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Bishop Moore Catholic High School has a rich legacy of faith. Dating back to the mid-1800s and the inception of the Catholic Church in Florida, Orlando's first bishop, John Moore, advocated for quality in both education and doctrine. Since our founding in 1954, BMC has endeavored to build on the foundation of faith he left us by serving the families of our community with excellence and compassion.


Bishop John Moore

Born in 1835 in Ireland, John Moore immigrated to the United States as a teen. John settled in South Carolina with his sister, where he enrolled in seminary and earned a doctorate degree in theology. After being ordained in Rome in 1860, Father John served in the Diocese of Charleston before being elected the second Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine in Florida. While in Florida, Bishop Moore purchased land for the first three Catholic churches in the Orlando area. He spent much of his time caring for the sick and recruiting priests and parishioners to grow the newly founded Florida church.


Bishop William Borders

First Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando (1968-1974)

On May 2, 1968, Pope Paul VI named Father William Borders the Bishop of Orlando, and he was ordained the following month. Bishop Borders worked to implement the directives of the Second Vatican Council, with particular emphasis on the issue of collegiality or shared responsibility. He formed The Office for Farmworker Ministry, the Council of Catholic Women, started the Cursillo movement in Orlando, formed the Charismatic movement here, and expanded the role of the laity in distributing communion. He advocated for religious education at all levels and served on the US Catholic Conference Committee on Education. 


Bishop Thomas Grady

Second Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando (1974-1990)

Pope Paul VI appointed Bishop Grady the second bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, and he was installed on December 16, 1974. Bishop Grady was shepherd of the diocese during a period of dramatic growth.  He established 22 new parishes to serve the growing number of new residents flocking to the region. Bishop Grady oversaw the establishment of the San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, he established a mission office to forge a relationship with a sister diocese in the Dominican Republic, and he encouraged the greater participation of women in the work of the Church.


Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of Saint Joseph are a congregation of religious women who work to alleviate conditions that cause poverty, suffering, and oppression in our community. Since 1954, the Sisters have supported BMC through staffing and volunteerism.


Our Crest

The Bishop Moore Catholic seal is symbolic of our ideals and principles. The Latin phrase "Virtus et Scientia" is translated to mean virtue and knowledge. The heart represents charity while the violets represent humility. The triangle symbolizes the Blessed Trinity. The lily in the left-hand corner represents purity; the carpenter's square symbolizes Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who teach at Bishop Moore.



Orlando Central Catholic opened, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine.


School name changes to Bishop Moore Catholic, graduating 24 students.


New wing dedicated, housing a library and six additional classrooms.


The new girls' school is completed — the first wing is known as Loretta Hall.


Bishop Moore welcomes minor refugees from Cuba through Operation Pedro Pan.


Heidrich Center dome is built at Bishop Moore.

A new convent and chapel for the Sisters of St. Joseph is built, now known as Mary Martha.


First state championship in school history.


The first Board of Directors is established.


The first baseball game played on Hornet Field.


Ribbon cutting for the Bishop Moore Spring Festival at the Heidrich Cultural Center.


Mary Martha Hall was converted to house a new library, expanded arts and graphics facilities, new biology labs, and additional classrooms.


Gold 500 campaign begins to raise funds for an on-campus stadium.

Hornet coaches challenge the Tampa Bay Bucs in a "friendly" game of basketball with ticket sales in the some of $3,500.


First football game played in Memorial Stadium.

Athletic memorial monument erected.


Capital Campaign for Excellence raised funds to air condition the entire campus and renovate restrooms accomplished in 1990.


School's first endowment started called the Endowment and Charitable Trust.

Science labs undergo major renovation.


The first class of the Athletic Hall-of-Fame is inducted.


New roads, entrances, and other developments make campus more accessible.


Endowment for Educational Excellence begins leading to the building of a gymnasium, parking lot, and new academic building.


The "New Building," now called Bishop Dorsey Hall, opened with classrooms, a library, art labs, a band room, and administrative spaces.

First games played in the new gymnasium.


Bishop Moore High School becomes Bishop Moore Catholic


The Grow Moore Miracles capital campaign produces improvements to technology labs and stadium upgrades.

Harry Nelson Field at Memorial Stadium dedicated.


Memorial Stadium locker rooms, facilities, new home bleachers, and concession stand are opened.


The Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab opens to promote collaborative learning utilizing technology.


Turf field, track, cheer, and wrestling buildings opened.


BMC transitions to completely digital resources on iPads.


Demetree Library converted to Demetree Student Center with Hornet Café.

Dedicated space is created for Campus Ministry.


Dome air-conditioned and renovated to house theater.

Dedication of baseball complex to Joe Skinner Field.


Former nursery property purchased, classroom renovations, and Building Moore Campaign begins.


Moore Center for Excellence is dedicated, housing six classrooms, locker rooms, event space, film room, weight room, and spirit store, along with a new band building.