Immaculate Conception Cathedral School (Memphis, Tennessee)

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School
1695 Central Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee, (Shelby County) 38104
United States
Coordinates 35°7′33″N 90°0′19″W / 35.12583°N 90.00528°W / 35.12583; -90.00528Coordinates: 35°7′33″N 90°0′19″W / 35.12583°N 90.00528°W / 35.12583; -90.00528
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1921
Oversight Diocese of Memphis
Superintendent Janet Donato
Rector Monsignor Val Handwerker
Head of school Monsignor Val Handwerker
Grades Pre-K - 8th grade (coed), 9th - 12th grade (all girls)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Slogan Challenging Curriculum, Caring Community for Students of All Faiths
Nickname "IC"
Team name Wildcats
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Publication Steps
Newspaper Immaculata
Yearbook The Marian
Alumni Priscilla Presley, Margaret Scobey
High School Principal Robin Perry
Elementary/Middle School Principal Karen Gephart
Director of Advancement & Communications June LaPorta

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is a private, Roman Catholic school in the heart of the historic Central Gardens neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee. ICCS serves students of all faiths in its Pre-K3 through 8th grade coed elementary school and its 9th through 12th all-girls high school.


Founded in 1921 by the Sisters of Mercy, ICCS shares the campus of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a unit school. The high school is the only parochial high school in the Diocese of Memphis.

ICCS's core mission is to provide academic excellence and to help develop strong moral character in a faith-based environment for students of all faiths, races and ethnicities. It prides itself on being one of the most diverse private school in the Memphis metropolitan area. The school's flagship programs include Spanish immersion classes in the early childhood and elementary schools, elementary enrichment program for advanced students, daily foreign language courses in middle school, and Accelerated Reader. High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Science and French through Christian Brothers University. For honors science courses, high school student attend classes alongside college students at Christian Brothers University in the new Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences.

Fundraising will begin in fall 2012 for a capital campaign to build a new Cathedral Center on Central Avenue. This new building will include a media center, Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, theater, and meeting spaces for parish ministries.

Notable alumni


  1. "Girlfriend's Role Beats Wife's: Priscilla Presley". St. Petersburg Times. United Press International. 14 February 1978. Retrieved 6 June 2011. When Presley was discharged from the Army he invited Priscilla to Memphis for Christmas - and beyond. Her parents' fears were calmed when Presley promised to send Priscilla, a high school senior, to Immaculate Conception High School.
  2. Sullivan, Bartholomew (January 31, 2011). "Ambassador, a former Memphian, describes events in Egypt as 'pretty unpredictable'". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
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