About CCHS

Transforming the world through education

Steeped in the traditions of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, we take a holistic view of education with the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of individuals. Our mission demands a Christian vision of what a person is called to be and what the world is destined to become.

Catholic Central High School

Our Rich History

With 100 years of education, CCHS continues to instill Christian values through the wisdom of the School Sisters of Notre Dame: Faith, Knowledge, Tradition.

1860

On December 7, 1860, three School Sisters of Notre Dame arrived in Burlington, Wisconsin to begin a school at St. Mary’s Parish. This first school building was located at the corner of McHenry and Jefferson Streets and had 110 students in two classrooms.

1919

By 1919, St. Mary’s grade school had grown and expanded, and the need arose for a Catholic High School. St. Mary’s Pastor, Fr. Van Treeck, held several parish meetings to present his plans. Though small in number, the opposition was vehement and persuasive. Even though his pleas to then Archbishop Messmer went unheeded, Fr. Van Treeck did not give up.

1920

In 1920, Fr. Van Treeck established St. Mary’s High School in the original parish church that had been used as a meeting hall by the St. Eustachius Benevolent Society. According to L. E. Randall’s WTMJ broadcast in October of 1927, St. Mary’s High School was outstanding among the schools in Burlington, having been constructed in the St. Sebastian building for $100,000.00.

Fr. Van Treeck moved forward with ordering desks, books and other equipment. He opened the school as a two year commercial course school with an opportunity for the second year student to take sophomore subjects in English, Latin and Math. In the hectic days after World War One, equipment was slow to arrive, and the situation of the school looked bleak. But by the grace of God, Sr. Michael of the School Sisters of Notre Dame arrived to teach. A person of fainter spirit or lesser faith may have given up that first morning. According to Sr. Michael they were “quite poor as the Savior, having barely a roof over our heads.” Sr. Michael was an outstanding educator from the best schools in her Order, and with a true missionary spirit and unshakeable faith, she set about making an exemplary school out of nothing.

1925

In 1925, St. Mary’s High School graduated its first class: Florence Bieneman, Loraine Heck, Marie Rueter and Raymond D. Bieneman. In 1926, St. Mary’s High School moved to a new building. There was a steady increase in enrollment from then on, peaking at more than 350 students in the late 1960’s. In 1970 the high school built a new gym. Growth continued, and in 1989 the high school was renamed Catholic Central High School to reflect its joint partnership with 17 area parishes and grade schools. In 1993 the Marian Activity Center was constructed, and in the fall of 1995 a second floor was added. The Marian Activity Center is home to two gyms, the Topper Hall Theater, classrooms, library, computer lab, and fitness facilities including a weight room, locker rooms and multi-purpose room.

Today

Today, Catholic Central High School is known as a premiere college preparatory school that celebrated its 100th anniversary in the fall of 2020. Although the original books and desks have been replaced with state-of-the-art technology that includes one-to-one iPads and use of Apple TV, Catholic Central is proud to continue in the mission of Fr. Van Treeck and Sr. Michael to form students in the Catholic faith, arm them with rigorous academic knowledge, and steep them in the our almost 100 year tradition of excellence.

A Message From the Principal

Welcome to Catholic Central High School!

Bonnie Scholz - Head of School - CCHS

In the year 2020, we celebrated our 100th anniversary of forming students in the Catholic faith, arming them with rigorous, academic knowledge, and steeping them in our rich and storied tradition of excellence. In the footsteps of our founding patronesses, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, we continue in their mission to educate students to become leaders that will serve our world by addressing the human needs of our time.

Students who come to Catholic Central High School learn not only how to think, but also, how to live. They will participate in a myriad of experiential and educational opportunities in a small, family atmosphere that fosters exploration and growth. While maintaining the highest academic standards, students are encouraged to try new things, meet new people and travel to new places.

At Catholic Central High School, we are steeped in the rich and faith-filled traditions of our past, committed to the educational and global issues of the present, and engaged in rigorous and innovative academic programming that will positively affect the future. We invite you to explore these pages and see why we are the best choice for your child’s high school education. 

With #Topperpride

Bonnie J. Scholz, NBCT

( Principal )

Admissions at Catholic Central High School

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