Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School Successfully Enters Their 2nd Year at Their New Location

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School (CWNCHS) is a 185,000-square-foot complex situated on 70 acres atop a scenic hill on the north side of Route-228 near Cranberry’s border with Seven Fields.

The school is a completely modern learning facility, completely wireless and with interactive SmartBoards installed in every classroom. Each student is issued a school-owned laptop computer for state-of-the-art learning and educational reinforcement of lessons and skills. In addition, to the innovative classrooms, the school houses a television studio, science labs and musical composition rooms.

CWNCHS also has the other amenities expected in a modern school. The 900-seat carpeted auditorium offers a spacious environment for student plays, assemblies and community events. In addition, the gymnasium holds more than 1,250 people. There is also a large, college-style cafeteria that has several food stations. The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School has also been constructed to be a “green”, also known as, “environmentally-friendly” building.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic also has athletic and training facilities, perfect for their PIAA winning football team, new lacrosse team and all their WPIAL sports. The girls’ basketball team has kept up their incredible winning record: they made it to the Elite 8 of the entire state in Single A. This is the 40th CONSECUTIVE SEASON that the Trojanettes have qualified for the state playoffs; this is a CONTINUING state record!
Although a modern facility, elements from the previous school on Troy Hill have been integrated into the building. Statues and stained-glass windows were incorporated into the chapel, and trophies, photos and artifacts are displayed in cases and there’s a hall of fame and heritage room in the library.

Now that the inaugural year has drawn to a close, Bishop Zubik has appointed Luke Crawford, a faculty member and dean of students as the new principal of the school in Cranberry to take the school into its next phase.

Luke Crawford has taught in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for the past eight years.  Before joining the North Catholic family, he worked at Quigley Catholic High School in Beaver County as director of campus ministry, religion department chair, National Honor Society (NHS) advisor and eventually, administrative assistant to the principal.  During his tenure, he worked to develop a disciplinary model that is based on respect and formation in virtue that helps young men and women recognize the negative effects of their behavior and the positive effect of learning to exercise self-control.  In addition, he was the coordinator of Quigley’s participation in the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program, as well as multiple College in High School (CHS) programs through the University of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College, Carlow University and St. Vincent College.  However, according to Mr. Crawford, “our greatest accomplishment at Quigley was the building of an authentic Catholic culture that nurtured the faith of every student who entered our halls.”


Regarding his new endeavors at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Mr. Crawford says, “I was extremely excited when I was first approached in the fall of 2012 about being a part of the administrative team that would lead (the yet to be established) Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.  I immediately expressed my interest and anxiously awaited its growth so that I could join its ranks.  What an honor it was to be present this past fall at the opening of CWNC in Cranberry Township, PA!”

And now, Bishop Zubik approached him about assuming the role of principal. “I was (and still am) humbled and honored by his offer,” explains Crawford.  “I recognize the great responsibility that comes with such a position and I want to tell you what I told Bishop Zubik – I will give every last ounce of my effort, and then some, to make this school the best Catholic high school in Pittsburgh.  That begins on my knees with a profound trust that God is in control of our lives and this school.  I am committed to encouraging students to take ownership of their own education and expand themselves by getting more involved in extracurricular activities.  I am committed to welcoming parents as collaborative members of this Catholic educational community.  I am committed to supporting our outstanding faculty as they continue to raise the academic rigor of CWNC.  And last, but most importantly, I am committed to cultivating a rich Catholic culture on this campus rooted in the Marianist tradition and North Catholic family spirit.”

Mr. Crawford has already put into place a new innovative academic initiative known as S.T.R.E.A.M.M. Plus (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math, Medicine, and “Plus” referencing the 40 advance placement, honors and college-in-high school opportunities that provide extra academic rigor). The initiative also emphasizes a cross-discipline approach so students receive a cohesive educational continuum across the subjects, demonstrating how subjects are all inter-related, deepening the educational experience.

In addition to academic rigor, the students are also extremely active in service projects in both their new neighborhood, as well as, community service projects in their former community of Troy Hill; such as, their Christmas on Campus event held at their former location where the students prepared a hot meal, decorated, had fund raisers to collect toys for local community children and much more to give back to their former home community.

Although a new school and a new location, CWNCHS has a long tradition of excellence, as apparent in these CWNCHS FAST FACTS:

  • At CWNCHS, students can take up to 60 college credits (or approximately 2 years) through AP and College in High School (CIHS) classes.
  • 100% of the Class of 2014 was accepted to at least one four year college or university.
  • Top universities and colleges of where are students where CWNCHS were accepted included: Yale University, Michigan State University, Drexel University, Duquesne University, Case Western Reserve University, Franciscan University, John Carroll University, Lafayette College, Penn State University Park, Southern Methodist University, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, Washington and Jefferson College, Westminster College to name a few (see the full listing at the end of this newsletter).
  • 2014 seniors received $3.5+ million in MERIT BASED college scholarships.
  • 80% of our teachers hold at least one master’s degree.
  • 100% of our teachers teach in their area of certification and major (not all schools have this).
  • Our school is FULLY ACCREDITED by the Middle States Association (not all schools achieve full accreditation).
  • 11:1 student teacher ratio.
  • 22 WPIAL and 8 State Titles Won Since 1979.
  • 19 WPIAL/PIAA Sanctioned Sports.
  • STREAMM+ Integrated Curriculum.
  • Brand new state-of-the art $70+million facility and technology in EVERY classroom.
  • Brand new practice and competition fields.
  • LEED Silver certified building.
  • Over 20 AP and College in High School classes offered.
  • Over 20 Honors Classes.
  • The average undergraduate GPA of CWNCHS faculty is 3.7.
  • The average graduate GPA of CWNCHS faculty is 3.8.
  • Our faculty and staff are: Published authors, National Board Certified teachers, instructors for the Princeton Review SAT Test Prep, Missionary workers throughout the world, have taught in 7 different countries throughout the world, nationally certified counselors, hold doctoral degrees, consult at the state and national levels, college professors, on the board of WPIAL, and national readers of the AP exam.
  • Our alums are 14,000+ strong and are government leaders, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, sports figures, teachers, reporters, professors, priests, researchers, scientists, artists, writers, grandparents, parents, and devoted Catholics.
  • Our faculty and staff care about each and every student and are committed to providing outstanding educational experiences to every student.

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