“ The greatest heritage to a girl is a good education.” – St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
MissionThe mission of Cabrini High School is to educate the minds and hearts of young women in the Catholic Cabrinian tradition thus instilling the principles of respect, excellence, and service. For generations, the spirit and work of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini have influenced NewOrleans and its people. From her arrival in New Orleans to help the poor and care for orphanedchildren, to her canonization by Pope Pius XII; from the opening of Cabrini High School to thevibrant community of young women who continue the Cabrini tradition today, Mother Cabrini left an indelible mark on our school and community that will endure forever. 1880 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini founded the Catholic Church’s first missionary order for women, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 1889 Mother Cabrini and six of her sisters arrive in New York City to establish her ministry -- opening orphanages, hospitals, and schools. 1892 Mother Cabrini arrives in New Orleans to help the poor, unskilled, and uneducated. She opens her first New Orleans orphanage on St. Philip Street in the French Quarter.
Rooted in the philosophy of Mother Cabrini who believed that education should be of the mindand heart, Cabrini continues to grow and adapt to continue her legacy and mission to educate young women in theCatholic Cabrinian tradition.Cabrini High School provides a nurturing learning environment that promises individualized attention, academic rigortailored to each student’s abilities and progress, and an experienced and recognized faculty dedicated to the intellectualand spiritual development of young women.This has been the standard for generations of Cabrini Crescents. More than 5,375 women have walked the storiedhalls of Cabrini High School and experienced Mother Cabrini’s love and legacy. Today, our alumnae carry on in thespirit, example, and tradition of Mother Cabrini.46% 46 percent of the Cabrini Class of 2018 and 42 percent of the 2017-18 student body will be the first member of their family to attend college. 1914 The Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum grows quickly and by November 14, 1914, 140 young girls are living in the orphanage. 1905 Because the orphanage had outgrown its space, Mother Cabrini constructs the three-story Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum at 3400 Esplanade Avenue with the philanthropic support of Captain Salvator Pizzati.
Academics Cabrini embraces a holistic approach to education. Music, drama, art, and physical education are emphasized equally with science, mathematics, history, language, and literature. Advanced technology, outstanding athletics, a strong spirit of service, and an active and engaged student life are all paramount to a Cabrini education and experience. Our Advanced Placement (AP) Open Enrollment policy ensures that Cabrini’s 17 AP courses are available to all students, not only honor students. Approximately 27 percent of Cabrini students enroll annually in AP or Dual Enrollment classes that prepare students for college-level work and allow them to earn college credits while attending Cabrini. Cabrini’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program ensures one-to-one, state-of-the-art technology for all students to support and enhance learning. An award-winning fine arts program with theater, music, chorus, and studio art enricheslives and enhances learning to prepare Cabrini Crescents for college and beyond.The Cabrini Class of 2017 earned $11.7 million in college $11.7scholarships and grants. Graduates also earned a combined totalof 327 college credit hours through AP and Dual Enrollment classes.1917Mother Cabrini passes away at the age of 67.In her 67 years, Mother Cabrini started 67 institutions around the world.
Student Life & TraditionsAt Cabrini, education isn’t confined to the classroom. Cabrinistudents find their interests, talents, and leadership qualitiesthrough everyday experiences and more than 40 cocurricularactivities, clubs, and athletic teams.Timeless traditions such as the Opening Mass Pin Ceremony,Candlelight Ceremony, Intramurals, Homecoming, andStep-Up Day, shape the experiences and memories that remainwith a Crescent forever.AthleticsCabrini athletics play an important part in a Crescent’s student life. As amember of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA),Cabrini competes in 11 individual and team sports on the pre-freshman,junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels. Cabrini athletics boasts multiplestate, regional, and district championship titles, and numerous athletes havebeen named to LHSAA Academic All-State teams.Cabrini Crescents compete in 11 individual and team sports on the 11 pre-freshman, junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels.1938Mother Cabrini is declared “Blessed” by Pope Pius XI on November 13, 1938.
1946 Mother Cabrini is canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946 becoming the first United States citizen to be canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. 1959 The buildings of the orphanage on Esplanade Avenue are restructured and welcome the first students of Cabrini High School on September 8, 1959. 1965 The Moss Street complex, including the gymnasium, is completed to handle the increasing enrollment. 1997Cabrini High School embraces changing technology and the Moss Street and Esplanade Avenue buildings are wired for Internet access to all classrooms and offices. 1999 Cabrini Day Nursery closes and the St. Philip Street building is sold.
FaithFor nearly 60 years, the young women of Cabrini High School haveemulated Mother Cabrini. Cabrini students are blessed to walk onthe same holy ground where Mother Cabrini lived and worked and toworship in the same chapel where she prayed for guidance and strength.The Cabrini charism teaches students to actively live out and participatein their faith.ServiceCabrini students embrace Mother Cabrini’s passion for serving God through serviceto others. Each student completes a minimum of 120 hours of community serviceprior to graduation. Our young women, faculty, staff, and alumnae spend thousandsof hours each year serving the hungry, sick, defenseless, elderly, and needy.23,750 In 2016-17, Cabrini students completed 23,750 hours of service. 2002Cabrini High School purchases and renovates a shotgun double located next to the Esplanade building to use for additional office space. Science Labs are updated. The Cabrini Crescents volleyball team wins the school’s first state title.2000Cabrini High School renovates a Victorian cottage located next door to campus as the newsite of the Crescent Cradle nursery school.
