Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge

The GDK Program

For more than a century, the Basilian Fathers have taught young men Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.

In 1928, they established a school for young men called The Catholic Central High School of Detroit.

Since then, the Shamrocks have gone on to develop a reputation of excellence. The defining characteristic of a Catholic Central education is its dedication to the development of young men of exceptional character.

The culture of Brotherhood echoes the principles found in the school motto of "Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge." It takes a concentrated effort to develop an environment that shapes young men's lives.

This program will introduce students to the ideals to which men of Catholic Central aspire, and to what makes a man of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge...

A man of Catholic Central.

The Catholic Central GDK Program was launched in 2019 to give our students the opportunity to engage with some larger life questions in a dedicated space at school, with a student group made up of all different grade levels and activities represented.  The mission of the GDK Program is to help our students grow in Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge. Specifically, we focus on the tenets of Faith, Honor, Compassion, Humility, Character, Determination, Scholarship, Collaboration, and Culture and how they play into everyday life.


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The first principle of a Basilian education is Goodness.

At Catholic Central, our primary goal is to bring our students closer to God. We want to make sure that we are developing young men in more than just mind and body. Whatever their faith, we want it to be stronger when they graduate than it was when they arrived.

Goodness can be defined in a number of ways, but we have chosen to focus on three tenants that identify a man of Goodness: Faith, Compassion, and Honor.


The second principle of a Basilian education is Discipline.

At Catholic Central, we seek to develop discipline in our young men. This is necessary to stay focused in a world that offers plenty of distraction.

Discipline entails a number of different qualities. A man of Catholic Central will learn to develop Humility, Character, and Determination.


The third principle of a Basilian education is Knowledge.

At Catholic Central, it is our responsibility to encourage, support, and challenge our students to pursue knowledge both in and out of the classroom.

Rather than focusing soley on his GPA, a man of Catholic Central will learn how to think critically, work with others, and respect the ideas of others.

The three tenants of Knowledge we have chosen to focus on are Scholarship, Collaboration, and Culture.

Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.