|Catholic Memorial High School|
Waukesha, (Waukesha County), Wisconsin 53186|
Caritas in Omnibus|
(Charity in All Things)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee|
|Color(s)||Marian Blue & Pontifical Gold|
|Athletics conference||Classic 8 Conference|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Athletic Director||Matthew Bergan|
Catholic Memorial High School (or CMH) is a co-educational Catholic high school in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Established in 1949, it is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and is a World School in the International Baccalaureate Organization.
In the early 1920s, St. Joseph's Parish in Waukesha County raised $10,000 for a high school. In 1949, Catholic Memorial High School opened as a parochial school for St. Joseph Parish. The school was named for the 23 men of St. Joseph's who died in World War II. Later, the dedication of the school was extended to include all graduates and former students of Catholic Memorial who have died in service to their country. With the contributions of the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 97 freshmen began attending classes in September 1949. The last of the teaching sisters left CMH in June 2002 after more than 50 years of service. The school is now operated by a Board of Directors, comprising both lay persons and clergy.
In its first 10 years, enrollment at CMH grew to more than 500 (the capacity of the original building). In 1959, it became an Archdiocesan high school for the parishes of Waukesha County. Additions completed in 1961 included classrooms, a cafeteria, and the first gym. Six years later, the chapel, library, and theater were added. Phase I of another addition was completed in 1991. This new wing at the southwest corner of the building houses science, art, math, and foreign language facilities. In 1993, a gift from the will of Stephen Weber more than 40 years earlier was given to the school. This gift remains the school's largest donation. Subsequently, the original 1961 gym was named to honor Stephen's mother, Julia Weber. Phase II, which was started in 1997 and completed the following year, included the InPro Athletic Center, named after the company of a donor, included repairs to the original building, two computer labs, and a renovated theater. As part of this effort, the theater's stage was named "The Grasch Family Stage" after its donors.
Catholic Memorial High School encourages students to participate in Catholic activities such as Mass, Reconciliation (Confession), daily prayer, ritual sacrifices, observation of liturgical seasons, and retreats.
The school also offers academic courses designed to provide students with a grounding in Catholicism.
The school's motto is "Caritas in Omnibus," Latin for "charity in all things".
Catholic Memorial is a college preparatory school. Its curriculum is divided into 13 departments: art, business education, computer science, English, family and consumer education, fitness and wellness, mathematics, music, science, social studies, technical education, theology, and world language. To graduate, students are required to complete 26 credits in different areas of study.
Catholic Memorial is a participant in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), which allows students to gain internationally accepted college credits after passing IB exams. CMH began the IB program in 2005.
Catholic Memorial has several extracurricular clubs, including the National Honor Society. CMH encourages students to engage in community service and offers many service-oriented activities.
Catholic Memorial's mascot is a Crusader. The name "Crusaders" was first used by a former sports editor of The Waukesha Freeman.
Catholic Memorial has been a member of the WIAA Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association since 2000, after the disbandment of WISAA, (Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association). The school competes in the Classic 8 Conference. In 2007, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rated Catholic Memorial's athletic program second in the greater Milwaukee Area.
The school offers the following sports:
In 2000, girls' varsity soccer won the Wisconsin State and NSCAA National Championship