On March 16, 2019, St. Catherine’s Academy, the oldest school in Orange County, CA, celebrated 130 years of educating youth.
Guests attended a special anniversary Mass, luncheon, band performance and drill competition. A ceremonial cake cutting closed the event as recent and elder alums mingled with St. Catherine’s cadets, sharing memories and traditions.
Founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1889, President S. Johnellen Turner, OP is passionate about the school’s positive impact:
We are happy to educate young boys with strong Catholic values, a rigorous education and a rich military tradition that shapes boys into fine young men of their generation.
The military program evolved from an early emphasis on physical education and was approved by Los Angeles Bishop Cantwell in 1925. Today’s curriculum also allows cadets to explore the arts, music, robotics and sports while forming friendships in a close-knit community of brothers.
Residential and day students wear uniforms, receive promotions in rank and support one another in a learning environment that values faith, academics, leadership and service. Each year, the school’s Mother Pia Scholarship program supports 10-15 low-income youth, providing a safe place to learn and grow beyond the influence of gangs targeting at risk youth.