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St. Mary Central High School (Neenah, Wisconsin)

St. Mary Central High School
1050 Zephyr Drive
Neenah, Wisconsin, (Winnebago County), 54956-1389
 United States
Coordinates 44°12′45″N 88°29′1″W / 44.21250°N 88.48361°W / 44.21250; -88.48361Coordinates: 44°12′45″N 88°29′1″W / 44.21250°N 88.48361°W / 44.21250; -88.48361

Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1928
President Michael Sullivan
Principal Patrick Batey
Grades 912
Color(s) Columbia Blue, Gold and Navy Blue             
Athletics conference Olympian
Mascot The Zephyr Train
Team name Zephyrs
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Yearbook 'The Renard'
Tuition $4,700
Athletic Director Scott Werfal

St. Mary Central High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Neenah, Wisconsin. It operates within the Diocese of Green Bay. It is the only high school in the Twin City Catholic Educational System, which also operates three elementary schools and one middle school.[2]


Although there was a school associated with St. Mary Catholic Church in the 1800s, the first high school was opened in 1928. A three-story building, it had a gymnasium, cafeteria, and all the other typical amenities associated with a high school of the day. The wings of the building also housed an elementary school. There were additions to the building in 1952 and 1962. The school stayed open until the spring of 1997 when a new building was erected. Parts of the old high school were torn down to make way for additions to the grade school. The new building opened in the fall of 1997. It included a classroom-size chapel, three computer work labs, one distance learning lab, several traditional classrooms, a cafeteria with a stage (the cafeteria could be used for plays, with seats replacing the lunch tables) and a significantly larger gymnasium. A few external facilities were added to the school, including the EEEC Energy Center; Jane's Woods, a two-acre wildlife sanctuary; and Zephyr Fields, a new football/soccer stadium, which is now used instead of Nathan Calder Field in Menasha (which is also used by Menasha High School). In 2013 the school completed the construction of The Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center, which includes a 495 seat performance theater and a 115 seat forensic theater.


The school won several championships during the its association with WISAA (Wisconsin Independent School Athletic Association).[3] However, in the early 2000s WISAA dissolved and the school entered the Olympian Conference in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

Since their entrance in the WIAA, the school has won the following state titles:

  • Division 3 Women's Tennis Singles State Championship (3 times)
  • Division 3 Men's Tennis Singles State Championship
  • Division 3 Men's Soccer State Championship(Runner-up)
  • Division 3 Women's Soccer State Championship
  • Division 3 Women's Soccer State Championship (Runner-up)
  • Division 3 Men's Baseball State Championship(Runner-up) (3 times)
  • Division 4 Women's Basketball State Championship
  • Division 4 Women's Basketball State Championship (Runner-up)


The school belongs to the Twin City Catholic Education System, a school system comprising three grade schools, one middle school, and one high school in Neenah/Menasha:

  • St. Mary Elementary School
  • St. Margaret Mary Elementary School
  • St. Gabriel Elementary School
  • Seton Catholic Middle School

School facts

  • The schools mascot is the "Zephyr".
  • The school colors are Columbia blue and gold.
  • The yearbook is the Renard, French for fox.
  • The gymnasium's name is the "Ralph 'Cyclone' McClone" gymnasium.
  • Until the new building was constructed, the school conducted its graduations in St. Mary's Church.
  • The school's enrollment is around 200 students.

External links

  • St. Mary Central High School website

Notes and references

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