We Are Cotter.
“Veritatem vereantur.” As cast in our school crest, this Latin phrase translates as “Let them respect the truth.” This philosophy underscores our belief that all students are capable of learning and of great achievements when given opportunities through quality instruction.
At Cotter, each students is a valued child of God and this becomes evident as they discover who they are as a person and explore ways to find their place in this community and in the world.
In this world of ever-accelerating change, Cotter draws energy and enthusiasm from the global challenge to produce at higher levels of quality and productivity. This Challenge fuels the Cotter excellence commitment.
At Cotter, excellence is measured by the growth and performance of the young men and women to learn here. Excellence is measured through their performance in school, outside of school, and in their years of further education and professional service. Cotter students do more, give more and produce more because they are encouraged and expected to.
We are proud of our Catholic heritage, and our faith-based learning environment provides a solid ethical foundation essential to the development of character and leadership in life. The dizzying twirl of technology and knowledge does not distract us from the humanity and spirituality of all who form the Cotter community. It is our coming together, as people that sets the stage for personal development, intellectual growth and stimulation of our desire and capacity to serve as leaders.
Cotter opened its doors on September 5, 1911. Cotter, named for the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Joseph Cotter, was a boy's school directed by the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist De La Salle. In 1952, the Brothers turned the operation of the school over to the diocese of Winona, and Cotter became co-educational, combining with Cathedral Girls High School. In 1953 the new Cotter building was erected and in 1962 an addition was added. In 1992, with help from an endowment from the Hiawatha Education Foundation, the school moved to its current location on the former campus of the College of St. Teresa. Through its many changes in the past 100 years, Cotter has never wavered in its mission to spread the “good news” and to uphold the finest traditions in Catholic education.