On 15th of August 1940, Rt. Dr. Charles Heerey, then the Bishop of Onitsha, who came to Enugu on an Episcopal visit was treated to a grand reception by the ENUGU ABORIGENES UNION and the Parish Church Committee. Some of the members of the reception committee were Chief J. Oke Nwankwo, M.B.E., the late Joseph Edozie, the late Joseph Okpokwu, the Ezeokpos, the late P.C Peter, the late Nwakobi, the late M.U. Adams, Patrick Oji and the late J. Chinegwu. Many Catholics were invited to the function. Also present at the function were three principal advisers of the late Bishop including Rev Fathers T. Fox and the education secretary, Rev. Fr. Jordan.
In their well worded address, the members of the committee unequivocally, expressed the desire and the wish of the entire Catholics in Enugu to have a College. They strongly buttressed their case to the fact that Enugu, the capital of eastern Nigerian has no boys secondary school. The committee was also aware of the great potentialities of the Coal city and threatened that they might approach the government or even the protestant authority unless something was done immediately. The bishop, in his characteristic humble way, assured the populace that something would be done. This was greeted with great applause.
On the January 2, 1942, C.I.C. started with an intake of only 46 students. Fr. J. Roche who was formerly a staff of C.K.C was chosen as the first principal of the coolege on the recommendation of Rev. Fr. Flanagan, the principal of C.K.C. He was assisted by a new Irish priest, Rev Fr. Mcmahon. The first set of tutors, who were dispatched to CIC Enugu, were merely seminarians and ex-students of CKC Onitsha headed by indomitable Dr. George Akabuogu assisted by Mr. Bernard Amasike, Mr. Okeke and Mathias Ezea. In January, 1943 another intake of 60 students was made, accommodated in St Patricks Church, Coal Camp Enugu. In the year, three other Seminarian tutors were also brought to CIC they were Stephen Ezeanya
(now Late Archbishop of Onitsha), Michael Eneja (now late Bishop Emeritus of Enugu) and late Akuchiama. It was at this maternity hall that the College recorded 100 percent score in the Junior Cambridge Exam.
The College moved to its permanent site in 1944. Father Roche laid the foundation and the Rev. Fr. Mcmahon watered it. It was here that the College recorded another 100% score in the Senior Cambridge in 1945. Then Rev. Fr. Mcmahom handled over to Fr. J. Keane in 1946. Many priests were appointed as tutors flooded the College including Prof. J. C Edozie (the Asagba of Asaba), J. Ene, D. Abii, Michael Nwafor, Flavian Peters now Chukwuma, Peter Nwaoji, F. Anakwenze, Odukwe, Lawrence Okpokwu and many others. Dr. George Akabuogu was the longest serving tutor in CIC. And he did his utmost best for the upliftment of the College. His name will be written in gold, so also is Bro. Aloysius of the Marist Brothers. Other principals and teachers also contributed to the present growth of this famous College.
Rr. Fr. D.N. Nwankwo Principal
As a prospective student, you are required to bring along the following while coming to school;
1. An office file with tags
2. Six passport photographs
3. A letter of recommendation from your parish priest
4. Photocopy of your baptismal card/birth certificate
5. Medical report(from a recognized catholic hospital)
6. Testimonial letter from the head teacher of the last school you attended
7. Transfer/Leaving Certificate from the principal of the last school you attended(for candidates for admission into J.S.2 and S.S.1)
8. J.S.1 - 3rd term result(for candidates going into J.S.2)
9. J.S.C.E result(for candidates for admission into S.S.1)
CIC has adopted a balance and rigorous approach to Education with an emphasis on excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts and Service. With a unique approach to education, the school’s courses in English, Science and Technology, Computers, Performing Arts, Languages and Cultures, Social Sciences, Visual Arts and Physical and Health Education are each taught with a stimulating curriculum headed by highly qualified, experienced and professional educators who help students succeed up to post-secondary level.
School ICT and Computer Lab
CIC is fully equipped to provide a truly exceptional range of ICT Facilities like Computer Classroom meant for E-Lessons. We also have another dedicated IT Office used for proccessing students results. It is also worth saying that our Computers are fully connected to Internet courtesy of Zinox Technologies. In keeping with our goal of being technologically innovative, CIC has fully integrated computers and multimedia equipment into the school curriculum. The Computer Curriculum is designed to ensure that students graduate as intelligent users of IT as well as provide them with stimulating challenges and opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills and values.
School Recreational Facilities
Aside from academic faciities, our school also has excellent recreational facilities like football pitch, basketball court, lawn tennis court among others. We seriously advise students to engage in sports during their free time.