Mission & History

In About

Our Mission: Camden Catholic High School is a suburban, college preparatory, day and boarding school. It educates young men and women spiritually, academically, socially and physically in a faith community to develop as life-long learners and leaders in a global society in the Catholic tradition.

Our Vision: Our vision is to be an innovator in Catholic education, empowering students to define their purpose, to serve others and God, and to develop creative solutions leading to a just society.

Camden Catholic High School evolved from a class of 20 children taught in the home of a Catholic laywoman in 1859. When the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1862, a room was provided for what would become the first parochial school in the city of Camden, NJ. In September 1887, the former faculty was replaced by 8 Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters taught the girls and Holy Cross Brothers from Notre Dame taught the boys until 1892, when the brothers were recalled to South Bend. St. Mary’s was reorganized with coed double grades, 1-8 and in 1895 a three-year business-training program was added. In 1920 the program was expanded to a four-year, state approved, high school program graduating 15 girls and 6 boys in June 1921. In 1924, with an enrollment of 400 and a 4-track curriculum, Camden Catholic High School officially opened.

On April 17, 1960 the worst school fire in the history of the Camden Diocese destroyed two buildings of the Camden Catholic complex. Despite the fire the annual play and Music Festival were held on schedule using borrowed instruments and facilities. It was determined at this time that a new school would be built on a 33-acre site in Cherry Hill.

Today Camden Catholic is a classic example of a school which maintains ties to the past, celebrates the present, and prepares for the future. This is our “tradition”. We are proud of our “tradition of excellence” and our strong commitment to guarantee its continuation.

Hail, Alma Mater! To thee we raise Our grateful hearts in this our song of praise; Hither we came, thy truth and wisdom to attain May thy blest guiding pow’r forever with us reign. Hail, Alma Mater! Mem’ry recalls Our golden happy years within thy walls; Friendships of youthful days shall never grow cold; Long shall we cherish true glad days of old. Hail, Alma Mater! Deep in our hearts We treasure all our memories of thee Throughout the years to come may this our stanchion be: Honor and Loyalty with Faith inspired by thee.
Cheer, cheer for Old Catholic High Bring out your colors raise them up high We are here to win this game Always for honor, never for shame I-R-I-S-H GO! GO! GO! Our motto: “never give in” Fight to the finish, we’ll always win! Shout your praises to the sky And fight, fight for Catholic High!
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