It is with great pleasure that we officially kick off a year of festivities in the name of Catholic High’s 90th anniversary. Our school began with a handful of priests and a gaggle of young men who were the first to call themselves “Catholic High boys.” Five were in our first graduating class. Today, more than 180 will cross the stage in spring.
If we were to study the tree rings of Catholic High, we’d note how those first few years were built on survival. Soon, our enrollment grew and though temporarily distracted by World War II, we flourished. The subsequent decades brought more growth and a fine-tuning of what Catholic High means. Fr. George Tribou took the reins and modeled a lifetime of dedication and duty to the school. Truly, he remains Catholic High’s foremost architect and leading voice despite passing away in 2001.
Today’s Catholic High is thriving. We are reaching far into the future by augmenting stellar teaching with cutting edge technology. We continue to hold fast to that which made us great and reach forward for that which will make us better. Our boys continue to find success. They combine old school adherence to duty with the new evolution of social interaction.
This year, Arkansas Business named Catholic High one of Arkansas’ Best Places to Work. This award underscores the joy our teachers find working with and for our boys. It underscores the teachers’ dedication to our overall mission. It underscores that Catholic High, the only school to achieve this distinction, is a place united in helping families build good husbands, good fathers, and good leaders in the community. We are thankful.
Please, celebrate with us this year. Watch this page and like our social media for posts about our history, anniversary highlights, and personal messages from teachers, alumni, and parents. You’ll revisit the unique aspects of our school and further understand why we refer to Catholic High as “an experience.”
For most, 90 years of exemplary success is a long time. For us, it’s a good start. Welcome to Catholic High’s push to 100.
Fr. Lawrence Frederick Steve Straessle