Christian Brothers College High School

Christian Brothers College High School
Christian Brothers College High School
Religio ∙ Mores ∙ Cultura
Religion ∙ Morals ∙ Culture
1850 De La Salle Drive
St. Louis, Missouri,  United States
Coordinates 38°38′23″N 90°27′31″W / 38.6397°N 90.4587°W / 38.6397; -90.4587Coordinates: 38°38′23″N 90°27′31″W / 38.6397°N 90.4587°W / 38.6397; -90.4587
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1850
Founder The Brothers of the Christian Schools
President Michael England, '83
Dean Mr. Jeff Myer
Principal Bro. David Poos, F.S.C.
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,075  (2008)
Color(s)          Royal Purple and Old Gold
Athletics conference Metro Catholic Conference
Team name Cadets
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The Turret'
Yearbook 'The Guidon'
Affiliation Brothers of the Christian Schools
The turrets and main entrance of CBC.

Christian Brothers College High School (CBC High School), is a Lasallian Catholic college preparatory school for young men in St. Louis, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis and is owned and operated by the De La Salle Christian Brothers Midwest District.


History and evolution

Early years (1850-1916 fire)

The school was founded in 1850 under the name St. Joseph's Academy by three French-speaking Christian Brothers who had come to St. Louis the previous year 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, and the name changed to the "Academy of the Christian Brothers." In December 1855, the school was granted a college charter, becoming the Brothers' first U.S. institution to operate at the collegiate level.[citation needed]

In 1882, due to lack of space, the school moved to the "Cote Brilliante" campus in north St. Louis on the northeast corner of Easton Ave. and N. Kingshighway, where it served as a primary, secondary, and college boarding school for boys. At one point in the 1890s, more than half of St. Louis' clergy were graduates of CBC.[citation needed]

On October 5, 1916, a fire destroyed the school,[2] killing seven firefighters, two sick Brothers, and a nurse. Washington University allowed CBC to use the former Smith Academy building for the rest of the academic year.

Hi-Pointe campus (1922-2003)

For several years, the brothers taught in parish schools until a new "Christian Brothers College High School" was built at University Lane and Clayton Road in Clayton's Hi-Pointe neighborhood. The school building was opened in 1922 and enlarged several times over the following decades to accommodate increasing enrollment.[3]

CBC was also home to an Army JROTC program. In earlier years, JROTC was mandatory, but it later became a voluntary program, and was disbanded in 1993 due to low enrollment.[citation needed]

In 1998, the CBC Board of Directors announced that the school would move again, this time to a new campus in west St. Louis County, eight miles west of the Clayton campus.


The current campus is located at the northwest corner at the intersection of US-40 and I-270, close to Missouri Baptist University. The first academic year at the new location was 2003-2004.[citation needed]

In January 2006, CBC announced plans to begin drug testing all of its students. The school became the first private school in the St. Louis area to implement such testing, and the proposal received widespread press coverage. CBC started its drug testing program in the 2007-2008 academic year.[4][5]


School mascot

  • Collegians: mascot from the inception of inter-collegiate athletics at CBC until 1916.
  • Hi-Pointers: mascot during the early years on Clayton Rd. through the 1950s; the name derives from the neighborhood where CBC was located from 1922–2003, the Hi-Pointe neighborhood in Clayton.
  • Cadets: unofficial mascot named after the students when CBC began mandatory JROTC training in the 1930s. The name became official in 1958 and the Cadets logo was created in 1993 by Jason Buford (class of 1994).

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.


Team state championships
  • Baseball - 2010
  • Basketball - 1959, 1960, 1963, 1997
  • Hockey - 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Indoor Track & Field - 1940
  • Inline Hockey - 2001, 2004, 2005
  • Racquetball - 2007
  • Soccer - 1969, 1983, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Track & Field - 1935, 1941
  • Lacrosse - 2007
Collegiate level
  • Football - 1900 (Missouri State)
  • Soccer - 1901 (USA National Champions), 1901 (Canadian National Champions)
1904 Summer Olympics|1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis

Performing arts

The Cerre Players, headed by Thomas Murray and Ed Goetz, are noted for performance- plays and musicals including High School Musical On Stage!, A Few Good Men, Urinetown, Les Miserables, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, and Sweeney Todd. Murray completed his 100th production at CBC with Little Shop of Horrors. The new theatre was made even though the theatre department wasn't quite as prominent when it was established. It is a very elaborate (costing nearly a half a million dollars) theatre that brought the hopes of initiating the popularity of students participating in theatre.

Notable alumni



Amateur championship athletics

Professional soccer

Other professional sports

Religious scholars

Benedict T. Viviano O.P.



External links

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