvest Hop. Tickets are $35 a person and you can register here.

The excitement continues Friday, September 14 with the Centennial Golf Outing at the Maple Creek Golf and Country Club. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Simply register here.

Nobody tailgates quite like the Fighting Irish, so be sure to join us for the Family Fan Fest on September 14 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the University of Indianapolis. The football kicks off against St. Xavier (Cincinnati) at 7:00 p.m. Go, Irish!

Our anniversary weekend wraps up in grand style with our Grand Gala at the JW Marriott. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from your favorite teachers and learn about some exciting plans in the works for our beloved Cathedral. We only have a few spots left, so don't delay. Register here today. 
                                       Spread The Word!
The 2018-19 school year is off to a great start! Let's keep the momentum going and spread the word to eighth graders and their families about the transformative education that happens at Cathedral High School! Share these important dates and links with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Shadow for a Day - Being a VIP or Very Irish Person gives eighth graders, and students considering transferring to Cathedral, an opportunity to spend a day in the life of one of our students. The first Shadow Day is Monday, September 17. To find out more, go to

Parent Preview Days - These days give parents/guardians the opportunity to see Cathedral in action during the day. The first Parent Preview Day is Thursday, September 20. To find out more, go to
Open House - Open House is Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. You can attend Mass in the Our Lady of Providence Chapel in Kelly Hall at 5:00 p.m. Open House is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to meet current students, parents and alumni. Middle schoolers can also interact with teachers and students in every academic department. It's also a wonderful opportunity to learn about clubs, activities and athletics. To find out more, go to
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