by LAINEY KRAL | photos provided by Cathedral Catholic High School

A Community of Values

Cathedral Catholic High School Continues a Strong Legacy of Faith, Character, and Achievement


Cathedral Catholic High School’s (CCHS) core values of faith, knowledge, character, and responsibility have guided the development of high-achieving, well-rounded leaders for 60 years. The CCHS legacy has deep roots in the San Diego community. Cathedral Girls High School merged with University San Diego High School (UNI) in 1970 on UNI’s Linda Vista Campus. UNI transitioned to the current CCHS Campus in Carmel Valley in 2005 and took on the new name of Cathedral Catholic High School. “No matter what campus you were on, once you become a Don, you’re always a Don,” said CCHS President Mr. Stevan Laaperi. “The Dons’ legacy has never been stronger. Over 80 alumni are among the CCHS team of administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff.”

The professional staff is well qualified to uphold that legacy. Most teachers have a master’s degree or higher in the subject they teach, and the entire staff strives to model the values of a Catholic faith community. The school is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and holds membership with the College Board. “In partnership with parents, we form an educational ministry that is mutually supportive and a community committed to excellence,” said Principal Mr. Kevin Calkins. “It is our intent that our graduates carry a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a love of learning on their continuing journey of personal and spiritual growth.”


Over 1,600 students are currently beginning that journey on the dynamic CCHS campus. Facilities include 75 classrooms, 12 science labs, two computer labs, a robotics lab, a ceramics studio, a music room, a lecture hall, several special-use classrooms, world-class athletic facilities, a library, a lecture hall, a chapel and meditation garden – there’s a place for every student to discover their passion. Over 70 percent of CCHS students participate in one or more of the school’s 80-plus teams, and CCHS competes in the Western League as part of the San Diego City Conference.

“The various extracurricular programs at Cathedral have made this school a perfect fit for me.”


“The various extracurricular programs at Cathedral have made this school a perfect fit for me. There is a chance for everyone to find their niche, whether through the academic teams such as Mock Trail and Debate like me, or through athletics, drama, robotics, or art,” said Jake, a student in the Class of 2019. Nick, from the Class of 2018, agreed: “Only at Cathedral Catholic can I share my faith by being a part of our LIGHT (Living in God’s House Together) group program where we serve the San Diego community by feeding the poor, helping in underprivileged schools, and working with the elderly.”

Upcoming events include the High School Placement Exam on Saturday, Jan. 20 and the 60th Anniversary Sock Hop on Saturday, Feb. 10.


Name of School: Cathedral Catholic High School
President: Mr. Stevan Laaperi
Principal: Mr. Kevin Calkins
Year of Establishment: University of San Diego High School established in 1957, moved to new location as Cathedral Catholic High School in 2005. This year is the 60th Anniversary of Catholic education in San Diego.
Address: 5555 Del Mar Heights Rd. San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-523-4000
Description of Business: Cathedral Catholic High School is an innovative leader in Catholic, college preparatory education. Our rigorous, innovative education program is offered in a nurturing community based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and traditions of the Catholic Church.