In 1910, Curtis Cate founded what is now Cate School. Forty years later he spoke to his final graduating class: "Part of the spirit of this place goes with us. We shall again aspire, again attain, in the world that lies beyond these horizons." Today's Cate School is a testament to that very spirit and to the commitment to service, scholarship, and character which continues to underlie all of our aspirations.
Conceived, as they often are, by one individual, good schools inevitably take on the personality and priorities of their founders. They become, ultimately, like people—distinct, unique, and capable of reaching others on a very personal level. So it is with Cate. More a large family than a small preparatory school, Cate has grown from the vision of one man to a community of thousands, all of whom have come to know Cate not simply as an outstanding preparation for college, but as a vital and empowering endeavor in its own right.
We hope that this web site captures the special spirit which pervades the Mesa, and that our particular culture resonates throughout. And should you elect to join this community, in keeping with our founder's mission, we trust that you will take a bit of it with you wherever you go.