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The history of Cleveland Central Catholic dates to 1881, when two of its four “founding” schools were created – St. Stanislaus and St. Michael the Archangel. Subsequently, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Cantius were chartered.  After their long histories as independent parish high schools, they merged to form Cleveland Central Catholic High School (CCC) in 1968.

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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland opened Cleveland Central Catholic High School (CCC) beginning with the 1969-1970 school year with over 1,600 students.  The school continued to operate on the campuses of the four founding schools. Over time, as enrollment decreased, three of the campuses were closed – Our Lady of Lourdes, 1976; Saint John Cantius, 1988; The consolidation of the Scranton Campus (St. Michael’s) and the Forman Campus (St. Stanislaus) took place in 2003, completing the transition into a one-campus school located at 6550 Baxter Avenue which was the original St. Stanislaus School in the Slavic Village neighborhood on the southeast side of Cleveland. 


In cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Central Catholic successfully completed a $13 million capital campaign adding over 25,000 square feet of new construction completed in 2006. The new space includes new classrooms and labs, administrative offices, a large meeting room, a chapel, and an auxiliary gymnasium. The campaign also increased the school’s endowment fund, which helps fund academic scholarships and tuition assistance for those with demonstrated financial need. Over a six-year period, enrollment climbed over 40 percent.

Another major capital addition to the campus was accomplished through a partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and the Third Federal Foundation.  A new football and track stadium, named after long-time neighborhood activist and supporter, Ben Stefanski, II, was dedicated in September of 2010.

The latest improvement to our campus facilities is the construction of a new entrance and other renovations and improvements to the St. Stanislaus Social Center which houses the varsity gymnasium, school cafeteria, athletic director's office and classrooms.  The new entrance will create a larger more welcoming lobby and include an elevator serving all three floors of the building. The new entrance project is expected to be completed in December of 2024.  

Today, Cleveland Central Catholic has an enrollment of about 425 students, who are proud to call its Baxter Avenue campus home. Cleveland Central Catholic won state championships in the Ohio Division III Girls Basketball (2007) and Boys Division III Basketball (2009). The boys were state runners-up in basketball in 2015.