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.

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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: Melissa (Frank) Empie '86  

Mrs. Melissa Empie graduated from Cardinal Stritch in the class of 1986 and has worked for Cardinal Stritch since the fall of 2016 as Assistant Principal. Mrs. Empie is in her fourth year here at Cardinal Stritch as Principal and has received a Masters of Education in School Administration from Lourdes University. Mrs. Empie has worked under the Diocese of Toledo for a total of 27 years.  


Director of Operations: Karen Weber

Miss Karen Weber graduated from Lourdes University with a BS in Business. She is on her 17th year at Cardinal Stritch. Miss Weber was the previous Director of Operations at the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo. 
Finance Manager: William Brinkman

Mr. Bill Brinkman has amassed over 35 years of accounting experience. Mr. Brinkman graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Business Administration and majored in Accounting. After graduation, he worked as a controller for various companies such as Rudolph Libby. Mr. Brinkman has worked for Cardinal Stritch since 2018. 


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