Clearwater Central Catholic High School

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Clearwater Central Catholic High School
2750 Haines Bayshore Road
Clearwater, Florida 33760
United States
Coordinates 27°55′49″N 82°43′25″W / 27.93028°N 82.72361°W / 27.93028; -82.72361Coordinates: 27°55′49″N 82°43′25″W / 27.93028°N 82.72361°W / 27.93028; -82.72361
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Tolle Lege
(Latin: "Take Up and Read")
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1962
Opened 1963
Founder Archbishop Joseph Hurley[1]
Status open
Oversight Diocese of St. Petersburg
President John Venturella
Principal Jim Deputy
Grades 912
Gender co-educational
Age 9th Grade to 12th Grade
Language English
Campus size 40 Acres
Color(s) Red and Gold         
Athletics Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Weightlifting
Athletics conference FHSAA, Class 3A
Mascot Marauder
Team name Marauders
Rival St. Petersburg Catholic, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Publication Silent Epiphanies (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Central Voice
Tuition Tuition Schedule[permanent dead link]
Affiliation Sisters of Notre Dame
Admissions Director Tara Shea McLaughlin
Athletic Director John Gerdes
Campus Minister Andrew Shannon

Clearwater Central Catholic High School is a private college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 and located in Clearwater, Florida, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1962, the school enrolls approximately 500 students from the Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Central Catholic High School is an international IB World School.[3]

Clearwater Central Catholic's mascot is the Marauder and the school's motto is Tolle Lege (Latin:"Take up and read"), a phrase from Book 8 of Saint Augustine's Confessions.


The school was founded in February 1962[1] with the groundbreaking of its first building. CCC opened its doors in September 1963 with a seven-member staff and an enrollment of 96 students.[1] In 1964, the first graduating class consisted of 26 students.[1] The school has been awarded Blue Ribbon School of Excellence status.[4]


CCC athletes and teams have won 325 District, Sectional and Regional Championships. Teams representing the school have participated in 92 Final Four’s with 21 state runner-up finishes and a total of 36 State Championships! Individual athletes have participated in FHSAA Championship events and have won 21 individual State Championships! When we look at team and individual appearances after winning District Championships, CCC’s athletic program has appeared 475 times in FHSAA Championship events. In the school years of 1999-2000 and 2003-2004 CCC received from the FHSAA the prestigious Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award recognizing schools that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship during the regular season and FHSAA Championships. The Athletic Program has been recognized by the St. Petersburg Times in 1996-1997 with the "All Sports Award" and by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Florida High School Activities Association in 1977-1978, 1978-1979, and 1979-1980 for having the "Most Successful Athletic Program in the State".

CCC has also had a rich heritage in College and Professional sports, turning out an MLB pitcher Ryan Webb, and two NFL starters Riley Cooper and Colin McCarthy.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Riley Cooper (graduated 2006) – former starting Wide Receiver for the Florida Gators who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. His jersey number in the NFL was 14, unlike the number 11 jersey he wore while playing football at CCC and Florida.
  • Paul Freedman (graduated 2009) - former starting Tight End for the Virginia Cavaliers. He started two seasons and lettered all four years for UVA. Wore number 88.
  • Brooke Hogan (born 1988) – daughter of famous wrestler Hulk Hogan and an American pop singer and television personality who attended the school for half a year.
  • Brooke Magnanti (graduated 1992) – scientist and writer of the Belle de Jour books.
  • Colin McCarthy (graduated 2006) – former starting Middle Linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes where he wore the number 44 jersey. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
  • Ryan Webb (graduated 2004) – son of former MLB pitcher Hank Webb and currently a free agent pitcher.
  • A.J. Trump (graduated 2004) - former starting center for the Miami Hurricanes Where he wore number 70. He started two seasons for the canes one at guard and one at center.
  • Ryan Weber (graduated 2008) - Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th round. He then attended St. Pete College and was drafted again by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round.
  • Kyle Curinga (graduated 2012) - professional soccer player currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.


  1. ^ a b c d "School History" page Archived 2011-09-09 at the Wayback Machine., CCCHS website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  2. ^ Institution Summary, SACS-CASI at website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  3. ^ CCCHS page, website. Accessed 2011-09-27.
  4. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program" Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. US Dept of Ed., CCCHS awarded 1988-89, p. 22. Accessed 2011-09-27.

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