Cardinal Ritter College Prep is defying the odds

Cardinal Ritter College Prep celebrates 40% Black male faculty, staff and administration


College Prep; Black Male Faculty; Cardinal Ritter


The year was 1979. President Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Sony had just released the Walkman, The Sugar Hill Gang released their first commercial rap hit, “Rapper’s Delight” and Stephen King’s“The Dead Zone” was on the “best-sellers” list.

In St. Louis, there was a less heralded phenomenon being birthed on the educational front. The St. Louis Archdiocese’s board of Catholic Education established a community representative task force to conduct a survey. For two years, they asked Black North St. Louis residents and parents what they wanted from a Catholic school in their neighborhood. The community’s response led to the founding of Cardinal Ritter, a co-educational college preparatory high school. Named in honor of Cardinal Joseph Ritter, the school opened, in August of 1979, in the Walnut Park neighborhood.


Sylvester Brown Jr. | The St. Louis American




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