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A Brief History


Christian Brothers College High School was founded in 1850 when the first school was established at Eighth and Cerre Streets in downtown Saint Louis. By 1855, the school became the first establishment of the Brothers to function on the collegiate level when

8th and Cerre Campus

the state of Missouri granted Christian Brothers College a college charter. This would be the first college of the Brothers in America.

2nd Campus


Rapid industrialization following the Civil War forced the school to build a new facility. The Brothers purchased 30 acres of land for $50,000 near the intersection of Kingshighway and Easton (now Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.) By 1882, the new school was ready for students and by

1889, CBC had established a reputation as one of the finest schools in Saint Louis.

The new campus was quite opulent. Its five-story structure contained a library with more than 40,000 volumes and manuscripts, four grand parlors and reception rooms, a 1,000 seat auditorium, and a steam elevator. But in October 1916, a fire ravaged the building and insurance at the time was insufficient to cover the estimated $275,000 in damage. The property was sold, and with the help of the Saint Louis Archdiocese, another campus was established on what was then farmland in Clayton, Missouri. That campus opened in 1922 and would serve as the school’s home for more than 82 years. Given the age of the building, inadequate parking, lack of practice fields and space considerations, the Board of Directors made the decision to build a new facility on land donated by a prominent alumnus.

In September 2003, CBC opened its fourth campus near the intersection of I-270 and I-64/U.S. 40 – one of the heaviest traveled intersections in the metropolitan area.

Accreditation

St. John Baptist de La Salle

Christian Brothers College High School is fully accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). NCA CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED, which represents the unification of NCA CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the National Study of

School Evaluation. Further, CBC is in voluntary compliance with all accreditation standards required in the public schools, which have been established by the Department of Education, State of Missouri. CBC is also a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Christian Brothers Education Association.

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