Catholic Memorial High School (Waukesha, Wisconsin)
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Catholic Memorial High School Waukesha, Wisconsin
Catholic Memorial High School
Catholic Memorial High School logo.jpg
Waukesha, (Waukesha County), Wisconsin 53186
United States
Coordinates 43°0?9?N 88°13?13?W / 43.00250°N 88.22028°W / 43.00250; -88.22028Coordinates: 43°0?9?N 88°13?13?W / 43.00250°N 88.22028°W / 43.00250; -88.22028
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Caritas in Omnibus
(Charity in All Things)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1949
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee
President Donna Bembenek
Faculty 80
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 660 (2016-2017)
Color(s) Marian Blue & Pontifical Gold         
Athletics conference Classic 8 Conference
Mascot Crusader
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Crusaders
Yearbook The Knight
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.

Religious participation

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.[2]

The school's motto is "Caritas in Omnibus," Latin for "charity in all things".[3]


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.[4]

International Baccalaureate Program

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.

Student life

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.[5]

The school offers the following sports:

  • Boys: cross country, diving, football, soccer, swimming, volleyball, basketball, downhill skiing, fencing, hockey, wrestling, golf, rugby, tennis, track and field, baseball, trap shooting
  • Girls: cross country, diving, golf, rugby, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, downhill skiing, fencing, soccer, softball, track and field, rugby, poms, trap shooting

State championships, WIAA Division II(track prior to 2005 was Division I)

  • 2016: Girls' Soccer, Boys' volleyball, Girls' volleyball, Boys' football, Boys' Golf
  • 2015: Girls' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball
  • 2014: Girls' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Golf
  • 2013: Girls' soccer and boys' golf
  • 2012: Girls' soccer and Boys' football
  • 2009-10: Girls' volleyball, Boys' downhill skiing, Boys' basketball, Boys' soccer, Girls' soccer, Boys' volleyball
  • 2009: Boys' cross country: John Luterbach, individual state champion
  • 2008-09: Girls' volleyball and Boys' downhill skiing
  • 2006-07: Girls' volleyball and girls' soccer
  • 2005-06: Girls' soccer and boys' golf
  • 2004-05: Boys' golf
  • 2003-04: Boys' basketball and girls' soccer, Boys' 4 × 400 m relay
  • 2002-03: Girls' track: Brittany Grayson 100 m high hurdles, 300 m low hurdles
  • 2003-04: Boys' 4 × 400 m relay

In 2000, girls' varsity soccer won the Wisconsin State and NSCAA National Championship

State championships, outside WIAA

  • 2014: Boys' Lacrosse
  • 2015: Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Rugby
  • 2016: Boys' Lacrosse

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Faith Formation Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine., Catholic Memorial High School.
  3. ^ "Mission and Values". Catholic Memorial High School. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ Learning Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine., Catholic Memorial High School.
  5. ^ Boehler, Dave. "Setting a sports standard: Arrowhead earns top honors again." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 24 June 2007.
  6. ^ Mark Gundrum, Wisconsin Historical Society
  7. ^ Oregon Track Club

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