Have fun, but do not neglect study and prayer. -St. John Bosco

Athletics offer lessons in spirituality, stamina, teamwork, sacrifice, self-discipline and dedication. These character-building tools along with perseverance, the desire to play fairly and grace in winning and losing further the school’s goal of fostering individual growth and physical activity. Within the context of organized sports, the program seeks to nurture those principles through the development of athletic skills, physical fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship in a competitive athletic environment.

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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –John Wooden


As individuals and teams we will:

  • Prepare ourselves to compete at the highest level by being in great physical and mental shape.
  • Seek to improve our skill level and play on a regular basis.
  • Draw strength from each other during times of adversity and celebrate with dignity and class in triumph.
  • Be poised and disciplined in our offensive execution.
  • Represent the sport, our school, ourselves and family with the utmost pride and respect.
  • Set our goals high and work tirelessly to achieve them.








“Welcome to St. John Bosco Cross-Country! At St. John Bosco our goal is conforming the whole person to Christ: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Cross-Country is one means to accomplishing that goal through physical and mental discipline and conditioning, camaraderie, and competition. You do not have to be an experienced runner to join us. We take each individual at her/his level and create a personalized training program. More than all else, we want everyone to enjoy the gift of physical exercise in the beautiful outdoors of the Northwest!” -Coach Charles Catterall

Mr. Charles Catterall ran varsity cross-country and track in high school and at the University of Wyoming. He has continued to train and run competitively throughout the years. He has coached cross-country at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, MN and cross-country and track at high schools in Beulah and Hazen, North Dakota.

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In order to participate in Basketball or Cross-Country, students need to have a current physical dated within the past two years.

The physical examination needs to be conducted by a:
(a) Physician possessing an unrestricted license to practice medicine;
(b) Licensed naturopathic physician;
(c) Licensed physician assistant;
(d) Certified nurse practitioner; or
(e) Licensed chiropractic physician who has clinical training and experience in detecting cardiopulmonary diseases and defects.
One approved resource for this is: Dr. Jeff Baker ~ Back to Health Clinic ~ located several miles South of the School at 4630 River Rd North  in Keizer, phone number: (503) 304-2225. He has agreed to conduct the required physical for St. John Bosco High School students for a $35 fee.Sports Cassia & Michelle
The physical must be completed and recorded on the form available from the school. Students will not be allowed to practice/play until the physical has been completed and the required form is on file in the school’s office.
A participation fee of $100 per sport is to be paid to St. John Bosco High School for each student.

Blessed Pope John Paul II: A Christian Understanding of Sports.

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 “In fact, every sport, at both the amateur and competitive level, requires basic human  qualities such as rigorous preparation, continual training, awareness of one’s personal  limits, fair competition, acceptance of precise rules, respect for one’s opponent and a  sense of solidarity and unselfishness. Without these qualities, sport would be reduced to  mere effort and to a questionable, soulless demonstration of physical strength.”

“The correct practice of sport must be accompanied by practicing the virtues of  temperance and sacrifice; frequently it also requires a good team spirit, respectful  attitudes, the appreciation of the qualities of others, honesty in the game and humility to  recognize one’s own limitations.”

“When sports are played and understood in the right way, they are an extraordinary expression of a person’s best inner energies and of his ability to overcome difficulties, to set goals to be reached through sacrifice, generosity and determination in facing the difficulties of competition.”Running competion

“It is a fitting occasion to give thanks to God for the gift of sport, in which the human person exercises his body, intellect and will, recognizing these abilities as so many gifts of his Creator.”

“Playing sports has become very important today, since it can encourage young  people to develop important values such as loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing  and solidarity. Sports, in fact, can make an effective contribution to peaceful understanding between peoples and to establishing the new civilization of love. Sports contribute to the love of life, teaches sacrifice, respect and responsibility, leading to the full development of every human person.”

Please contact our office to set up an admission interview today: 503-383-7101.

Location and mailing address: 10327 River Rd NE, Salem, OR 97303

Saint John Bosco High School is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, Tax ID 93-1269364. All donations are tax deductible.

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