The primary purpose of the House System is to further the mission of the school by providing greater pastoral care to all our students while strengthening their sense of community. The system will also enable the students to develop their leadership skills.
The Goals of the House System are:
The houses are named after individuals who have made an impact on the development of our school and community:
Monsignor John Batson was a graduate of CHFB ‘49. He served as an instructor at Catholic High For Boys, principal at Memphis Catholic’s heritage school Father Bertrand and worked tirelessly during the schools merger of 1970 when Sacred Heart, Fr. Bertrand, and Catholic High For Boys became Memphis Catholic High School. During his decades long career as minister and spiritual advisor, Monsignor Batson distinguished himself as an intrepid proponent of civil rights and racial reconciliation, and as a leader of integration in our city who worked endlessly to house and feed the poor.
House Colors: Purple, Gold, & Black
House Mascot: Bulldog
Sister Laurine Dichtel was a graduate of SHHS ‘44. She served as an instructor at both Sacred Heart High School and Memphis Catholic High School. As an English teacher, students fondly remember the bean bag chairs in her classroom, which she used to encourage students to relax and read. Many students noted that she was the teacher who instilled a love for reading in them that lasted a lifetime. After stepping out of the classroom, Sister Dichtel became the first Alumni Director at Memphis Catholic and worked with classes to maintain contact about school news and assisted in reunion plans and events on campus.
House Colors: Green & Silver
House Mascot: Lion
Norma Figiel was a graduate of SHHS ‘50. Norma Figiel began her teaching career as a chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart High School in 1962 and came over to Memphis Catholic in 1970 once the schools merged. After teaching for numerous years, she transitioned into the counselors office for both high school and middle school students. Up until her retirement in 2005, Mrs. Figiel was known as the chief nurturer at school. Students would seek her out when they were sad, hurt, or needed a listening ear, or when they had reason to celebrate–as did teachers and staff. She always held her students to high academic and moral standards, but guided them with compassion.
House Colors: Navy & Gold
House Mascot: Eagle
Sister Kilian served as school counselor at Sacred Heart and was a driving force in the unification of all of the urban center high schools which became Memphis Catholic. She also worked tirelessly to promote racial harmony and equal education opportunities during the Civil Rights movement in Memphis. After the schools merger, Sr. Kilian served as school counselor at Memphis Catholic until her death.
House Colors: Red, Black, and Silver
House Mascot: Archangel
Mr. Mosteller was a beloved music and band director at Memphis Catholic High School. During his time at the school, Memphis Catholic won numerous city and state band competitions and became known as having one of the best band and music programs in the city. Many students also recall his ability to mentor students and how he went the extra mile to earn their trust and engage their musical interests and passion.
House Colors: Teal, Purple, and Silver
House Mascot: Jaguar
Bishop Carroll Thomas Dozier was appointed the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in 1970. During his tenure, Monsignor Dozier was known for his charisma, his administrative skills, and his interest in implementing the spirit of the Vatican II in the local church. He was knowledgeable of movements in the Church, in American society, and in the world. In the Diocese of Memphis, Bishop Dozier brought the Catholics of West Tennessee into the reality that they were the church and that the participation of clergy, religious, and laity was vital is the new diocese was to thrive. During his twelve years as bishop, he helped establish the Diocesan Housing Corporation, Catholic Charities, ministry to the sick, and a weekly newspaper called Common Sense. “He also gained national attention when he acted as teacher of the Diocese of Memphis in the areas of race, relations, peace, justice, and reconciliation with the unchurched.” He retired in 1982 and passed away in 1985.
House Colors: Teal & Silver
House Mascot: Bull
Mr. Christoper Hardesty
Mrs. Debra Robinson
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