Catholic High School for Boys was founded by Bishop John B. Morris of the Diocese of Little Rock in 1930 to ensure that Catholic boys of the Little Rock area had access to quality Catholic secondary education. More than three-quarters of a century later, CHS continues its tradition of aiding boys’ spiritual growth and providing quality academics.


Our Mission

Catholic High School, a Catholic college – preparatory high school for boys,  cherishes its primary mission “To teach as Jesus did.” Promoting the truth revealed by Jesus of Nazareth is at the heart of our philosophy and our oldest tradition. In essence, our mission is simple – to help parents transform their sons into good husbands, good fathers, and good leaders in their communities.  Catholic High advances the best parts of the learning that happens at home in that sense. It is imperative that our students have the tools to thrive in their adult lives and we accomplish this with our unique culture based on life lessons alongside academic lessons.

Catholic High School for Boys, established in 1930, is a college preparatory school that strives to challenge young men academically while developing the qualities of faith, integrity, and duty. Catholic High’s is kept affordable by design—we prefer to teach to a socio-economic cross section.


Our basic mission is to offer a Catholic education to our students. “Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model for its faculty and the inspiration of its students.”

As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds.

College Preparatory

Our curriculum strives to challenge boys academically while also teaching the truths of manhood – faith, integrity, and duty.  We have a simple recipe for teaching boys here.  At Catholic High, nothing is freely given except opportunity.  Everything else is earned.  Friendships are forged in the fires of challenge.  Grades are earned through blood, sweat, and tears.  And when a boy receives a diploma from Catholic High, it is not a certificate of attendance; it is a certificate of achievement.


Boys experience a special kind of fraternity, often referred to by faculty, graduates, and students alike as the Catholic High brotherhood. What forms this brotherhood? From time immemorial, challenges have bonded men, and the rigorous academics and strict discipline of CHS are certainly enough for that; but all-school Masses, pep rallies with the skit cheerleaders, athletic events, intramurals, and the Catholic High traditions which the boys experience together serve to strengthen CHS boys’ brotherhood, rooted, as it is, in faith, laughter, competition, and common goals.

Established in 1930

For more than nine decades, Catholic High has specialized in delivering quality education for boys, grounded in Catholic values and for its unique characteristic of making boys into men.

Quick Facts

About Catholic High

  • Year Founded: 1930
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, the state capital
  • Type: Catholic, Diocesan, Inter-parochial, four-year, college-preparatory
  • Faculty and Staff: 52
  • Calendar: Four 9-week grading periods, two 18-week semesters, 50-minute class periods, 5 days per week
  • Accreditation: Arkansas Non-Public School Accrediting Association, Inc.
  • Over 8,600 alumni worldwide

Student Information

  • Present Enrollment: 707
  • Students come from Central Arkansas within a 60-mile radius
  • 94% College Acceptance Rate
  • 23% attend colleges out of state


  • 7 Academic Departments
  • 20 Average Class Size
  • Student/Teacher Ratio 17:1
  • 40%  of Faculty Members with Graduate Degrees


  • Central Class 7A/6A Conference
  • 10 Sports offered
  • 27 Extracurricular Activities offered

CHS School Board

  • Billy Hartnedy ’85, President
  • Mike Barron ’68
  • Chris Blackmon ’88
  • Marvin Boyd ’88
  • Keith Caldarera ’87
  • Chris Doolittle ’97
  • Patty Enderlin HA
  • Jeff McKay ’83
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