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East Catholic High School

East Catholic High School
115 New State Road


United States
TypePrivate, coeducational, Roman Catholic system
MottoQuodcumque Dixerit Vobis Facite
(Do whatever He tells you)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1961 (63 years ago) (1961)
FounderArchdiocese of Hartford, Fr. Shaw (first principal)
School districtArchdiocese of Hartford
SuperintendentMichael S. Griffin
CEEB code070373
ChaplainRev. Jaime Maldonado-Avilés
Enrollment690 (2011–2012)
Color(s)Blue and white
Song"East Catholic Blue and White"
Athletics conferenceCentral Connecticut Conference
Team nameEagles
RivalsNorthwest Catholic High School, Manchester High School, Howell Cheney Technical High School
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
YearbookAETOS Yearbook
Tuition$15,300, $18,300 (international)

East Catholic High School is a private, college preparatory high school located in Manchester, Connecticut, United States, under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The parochial school was founded in 1961 and is inspired by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. East Catholic is the only school in the Archdiocese of Hartford that has had the continued presence of its founding order throughout its history.

In the 2011–2012 school year, East had 690 students in grades 9–12, with 47 teachers.[2] Students are representatives of 36 towns and cities in the Greater Hartford area, central Connecticut, and central Massachusetts. In athletics, the school competes in the Central Connecticut Conference.

Awards and recognition

During the 1988–89 school year, East Catholic High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[3] the highest award an American school can receive from the United States Department of Education.[4][5]

East Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and the State of Connecticut, and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford.[6]


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Over its history, East Catholic has been led by eight different principals. Starting in 2017, the school administration structure changed to incorporate the position "Head of School" in addition to the traditional principal role. In 2020, the administration changed the “Head of School” and principal roles to “President” with “Deans” of Academics and Students.

  • Rev. Charles Shaw, founding Principal (1961–1970) (died in 2011)
  • Rev. Robert Saunders, Principal (1970–1981) (died in 1997)
  • Rev. William Charbonneau '65, Principal (1981–1986), President (1987–1996) (died in 2010)
  • Peg Siegmund, Principal and Chief Administrator (1986–2005)
  • Bette Gould, SSJ, Interim Principal (2005–2006) (died in 2014)
  • Christian J. Cashman, Principal & Chief Administrator (2006–2010)
  • Karen Juliano, Ed.D., Interim Principal (2010–2011)
  • Jason S. Hartling, Principal & Chief Administrator (2011–2016)
  • Thomas E. Maynard, Interim Principal & Chief Administrator (2016-2017)
  • Ryan P. Hinton, Principal (2017 to 2020)
  • Thomas E. Maynard, Head of School (2018 to 2019)
  • Val Mara, Interim Head of School (2019-2020)
  • Sean P. Brennan ‘85, President (2020-)
  • Janice Reilly, Dean of Students (2020-)
  • Gina Burby, Dean of Academics (2021-)


Long-time Athletic Director and Varsity Soccer Coach Tom Malin led the boys' soccer team to his 300th career win against Middletown on October 17, 2007.[7]

In 2011, now-retired baseball coach Jim Penders won his 600th career victory in a state semifinal game against Wamogo High.[citation needed]

The current track and field coach at East Catholic, Bill Baron, was named National Track Coach of the Year in 1988 while coaching at East Hartford High School, and celebrated his 50th year of coaching during the 2015 season.[8][9]

As of 2019, 83% of the entire student body played a sport on one of the school's 48 athletic teams.[citation needed]

  • Baseball — varsity, junior varsity, freshman
  • Boys' basketball – V, JV, freshman
  • Girls' basketball — V, JV, freshman
  • Cheerleading – V
  • Boys' cross country — V, JV
  • Girls' cross country – V, JV
  • Girls' field hockey – V, JV
  • Football — V, JV, freshman
  • Boys' golf – V, JV
  • Girls' golf — V, JV
  • Boys' indoor track – V, JV
  • Girls' indoor track — V, JV
  • Boys' ice hockey — V, JV
  • Girls' ice hockey – V
  • Boys' lacrosse – V, JV
  • Girls' lacrosse — V, JV, freshman
  • Boys' outdoor track — V, JV
  • Girls' outdoor track – V, JV
  • Boys' soccer — V, JV, freshman
  • Girls' soccer – V, JV, freshman
  • Girls' softball – V, JV
  • Boys' swimming & diving – V
  • Girls' swimming & diving — V
  • Boys' tennis – V
  • Girls' tennis — V
  • Girls' volleyball – V, JV, freshman
  • Wrestling – V, JV

As of 2019, East Catholic has won 61 state championships, including 11 state championships since 2014. The boys' golf program has contributed to more than 20% of the state championships won by East Catholic, winning twelve in total and eleven since 1999.[citation needed]


According to the East Catholic school website, "the students of East Catholic selected the Eagle as the school mascot in our inaugural year during the fall of 1961. This choice was fitting for two reasons:

  1. The Eagle is spoken of often in Holy Scripture with reverence and inspiration.
  2. The Eagle is a symbol of the United States of America representing freedom, strength, clear vision, and determination."[citation needed]

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (September 2018)


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ "History". East Catholic High School. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 through 1999–2002 Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006
  4. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  5. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  6. ^ "Mission, Philosophy, and History - East Catholic High School". Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ Staff. "Malin earns 300th career victory at EC"[permanent dead link], Journal Inquirer, October 18, 2007. Accessed October 22, 2007. "East Catholic High boys' soccer coach Tom Malin, however, won his 300th career game on Wednesday, a 2–1 Northwest Conference decision over Middletown."
  8. ^ Writer, ROBERTO GONZALEZ; Courant Staff. "TRACK RICHER FOR HAVING BARON". Retrieved 2019-09-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Courant, Hartford. "Fifty Years Of Teaching, Learning For East Catholic's Baron". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. ^ "East Catholic's Frank Mozzicato signs with Kansas City Royals, earns $3.55 million signing bonus". Hartford Courant. 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2023-07-06.
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