(3-12-22) In an email reply to SSN to the question about the five Toledo Catholic Schools becoming a part of the Detroit Catholic League.

Vic Michaels

Vic Michaels, Manager Athletics and Student Services,Department of Catholic Schools

We are in the discussion stage with 5 Toledo Catholic Schools regarding joining the Detroit Catholic League as full members. We hope to finalize something, one way or another, very soon.

Toledo Central Catholic is co-educational. St. Francis and St. John’s are all-male, while Notre Dame Academy and St. Ursula are all-female and are looking for a new athletic conference home after the departure of public school members (Findlay, Fremont Ross, Oregon Clay and Whitmer) from the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC).

The DCL presently has 27 member schools of various sizes, with the Central Division most likely being the best spot for the Toledo schools.The co-ed school is Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. The four all-boys schools are Detroit Catholic Central, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Warren De La Salle, and Detroit U-D Jesuit. The all-girls schools are Bloomfield Hills Marian, Farmington Hills Mercy, Warren Regina, and Wixom St. Catherine of Siena.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has a 10-week football season, while Michigan’s is nine. Several sports seasons don’t coincide, tennis, boys golf, girls soccer, and girls swimming.. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) sponsors state championships in 24 sports, but Ohio’s governing body (the OHSAA) oversees 16.

With another TRAC member Lima Sr. announcing this week that they would be joining the Toledo City League, it makes sense that the five remaining Toledo Catholic schools land a spot in a conference…very soon. Scheduling is a key factor pushing for that, especially in football.

Detroit Catholic League Membership

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart Schools
  • Austin Catholic
  • Bishop Foley Catholic
  • Brother Rice
  • Cabrini High School
  • Cardinal Mooney Catholic
  • Cranbrook Kingswood
  • Cristo Rey
  • De La Salle Collegiate
  • Detroit Catholic Central
  • Divine Child High School
  • Everest Collegiate
  • Fr. Gabriel Richard High School
  • Gabriel Richard Catholic High School
  • Greenhills School
  • Jewish Academy
  • Loyola
  • Lutheran North High School
  • Marian High School
  • Mercy High School
  • Our Lady of the Lakes
  • Regina High School
  • Shrine Catholic High School
  • St. Catherine of Siena Academy
  • St. Mary’s Prep
  • University Liggett
  • University Of Detroit Jesuit High School