Cretin-Derham Hall High School

Cretin-Derham Hall High School (CDH) is a private, co-educational Catholic high school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is co-sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Cretin High School was named for Joseph Crétin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, while Derham Hall High School was named for Hugh Derham, a Minnesotan farmer who donated money to start an all-female Catholic boarding school. The school describes itself as committed to "Christian values" and "academic excellence." It claims its "academic rigor" and "commitment to service" prepare each student for success in both post-secondary education and in life.


Cretin High School was founded as a secondary school for boys in 1871 by the Christian Brothers. Derham Hall was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1905 as a college preparatory school for girls. In 1987, the two merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall a co-educational institution.


Cretin-Derham Hall is part of the Suburban East Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. Prior to joining the Suburban East Conference, Cretin-Derham Hall played in the Saint Paul City Conference for twenty six years, until they were asked to leave in the 2002-2003 season. After being turned down by nine other metro conferences, and being forced to play the 2003-2004 season as an independent team, the Minnesota State High School League recommended that Cretin-Derham Hall be placed in the Suburban East Conference, one of the conferences that initially turned them down. Then they were accepted in 2004 and began playing in this conference in 2005–2006. In 2005–2006 season, the Cretin-Derham Hall Varsity Hockey team placed first in the Minnesota High School State Hockey Tournament
Cretin-Derham Hall's 2003-04 enrollment for grades 10-12 is 985 compared to Hastings' 1,380, the SEC's smallest school. Stillwater, the largest SEC school has an enrollment of 2,235. In terms of geography, Cretin-Derham Hall is located in Saint Paul, and truly is not close to any of the SEC schools.

Its chief rival schools are St. Thomas Academy, Woodbury High School, Eden Prairie High School, and Henry Sibley High School.

State Championships

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country Running, Boys 1 1975
Football 1 1999
Winter Hockey, Boys 1 2006
Basketball, Girls 1 1999
Basketball, Boys 2 1991, 1993
Spring Baseball 11 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Boys 2 2004, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee, Girls 3 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Total 23


Cretin-Derham Hall additionally has a strong arts program both in terms of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The Cretin-Derham Hall theatre department has achieved first place in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition although the school no longer participates.

In the summer of 2005 the theater department was one of about 20 schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. This invitation was "based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations.

Feeder School Patterns

While certain exceptions definitely exist, the traditional feeder schools have been K-8 Catholic grade schools of Saint Paul and surrounding areas. Such schools are:

  • Nativity of Our Lord
  • Highland Catholic
  • Holy Spirit
  • IHM-St. Luke's
  • St. Joseph's
  • St. Mark's
  • St. Odilia's

Notable alumni

Derham, Cretin and Cretin-Derham Hall has been attended by several persons of note in its history, including:


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