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Cretin-Derham Hall High School (CDH) is a private, co-educational Catholic high school located in Saint Paulmarker, Minnesotamarker. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is co-sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Cretin High School was named for Joseph Crétin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, while Derham Hall High School was named for Hugh Derham, a Minnesotan farmer who donated money to start an all-female Catholic boarding school. The school describes itself as committed to "Christian values" and "academic excellence." It claims its "academic rigor" and "commitment to service" prepare each student for success in both post-secondary education and in life.


Cretin High School was founded as a secondary school for boys in 1871 by the Christian Brothers. Derham Hall was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1905 as a college preparatory school for girls and was originally located on the campus of St. Catherine University in the original building, Derham Hall. In 1987, the two merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall a co-educational institution.


Cretin-Derham Hall is part of the Suburban East Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. Prior to joining the Suburban East Conference, Cretin-Derham Hall played in the Saint Paul City Conference for twenty six years.

State Championships

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country Running, Boys 1 1975
Football 2 1999, 2009
Winter Hockey, Boys 1 2006
Basketball, Girls 1 1999
Basketball, Boys 2 1991, 1993
Spring Baseball 11 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Boys 1 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Girls 4 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Total 23


Cretin-Derham Hall additionally has a strong arts program both in terms of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The Cretin-Derham Hall theatre department has achieved first place in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition although the school no longer participates.

In the summer of 2005 the theater department was one of about 20 schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker. This invitation was "based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations."

Feeder School Patterns

While certain exceptions definitely exist, the traditional feeder schools have been K-8 Catholic grade schools of Saint Paul and surrounding areas . Such schools are:

  • Nativity of Our Lord
  • Faithful Shepherd
  • Highland Catholic
  • Holy Spirit
  • St. Thomas More (previously IHM-St. Lukes)
  • St. Joseph's
  • St. Mark's
  • St. Odilia's
  • St. Peter Claver's
  • Maternity Of Mary-St. Andrew

Notable alumni

Derham, Cretin and Cretin-Derham Hall has been attended by several persons of note in its history, including:


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