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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s one of the oldest private schools in Indianapolis and has a Nobel Prize winner, a former Indianapolis mayor and a federal judge among its list of graduates.


Cathedral High School is hosting its Centennial Celebration Sept. 13-15.


The three-day celebration includes a high school football game against St. Xavier of Cincinnati at the University of Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 14. 


The marquee event is the Grand Gala on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. 


“There aren’t a whole lot of schools in Indiana who can say they’ve been around for 100 years, but we have and it’s by the grace of God that we’re still here,” says Grace Trahan-Rodecap, Director of Marketing at Cathedral High School.


Cathedral was founded in Sept. 1918 by Bishop Joseph Chartrand of the Holy Cross Brothers of Notre Dame.  The school was first located at 13th and Pennsylvania Streets in downtown Indianapolis and moved to its second location at 14th and Meridian Streets in 1927.  This was Cathedral’s home for the next 50 years.


In 1976, Cathedral moved to the building that housed the all-girls Ladywood/St. Agnes School at 56th Street and Emerson.  That same year, Cathedral became a co-ed school.


The alumni of Cathedral High School include James E. Muller, who co-founded the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.  Graduates also include former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle and U.S. District Court judge Tanya Walton Pratt.






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