History & Mission

As a result of a feasibility study completed by the University of Miami in February 1993, the Archdiocese of Miami authorized the construction of a new Roman Catholic High School in South Broward. Together with Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School in Dade County, these schools became the first new Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese in nearly thirty years. Archbishop Edward McCarthy began planning for this new Catholic school in 1994. Archbishop John C. Favalora, Archbishop McCarthy and the first supervising principal, Reverend Edmond Whyte, broke ground for the new school on April 27, 1997. The first phase of construction began soon after. This initial phase included a 21-room classroom building (including offices for campus ministry and student activities, computer lab and three science labs), a 300-seat chapel, an air-conditioned gymnasium and locker rooms and three athletic fields to accommodate 800 students. The second phase of construction completed in 2002 included 2 new buildings including 19 additional classrooms, a state of the art media center, fine arts theatre, computer labs, and offices for administration, student services, admissions, guidance and athletics.

PHILOSOPHY – Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school of the Archdiocese of Miami, following the tradition of Catholic youth formation and the motto of the school’s namesake, “Manere in Dilectione Christi” – “To abide in the love of Christ.” In its persons, programs and procedures its mission reflects the enlivened message of the gospel values and the teaching ministry of the Church. As the word “Catholic” means universal, so too are all members of this educational community-students, parents and faculty-part of the body and image of God. It is the school’s sacred trust to provide a varied program of religious experiences, educational offerings, athletic programs, social and cultural opportunities and community service encounters that will provide a foundation upon which the individual recognizes one’s personal relationship with community and Church

MISSION STATEMENT – Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is dedicated to the formation of tomorrow’s leaders through a Roman Catholic experience that provides excellence in Atmosphere, Academics, the Arts, and Athletics.

VISION STATEMENT -Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School’s vision is to be one of the most innovative, influential, and accomplished Roman Catholic schools in the nation.

BELIEFS – Statements about Schools need to provide students with diversity that will engage them in the learning process and spiritual and physical development. Schools must offer a wide range of extra-curricular, academic and athletic activities for physical and socialization skills. Schools should reinforce Christian values and community responsibilities. Schools should provide an opportunity to learn about life. Schools should bring out the best in everyone. Faculty should be dedicated, motivated and committed to be creative in the teaching of the subject matter.


    1. To educate students in sound Roman Catholic doctrine so they can relate their personal world as children of God with their duties as participatory members of their Church, country and community.
    2. To invite students to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through instruction in their faith and participation in liturgical, para-liturgical, service and sacramental experiences.
    3. To emphasize a healthy respect for self, all life, the family, the school, the community and the environment by emphasizing Catholicism as a mode of living.
    4. To offer a curricular program that meets the spiritual, cultural and intellectual needs of a diverse community and challenges them to their highest potential.
    5. To instill in students an appreciation for the value of the process of lifelong learning by developing the skills necessary to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, inquire and think critically as well as to listen, speak, write and remember effectively.

THE SCHOOL CREST, MOTTO AND COLORS – The crest of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School reflects the heritage and traditions of its namesake. In the right corner of the triangle is a stag trippant, which represents the McCarthy family and was used in Ireland as a symbol for centuries and is symbolic of Archbishop McCarthy’s patron saints, St. Edward the Confessor and St. Anthony. The “M” and the three crosslets are from the Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where Archbishop McCarthy was born, baptized, ordained to the priesthood and later received Episcopal ordination and is symbolic of the Blessed Mother. The palm and three waves are the symbols of the Archdiocese of Miami. The crown on the top of the triangle is the symbol for the special intentions granted to the school by the Blessed Mother. Archbishop McCarthy, and the school’s motto is “Manere in Dilectione Christi”, translated as “To abide in the love of Christ”. It is derived from the words of Our Lord at the Last Supper (John 15:9) and expresses the Lord’s teaching, “He who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5); “If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love” (John 15:10); and “By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). This motto is an ideal and program of life for the bearers of this shield. The school colors are Teal Blue, Silver and Black.

THE SCHOOL MASCOT – The first freshman class of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School chose the “Maverick” as the school mascot. Webster defines a maverick as an independent person who stands up for what he/she believes despite the ridicule of others, often an accurate description of a true believer in Christ.