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Catholic Memorial School is an all-boys college preparatory school (grades 7-12) located in West Roxburymarker, Massachusettsmarker. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.


Catholic Memorial High School opened its doors on September 9, 1957, with 225 students and five Christian Brothers of Ireland in the former St. Theresa of Avila Parish School building. This building was donated to the Christian Brothers by the late Monsignor Charles A. Donahue, V.F., LL.D. who was the Pastor of St. Theresa's at that time. The school was named, "Catholic Memorial" at the suggestion of His Eminence Richard Cardinal Cushing to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Archdiocese of Boston as a memorial to all the Catholics who gave so much of themselves in the establishment of educational institutions in the Boston area.

Brother Joseph G. McKenna was the first headmaster of Catholic Memorial. He guided the school to the opening of its new building, which was dedicated by Cardinal Cushing on November 10, 1959. Three years later the classroom wing was opened and the school enrollment increased to 1,110 students. The Middle School program, which opened its doors in September 1993 with 185 students in grades 7 and 8, was the vision of Brother E. John Sheehan.

In addition to Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers staff another school in New England, Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. The worldwide congregation has two provinces in the United States. In addition to Catholic Memorial and Bishop Hendricken, the Christian Brothers of the Eastern American Province operate educational institutions in New York (where they started in the U.S. in 1906), New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Washington, California and Hawaii. They also support missionary efforts in Peru. Altogether, nearly 400 Christian Brothers run 37 schools in the United States and Canada.

Worldwide, the Congregation of Christian Brothers has 4,000 members. The religious order was founded in Ireland by Blessed Edmund Rice, a prominent businessman who started his schools for the poor and neglected boys of Waterford. Committed to the vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience, the Brothers follow a tradition of excellence and Christian witness which is embodied in the students and alumni of Catholic Memorial.

Catholic Memorial is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the State of Massachusetts. In addition, Catholic Memorial is affiliated with the following educational organizations:

National Catholic Educational AssociationNew England Association of Colleges and Secondary SchoolsMassachusetts Interscholastic Athletic AssociationMassachusetts Secondary School Administrators' AssociationAssociation of Independent Schools of New EnglandNew England League of Middle Schools


Catholic Memorial is an academic faith community for young men in grades 7-12. We endeavor to instill in our students a mature commitment to the demands of Catholic Christian witness and a life-long love of learning.

Catholic Memorial serves a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and academic abilities. Catholic Memorial keeps with the tradition of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice and the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

CM's Catholic Service

Catholic Memorial is a private college preparatory school for young men in grades seven through twelve.

CM is known for service. There is a Senior Service program begins in March each year, with seniors taking one day out of each week to work on site at inner-city grammar schools, hospitals, non-profit agencies, clothing distribution centers, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. Volunteers from all grades also visit the Casserly House in Roslindale each week to tutor at-risk children and the Golda Meir House in West Roxbury to help the elderly. Each year, CM students send large delegations to the Walk for Hunger.

Tuition for the 2008-2009 school year is $12,175. Scholarships are awarded upon admission to Catholic Memorial's upper and lower school. The CM admissions committee selects students for scholarship eligibility based upon their past academic performance and the results of the entrance exams. No applications are available for CM scholarships; instead, every application for admission is reviewed for scholarship potential. Financial aid is available for qualifying CM families.

School Facts

  • Opened on September 9, 1957
  • 810 student enrollment in grades 7-12
  • Over 9,500 alumni
  • 15 acre campus in West Roxbury
  • 13:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 20% minority student population
  • 16 varsity sports, 48 athletic teams
  • 75% faculty with or attaining graduate degrees, 6 Ph.D.'s on staff
  • Over 25 state and sectional championships in individual sports
  • 6 National Championships in Hockey
  • Over $1 million annually given in financial aid
  • Over 30 after-school clubs and activities
  • 80 cities and towns from which students come to study
  • $5 million in college scholarships and grants awarded to 2008 graduating class
  • 31 Honors and AP courses
  • 99% graduates accepted to four-year colleges, 1% join United States Military Service
  • Clubs: Forensics, drama, chess, Yearbook, newspaper, recycling, art, broadcast journalism, and others.
  • 95% of faculty coach or moderate extracurricular activities.
  • Over 10 community service clubs.
  • Annual B.E.R.S.I. (Blessed Edmund Rice Solidarity Initiative) school trips are taken to El Salvadormarker, Perumarker, and most recently South Koreamarker.


Catholic Memorial are known as the Knights. They are a member of the Catholic Conference. The other teams in the Catholic Conference are the Boston College High Schoolmarker Eagles, the Malden Catholicmarker Lancers, the St. John's Preparatory School Eagles, and the Xaverian Brothers High Schoolmarker Hawks.

Catholic Memorial is one of the top high school ice hockey team competing in the MIAA, with Boston College High Schoolmarker being their bitter rival (they are the only two teams to win multiple Super Eight tournaments (CM has 13 while BC High has 4.)

Catholic Memorial has won thirteen of eighteen Super Eight tournaments, which pits the best eight Division 1 teams in the state against each other in a round-robin tournament to determine the Division 1A Massachusettsmarker state champion. Catholic Memorial has consistently been ranked number one in Massachusettsmarker boys ice hockey by the Boston Globe. Catholic Memorial has also been nationally ranked as the number one team a number of times, with the most recent dating this year in 2008.

Catholic Memorials overall record in the tournament is 61-13 with a .824 winning percentage and 13 State Championships in 17 appearances the best record of any school in Massachusetts in the tournament.

Catholic Memorial is also recognized for their success from their wrestling program, with individual sectional, state, all-state, and New England Champions. Craig Carpenter '07 currently holds the school record for most wins. He now wrestles for Harvard University.

In the winter of 2008 the Catholic Memorial Basketball team captured the MIAA Division II State Basketball Championship over Tantasqua Regional High Schoolmarker at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.In the spring of 2008 the Catholic Memorial Rugby team captured its first ever New England Division II Championship by defeating Brookline High School 17-10 in the final.On March 15, 2009 the Catholic Memorial Hockey team won is 13th Super 8 Championship defeating Burlington 5-1 at the TD Banknorth Garden

Sports Teams

Varsity Head Coaches in Parenthesis


  • Hockey: MS, Frosh, JV, V (Head Coach: Bill Hanson)
  • Basketball: MS, Frosh, JV, V (Head Coach: Dennis Tobin)
  • Indoor Track: JV, V (Head Coach: Vin Catano)
  • Swimming: JV, V (Head Coach: Christopher Boyle)
  • Wrestling: MS, JV, V (Head Coach: Bill Hahn)


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