by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Forever Photography by Liberty

Faith, Knowledge, Character, Responsibility

Cathedral Catholic High School Fosters Student Success in Class and in Life

Growing up in today’s world may look very different than a generation ago, but the foundations remain the same. Teens need to build knowledge, strengthen character, and learn responsibility. At Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS), these core values are the foundations of the college-preparatory education fostered in a faith-based community.

Cathedral Catholic focuses on an integrative curriculum that develops the whole student – spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. In partnership with parents, the school forms an educational ministry that is mutually supportive and a community committed to excellence. The CCHS community is committed to creating graduates who carry a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a love for learning on their continuing journey of personal growth. Graduates of Cathedral Catholic have attended Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Duke, and Stanford, as well as many of the other top universities in the country.

“While the world today’s students are entering has greatly changed, the foundation that students need to succeed have not.”

The school hosts over 1,600 students, and the diverse student body is supported with over four million dollars in tuition assistance. Cultural and economic diversity in the student body is a cornerstone for Cathedral Catholic. Served by highly dedicated administration, faculty, and staff, students engage in learning and growth both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the classrooms and labs, the campus has a library, theater, chapel, ceramics studio, music room, gymnasium, sports stadium, aquatics center, and multiple sports fields. The athletic program emphasizes skill development, teamwork, physical fitness, and, most importantly, sportsmanship. At CCHS, the athletics go hand-in-hand with the academics.

CCHS is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and holds membership with the College Board. In 2015 and 2017, the school was awarded the status of an Apple Distinguished School, recognized for its innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

While the world today’s students are entering has greatly changed, the foundation that students need to succeed have not. At CCHS, the core values of faith, knowledge, character, and responsibility remain strong and stable. Cathedral Catholic High School students have a strong balance between high academic achievement and being well-rounded contributing members of society.


Name of School: Cathedral Catholic High School
President: Mr. Stevan Laaperi
Principal: Dr. Kevin Calkins
Year of Establishment: University of San Diego High School established in 1957, moved to new location as Cathedral Catholic High School in 2005
Address: 5555 Del Mar Heights Rd., San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-523-4000
Description of Business: Cathedral Catholic High School is an innovative leader in Catholic, college preparatory education. Their rigorous, innovative education program is offered in a nurturing community based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church.