Welcome to Vermilion Catholic High School. Established in 1967, Vermilion Catholic is the only Catholic high school located in Vermilion Parish. We have a strong tradition of academic excellence and are proud of our family atmosphere at school
As you enter the doors of our school, you will see above the entrance “Enter To Learn Christ." Our faculty and staff work hard to instill this into all of our students. We have a rich Catholic tradition within the school, and the Catholic Faith is a very important part of our daily schedule. It is what makes us different. As you leave our school, you will see the phrase “Leave To Serve Christ.” As our students leave us after graduation, we encourage them to take what they have learned within our walls and build on that foundation as they enter the world after high school.
Vermilion Catholic is proud of its rich tradition and has faith in the bright future ahead. We are very proud of our school and all that we have to offer. We encourage all of our alumni, parents, and friends to be involved in our mission of Catholic education. We hope that you will visit our site often and that you will be an active member of “The VC Family.”
HISTORY OF VERMILION CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Vermilion Catholic High School, with a current enrollment of 241 students in grades nine through twelve, is located in the Parish of Vermilion and the City of Abbeville, Louisiana. Vermilion Catholic is the realization of the dreams of educators and the result of years of thoughtful planning. It is owned by St. Mary Magdalen Church through the Diocese of Lafayette. Its history is filled with the Christian spirit, love, and devotion of its founders, who were citizens of Vermilion Parish, in their quest for quality education.
In the 1960’s, when the Mt. Carmel High School facility was outgrowing its physical space, plans began for a new high school. It was decided to make it independent of the elementary school and to rename the school, giving it the name that would reflect its unique standing in the local community, as the only Catholic high school in Vermilion Parish. The school opened in October 1967 and was christened Vermilion Catholic High School. The Pastor at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Msgr. Ignatius Martin, provided strong leadership and guidance to make this new school a reality. Its first principal was Sr. Rose Marie, O’Carm.
When Vermilion Catholic High School first opened its doors, the faculty consisted of Sisters of Mount Carmel, diocesan priest, and some laity. As the years progressed and religious orders declined, the faculty became more lay person under the direction of an administrator from the Mount Carmel Order of Sisters. Today, the administration and staff are all lay persons.
In its short history of almost 50 years, Vermilion Catholic High School has maintained a very high academic program. Its primary goal was and still is to provide high school students of Vermilion Parish and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to receive a quality Catholic education. Winning the prestigious Presidential Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, presented by the United States Department of Education in January 1996, attests to how well we strive to meet those goals.
Along with a solid academic program, the school has had an outstanding extra-curricular program. The Speech Department has produced state and national champions. Students performed outstanding dramas and musicals produced annually for many years. Included in VC’s rich history have been award winning choirs and the Eaglettes, which was an all-girl brass band. The 4-H Club, the Quiz Bowl team and Mock Trial team have all brought many honors to Vermilion Catholic High School. A strong Campus Ministry program provides spiritual opportunities for the students. In addition, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Boys’ State and Girls’ State, Governor’s Program on Abstinence and participation in Parish Government Day are strong extra-curricular activities.
Athletics are also a vital part of student life at Vermilion Catholic. Many district, parish, and state honors have been bestowed on the athletes and athletic programs at VC. State championships have been won in football, golf, track and field, and girls’ basketball along with district and regional championships. Athletic competition is offered in football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf and tennis for boys and basketball, cross country, track, tennis, and softball for girls, and bowling for boys and girls.
Vermilion Catholic High School is accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Diocese of Lafayette. The school is affiliated with the National Catholic Education Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principles, and the Louisiana Association of Principals, the Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.