2004 The Cabrini basketball team wins the LHSAA state championship. 2005Cabrini High School is the first all-girls’ school in New Orleans to reopen post-hurricane Katrina. In November 2005, just 71 days after the storm, Cabrini resumes classes with almost half of its pre-storm student body. 2005-6 Cabrini celebrates the centennial of the Esplanade building. TODAY Cabrini is the most diverse Catholic girls’ school in New Orleans with more than 420 young women who live the core values ofrespect, excellence, and service. Many of our students come from modest income families from throughout the New Orleans area and seek Cabrini for its small class sizes, supportive environment, and exceptional education.
ContinuingHER LEGACYCabrini High School has thrived on a solid foundation of exceptionalacademics, outstanding athletics, treasured traditions, devoted serviceto others, and a strong sisterhood -- all inspired by Mother Cabrini’sprofound faith. However, we cannot rest on our success. Rather, we mustlive and act by Mother Cabrini’s example and be steadfast in our vocation toadvance her legacy and mission for generations to come.Our students deserve learning spaces and facilities that enhance and expandtheir opportunities for growth and success. To this end, the time is now for Cabrinito embark on a capital campaign to expand, renovate, and address critical infrastructureneeds to better support our students and community, both now and in the future.GymnasiumConstructed more than 50 years ago for a student body roughly half the size of today’s enrollment, the Cabrinigymnasium no longer accommodates the expanded scope of physical education classes or the needs of today’sstudent-athletes. The original locker rooms and showers are inadequate for physical education students, as well as forCabrini athletes and visiting teams. Moreover, the locker rooms lack heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.AuditoriumThe gymnasium is also utilized as a multi-use auditorium. Cheer, dance, and athletic team practices, theater rehearsals,and athletic competitions all vie for use of this shared space. Additional seating capacity is necessary to effectivelyhost school-wide attendance at masses, assemblies, ceremonies, dances, and a myriad of special events.Fine Arts ExpansionClassrooms for fine arts instruction, a state-of-the-art theater, and rehearsal spaces are needed to support and expandCabrini’s award-winning fine arts program.Overall Improvements & AdditionsThe current lift system is dated and cumbersome for both students and visitors who need access to the gymnasiumand second-floor classrooms. Additional restrooms for both males and females are also needed to adequatelyaccommodate students, parents, and visitors.
Our Past Guides Our FutureTo continue the legacy and lore of our beloved Mother Cabrini, the time is now to advance Cabrini’s academic,athletic, fine arts, and theater programs with an investment in the renovation, expansion, improvement, andmaintenance of Cabrini High School’s original facilities.Our vision for Cabrini High School includes modernized and expanded facilities within the existing Cabrinicampus footprint. The three-story structure, which currently houses the cafeteria and a shared gymnasium andauditorium space, will be transformed into a dynamic, student and community-centric complex carefullydesigned to meet the current and future needs of students and the entire Cabrini community.A $5.3 million campaign will raise the capital necessary to: Establish GrowEstablish Cabrini as a leader in New Effectively grow and accommodateOrleans’ increasingly competitive and future enrollment. ever-changing education landscape. Support Expand Support diverse student interests and Expand the number and types of classesneeds across academics, athletics, theater, and cocurricular activities offered. fine arts, music, and more. Address DeliverAddress the emerging needs of our Deliver on our promise to future Cabrini family and community. generations of young women who are called to Cabrini High School.
MAINBUILDING FINE ARTS THEATER
COMMONS AREA CAFETERIA
To realize our vision and continue the legacy of Mother Cabrini, the transformation of our current facility will include: FIRST FLOOR Fine Arts Theater A new state-of-the-art Fine Arts Theater will include: • Performance space with the capacity to seat 190 people • Flexible seating system and stage area will also serve as a multi-use space to accommodate fall and spring theater productions as well as class level, parent, and small group meetings • Classroom spaces for music and fine arts instruction • Practice spaces for the Chamber Ensemble, choir, and band • High-tech sound, projection, and lighting systems • Soundproof walls Commons Area An indoor, informal gathering area will include: • Welcoming and comfortable seating areas for student engagement, social and study groups • A reception and concession area for theater productions • iPad/Tablet charging stations CafeteriaThe Cabrini cafeteria will be updated to complement the new Fine Arts Theater and Commons Area, including: • New furnishings, tables, and freshly painted walls
To realize our vision and continue the legacy of Mother Cabrini, the transformation of our current facility will include:SECOND FLOOR Gymnasium & Auditorium The gymnasium and auditorium will be transformed into a modern sports and community complex with double the seating capacity to accommodate a total of 1,350people. The expansion and renovation will provide a contemporary and adaptable venueto host large school-wide assemblies, masses, theater productions, athletic competitions including district playoff games, and special events to welcome Cabrini families, alumnae, and the community-at-large. Upgrades will include: • A new telescopic bleacher system to accommodate 800 people • Assembly-style seating for an additional 550 people on the gymnasium floor • State-of-the-art scoreboards • New sound and projection systems • New basketball goals and volleyball wall pads • Updated locker rooms and showers for physical education classes, Cabrini student-athletes, and visiting teams • The addition of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to locker rooms and HVAC upgrades to support the expanded facility • Refurbished gym floor with new striping • An expanded lobby and concessions area Additional Amenities• Expanded restroom facilities to accommodate students and visitors to Cabrini programs and events• An elevator to provide direct access from the parking lot to the second-floor gymnasium for students and visitors
GYMNASIUM & AUDITORIUM
Continuing HER LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS Realizing our vision to transform Cabrini High School’s gymnasium and auditorium into a dynamic, student and community-centric complex requires a significant investment. With your gift to theContinuing Her Legacy campaign, you can help ensure that future generations of Cabrini Crescents have the facilities and resources they need to thrive and succeed at Cabrini and beyond. 1400 Moss Street | New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 483-8672 | [email protected] www.cabrinihigh.com