Christian Brothers College High School

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Christian Brothers College High School (CBC), is a Lasallian Catholic college preparatory school for young men in St. Louis.

History and Evolution

The school was founded in 1850 as "St. Joseph's Academy" by three Christian Brothers who came to St. Louis in 1849 from Montreal, Quebec. In 1851, the school moved from its original location at 16th and Market Streets to 8th and Cerre Streets in downtown St. Louis where the name changed to the "Academy of Christian Brothers." In December of 1855, the school was granted a college charter becoming the first institution of the Brothers in the United States to operate at the collegiate level.

In 1882, due to lack of space, the school once again relocated to the "Cote Brilliante" campus in north St. Louis City on the northeast corner of Easton Ave. and N. Kingshighway where it would serve as a primary, secondary, and college boarding school for boys. At one point in the 1890's, over half of St. Louis' clergy was a graduate of CBC.

Tragedy hit CBC on October 5, 1916 when a fire destroyed the school. Six men were killed from the fire. Picture Washington University allowed CBC to use the former Smith Academy building to finish out the remainder of the academic year.

For several years, the brothers taught in parish schools until a new "Christian Brothers College High School" was built at University Ln. and Clayton Rd. in Clayton's Hi-Pointe neighborhood. The school building was annexed several times due to constantly increasing enrollment. The Hi-Pointe campus opened in 1922 and served CBC students for 82 years. Picture

CBC was also home to an Army JROTC program. In earlier years, JROTC was mandatory, but it later became a voluntary program, until it was disbanded in 1993 due to low enrollment and the lack of support from the administration.

In 1998, the CBC Board of Directors announced that the school would once again relocate to a new campus in west St. Louis County, eight miles west of the Clayton campus. The property is located at the northwest corner at the intersection of Highway 40 and I-270. The first academic year at the current campus was 2003-2004.

In January 2006, CBC announced plans to begin random drug testing of all of their students. The school would be the first private school in the St. Louis area to implement such testing, and the proposal received widespread press coverage and criticism. It is now official that CBC will begin drug testing in the 2007-2008 academic year. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Athletics

For much of the school's history, the CBC Cadet athletic program has had a strong tradition of winning. The school holds several impressive winning streak records. CBC's football team went undefeated from 1961 until 1963, a current Missouri state record. The 1966 team was undefeated and ranked #1 in the St. Louis Metro. Area and in the State of Missouri. The hockey club did not lose a game from 2002 through 2006. The Cadets' 132-game undefeated streak is a national record. CBC's Cross Country team has had the privilege of competing at state 10 years in a row.

Soccer

CBC is recognized nationally for their soccer program. CBC’s success in soccer dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Many of the Christian Brothers teaching at the old CBC campus on N. Kingshighway were from Ireland, where soccer is popular. Soccer became a favorite extra-curricular activity at the school and the brothers taught at many of the city's parish schools. The brothers eventually started the Sodality and Parochial leagues around 1909-10. Most matches were held at CBC until the school building burnt down in 1916. These leagues included many Northside parishes. The success of these efforts was due in great part to the participation of the local parish priests. With the help of Dwight Davis, City Park Commissioner and future tennis icon, two fields were developed to accommodate the needs of the leagues. Soccer began in the fall of 1912 and proved successful leading to the first baseball leagues the following spring of 1913. To meet the needs of the post-grade school adolescents, the Muny leagues were formed by a group of interested St. Louisans. These leagues catered to high school-aged athletes, wishing to play non-school-sponsored sports, particularly soccer. The ground work for the start of the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) sports program was laid over in the late 1930s using the vision and talents of men like Msgr. Dooley, Fr. Keany, John Cardinal Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis, and his successor Joseph Cardinal Ritter. 912 youths participated in the CYC in 1941, a start that most definitely belied what the future would bring. During the next several years Fr. Maxwell with the support of the parish priests began what would become an organization that 60 years later could claim to have reached over two million young people through its efforts for youth. Soccer is still the most popular sport in the CYC, which has teams in over 200 parishes in the archdiocese, 125 in which feed CBC. CBC and other Catholic high schools in the St. Louis area are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of Amerca’s top ten national rankings every fall.

Coaching Records Since 1955

  • Bob Horgan: The nation's third all-time leader in wins with 574 victories, coached at CBC from 1955 to 1971 with an unfathomable 412 wins, 32 losses, and 34 ties.
  • Terry Michler: Current head coach of CBC and all-time winningest high school coach in the nation with a record of 721 wins, 177 losses, and 88 ties through the 2005 season.

Since 1955, CBC soccer's record is 1,133 wins, 209 losses, and 122 ties.

CBC-SLUH Archrivalry

St. Louis University High School (SLUH) is CBC's archrival. It is the oldest and one of the most popular rivalries in St. Louis dating back to the 19th century. Every year, Spirit Week falls the same week at both schools and is concluded with the CBC vs. SLUH matchup, almost always a sellout. Still today, the highest attendance for a high school football game in Missouri was the annual CBC vs. SLUH matchup in 1966 at Busch Stadium with attendance at 33,000. CBC won that game 33-6.

Metro Catholic Conference

CBC is a chartered member of the Metro Catholic Conference (MCC). The MCC, sometimes known as "The Big 5," was formed in 1992 and includes Chaminade College Preparatory School, De Smet Jesuit High School, St. John Vianney High School, and SLUH. The MCC is considered to be the toughest all-around conference in Missouri and the toughest conference in the nation for soccer.

Championships

Team State Championships

  • Basketball - 1959, 1960, 1963, 1997
  • Hockey - 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Indoor Track & Field - 1940
  • Inline Hockey - 2001, 2004, 2005
  • Soccer - 1969, 1983, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2005
  • Track & Field - 1935, 1941
  • Lacrosse - 2007

Notable Alumni

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