Lafayette Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School

Lafayette Central Catholic
Jr/Sr High School

For the Greater Glory of God
2410 South Ninth Street
Lafayette, Indiana, Tippecanoe County 47909-2499
United States
Coordinates 40°23′35″N 86°53′9″W / 40.39306°N 86.88583°W / 40.39306; -86.88583Coordinates: 40°23′35″N 86°53′9″W / 40.39306°N 86.88583°W / 40.39306; -86.88583
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Oversight Lafayette Catholic School System
Principal Neil Wagner
Teaching staff 28.6 (FTE
Grades 712
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 398 (2013-2014)
  Grade 7 79
  Grade 8 73
  Grade 9 66
  Grade 10 66
  Grade 11 56
  Grade 12 58
Student to teacher ratio 13.9
Color(s) Navy Blue and White          
Slogan He Shepherds, We Shape, They Shine
Fight song Fight on, Central Catholic
Athletics conference Hoosier Conference
Nickname Knights
Rivals Lafayette Jeff
West Lafayette
Guerin Catholic
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Yearbook Lance
Affiliation Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Lafayette Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School (often referred to as simply Central Catholic or CC) is a Roman Catholic high school located on the south side of Lafayette, Indiana which lies 65 miles (108 km) northwest of Indianapolis. The school was founded in 1956 under the direction and guidance of Bishop John George Bennett of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana.

The current enrollment nears 400 total students. Grades seven and eight (Junior High) occupy their own separate wing of the building. Central Catholic is the first Catholic high school in the diocese and draws most of its students from the six local parishes, although some students come from parishes outside of the county. The vast majority of Central Catholic students come from the three Lafayette Catholic elementary schools, St. Mary, St. Boniface, and St. Lawrence. 95% of the student body is Roman Catholic.


Central Catholic was founded in 1956.

In 1959, Senator John F. Kennedy brought his presidential campaign to Central Catholic. He spoke before thousands at a fund-raising dinner in McHale Gymnasium.[3]

In 1990, citing a lack of support, money, and enrollment, CC threatened to close its doors. Former bishop, William Higi, announced in the spring of 1990 that CC's doors would close at the end of the school year. The announcement resulted in a strong showing of support from the principal at that time, Dave Worland, which eventually led to the reversal of the decision to close the school's doors.[4]


The demographic breakdown of the 398 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year was:[2]


Central Catholic is currently a member of the Hoosier Athletic Conference. The following sports are offered at CC:[5]

  • Baseball (boys)
    • State champion - 2004, 2007, 2009–2013[6]
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1998, 2000, 2003[6]
    • Girls state champion - 2006, 2015[6]
  • Cheerleading (girls)
  • Cross country (co-ed)
  • Football (boys)
    • State champion - 1976, 1999, 2009-2012, 2015[6]
  • Golf (boys & girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming & diving (boys & girls)
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
  • Track & field (co-ed)
  • Volleyball (girls)
    • State champion - 2010[6]
  • Wrestling (boys)


The Knights historically have rivalries with Jefferson Bronchos and the West Lafayette Red Devils.

In 2006, Central Catholic began a football rivalry series with St. Theodore Guerin High School, the only other Catholic High School in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. A traveling trophy known as the Bishop's Cannon was donated by former Bishop, William Higi.

See also


  1. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  2. 1 2 "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Central Catholic Jr Sr High School". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. "Gallery: Sen. John F. Kennedy visits Lafayette". Journal and Courier. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. "Looking back 25-Years". Lafayette Catholic School System. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. "Team list". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 "IHSAA State Championships by School". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
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