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|Cathedral Preparatory School|
225 West 9th Street
|Type||Private, college-preparatory high school|
|Motto||"Developing men of vision in spirit, mind, and body"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||John Mark Gannon|
|Sister school||Villa Maria Academy|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie|
|NCES School ID||01190189|
|Teaching staff||39.5 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.1|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
|Song||Loyal and True|
|Athletics conference||Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Cathedral Preparatory School (often referred to simply as Prep) is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school for boys in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1921 by Archbishop John Mark Gannon and is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie.
On Friday, August 12, 1921, Bishop John Mark Gannon summoned the pastors of Erie’s twelve parishes to meet for the purpose of discussing the “lack of Catholic education for high school boys in the city.” “Many Catholics,” he claimed, “although highly intelligent and deserving, were denied the chance to receive a preparatory education because they were poor.” His goal was to establish a school that “provided the moral, intellectual, social, and physical training designed to prepare (men) to live in our democratic society…” thus, the Cathedral Preparatory School for Boys was established in the fall of 1921. The location of the new school was in the hastily remodeled basement of St. Peter’s Cathedral. The faculty consisted of four priests and one layperson. Tuition was $50 and paid for by the students’ parishes. In 1925, the first graduation class of 43 men became alumni.
Over the last decade, the school had undergone interior renovations to the halls and classrooms of all four floors in its main building. The project, which included the installation of new windows, ceilings, walls, lockers, lighting fixtures, carpeting, and a technology infrastructure has a projected completion cost of three million dollars. It recently completed a $1 million renovation to the science wing and auditorium. On September 10, 2010, it officially opened the Cathedral Prep Events Center (now known as the Hagerty Family Events Center ), a new athletic complex for football, basketball, swimming, water polo, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. A 1,800 seat gymnasium and a 400-seat natatorium complete with an Olympic-sized pool, a new wrestling room, and a weight room were recently completed on the corner of 12th and Cherry Streets for a cost of over $10 million.
Students are required to take courses in English, history, mathematics, religion, foreign languages, science and are also required to complete 100 hours community of service. Additionally, every student must take the SAT in order to graduate. Some colleges and universities attended by the graduates include Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, MIT, Notre Dame, and the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies. Acceptance to the freshman class at Cathedral Prep is based on the results of the mandatory Entrance Exam, elementary school transcripts, elementary school disciplinary record, and recommendations from the elementary school teachers and principal. In 2019, 127 students graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School and 100% of the graduating class was accepted into a four-year college.
The school is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) in PIAA District 10. Prep offers 13 varsity sports as well as many JV and freshman sports. On September 10, 2010, it officially opened the Cathedral Prep Events Center, a new athletic complex for football. Each year its basketball team hosts the Burger King Classic, which has been regarded as the No. 1 four-team basketball tournament in the country.
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- Alfred Michael Watson, former Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
- David Elliot Cohen, author and editor
- Harry Markopolos, former securities industry executive and an independent forensic accounting and financial fraud investigator
- Ted Weschler, current investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway
- Brett Kern, ceramicist
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