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The Cardinal O’Hara High School Lion Ambassadors are a service organization whereby students serve our school in many ways through the Advancement and Admissions departments, including:

● representing O’Hara at various school and community events;

● providing tours for prospective families during Open Houses;

● giving tours to alumni and visiting dignitaries;

● assisting with the setup, take-down and staffing of Advancement and Admission events (Hall of Fame, #GivingTuesday, O’Hara Family Christmas, Mane Event, Accepted Student Reception, etc.);

● being a “shadow student” for prospective students;

● assisting with social media (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram);

● writing feature stories for our “Lion Tales” blog;

● producing weekly “Roar Report” video updates to be posted on our website and in social media;

● creating Advancement and Admissions videos as needed throughout the school year; and

● other marketing/advancement initiatives.

Big Buddy

Big Buddy – Students serve as a spiritual mentor or “Big Buddy” to 2nd graders at area parishes as the children prepare to receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.


The CAPPIES are a nationwide organization created to celebrate high school theater. Cardinal O'Hara joined the Greater Philadelphia Critics Award Program (CAPPIES) in 2013. Student critics from 34 member schools attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and vote for the CAPPIES awards. Faculty mentors at member schools screen the reviews online anonymously. Top reviews are then published in area newspapers and the Philadelphia Inquirer online. School teams consist of six critics.

Membership is open to all O’Hara students. To become a member of the O’Hara CAPPIES team, in September students submit a written review of a selected show on a tight time schedule. The top six students are then invited to join the team.

CAPPIES critics attend CAPPIES training prior to attending at least five school shows throughout the Delaware Valley. Critics review both plays and musicals, must provide their own transportation to the shows, and are the voters for the CAPPIES Awards in May.



The Community Service Corps has been serving the Delaware County since1960.  It is response to the gospel call of Jesus to serve one another.   This organization invites students to respond to the many needs of the church and the community.  O’Hara students take an active role in service projects throughout the year.

Divine Providence

Each Wednesday, O’Hara girls have the opportunity to meet and bond with some special women from Divine Providence Village.   Together, the girls laugh, walk, play games, color, paint nails and indulge in some good old fashion girl talk.  The ladies truly enjoy seeing the O’Hara girls, and they greet them every week with the big smiles and open arms.

Film club

The Film Club is a weekly after school club that advances the O’Hara vision and mission through the development of several student produced short films and other video productions. The club will start off by developing several short student produced videos that will introduce students to the basic fundamentals of the filmmaking process including; scripting, filming and editing in a collaborative, hands-on learning environment. These short videos would then be marketed through social media circles and other forms of online distribution, acting as PSA’s for Cardinal O’Hara High School. The club will then move on to the production of several longer O’Hara-themed film productions that could be screened for the entire student body during special events or at student film festivals. These film productions would stretch anywhere from 20-45 minutes and would work to unite both student and faculty members as the cast. The club will aim to produce two of these larger productions during the school year (one at Christmas, another in the spring) while focusing on producing shorter films in the time between these productions.


Genesis is an ecological awareness club that was founded by an O’Hara student in 2006. The name comes from Genesis I in reference to the creation of the Earth. The Genesis motto is "RECYCLE, REUSE, REDUCE, RETHINK." Genesis members meet on Tuesdays in Room 113 and do a variety of things relating to ecology such as campus clean ups, managing the proper disposal of paper and plastics, organizing the collection of ink toners and cellphones, discussing related issues and new projects, and actively spreading ecological awareness. The biggest undertaking is the end of the year Locker Clean Out for each class. Genesis collects reusable school items, which are then donated to elementary schools and/or community centers who pack school bags for young students in September.

Hi – Q

Delco Hi-Q is the oldest continuous academic quiz competition in the United states.   It was started as a radio quiz program for high school students in Delaware County, Pennsylvania by the Scott Paper Company.  Today, twenty-one Delaware County high schools participate in Delco Hi-Q.

Lion Connection

Lion Connection serves as an integral part of our Freshman Orientation experience here at Cardinal O'Hara High School. A group of selected junior and senior students who come from a variety of backgrounds and who participate in the different clubs and activities at Cardinal O'Hara join together to work with the freshmen during their transition to high school. This team of Lion Connection Leaders devotes its time to facilitating the Freshmen Orientation Day in September and the leaders are present for the first day of school for the freshmen the following day as well. The leaders gather monthly to build community as a team and discuss topics affecting the freshmen class. Then, the leaders meet with their freshmen groups monthly to facilitate conversations and activities during the homeroom period. The leaders invite the freshmen to attend school events and activities together throughout their first year in order to encourage involvement in the life of the school. Each spring, rising juniors, and seniors are invited to apply to be a part of this awesome team for the upcoming school year.


