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West Catholic Prep

4501 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19139




Admissions Director
John Jenkins

Did You Know...

  • West is the only Archdiocesan High School to be recognized as a “Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence” by the US Department of Education
  • $12 million in college scholarships and grants were awarded to the class of 2014
  • West offers Visual, Musical, Performing, and Culinary Arts programs
  • Honors, Advanced Placement, and Remedial programs of study are available
  • 98% of graduates pursue higher education


Founded: 1916

Colors: Blue, White & Gold

Mascot: The Burrs

By The Numbers

1111 Varsity sports
46West's most veteran staff member, Mr. Hoy, has been there for 46 years!
1818+ Clubs and Activities

Fun Facts

West's mascot, Burr-Man, was voted "Best Mascot" in 2009.

West Catholic School for Girls was located near the Philadelphia television studios where American Bandstand was first broadcast in the 1950s, and many girls from West regularly attended the show. The girls were forbidden to wear their school uniforms on TV, and wore cardigans over their uniforms, with their blouses' rounded collars showing. "Peter Pan collars" became popular as a result.

In the 1970's a rumored ghost would break into one student's locker every day for a year and take a bite out of her sandwich.

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