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Father Lopez Catholic High School

Father Lopez Catholic High School
3918 LPGA Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida, (Volusia County), 32124
 United States
Coordinates 29°10′25″N 81°7′11″W / 29.17361°N 81.11972°W / 29.17361; -81.11972Coordinates: 29°10′25″N 81°7′11″W / 29.17361°N 81.11972°W / 29.17361; -81.11972

Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
President Dr. Michael Coury
Dean Derek Daly
Principal Lee Sayago
Vice principal Scott Bay
Asst. Principal Patty Dailey
Grades 912
Color(s) Green and White         
Mascot Green Wave
Team name Green Wave
Accreditation(s) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Athletic Director Trevor Berryhill

Father Lopez Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando. 413 students are enrolled.


Father Lopez Catholic High School was established in 1959 to meet the growing need for a central Catholic high school in the Daytona area. The school replaced several parish schools, including St. Paul Parish School, which was established in 1924 as the first Catholic high school in the area.[2] It was built by the Diocese of St. Augustine at 960 Madison Avenue. The school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[3]

In 1968 the school was transferred to the administration of the Diocese of Orlando.[3]

In 2001 the school paid $1.17 million for 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land and two buildings as the first step in a planned $3 million expansion and renovation project.[3]

In 2004 Bishop Thomas Wenski signed a $2 million-plus agreement for the Orlando Diocese to buy 80 acres (32 ha) on LPGA Boulevard for a replacement campus. The Diocese sold the approximately 15 acres (6.1 ha) old campus to help pay for the new school.[3]

In 2005 Wenski supplied $1.5 million of diocesan funds for the new school. The school raised $10 million.[3]

A new school was constructed in 2008 in Daytona, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from its previous location. The campus will have softball, baseball fields, and tennis courts in the next 10 years. Currently, it has a main football field with a new track, and practice fields.[4]

Student body

The enrollment for 2012-2013 is about 413 students. Senior class is about 95 students. 9 Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered. 68.4% passed AP courses in 2010; Florida average was 42.9%. Class of 2009 mean SAT score was 1549; average Florida score was 1475. ACT composite mean score was 21.9; Florida mean score was 19.5. 64% of the class of 2009 enrolled in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.[5]


The campus, new in 2008, cost $30 million.[4] The 100 seat chapel was constructed in the Spanish style. The stadium seats 1200.

There is a double gym that holds 740 people. There are over 24 computers for public use, 24 computers for classes, and a television production room with a screen and news casting equipment. The cafeteria-auditorium holds 740 with a "murphy bed" fold up stage. The area also doubles as a dance studio. An "in-house" chef caters continuous events.


The school fields 32 teams playing 13 sports.[5]


  • The men's Varsity Basketball Team was undefeated in 2009. The girls' varsity basketball team were State champs 2004-2005. The Father Lopez Dancing Green Waves were National Champions Prop '97, '99,' 00, '02, '03, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10 as well as National champions Pom '08.


The National Catholic Educational Association recognized the school board as "outstanding" in 2008, the only board to be so recognized.[6]

Notes and references

External links

  • School Website
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