Roman Catholic High School is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Last year’s champions return to Washington to defend their title at the 27th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic. In 2014-2015 Roman Catholic HS finished 29-2 and won the PIAA AAAA State Championship, District XII AAAA Championship (City of Philadelphia), and the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship. The Cahillites finished 12-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season. At the end of the 2014-2015 season Roman Catholic’s basketball team was ranked as one of the top teams in the top 25 nationally by various publications. Roman graduated seniors Trevaughn Wilkerson (Hartford), Manny Taylor (Rutgers/Football) and Gemil Holbrook (Philly U) in 2014-2015. Roman returns 5 other players from its rotation last Season as well as adding a few new additions. Seniors Tony Carr (6’4/PG), Nazeer Bostick (6’3/G) and Lamar Stevens (6’7/Wing) have a signed to play at Penn State University. 6’7 Senior Power forward Paul Newman who is also being recruited by various schools will provide very good experience in the frontcourt for the Cahillites. Juniors D’andre Vilmar, Dakquan Davis and JP Sanders all return for Roman as varsity contributors to help add depth in the backcourt.
- Head Coach: Chris McNesby
- Assistant Coaches: Jamie Ross, Tom Salamon, Bill Goebig, Tom McKenna
- Rector: Rev. Joseph W. Bongard
- Principal: Robert P. O’Neill
- Asst. Principal: Terrence Kane, Brian Conroy, Domenic DiMartino
- School Minister: Fr. James Casey
- Athletic Director: Dan Diberardinas
- Mascot: The Cahillites
- Location: Philadelphia PA
- Conference: Philadelphia Catholic League
- Colors: Purple and Gold
Roman Catholic High School, or simply “Roman,” as it is often called, was founded in 1890 by Thomas E. Cahill, a nineteenth-century Philadelphia merchant.to create a school that offered a free Catholic education for boys, past their grammar school years. Its mission is to continue its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment. Enriched by its cultural, racial, and religious diversity, Roman provides a community where each young man can learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of others, while becoming a man of personal integrity. It strives to bring the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to its students, while forming a Catholic community which embodies the Christian spirit of service to all.
The school was almost closed by the Archdiocese in 1985 due to declining enrollment, but the alumni, with the blessing of the Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal John Krol, initiated a campaign to save it. Today its enrollment has risen to over 1,000 boys from almost every city neighborhood as well as the outlying suburbs. Of the 600 or 700 students that apply every year, only about 300 to 350 will be accepted. Roman, like other high schools, has a three track system (first track, also called honors track; second track; and third track). Roman’s system, however, is unique in that it tracks its honors class into three classes. While students in the honors classes learn the same material at the same pace, it is believed that having students of the same level grouped together provides a better learning system.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Roman implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative, starting with the incoming freshmen to accommodate the ever-changing face of education by providing students with different tools and strategies. The initiative allows students and teachers to individualize and differentiate instruction in ways that are familiar to today’s students. Students will work on essential 21st century skill sets needed to meet state and national standards.
Roman Catholic has been prominent in the Philadelphia Catholic League in basketball since the League’s inception, winning 28 championship games since 1920. Roman has also produced successful football, crew, golf, and ice hockey teams.