Bishop Moore first opened in 1954 and has seen many traditions come and go. One tradition that has lasted throughout all the years is the importance of the Catholic faith and is celebrated in school-wide liturgies held each month and in prayers before class. Excellence in academics is another tradition in which Bishop Moore prides itself.
Freshman begin their four years with an orientation, usually held the day before school begins. During this day, the freshman will meet in their homerooms to get their lockers and receive their schedules. The students walk through the campus finding all their classrooms. The students have the opportunity to meet students in their homeroom and lunch period. Other activities vary from year to year, depending upon the student leaders who plan the activities for the day. In the past there have been scavenger hunts, rock climbing and other games.
First Day of School
The first day of school always begins with an assembly in the gym to welcome everyone back and especially to welcome the new Freshman. Each class is seated in their designated area of the gym, looking forward to the year they move to the senior section.
There are four day-long retreats each year -- one per grade level. The Senior Peer Ministers are instrumental in planning the retreats along with the the campus ministers. These retreats are a day-long event off-campus with lots of skits, activities and speakers. The Senior retreat is always a very special event and seniors often report that it is one of their best memories of the year.
Homecoming is a weeklong celebration in which each day there is a theme, concluding with a Spirit Day where everyone wears black and gold (the school colors) for the Pep Rally. Friday night brings the Homecoming Football game where the Homecoming Court processes and the King and Queen are crowned. The Homecoming Dance is held on Saturday night at one of the many hotels in the Orlando area.
To help our local community and beyond, several Spirit Drives are held during the year. The Thanksgiving Food drive is held to bring in thousands of cans and dried food to distribute to the local community. The Christmas Spirit Drive is traditionally a Toy Drive. In 2011 the Toy Drive was a huge success and Bishop Moore was able to help many families and organizations that serve those in need. The Lenten Drive is generally a financial contribution where students and teachers donate money which is then distributed to both our sister school in the Dominican Republic and to local organizations. Each year some of our amazing students decide to have special drives to help groups that are in need. We have had DVD drives to give to children's hospitals, Operation Rice Bowl, Shoe Drives and Blanket Drives in the last few years. Why do we give so much to the community? Because that's what Catholics do.
The Prom takes place in the late Spring and is a formal dance held at an Orlando area hotel. Each year there is a special theme picked out by the Prom Committee.
Grad Night has been a Bishop Moore tradition for many years. Students board busses on campus after school and don't return until the next morning! This has traditionally been held at Disney, but in 2012 Disney cancelled Grad Nights. So beginning in 2012, the new tradition for Grad Night is at Busch Gardens!
Senior Awards Day
In early May the Seniors dress up and then wear their caps and gown and process into the gym for Senior Awards Day. The Seniors sit on the floor of the gym and the awards ceremony begins. At the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony, seniors and their parents drive to a hotel for a senior luncheon.
Baccalaureate and Graduation
Baccalaureate takes place at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando in the morning. The Bishop presides over this very special mass for the students and families of Bishop Moore graduates. Graduation takes place at UCF that same afternoon.