Holy Family Cristo Rey High School

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Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
Holy Family Cristo Rey logo.PNG
Established 1943
School type Private
District Diocese of Birmingham
Grades 9-12
Principal Bethany Knighten
Enrollment 203 (2019)
Colors blue & yellow
Mascot Tornadoes
Location 1832 Center Way South
Website hfcristorey.org

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School (HFCRCHS) is a private, traditional Catholic school affiliated with Holy Family Catholic Church and operated by the Diocese of Birmingham as part of the national Cristo Rey network. The school was founded in 1943 and is located in the former Center Street Middle School at 1832 Center Way South in South Titusville. The school currently has an enrollment of about 170 students. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and endorsed by the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus. Bethany Knighten is the principal and Isabel Rubio is president.

The school was founded as Holy Family Catholic High School by the Holy Cross Province of the Congregation of the Passion. School officials applied to join the Cristo Rey network in 2005 and undertook a needs assessment in 2006 before debuting as a network school the following fall. As part of the Cristo Rey network, all students in the school participate in work-study in business environments. Four students take turns fulfilling the duties of one full-time job. Their earnings are used to offset tuition.

In 2019 Holy Family moved to their present location from property leased from the Congregation of the Passion at 2001 19th Street in Ensley.




The Holy Family Cristo Rey High School Tornadoes compete in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A. The school's boys' basketball teams have won state championships in 1973, 1977, 1982, 1986, 1987 and 2002. Other varsity sports include girls' basketball, boys' and girls' track, cheerleading and volleyball.

Notable graduates


  • "Struggling Catholic high school links to national network." (December 18, 2005) Associated Press
  • Ruisi, Anne (December 19, 2007) "Holy Family principal leaves after 6 months." The Birmingham News
  • Ruisi, Anne (June 18, 2007) "Holy Family set to start with new principal, new format." The Birmingham News
  • Garrison, Greg (March 28, 2009) "Birmingham, Alabama Catholic school students get work experience, tuition help through Cristo Rey program." The Birmingham News
  • Rebman, Stephanie (April 24, 2019) "Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School moving closer to city center." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Woods, Ashlee (August 4, 2022) "Longtime nonprofit leader named president of Holy Family Cristo Rey." Birmingham Business Journal

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