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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
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1850
Founder Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
President Michael Jordan
Dean Jeff Myer
Principal Bro. David Poos, F.S.C.
Grades 912
Enrollment 998 (2013)
Color(s)          Royal Purple and Old Gold
Athletics conference Metro Catholic Conference
Team name Cadets
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The Turret'
Yearbook 'The Guidon'
Tuition $12,175 per year (2013)
Affiliation Institute of the 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 1
    • Early years (1850-1916 fire) 1.1
    • Hi-Pointe campus (1922-2003) 1.2
    • 2003-present 1.3
  • Athletics 2
    • School mascot 2.1
    • Athletic Ground 2.2
    • Metro Catholic Conference 2.3
    • Rivalries 2.4
    • Championships 2.5
    • CSN and KCBC 2.6
  • Performing arts 3
  • Notable alumni 4
    • Arts 4.1
    • Politics 4.2
    • Amateur championship athletics 4.3
    • Professional soccer 4.4
    • Other professional sports 4.5
    • Religious scholars 4.6
    • Other 4.7
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.[2]

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.

On October 5, 1916, a fire destroyed the school,[3] 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.[4]

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.

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 I-64 and I-270, close to Missouri Baptist University. The first academic year at the new location was 2003-2004.

In January 2006, CBC announced plans to begin drug testing all of its students. The school became the first private school in the West 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.[5][6]


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).

Athletic Ground

Klemm Field at W. Michael Ross '66 Stadium Prominently viewed off of Highway 40 on the Town and Country campus is W. Michael Ross Stadium, a 3,000 seat Multi-Purpose stadium hosting Football, Soccer, Lacrosse and Ultimate. Carved into the southern hill of the campus, Ross Stadium is known for its dusk time shadows and sun rays during early season football games. It also prominently features a rock "CBC" on the grandstand hillside, similar to the University of Missouri "M". Klemm Field in 2012 became a "Championship Field". The turf that was used to replace the original surface is from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and hosted the BCS National Championship and several Bowl Games.

Notable Games

  • "Hook n' Ladder" in 2010 the Cadets defeated Chaminade in a very close 38-35 battle on a "Hook n' Ladder" play.
  • "Our House" The 2003 41-7 win over DeSmet was the first game ever played in the new stadium
  • "Domeward Bound" Famed head coach Bob Shannon, the subject of the book the right kind of heroes and Rayon Simmons led the Cadets to they're first ever trip to Edward Jones Dome for the 2006 state final with a win over Mehlville 38-28. they would fall in the state final to Blue Springs South.

Cadet Park

CBC's Practice fields are called "Cadet Park" it has enough room for about 2 football fields. CBC's Tennis courts are also here. in preparation for the 2014-2015 year the fields will be renovated to bermuda grass.

Mike Shannon Stadium at Cadet Park

Mike Shannon Stadium is CBC's baseball stadium. It is currently under construction but the team began playing games there for 2013. Before the project began CBC's Varsity team played at Missouri Baptist University.

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.


CBC's Arch rivals have been since the early 1900s, SLUH. for many years the annual football game was played at Busch Stadium before it was converted to an only baseball facility in 1995. since 2008 The Cadets have had the edge in football with a +6 record. the CBC-SLUH rivalry still holds the highest attendance record for a High School football game in Missouri with 33,000 in attendance. "The Midtown Rivalry" as it was known has recently lost some of its animosity since CBC moved to its new campus off of US40/I-64 in 2003.

Since 2003, the CBC-De Smet rivalry has been the more competitive rivalry as the schools are about ten minutes apart. the annual game is always a test for both schools and no team has had an edge on the other. one notable game occurred in 2006 when CBC played at De Smet for the MCC title. De Smet was the defending MCC champion and was sporting an undefeated record. CBC took over from their own 20 yard line with less than 3 minutes in the 4th quarter down 19-12. CBC QB David Kannapel threw a 35 yard pass to Kyle Martin with 1:19 left in the game to go on for the win. After a game-saving tackle by Clay Wolff on Wes Kemp, CBC players and fans proceed to "stomp on the D" in an act they later apologized for. Needless to say, this added some tension to the rivalry. CBC would go to the state title game later that year, eventually losing to Blue Springs South and again in 2011.


Team state championships
  • Football - 2014
  • Ice Hockey - 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
  • Soccer - 1969, 1983, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012
  • Basketball - 1933, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1997, 2014
  • Inline Hockey - 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011
  • Lacrosse - 2007, 2013
  • Track and Field - 1935, 1941
  • Indoor Track and Field - 1940
  • Baseball - 2010
  • Racquetball - 2007
  • Wrestling- Nine individual state champions most recently 2013 at 220 lbs

The CBC Hockey team won 130 straight games from 2002-03 to the 2006 season final.

CBC Football has had 3 consecutive Undefeated seasons in 1961, 1962 and 1963, before the state title in Missouri was established.


CBC enjoys a large interest in broadcasting. every morning students involved in the schools news broadcast deliver the morning announcements. The KCBC Studio is a very advance facility being used to communicate to the student body. Getting on KCBC is a thrill for many students throughout the year. The broadcast is known for its light hearted moments like "Don't get rabies and live in a shopping cart, catch KCBC every morning at 8;05" -Mr. Tom Murray. it is a very popular elective course for all students.

In 2013 CBC launched the highly successful "Cadet Student Network". Founded and staffed entirely by CBC students with the help of the athletic department, CSN brings everything CBC to the masses over the World Wide Web. students work on social media, making promotional videos, manning cameras and control panels and if they so choose can even take part in play-by-play and color commentary. in just its first year, CSN has taken off as one of CBC's most popular and lucrative student lead organizations.

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, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oklahoma!, and Sweeney Todd. Murray completed his 100th production at CBC with Little Shop of Horrors. The new theatre, Gundaker Theater, opened in 2003 when CBC relocated to the West County campus. 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.

The CBC Music Program is headed by Mr. Marc Strathman and Mr. Ray Benton. It is made up of the band program, as a whole, known as the "Band of Brothers". Its focus is primarily Jazz and Rock style music. The Band is directed by Ray Benton. The choral program, directed by Marc Strathman, comprises "The Cadet Chorus" and the premier group "Brothers in Harmony". Strathman also coordinates the CBC Drum-line. the line is noted for novelty cadences like "Canosaurus" and "High Voltage". The Band of Brothers, Brothers in Harmony and the Drum-line are CBC's primary performing and touring groups. CBC also offers classes in Piano, Guitar, Music Practicum and a Beginning Band

Notable alumni



Amateur championship athletics

Professional soccer

Other professional sports

Religious scholars



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  2. ^ "History - CBC". 
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  5. ^ "CBC Parents Voice Overwhelming Support For Student Drug Testing". 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  6. ^ KSDK website
  7. ^ "St. Louis Mayors". 1905-06-04. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
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External links

  • Official website
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