Philadelphia Catholic League

Philadelphia Catholic League

The Philadelphia Catholic League is a high school sports league composed of 20 Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs. The league itself was founded in the summer of 1920 on the steps of Villanova academy (Now Alumni hall on Villanova university's campus) by an Augustinian monk, who would later be known as Monsignor Bonner. The league originally consisted of three sports, one per season: Football in the fall, Basketball in the winter and Baseball in spring. This was expanded in 1944 to include: Cross-country in the fall, Wrestling in the winter and Track in the spring.

Currently, The schools are split into two geographical divisions (North and South) in all sports except football in which the schools are divided by size (Red/Large, Blue/Small). In football, the blue and red divisions hand out separate league championships each year, while all other sports have a unified champion. Starting with the 2008-09 school year, the Catholic League will join the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The football divisions will then be realigned into Blue AA, Blue AAA, and Red (AAAA) [] .

Member Schools

Northern Division

* Archbishop Ryan High School (City of Philadelphia)
* Archbishop Wood Catholic High School (Bucks County)
* Bishop McDevitt High School (Montgomery County)
* Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia)
* Conwell-Egan Catholic High School (Bucks)
* Father Judge High School (Philadelphia) (boys only)
* La Salle College High School (Montgomery) (boys only)
* Lansdale Catholic High School(Montgomery)
* Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia) (boys only)
* Saint Hubert High School (Philadelphia) (girls only)

outhern Division

* Archbishop John Carroll High School (Delaware County)
* Archbishop Prendergast High School (Delaware County) (girls only)
* Cardinal O'Hara High School (Delaware County)
* John W. Hallahan High School (Philadelphia) (girls only)
* Little Flower High School (Philadelphia) (girls only)
* Monsignor Bonner High School (Delaware County) (boys only)
* Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia) (boys only)
* Saint Joseph's Preparatory (Philadelphia) (boys only)
* Saints John Neumann and Marie Goretti Catholic High School (Philadelphia)
* West Philadelphia Catholic High School (Philadelphia)
* Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School (Montgomery)

Former Members

* Villanova Preparatory Academy (Now Malvern Prep) 1920-1923
* Salesianium Catholic High School 1922-1939
* Cathedral Catholic High School 1927-1928
* St. John's Catholic High School 1935-1950
* South Catholic High School 1935-1955
* St. Thomas More Catholic High School 1937-1976
* St. James Catholic High School 1943-1993

Joining the PIAA

The Catholic League will be joining the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, as a member of District 12, joining with the Philadelphia Public League, for the 2008-09 season. []

ee also

*Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

External links

* [ Catholic League Website]
* []


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