Over the last decade, the population in the northern region of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese has grown tremendously. The Catholic segment of this population currently supports 12 parishes, six parish-based primary schools and one private Catholic primary school. Together, these area Catholic primary schools enroll more than 2,000 students. With the nearest Catholic high school located on average more than 45 minutes away, there is a clear need to build a Catholic high school in north Houston to serve the youth of our northern communities.
Discussions regarding a Catholic high school in the northern region of the diocese have been ongoing for many years. In 2007, the North Houston Catholic High School (NHCHS) committee was revitalized with the mission to build a Catholic co-educational college preparatory school in north Houston.
There is significant evidence from a situational analysis of Catholic schools in the archdiocese that a high school to serve northern Harris and southern Montgomery Counties would succeed. This situational analysis conducted by the Meitler Consultants, Inc. for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston also stated that the Catholic population in the area is projected to grow at a rapid pace in the next twelve years. Overall, enrollment in the current high schools in the archdiocese has increased and the number of students at the high schools are at or near capacity.
Based upon a favorable feasibility report completed in 2008, the Committee prepared a plan (curriculum, operating budget, and architectural design) for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic School Board. An informational fundraising luncheon with Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as the guest speaker was held in Sept. 2008. Interested individuals attended this luncheon and Cardinal DiNardo expressed his support for the high school. In October 2008, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo formally approved of the NHCHS plan.
In June 2009, NHCHS’s 501(c)(3) status was approved and the NHCHS Committee established the Land Rush Club in order to solicit contributions to purchase land. With contributions of more than $2.2 million, the committee purchased a 63-acre site on Spring Stuebner Road in December 2009.
The NHCHS committee, committed to a curriculum of academic excellence, began discussions in early 2010 with the
Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation
in Nashville, TN. This Congregation of 275 sisters maintains an excellent reputation in education. They operate 38 schools in 22 Dioceses, eight of which are high schools.
With Daniel Cardinal DiNardo’s approval, Fr. Joe Gietl, along with Tim Knittig and Ted Wandstrat, members of the NHCHS committee, visited the community of Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2010.
The Dominican Sisters visited north Houston in September 2010. The Prioress General and three of her Councilors toured two high schools and two elementary schools. They met with all the supporting parish school principals. They met with members of the NHCHS school board and the
A Foundation for the Future
campaign cabinet. There was an NHCHS Advisory Board meeting where nearly 100 supporters of the new high school were present to receive an update on the high school and be introduced to the Dominican Sisters. The Dominican Sisters had a private meeting with Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. They toured the Co-Cathedral with Archbishop Fiorenza and then met with Archdiocesan Schools Superintendent Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI and her staff.
In October 2010, the Dominican Sisters of the Saint Cecilia Congregation accepted the invitation of the Cardinal to be administrators of the school. On August 10, 2011, the Congregation sent three sisters to Houston to plan the educational program and implement the administrative structure.
dated July 6, 2011 Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
that the name of NHCHS is Frassati Catholic High School, named after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
On October 1, 2011, Most Reverend Daniel Cardinal DiNardo officiated at the land blessing of Frassati Catholic High School.
Groundbreaking was August 25, 2012.
Frassati Catholic High School opened to its first freshman class on August 22, 2013.
In the spring of 2016, Frassati Catholic opened its new Student Life Building as part of
of its Master Plan.