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Philadelphia Catholic League



The Philadelphia Catholic League is a high school sports league composed of 17 Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs. The league itself was founded in the summer of 1920 on the steps of Villanova academy (now Alumni Hall on Villanova University's campus) by an Augustinian monk, who would later be known as Monsignor Bonner. The league originally consisted of three sports, one per season: Football in the fall, Basketball in the winter and Baseball in the spring. This was expanded in 1944 to include Cross-country in the fall, Wrestling in the winter, and Track in the spring.

Currently, the schools are divided by size (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A).  Starting with the 2008-09 school year, the Catholic League joined the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) in District XII, competing with Philadelphia Public League (PPL) teams for a restored City Championship in all sports.  In football, the Blue and Red divisions award separate league championships each year, while all other sports have a unified champion. The football divisions were realigned into classifications, with 5A/6A, and 2A/3A/4A competing in their respective separate divisions.  Current member schools of the Philadelphia Catholic League include:


Archbishop John Carroll High School (Co-Ed) - Radnor, PA

Archbishop Ryan High School (Co-Ed) - Philadelphia, PA

Archbishop Wood High School (Co-Ed) - Warminster, PA

Bishop McDevitt High School (Co-Ed) - Wyncote, PA

Cardinal O'Hara High School (Co-Ed) - Springfield, PA

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School (Co-Ed) - Fairless Hills, PA

Father Judge High School (Boys) - Philadelphia, PA

John W. Hallahan High School (Girls) - Philadelphia, PA

Lansdale Catholic High School (Co-Ed) - Lansdale, PA

LaSalle College High School (Boys) - Wyndmoor, PA

Little Flower High School (Girls) - Philadelphia, PA

Monsignor Bonner - Archbishop Prendergast High School (Co-Ed) - Upper Darby, PA

Roman Catholic High School (Boys) - Philadelphia, PA

St. Hubert Catholic High School (Girls) - Philadlehia, PA

Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School (Co-Ed) - Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School (Boys) - Philadelphia, PA

West Catholic Preparatory School (Co-Ed) - Philadelphia, PA


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