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150 Years in Memphis

It's a milestone year for the Christian Brothers, who arrived in Memphis in 1871 following the Great Chicago Fire.

Join us throughout the year as we commemorate the lasting imprint the Christian Brothers have made on generations of Brothers' Boys and the greater Memphis community since their arrival 150 years ago.

The CBHS family is in a class of its own, and we are proud of the difference its members have made living out our Lasallian core principles to improve the industries, communities, and lives they touch every day.

Leading up to our 150th anniversary, we are highlighting 150 difference makers with ties to the Christian Brothers in Memphis. Join us in celebrating them!

Brother J. Stephen O’Malley, FSC 

Principal CBHS, 1958-1968, 1969-1990 

“His Algebra I class was demanding and so often its occupants in later years would say it was the best class they ever had. His nightly homework took at least an hour, and the class was a full-court press every day. When Brother Stephen took on the remedial class of Algebra I after he left the office, he worked those lads to the max, and boy, did they learn math!  He proved that the less gifted can achieve in the classroom. He controlled the school with superb organization and with his eyes. He never yelled or did anything with excitement except the regular Tuesday handball game at CBU. It was there in May of 1992 that he suffered a fatal heart attack. His wake and funeral following his departure to heaven were testimonies to the positive impact he had on the lives of many people.” – Brother Joel McGraw, FSC '63 

Patrick O’Malley entered the Junior Novitiate of the Christian Brothers in Glencoe, Missouri in the second semester of his freshman year at the Brothers’ Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. A model student, a skillful player, and fan of baseball, Pat graduated from the Juniorate, entered the Novitiate, and received the habit of the Brothers and the religious name, Brother Joakim Stephen. He excelled in his studies as a scholastic at the Brothers’ St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, and his early assignments in the Brothers were to Chicago, then CBHS in St. Joseph, Missouri.  

He came to Memphis in 1958 and succeeded Brother Hyacinth Richard Gerlach as Principal and remained in that capacity until 1968 when he was transferred to O’Hara High School in Kansas City. After one year he returned to CBHS in Memphis and took on again the mantle of principal, which he carried so well until 1990 when he returned full time to the classroom.