John Carroll Catholic High School

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John Carroll Catholic High School
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Established 1947
School type Private
District Diocese of Birmingham
Grades 9-12
Principal Ronald Steele
Enrollment c. 650 (2005)
Colors Green and white
Mascot Cavaliers
Location 300 Lakeshore Parkway

John Carroll Catholic High School is a private high school located at 300 Lakeshore Parkway in Birmingham. The school's motto is "Pro Deo et Patria," meaning "For God and Country." Enrollment in 2005 was approximately 650 students. The principal is Ronald Steele.



Postcard view of 1947 building

When Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen was assigned to the former Mobile-Birmingham Diocese in 1927, he sought to establish Catholic high school in Birmingham. At a testimonial dinner for Archbishop Toolen, John Carroll started The Friends of Catholic Education to raise funds to do so. The school was named after Carroll in recognition of his leadership and dedication to the project.

The original campus was built on Highland Avenue, just east of where the Red Mountain Expressway would eventually be built. Construction, estimated at $250,000, was begun in November 1946. The school opened for students on September 8, 1947. Additional facilities were added through the 1950s.

In the late 1950s, the school obtained land on Montclair Road, across from the future site of Trinity Medical Center, for their athletic facilities including a football field. These facilities were completed in 1961.

Move to Wildwood

Bishop Raymond Boland held a press conference on December 9, 1989 to announce plans to build a new facility for John Carroll Catholic High School next to the Wildwood development on Lakeshore Parkway. Although most of Wildwood is in Homewood, the new John Carroll facility is just within the Birmingham city limits. Construction began on April 8, 1990 and the new school opened in August 1992. The new campus includes athletic facilities on-site.

The original school buildings on Highland Avenue were demolished in 1996. The Catholic Diocese of Birmingham sold the 7.5-acre property to Bayer Properties, Inc. in 1997 for $2.1 million. Bayer then built The Crescent office building, which opened in August 1999, on a portion of the property. A housing development called Highland Crescent was later built on the area of the site closest to Highland Avenue.


John Carroll's school colors are kelly green and white. Athletic teams are known as the Cavaliers. The school is a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and currently competes in the 5A division. The football team won the state championship in division 3A (then the second-highest division) in 1973.

From July 12 to July 16, 2022 the school hosted the flying disc competition of the 2022 World Games.


Notable graduates


  • John Carroll Catholic High School Handbook. Accessed 1 Aug 2006.
  • "A Landmark Fades Demolition To Start This Week On Old John Carroll High School." The Birmingham News 10 March 1996.
  • "Developer Buys Old John Carroll School Site." The Birmingham News 29 July 1997.
  • ­Milazzo, Don. "Bayer has plans for $15M condos at The Crescent." Birmingham Business Journal 21 Jan. 2000.
  • Embry, Neal (Feburary 2023) "Chalmers assumes new role as president at John Carroll" The Homewood Star
  • Short, Cody (June 22, 2023) "John Carroll legend Ronald Steele named school's first Black principal"

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