Academy of Holy Angels
|Academy of Holy Angels|
Confident. Prepared. Connected in faith.
|6600 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota, (Hennepin County), 55423
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||October 2nd, 1877|
|Opened||September 15, 1931 (current building)|
|Founder||Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet|
|Vice principal||Mark H. Melhorn|
|Chief custodian||Doug Vinge|
|Average class size||24|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Vegas Gold|
|Athletics conference||Missota Conference|
|Rival||Benilde St. Margrets|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average SAT scores||1227|
|Average ACT scores||25.47|
|Publication||Astronomer (Arts magazine)|
|Athletic Director||Michael Kautzman|
|English Director||Kathy Hanley|
|Mathematics Director||Donna Poshusta|
|World Languages Director||Verena Luthy-Clay|
The Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) is a Catholic, coeducational high school located in Richfield, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Holy Angels educates more than 820 students each year in grades nine through twelve from around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A nationally recognized college preparatory school, it offers a rigorous, broad-based curriculum and numerous opportunities to excel in co-curricular activities, arts and athletics. Holy Angels welcomes students of all racial and religious backgrounds.
The Academy of Holy Angels was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1931, when the newly constructed building was opened. The initial enrollment of 107 students in grades 1-12 grew to 182 by the end of the 1931-1932 school year. The original grounds included a formal English garden in the courtyard, tennis courts, a 9 hole golf course, and an ice skating rink during the winter.
The school was accredited in 1932, and that same year the school had its first graduating class of 13 members. In 1935 the Alumnae Association was established with most of its efforts directed toward communication, reunions, special events for alumni and the annual alumni phonathon. By 1943, Holy Angels had discontinued its grade school but continued to offer Kindergarten until 1946, when St.Peter's Church next door opened is parish elementary school. The 1952-1953 school year was the last year for boarders to live at Holy Angels, and 1953 marked the beginning of Holy Angels solely as a day school.
In September 1972, the Academy became a coeducational school. The class of 1976 was the first full four-year co-ed class. Because the school was now co-ed, the Angies became the co*Stars and varsity athletics began. Today the athletic program has grown to 33 teams representing 18 varsity sports for both girls and boys. In 1989 a middle school and theater school were established. In 1996, to enhance the campus and revenues, Holy Angels built the StarDome; a $2 million, year-round athletic facility (the first high school in the United States to have a facility of this type). The complex includes bleachers, a concession building and a playing field for Holy Angels sports and activities. The playing surface consists of Field Turf and features a removable dome to make the field playable during the winter months. The field is uncovered during the summer.
In 1998 Holy Angels was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, the last group of 8th graders graduated middle school. The school chose to focus instead on just educating high school students. But, despite this closing, the high school was still growing, expanding their classroom space by 15%. In 2003 Holy Angels purchased the 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus from its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, at a substantial discount. In that same year, they built and dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) addition that included a Convocation Center and classrooms.
The Academy of Holy Angels is in the Missota Conference, which is part of the Minnesota State High School League, through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. AHA will play in the Tri-Metro Conference beginning fall of 2014.
The official mascot of Holy Angels is Shiner the Angel.
In 2005, both the boys and girls hockey teams won the state championship, the first time in Minnesota that the boys and girls hockey championships were from the same school.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Table Tennis||1||2011, 2013|
|Hockey, Boys||2||2002, 2005|
|Cheerleading||6||2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Spring||Golf, Boys||3||1994, 1998, 1999|
- Kathleen A. Blatz, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, 1996-2006 (Chief Justice 1998-2006)
- Troy Bell, a professional basketball player
- Kelly Carlson, actress
- Susan King, professional basketball player in the WNBA
- T. R. Knight, actor, Grey's Anatomy
- Paul Thissen, Minnesota State Representative
- Emily Carlson, Anchor/Reporter
- Paul Peterson, musician
- Matt Kirby, musician, Quietdrive
- Gavin Kaysen, internationally-known chef
- Jack Hillen, Professional Ice Hockey Player - Defenseman, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals (2008–present)
- Tyler Duckworth, Castmate on Real World Key West, 2011 Challenge:Rivals Champion,
- Ryan Hurley, professional lacrosse player, attack 
- John Stocco, football quarterback, University of Wisconsin (2003–2006)
- Marcus Fitzgerald, football wide receiver, Marshall University (2004–2007) and younger brother of Larry Fitzgerald
- Jimmy Kilpatrick, hockey forward, Colorado College (2004–2008)
- Tyler Howells, hockey defenseman, Michigan State (2003–2007)
- Mike Carman, hockey forward, University of Minnesota (2006–2010)
- Jay Barriball, hockey forward, 2006-2007 leading scorer, University of Minnesota (2006–2011)
- Chase Polacek, hockey right wing/center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2007–present)
Attended, but not alumni
- Erik Johnson (transferred to US National Team Development Program), hockey defenseman, Colorado Avalanche, 2006 NHL 1st overall draft pick by the St. Louis Blues. 2010 USA Olympian and Silver Medalist
- Larry Fitzgerald (transferred to Valley Forge Military Academy), a professional football player in the NFL.
- Christopher William Smith (transferred to public school), convicted spammer, notorious internet drug kingpin.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Academy of Holy Angels website, History of Holy Angels
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, Holy Angels to play in Tri-Metro Conference next season
- Hoops Hype, Troy Bell Profile
- TV Biographies, Kelly Carlson Mini Profile
- WNBA Profiles, Susan King Profile
- NFL Profiles, Larry Fitzgerald Profile