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Campus Life at CBC

One of the things that CBC prides itself on is the “Total Experience” for our students. We believe that the high school goes far beyond the classroom. Therefore, CBC offers a wide range of experiences for our students outside of the typical “school day”. Over 90% of our students participate in either Athletics or Extracurricular Activities at CBC. This is a number that makes CBC very proud. Our students choose to do more than “just go to school at CBC”.
Activity Period
One of the highlights of coming to CBC is our Activity Period. The Activity Period is a 45-minute period where students are free to spend their time participating in our Intramural Program, Clubs and Organizations, seek extra help or academic enrichment, grab a snack at the Canteen, or just hang out with friends. The Activity period usually occurs twice per week (most Gold Days), allowing students the opportunity to interact outside of the classroom, while at school.
CBC has a rich tradition of excellence, winning State Championships in multiple sports over our 158 years in St. Louis. CBC offers two freshman teams in:
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
This doubles the number of students who have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletic competition.

We also offer the following “no cut” sports:
  • Cross Country
  • Wrestling
  • Track and Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Bowling
Over a four year period, 75% of our students participate in at least one sport while they are here. To see a complete list of our Athletic Teams, click HERE
Another highlight of the CBC experience are the special interest Clubs. These Clubs are student-created, student-run organizations. They are designed to bring students who have similar interests together for entertainment and brotherhood. More importantly, if you have a special interest and you know others who do also, you may create and sponsor your own club.
  • X-Box Club
  • Wii Club
  • Art Club
  • Auto Club
  • Chess Club
  • Hamburger Club
  • Outdoors Club
Extracurricular Activities
Theater Program
The Theatre Program at CBC High School produces five plays each year, two musicals, two plays and one children’s offering. We have presented a wide variety of theatrical experiences; from Othello and MacBeth, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar; High School Musical and Oklahoma; A Soldier’s Play and the Boys Next Door to Angelina Ballerina’s Christmas and Peter Rabbit! Our intention is to give our actors and technicians a balanced theatrical journey. In any given year, over one hundred students will participate in the season, and another one to two hundred will enroll in theatre classes. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in the professional theatre, with Kevin Kline winning actor Jim Butz , Ballet Hispanico’s Rodney Hamilton and Opera Theatre’s Head of Production Steven Ryan among our most notable. Graduates of our program paint scenery, design lighting, dance in Broadway shows, act in television, stage and film, model, write film and television scripts and even function as casting directors! Our faculty are all working professionals in their respective fields.

Band Program
Under the direction of Mr. Jerry Arana, our award winning Band Program offers an opportunity for musicians, both beginners and advanced, to experience the joys of playing music. Band is an elective that is offered for credit from the Fine and Performing Arts Department. There are many options for all levels of ability:
  • Beginning Band
  • Varsity Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Piano
Intramural Program
Because of our Activity Period, CBC is able to offer a comprehensive Intramural Program. Opportunities exist for students to compete on teams against other CBC students in various events. Competitions included:
  • Dodge Ball
  • 3 on 3 Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Texas Hold’em Tournament (Over $1500 in prizes were awarded, including a Playstation 3, an iPod, and gift cards worth up to $100)
  • 5 on 5 Senior Basketball Tournament (the winning team earned the right to play the faculty at a pep rally)
  • 5 on 5 Senior Flag Football Tournament (the winning team earned the right to play the faculty at a pep rally)
  • Halo Tournament on X-Box 360 (you think you are good? Play our winners)
  • Guitar Hero-Legends of Rock Tournament on Wii (Wow, these guys are good)
  • Student Council-Student run, student centered organization that works closely with the Dean of Men to coordinate various events at CBC, including:
  • Dances and Mixers
  • Pep Rallies
  • Tailgate before every home football game
  • Intramural Program
  • Student events
  • Student Government-This organization acts as the “voice” of the student body to the Administration of CBC. Students hold periodic meetings with both the President and the Principal regarding issues they feel are significant. They also are responsible to conduct the Student Court assessing the validity of a detention a student may have been given unfairly. Lastly, each semester this body is responsible to award honors to students in the categories of academics, most improved, athletics, extra-curricular, service, and spirit through faculty input and internal discussions.
  • National Honor Society-This is an academically elite group of students who are chosen based on academic achievement, service in their school or community, and citizenship at CBC. This organization offers tutoring services in the Learning Resource Center, are active in service projects around the community, and coordinate the annual CBC Blood Drive. Membership is selective, and is limited to juniors and seniors.
  • The Turret-This is the CBC school newspaper. The Turrett is student centered, with all the articles written and edited by a student member of the newspaper staff. The newspaper also solicits editorials from students in the CBC community. Besides just CBC news, The Turrett reports on events in the local community and in the world, writes reviews for music and movies, and has even featured work by the famous cartoonist Mike Peters ’61.
  • The Guidon –This is the CBC yearbook. This student organization is in charge of publishing the CBC yearbook , including gathering information and writing the stories, taking and choosing images for the publication, and editing the material before sending it to print. CBC also offers Yearbook as an elective that can be taken for credit.
  • La Salle Leadership Big Brother Program-This leadership program is designed to help students improve their leadership skills, while also making a profound difference in the life of an elementary school boy from the inner-city of St. Louis. CBC students will have one-on-one contact with a fourth through eighth grade student. They will get to know the young man, participate in sports, and go on field trips. In addition, CBC students also provide mentoring and tutoring for the young boy.
  • Model United Nations
  • Amnesty International