Alumni Association History
In the mid-1950s a few Cathedral alumni formed the first known organized alumni association entitled the "CHS Chowder and Marching Society." This loose-knit association endeavored to raise funds for the new science wing which was to be added to the school building at 14th and Meridian Street. Twenty years later, a member of the CHS Chowder and Marching Society, Robert V. Welch '45, led a group of alumni and former parents to create the layman Board of Trustees which would take over operation of Cathedral High School when the Brothers of Holy Cross announced they would no longer be staffing the school as of the 1973-1974 school year.
Shortly after the move to Cathedral's current campus at 56th & Emerson the CHS Chowder and Marching Society was officially reformed as the Alumni Association with a mission to enable alumni to keep in touch with classmates, plan activities and continue to support "Dear ol' Cathedral."
The Alumni Association currently hosts six annual events focused on alumni engagement:
*Alumni Homecoming Tailgate (October)
*Breakfast with Santa (December)
*Easter Egg Hunt
*Father Kelly Tradition Golf Outing (June)
*Alumni Grand Reunion (June)
Alumni Association members also support the overall Cathedral Events schedule including, but not limited to:
*Cathedral Evening of Excellence (October)
*Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon (November)
*Fall Open House (November)
*Trivia Night (March)
*Spring Open House (April)
Alumni continue to play a critical role at Cathedral High School. Some return to work for the school as teachers, coaches and staff members. Some return to share their stories of the preparation they received for college and adulthood during their years as a Cathedral student. Many donate their time, talent and treasure to the school they dearly love.
Since its creation some fifty years ago, the Alumni Association has been and continues to be an active, supportive agent of Cathedral High School.