Norfolk Catholic High School continued to prosper at its home on Granby Street, its enrollment growing to more than 800 by 1970. However, as new parishes formed to serve the growing Catholic population in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, enrollment began to fall off in the 1980s and by 1990 a movement was underway to move to a more central location.
In response to members of the expanding Catholic Community, in 1992 Bishop Walter Sullivan approved a plan to move the school to better serve the area’s Catholic population. In the fall of 1993, the school opened as Catholic High School at its present 37-acre Princess Anne Road location. Ten years later, to honor the soon-to-retire Bishop of Richmond, the school’s name was changed again, to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School.
In June of 2019, a policy regarding the naming of schools and buildings in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond was announced by His Excellency Bishop Barry Knestout. With the implementation of this policy, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School returned to its former name, Catholic High School. While the name of the school may change, the mission remains the same. Based firmly on Catholic teaching, Catholic High School is dedicated to nurturing intellect, shaping character, and forming Christian values while providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students.
Today, the school continues the legacy set in 1848 at St. Mary’s Orphan Asylum and Academy—to provide a Christ centered academic program that prepares young people for success in college, and success in life as citizens, servants and leaders in their communities.