Cretin-Derham Hall High School

Cretin-Derham Hall High School
550 South Albert Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116
 United States
Coordinates 44°55′30.46″N 93°9′29.69″W / 44.9251278°N 93.1582472°W / 44.9251278; -93.1582472Coordinates: 44°55′30.46″N 93°9′29.69″W / 44.9251278°N 93.1582472°W / 44.9251278; -93.1582472
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic

1871 - Cretin High School

1905 - Derham Hall
Opened 1987 (merger)
Founder Christian Brothers
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Status open
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
President Francis Miley
Dean Jerry Kline Jr. and Amy Bellus
Principal Mona Passman
Chaplain Fr. Patrick Kennedy
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment approx. 1,130 (2016)
Average class size 23
Student to teacher ratio 15:1
Campus type Residential Urban
Color(s) Purple and Gold          
Song C-DH Alma Mater
Athletics conference Suburban East
Mascot Raider
Team name Raiders
Rival Saint Thomas Academy
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average ACT scores 25.2
Newspaper The Chronicle
Yearbook Gemini
School fees $175 technology
Tuition $12,550 [2]
Feeder schools Nativity of Our Lord, Holy Spirit, Highland Catholic, St. Joseph's of West St. Paul
Alumni Matt Birk, Joe Mauer, Paul Molitor, Michael Floyd, Seantrel Henderson, Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper, John Albers, Josh Hartnett, Chris Coleman, John A. Ryan, . Schwartz

Cretin-Derham Hall High School (CDH) is a private, co-educational Catholic high school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is co-sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Cretin High School was named for Joseph Crétin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, while Derham Hall High School was named for Hugh Derham, a Minnesotan farmer who donated money to start an all-female Catholic boarding school. They also have a(n) United States Army J.R.O.T.C program.


The original Derham Hall on the campus of St. Catherine University.

The present-day Cretin-Derham Hall is the result of a merger between Cretin High School and Derham Hall in 1987. Cretin was founded as a secondary school for boys in 1871 by the Christian Brothers. In the late 1800s, the school incorporated a mandatory program of instruction grounded in the tradition of a military institute, which makes it one of the oldest such programs in the United States. Instruction included lessons in leadership, close-order drill and ceremonies, and numerous other strictly non-combat-related instruction designed to instill a sense of discipline and order in all aspects of student life. The 1916 National Defense Act created the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), a more formalized program of instruction with national oversight for training standards and a provision for active duty and retired soldiers and officers as instructors. Cretin's "military program" became one of the very first Junior ROTC (JROTC) programs in the country, and participation remained mandatory for all students until the early 1980s when it became voluntary.[3][4]

Derham Hall was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905 as a college preparatory school for girls and was originally located on the campus of St. Catherine University (then the College of St. Catherine) in the original building, Derham Hall.[5] In 1987, the two merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall, a co-educational institution. The original building on the St. Catherine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


Cretin-Derham Hall is part of the Suburban East Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. Prior to joining the Suburban East Conference, Cretin-Derham Hall played in the Saint Paul City Conference for twenty six years. The Cretin-Derham Hall Football team won their second state championship title in 2009 by beating Eden Prairie, by a score of 16-5.

State Championships

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country Running, Boys 1 1975
Football 2 1999, 2009
Winter Hockey, Boys 1 2006
Basketball, Girls 1 1999
Basketball, Boys 2 1991, 1993
Spring Baseball 11 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Boys[7] 3 2004, 2007, 2010
Ultimate Frisbee, Girls[7] 4 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Total 24


Cretin-Derham Hall additionally has a theater program both in terms of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The Cretin-Derham Hall theater department has achieved first place in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition although the school no longer participates.[8]

In the summer of 2005 the theater department was one of about 20 schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. This invitation was "based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations."[9]

The spring musical of 2009, Crazy for You, won an Outstanding awards for Overall Production of a Musical, Performance by a Chorus Ensemble, Performance by a Dance Ensemble, and two for Performances in a Leading Role from Spotlight Musical Theatre Awards. In addition, three Honorable Mentions were given to Performance in a Lead Role, Performance in a Supporting Role, and Performance in a Featured Role.[10]

Notable alumni

Cretin High School, Derham Hall, and Cretin-Derham Hall High School have been attended by several persons of note in its history, including:


  1. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. "CDH Quick Facts". Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  3. Cretin High School Year Books. Cretin-Derham Hall School Grounds.
  4. "United States Army Junior ROTC". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  5. Derham Hall, St. Catherine University Library, Accessed August 9, 2009.
  6. Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  7. 1 2 Not an official Minnesota State High School League sport
  8. "Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League".
  10. "Welcome to Cretin-Derham Hall".
  11. NFL Players, Matt Birk Bio
  12. "Bob Sansevere on and on with Jake Esch". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. Minnesota Public Radio, Joe Mauer Bio
  14. 1 2 3 USA Today, Sports Players from Cretin-Derham Hall, June 28, 2001
  15. American Catholic History Research Center
  16. "Astronaut Bio: H. Stefanyshyn-Piper (2/2009)".

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