San Juan Diego Catholic High School opened in August 2002 after Archbishop Gregory Aymond recognized the acute need for Catholic, college preparatory education in Austin. San Juan Diego Catholic High School (SJDCHS) is modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, where students work in entry-level positions in the corporate world to earn part of their tuition. San Juan Diego Catholic High School graduated its first class in 2006.
Red roses in winter! Juan Diego received the miracle of love and hope from Our Lady of Guadalupe in the form of vibrant red roses growing in the cold and rocky Mexican soil. The Virgin also bestowed her blessings on Juan Diego through her radiant image, which appeared on Juan Diego’s tilma. The roses and the blessed tilma became symbols of the faith that Juan Diego was able to share with the unbelieving Bishop of Mexico. Through the gift of roses, the Bishop understood that the Virgin had appeared with the message to build a church in her honor. Mirroring the Bishop of Mexico’s call to build a church in 1531, Archbishop Aymond instituted San Juan Diego Catholic High School in Austin, Texas, in 2002. San Juan Diego Catholic High School is the fruit of love and hope; the students are our roses, and their success is the flowering of our faith in the mission.