The O'Herald is the Cardinal O'Hara High School Community's newspaper. Released a minimum of four times per year, the staff of The O’Herald strives to bring students the latest news about O'Hara life, sports and entertainment as well as news in the surrounding Delaware Valley and around the world. Since its first issue in 1963, the journalists in the newspaper club have enjoyed a friendly atmosphere where they can flex their creative writing muscles among other students who may want to consider a career in journalism after they leave the halls of Cardinal O'Hara High School. All students are eligible to join the O'Herald staff. Whether you're interested in writing, conducting interviews, editing, cartooning, illustrating, or taking pictures, new members are always welcome. No previous experience is necessary as long as individuals are responsible and interested in putting their creativity to work.

Mock Trial

Students portray lawyers or witnesses in a case prepared by the Young Lawyers Division of the PA Bar Association.  They act out a trial as either the defense or the prosecution/plaintiff in realistic court situations.

Rosary club

Pray the rosary, make rosaries and send them to missionary places outside the US

Respect Life

Life is a gift, but most of us do not consciously think about what it means to us, until we are faced with the tragedy of its loss. The Respect Life Club exists in order to raise the awareness of the student body to the importance of supporting life in each other, respecting life in the environment, and working to defeat a the culture of death endorsed and accepted so readily by society.

The Respect Life’s mission is to uphold the dignity of human life.  We promote the dignity of the elderly, so often forgotten, by visiting nursing care facilities.  We promote the dignity of families by praying for them.  We uphold the dignity of teenagers by promoting the virtue of chastity.  We seek to protect the dignity of the unborn by praying and fasting for them and by peacefully participating in rallies and marches. 


Each year through the FIRST Tech Challenge, Robotics members design, build and program robots based on sound engineering principles to perform particular tasks.

Team Building, strategy development, and organizational and problem solving skills enable students to take principles of science, technology, engineering and math and apply them to real world situations.

Sandwich club

The Sandwich Club meets once a month immediately after school in the cafeteria. The students make sandwiches which are delivered to shelters for the homeless of local communities.


Technology Club

Tech Club allows students to explore various areas of technology. Students learn how to put ends on computer (Cat5) cables; program in languages like python, php, and java; learn the basics of various operating systems (Linux, Windows, etc); use the RaspberryPi; solder, and repair computers.

World Affairs

The World Affairs Club is composed of students interested in International Affairs, particularly issues of economic, social, political, and environmental importance. The club is affiliated with The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the oldest and most prestigious Council in the country. Students attend the Model UN conference in Boston, the Mock G8 Summit at Temple University and the World Affairs Speaker Series. Through these experiences, they learn of the challenges facing our world today and prepare to become educated citizens and future community leaders.


Members of the yearbook staff work year round to provide the student body with a book of memories. They capture important events of the school year as well as club members and athletes in action. Staff members use Adobe software to build pages, crop photos and key text. The book is distributed end of May/beginning of June and a supplement is mailed to seniors and given out to underclassmen in the fall.





  Band at Cardinal O'Hara High School is a "major" subject, meaning that students receive a grade for participation in the program. It is a class on the roster, just like English, math, or history. There are individual instrumental lessons worked into the curriculum; we offer brass percussion and woodwinds. Lessons are taught by instructors who are expert teachers and performers on their instruments. The Concert Band performs concerts, for school events, and travels every other year to participate in competitions and adjudications.


The choir brings the message of St. Augustine to life each day -- One who sings, prays twice. All students are welcome to join the choir. Choir practice takes place every Tuesday from 2:35-3:30 in the Choir Room (115). The choir provides music for all Cardinal O'Hara High School liturgies and other special events.

Color Guard

The color guard performs with the band for parades and at football games, and in the winter and spring they perform as an indoor guard. Indoor guard combines the equipment and marching used on the football field with theatrics and dance to entertain audiences as they compete throughout the tri-state area in the TOB circuit.


Dance  Team

The Dance Team has been designed to bring students together through dance expression in various forms: hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, modern & tap. All levels of experience are welcomed to be a part of the dance team, as we will work together. The Dance Team is designed for the team members to be part of the choreography process where they will be able to contribute to routines and performance plans. The Dance Team will perform at home (and occasionally away) football games, home (and occasional away) basketball games, COHS events (such as pep rallies, O’Hara Family Christmas, 7th/8th Grade Day), parades and other events where our attendance is requested. Additionally, the goal is to have the COHS Dance Team to compete at competitions.



Cardinal O'Hara High School's Danny Hammond Dance Marathon

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“The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.”

To be considered for NHS, students must have first or second honors, be involved in an activity and/or athletic team, give time to service, and be approved by a faculty council.

Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus – a four-part program Christmas Outreach to Child Guidance Resource Center, Mother's’ Home in Darby, Bringing Hope Home, Catholic Social Services, St. Philomena's Parish. Students adopt a child and purchase a gift for their child.



WCOH Studios is a live, student produced morning announcement show. It runs every morning during the homeroom period and features daily announcements from clubs, activities and sports organizations.

Seniors may audition in the beginning of the 1st and 2nd semester to be on-air talent, while underclassmen submit applications at the end of the 1st quarter to be considered to work on the behind-the-scenes staff.