Holy Cross High School (Connecticut)

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Holy Cross High School
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"Our Only Hope"
Address
Holy Cross High School (Connecticut)
587 Oronoke Road

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06708

United States
Coordinates 41°31′52″N73°3′54″W / 41.53111°N 73.06500°W / 41.53111; -73.06500 Coordinates: 41°31′52″N73°3′54″W / 41.53111°N 73.06500°W / 41.53111; -73.06500
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Type Private, Coeducational
MottoAve Crux, Spes Unica
(Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established1968
Founder Basil Moreau
StatusActive
PresidentDr. Thomas Pellegrino
PrincipalThomas J. Pompei
Grades 912
Enrollment500 (2015)
Average class size21
Campus size37 acres (including playing fields and XC course)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Green and Gold   
Slogan"Educating Hearts and Minds since 1968"
Athletics conference Naugatuck Valley League
Team nameCrusaders
Rival Sacred Heart High School (Connecticut)
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges [1]
NewspaperCrusader Chronicles
Communities servedWaterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Naugatuck, Newtown, Prospect, Woodbury, Middlebury, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Southington, Southbury, Torrington, Litchfield, Roxbury, Thomaston, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour
Website www.holycrosshs-ct.com

Holy Cross High School is a Catholic secondary school founded in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1968 by the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is the largest Catholic secondary school in Connecticut, situated on thirty-seven acres in the West End of Waterbury, Connecticut, accessible via Route 8 and I-84. It is not part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.

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Holy Cross has a total enrollment of 500 students and an average class size of 125. [2] Originally an all-boys institution, it became co-educational in 1975 when it merged with the Waterbury Catholic High School, an all-girls school. The Holy Cross High School campus maintains a campus-wide WiFi signal; a computer-equipped, Internet-connected library; a large instrumental and choral music room with adjacent practice rooms; science labs; a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art foreign language lab; a guidance complex; a 750-seat tiered auditorium; a full-service cafeteria; a gymnasium; the Stephen J. Ross Fitness Center; and state-of-the-art digital classrooms and art studios in the recently constructed two-million-dollar Alex Family Gallery Art and Technology Center.

The school's founding faculty (1968) included among others, Brother John McGovern, first band director of the school, who became Academic Vice Principal in 1972 prior to his leaving for New York to lead Holy Cross High School, Flushing. In 1989 McGovern returned to the CT area to become Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Admission

Admission to the school is competitive, requiring a 3.5 hour placement test, a transcript from the applicant's grammar school, a letter of recommendation, and an essay.

Holy Cross scholarships and financial aid to those that qualify. Applicants may be eligible for merit scholarships if they score within the top 10%. Scholarships are usually renewable yearly. Once admitted, students have the opportunity to take proficiency tests in mathematics and/or foreign language to advance their freshman year placing (Ex. A student may take the Spanish proficiency exam to place him/herself out of Spanish 1 CP and into Spanish 2 Honors or even Spanish 3 Honors). Financial aid is also given to those in need in the form of grants. Holy Cross also has an installment program so that parents can pay tuition in increments over the academic year.

Faculty and accreditation

The Brothers of Holy Cross, Eastern Province, continue Basil Moreau's vision through sponsorship and staffing of the school, in association with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame and many dedicated lay men and women, most of whom hold advanced degrees and/or certificates of advanced study. [ citation needed ]

Holy Cross High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and meets Connecticut certification standards. [ citation needed ] The school belongs to the National Catholic Education Association and the Connecticut Association of Schools.

Athletics

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State Victory 2006
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State Victory 2011

Holy Cross is a member of the Naugatuck Valley League and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Council. The Holy Cross athletic program is respected statewide for its competitiveness and the positive attitudes and good sportsmanship of its players and coaches. The Crusaders have a history of success as evidenced by the many awards, acknowledgments, and trophies displayed throughout the building. The Crusaders compete in twenty-two varsity sports for boys and girls. In 2011, the Crusaders began its lacrosse program at the JV level. Holy Cross High School's sports teams are as follows:

Along with these sports, Holy Cross also has intramural basketball, bowling, ultimate Frisbee, bocce.

Football

Holy Cross High School is well known in Connecticut for its football program. In 2006, the team won the first football state championship in the school's history, the Class SS State Championship, defeating Stratford 40-0. They were ranked third among all teams in the state, following Greenwich and Ansonia. In 2011 the Crusaders earned their second state championship with a 34-27 win over Cromwell in the Class S State Championship. The 12-2 Crusaders suffered only two defeats that season, both to Ansonia, the Class M State Champion. They finished ranked eighth in the state. {{{2}}}

Swimming and Diving

The swimming and diving team is a co-ed athletic team that is respected throughout the NVL and the state. In 2019, the team won their first state championship with 709 points, defeating Brookfield High School which had 542.5 points. {{{2}}}The 2018-2019 season was also notable because they only had one loss to Pomperaug High School during the Winter Invitational, finishing second.

"Crusader Cru"

Starting in 2010, the "Crusader Crazies" changed their title to the Crusader Cru. The loyal fans of Holy Cross' basketball and football programs travel around the state to turn any game into a 'home' atmosphere for the teams. [3] The Crusader Cru is also infamous in the state for The Pit [ permanent dead link ], which is the name given to the Holy Cross High School basketball court by reporters around the state. The Pit is routinely ranked among the loudest and most intimidating venues in the state to play in. [ citation needed ]

Student activities

Holy Cross student activities are open to all students. Student activities offer the opportunity to explore lessons presented in class, learn new skills and develop leadership ability. More than thirty co-curricular organizations exist in conjunction with a well-respected student government. The student government at Holy Cross includes an Executive Board made of four elected class officers from each class, a liaison from the Presidents' Council, a liaison from the Athletic Council, and seven members of the Senior Life Board appointed by the institution's administration. The Student Government also consists of the Presidents' Council, which is made up of the president from every club at Holy Cross and the Athletic Council, which contains various members of the school's many athletic teams. This large student government is headed by one Student Government President who is elected at the end of his or her junior year by that year's Executive Board to preside over the following year.

Community service is a major component of every club and committee’s activities. Some projects are school-wide while others are particular to the organization. Holy Cross has a history of strong student leadership and community service as evidenced by their recognition as a State of Connecticut Gold Council of Excellence recipient and as a National Gold Council of Excellence designee.

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. HCHS. "Holy Cross High School: Enrollment". Archived from the original on 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  3. http://photos.rep-am.com/cgi-bin/fotobroker.cgi?s=s2.scn&t=p1.htm&c=pc2-info.htm&b=photo_db&UID=75948%5B%5D

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