Carondelet High School

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Carondelet High School
1133 Winton Drive
Concord, California
United States
Coordinates 37°56′2″N 122°1′59″W / 37.93389°N 122.03306°W / 37.93389; -122.03306Coordinates: 37°56′2″N 122°1′59″W / 37.93389°N 122.03306°W / 37.93389; -122.03306
Type Private, all-female
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1965
Founder Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Sister school De La Salle High School
President Bonnie Cotter
Principal Kevin Cushing
Grades 9-12
Campus size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Color(s) Red and white         
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Mascot Cougar
Nickname Cougars
Publication Carondeletter
Yearbook Kaleidoscope
Alumni Natalie Coughlin, Jayne Appell

Carondelet High School is an all-girls private Catholic high school in Concord, California, United States. Carondelet High School was founded in 1965 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The school enrolls about 800 students. It shares some resources with the all-boys De La Salle High School, which is across a side-street that separates them. De La Salle High School was founded by the Christian Brothers. Students in their junior and senior years are able to take classes at the other school for four of the school's six class periods, and also as lowerclassmen for language and art. The school is located within the Diocese of Oakland.


Carondelet was founded in 1965, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet.[1] as suggested by the first Bishop of Oakland, California, Bishop Floyd Begin of Oakland.[1] At that time, Carondelet was the only Catholic high school for girls in Contra Costa County. It opened in September 1965, consisting of only six classrooms and six teachers, three sisters and three lay women.[1] The freshman class was of only 115 young women.

The school was completed on October 22, 1966, and was dedicated to Bishop Floyd Begin.

In September 1969, Carondelet established a cooperative academic program with De La Salle High School,[2] the all-boys Roman Catholic campus located across the street.[1] Thus, Carondelet expanded their academics by allowing juniors and seniors from both schools to attend selected classes from either campus.[1]

In February 2014, the school announced it had stopped its plan to serve fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon in celebration of Black History Month after many found the idea offensive.[3] Only 4% of the student population is African American.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Carondelet High School: About CHS » History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "De La Salle High School: About Us » Our Mission". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ "School sorry for Black History lunch menu of watermelon, fried chicken". The Canberra Times. February 8, 2014. 

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