Who we are


Our Mission


Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy is a leader in Catholic education. We challenge all students to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ in a family-oriented community that fosters academic and personal excellence. Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy is a family of faith, knowledge, and strength.


Our History

The groundbreaking ceremony for Toledo's sixth Catholic high school took place on September 21, 1960 with Bishop George J. Rehring turning the first spadeful of earth. The school was named for Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Toledo's second Bishop during the years of 1921 through 1930. The first official 9th grade class entered the building in the fall of 1961. With the growing need for Catholic education the concept was brought to the table for a preschool through 12th grade system. The 2009-2010 school year marked the inaugural year of the Kateri Catholic School System. With more than 60 years of Catholic education taking place in the same building, Cardinal Stritch takes pride in forming disciples of Jesus Christ and preparing students for college and careers.

Core Beliefs

  • Deus Adjutor Meus (God is my helper)
  • A Family of Faith, Knowledge, and Strength
  • Forming Saints
  • Demand Excellence
  • Make Every Minute Count


  • Believe 
  • Love
  • Respect
  • Seek 
  • Strive

Our Leadership


President/Head of School: Bill Berry

Mr. Bill Berry is a proud product of Cambuslang, Scotland where he attended Catholic schools from K-12. Mr. Berry is an Honors Graduate from the University of Strathclyde Glasgow where he played Rugby. Before he immigrated to the United States in 1994 he held several senior executive positions across Europe. Mr Berry has made a distinguished name for himself as a President/Chairman of the Board for a large automotive components company, served as Principal of Consulting, Chair of Score of NW Ohio Business Mentoring / Education Group, former Board Member of NAMI, and Memory Lane Care Services Board Member. Presently, Mr. Berry sits on the advisory board for Owens Community College Department of Business Studies. Cardinal Stritch is blessed to have him as our President/Head of School since July 2019.


Principal: Mel Viers

Mrs. Mel Viers began her career as a special education teacher in 2002. She transitioned to administration in 2013. Mrs. Viers is passionate about being a life-long learner with an undergraduate degree in communication as well as a Master's in Education from Bowling Green State University. She has earned additional master's degrees from the University of Toledo and Grand Canyon University. The Viers family is actively involved at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Swanton. 


Assistant Principal/Dean of Students: Brian Ahrns

Mr. Brian Ahrns begins his journey at Cardinal Stritch in 2022 as Assistant Principal/Dean of Students. Mr. Ahrns

completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bowling Green State University. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher before transitioning to administration. Mr. Ahrns builds relationships with students by

actively participating in events and visiting classrooms. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.


Director of Operations / Finance: Karen Weber

Miss Karen Weber graduated with an undergraduate degree in business from Lourdes University. She began her career at Cardinal Stritch in 2005 and was previously the Director of Operations at the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo. While at Cardinal Stritch, Miss Weber has improved many aspects of our school from updating and implementing policies, streamlining procedures, and updating our facilities. 

Director of Development: Janet (Navarre) Hohenberger '07

Mrs. Janet Hohenberger is a proud Cardinal Stritch graduate. She attended Bowling Green State University where she double majored in Business Education and Marketing Education. Her first teaching job was in Northern Virginia right outside of D.C. Mrs. Hohenberger married her high school sweetheart and moved back to Ohio to grow their family. They adopted their son in 2020 and he is now a very proud Cardinal as well. Mrs. Hohenberger returned home to Cardinal Stritch to join the administrative team in January of 2020 and still enjoys teaching in the classroom! 


Director of Athletics: Denny Shoemaker

Mr. Shoemaker is no stranger to coaching and the athletic world. He recently retired from Sylvania Northview High School where he taught math, was an administrator in their athletic department, and has 27 years of experience coaching both the boys and girls basketball programs. Mr. Shoemaker stated that his vision is to reinstate the athletic programs that have been dropped in recent years so that the students and community will once again be proud of Stritch athletics.

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Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy has 521 students enrolled between preschool through 12th grade as of October 13, 2021.