About Us

Empowered by Gospel values and rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, a sponsored institution of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is dedicated to the education of young women in an environment that fosters Christian attitudes of dignity and respect for the human person and all of creation.

Mission Statement

Empowered by Gospel values and rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, a sponsored institution of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is dedicated to the education of young women in an environment that fosters Christian attitudes of dignity and respect for the human person and all of creation.

In our mission, we recognize that through education the empowerment of women can effect the transformation of our society. Therefore, we challenge our school community to academic excellence, to responsible leadership, and to Christian community service.

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Vision

The Catholic High School of Baltimore provides a positive educational environment for young women throughout Maryland. The school community challenges its constituents to academic excellence, responsible leadership, and Christian community service. This prepares students for leadership roles in the community, in the Church, and in the world of the twenty-first century.

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History

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With the permission of the Most Reverend Michael J. Curley, Archbishop of Baltimore from 1921 to 1947, and through the efforts of Mother Mary Generosa McCafferty, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a new Catholic high school was erected during the period of 1938 to 1939. The property was known as the Raming Estate, located in northeast Baltimore on the west side of Edison Highway. The name of the institution as presented to the Archbishop read: "The Curley High School of Baltimore." Not wishing the school named after himself, Archbishop Curley substituted the word "Catholic" for "Curley," thus the title was incorporated.

Classes began September 6, 1939, with a student body of 254 freshmen. The faculty consisted of the Sisters of St. Francis of Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania. The Class of 1943 had the responsibility and privilege of laying the foundation upon which Catholic High's traditions would rest.

The Catholic High School of Baltimore continues today under the sponsorship of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

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Our community

Starting with the first graduating class in 1943, Catholic High alumnae have continued to let their light shine by going on to become doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, mothers, scientists, artists, executives and entrepreneurs, living all over the country and all over the world. More than 12,000 alumnae call Catholic High home, and those women are diverse and dynamic.

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“As a part of Campus Ministry, Catholic High has made it possible for me to help lead others towards Christ through kindness and generosity."

— Kate Walz '19

Graduate Profile

As a result of what she learned and experienced at The Catholic High School of Baltimore, it is expected that every graduate is:

spiritually rooted and therefore

  • maintains a relationship with God-centered on prayer
  • lives the gospel at all times, using words when necessary
  • believes in Christian moral convictions and confidently lives a life consistent with them
  • respects and celebrates the God-given uniqueness of each person

intellectually equipped and therefore

  • thinks critically and communicates effectively
  • displays a curiosity about the world in which she lives
  • possesses the academic and technological skills to support a lifetime of self-directed learning
  • utilizes logic, experience, and observation to analyze different ways of thinking

socially responsible and therefore

  • accepts responsibility and consequences of her actions
  • collaborates with others toward a common goal
  • advocates for peace, justice, and reconciliation in the global community
  • serves all of God's people compassionately, justly, and responsibly
  • maintains a high standard of integrity and serves as a model to others
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