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Cathedral High School named a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Cathedral High School has been chosen as a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. 

Cathedral was the only high school in the city of Indianapolis to garner this most prestigious award in 2004 and one of only 35 in the entire country.  More than 250 schools nationally, at all grade levels, were awarded a Blue Ribbon this year. 

This marks the second time Cathedral High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  They were also chosen in 1988.

The nationally-funded Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that are models of excellence and equity, that demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students, and that achieve high academic standards or have shown significant academic improvement over five years.

"We are very excited to have been selected for this prestigious honor.  I feel that this honor helps to validate the hard work by our students, teachers and staff," commented Cathedral principal David L. Worland.  "Cathedral is a school of high expectations, and our students feel they are one of the best schools in the nation, and they pride themselves in that."

Further information about the No Child Left Behind School of Excellence Award is available at http://www.ed.gov/.


Innovations in Education Awards

The award is presented annually to outstanding schools from across the nation by Today's Catholic Teacher magazine.  The award annually honors 12 Catholic elementary and secondary schools that have led the way by implementing exemplary, innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staff.  The award was officially presented at a special celebration banquet in Boston, MA on April 15, 2004.

Specifically, Cathedral was chosen for the Promotion of Catholic Identity.  This is the first time Cathedral has been chosen by Today's Catholic Teacher magazine as a recipient.  Other specific categories included Curriculum and Instruction, Technology Integration, Staff Development, and Total Community Involvement. 

To be considered for the award, the school submitted a detailed application utilizing technology with the creation of a website.  The application was authored by faculty, staff and students.

Cathedral was one of just six high schools nationally to be recognized by Today's Catholic Teacher magazine.

The Bishop Chartrand Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by Cathedral High School.  Since the awards inception it has only been awarded 12 times.  The award is given by the Board of Directors to those alumni who have given distinguished service to the school, to the community or professionally.  The Chartrand ring is given out in honor of the founder of Cathedral High School, Bishop Joseph Chartrand.

  • 1974     Robert V. Welch '45
  • 1977     Joseph F. Dezelan, Hon '63
  • 1978     Harry L. Bindner '35
  • 1979     Brother Pedro Haering, CSC
  • 1982     H. Jack Baker '45
  • 1982     Major General Joseph C. Lutz '51
  • 1982     James E. Muller, MD '61
  • 1998     William R. Shover '46
  • 1998     Frank E. McKinney '57
  • 2001     Joseph H. Broecker '63
  • 2002     Fr. Patrick J. Kelly, Hon '89
  • 2003     Michael G. Browning
  • 2005     Monsignor Richard T. Kavanagh, Honorary '67
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