The roots of our Catholic high school go back to 1924. At that time, a Catholic high school was established as part of the St. Paul Parish School in Daytona Beach. As the population grew, the Diocese of St. Augustine built a new, central Catholic high school that opened in 1959. Father Lopez Catholic High School, located between Madison and Mason on the east side of Nova Road, served the area for the next 49 years.
With the Catholic population in central Florida continuing to grow, the Diocese of Orlando was established in 1968. The new diocese would include oversight of the Catholic parishes and schools in the Daytona Beach area, including Father Lopez.
In the early years, the high school staff was comprised of diocesan priests and women religious from the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt (NY). Although priests and sisters no longer teach at the school, we are blessed to have dedicated lay educators who are committed to the school’s mission of pursuing excellence within the Catholic tradition. The current faculty have been trained at 43 different colleges and universities located in 18 different states and Canada. Collectively, they have earned a total of 33 graduate degrees.
During the summer of 2008, Father Lopez Catholic High School moved to its current location at 3918 LPGA Blvd. Our state-of-the-art facility is housed on an attractive 98-acre campus.
Since its inception, some 3,800 young men and women have graduated from Father Lopez. Most have continued their studies at the collegiate level and beyond. Today, our alumni are recognized as leaders in their parishes, communities, families and chosen careers. The most recent graduating class included six children of alumni, adding to our growing number of second-generation Green Wave.
Enrollment at the new campus has increased four straight years, as more students continue to make Father Lopez their school-of-choice. An all-time record enrollment of 483 was established in 2014. This year, the school enrolled its largest freshman class ever--148 students!
Our diverse and talented student population comes from 50 different zip code areas in Daytona Beach and surrounding communities in Volusia, Flagler and Seminole counties. Our cultural diversity is enhanced with the addition of international students from ten other countries.
Throughout these past 57 years, the school has pursued a noble mission. Father Lopez educators partner with parents, the first teachers of their children, to share values, doctrine and knowledge. Working together, we develop spiritual, physical and moral gifts through academic excellence while we continue to prepare today’s student for their tomorrows.