“(We are) preparing our students for better days to come.” – Basil Moreau, Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross

Dear Cathedral Family,

In less than a week, we will kick off the 101st year of Cathedral High School! We are thrilled to welcome the 265 members of the Class of 2023 to ‘The Hill.’ Our freshmen class represents 73 schools, 15 cities, and nine counties. Everywhere they turn, freshmen will find teachers, administrators, and upperclassmen who are excited to help and show them ‘The Cathedral Way.’ Our theme this year is Family, and it doesn’t take newcomers long to discover Cathedral is a wonderful family, full of people who are willing to help and make sure our freshmen (and all of our students) have a great high school experience. 

It was a spectacular summer for Camp Cathedral! Camp Cathedral is a robust, thriving program that supports our mission at Cathedral High School. This summer, we offered 32 sports camps and 57 enrichment camps, for a total of 89 choices. There were a total of 808 families who participated this year. Of those families, Cathedral welcomed 1,032 campers! Special thanks to Camp Director Anthony Ernst and all of the teachers, students, and friends of Cathedral who worked so hard to ensure another successful summer camp season.

We also welcomed 227 students to our High School Placement Test Academy. The HSPT Academy is well known for helping eighth graders improve their scores on the High School Placement Test Exam. Thank you to the teachers who led the academy and the admissions team for making sure eighth grade students, who came to us from 30 schools across central Indiana, felt welcomed on campus.

As all of you know, we also met with faculty, students, and parents over the summer to discuss Cathedral’s termination of a teacher. We are holding a similar forum for alumni and past parents in a couple of weeks. We thank everyone who has shown support and concern during what has been a painful time for Cathedral High School. I can assure you this is not the end of the process.  We vow to continue to listen and discern the best way to serve our students and our community as a Catholic, Holy Cross school which is committed to living Christ’s teaching to love one another. As our school has so often done, we will use this difficult issue as an opportunity to be even better.

Basil Moreau, Founder of Congregation of Holy Cross said, “(We are) preparing our students for better days to come.” And that, my friends, is where our primary focus must be at this time—on our students. We are committed to making sure our students have a phenomenal 2019-20 school year.  We are dedicated in a passionate way to preserving and building upon the great legacy of Cathedral High School as we plan for this year and years to come. 

Thank you, as always, for your steadfast support, and please join me in thanking God for our 100-plus years and humbly asking Him for many, many more.

Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

August 2
Counseling Summer Workshops

August 3
Lughnasa Freshman Orientation

August 5
Faculty/Staff Retreat

August 6
Faculty/Staff Inservice

August 7
Freshmen Technology Orientation
Senior Picnic

August 8
First Day of School! 

August 10
Black Alumni Council Cookout

August 15
All-School Mass

August 16
All-School Assembly

August 21
Yearbook Picture Day

August 22
Yearbook Picture Day

Meet the Teacher Night                         View Full Calendar >

News from Cathedral

Streiff Named to
Butler Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former varsity head football coach and current athletic director Rick Streiff on being selected for the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Streiff has compiled a 211-90 career record as a high school coach. He guided Cathedral to a state record ten Indiana state championships (1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

During his playing days at Butler, Streiff was a three-year starter and four-year varsity letterwinner at wide receiver. He finished his career with 58 receptions for 877 yards and 13 touchdowns. Streiff ranked second on the team in receiving yards in 1983, helping BU to a 9-0-1 regular season record which resulted in a Heartland Collegiate Conference Championship and Butler's first berth into the NCAA Division II playoffs. Streiff was named Second Team All-Heartland Collegiate Conference in 1983 after scoring eight touchdowns. His football career would continue on the sidelines as one of the most successful high school football coaches in the state of Indiana.

Streiff retired from coaching football at Cathedral in November of 2017, and was named athletic director in July of 2018.

Streiff will be inducted into the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame in September.

Speech and Debate Students Compete at Nationals

The Cathedral Speech and Debate Team had an amazing run at the National Finals in Dallas this summer. Our nine speakers competed against 8,000 students from all over the world. Great job, Coach Jeanne Malone and team!

Alex Koers '19 finished as a national semi-finalist in Congressional Debate. 

Nick Grill '20, Alex Koers '19, and Anna Pohl '19 finished in the top 90 of Impromptu out of 1,200 students and made it to the quarter finals.

Victoria Akinwande '20 finished in the top 200 of Extemporaneous Debate out of 800 students.

          Irish Cheerleaders Win Several Awards

Congratulations to our Irish Cheerleaders who brought home multiple trophies at UCA Camp at the University of Kentucky. Welcome to our new coaches this year, Kennedy Drago and Lauren Streiff '12.

                        Football Day of Service 

Members of the Irish football team started their July service day with mass, followed by working on campus picking weeds and spreading mulch. Thank you to Coach Bill Peebles '88 and team!! Go, Irish!!
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