Mission Driven

We have a mission at Gross Catholic High School. Here is our building facing north.Daniel J. Gross High Catholic School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through educational excellence in the Marianist tradition. We strive to instill the five Characteristics of Marianist Education in everything that we do.

Our motto is “Dux Esto” which we translate from Latin to English as “Be a Leader”. We produce faith-filled leaders at Gross Catholic.

Since 1968, Gross Catholic has emphasized the importance of excellence in academics, athletics, and service to others. We are proud to be a co-ed Archdiocesan Catholic high school guided by the Marianist tradition.

We are committed to serving and challenging every student with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum while encouraging student involvement through activities, athletics, campus ministry, and apostolic outreach in our community.

Our Heritage

With a gift from Louise Gross, the widow of lawyer Daniel Gross, the Archdiocese of Omaha built Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School to meet the critical need for Catholic education in Sarpy County and South Omaha. Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan invited priests and brothers from the Society of Mary and the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to help create the Gross Catholic community.

Brother Leo Willett, S.M., our first principal, opened the school on September 3, 1968, with a freshman class of 175 students. The Class of 1972 became the first of over 8,000 alumni on May 28, 1972.

Our primary school colors are burnt orange and royal blue.  During our first year, the “Cougar” was chosen as our proud mascot. Our mascot is known as, “Freddie Cougar,” and he even has his own Facebook page.  Our fight song is an original composition, never heard anywhere but at Gross Catholic High School events.

Cougar Fight Song

Here we are!! We are the Gross High Cougars!!
Fighters all and winners too!!
Here we are!! We are the Cagey Cougars!!
Go with the Orange and Blue!!
Hear ’em howl,
Hear ’em growl,
Hungry Cougars on the Prowl.
Hear ’em shout, Hear ’em say,
We go winners all the way.
Rah!! Rah!! Rah! Rah! Rah!….Hey!!
Come on Cougars!! Show ’em how we do it!!
Show ’em how the game is won!!
On your mark!! Get Set!! Go to it!!

Today, Gross Catholic continues the proud tradition of educational excellence as an Archdiocesan college-preparatory school, sponsored by the Marianist Province of the U.S.