Archbishop Alter High School
|Archbishop Alter High School|
|940 East David Rd
Kettering, Ohio, (Montgomery County), 45429
|Motto||The Charity of Christ Urges Me|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Cincinnati|
|President||Fr. Jim Manning|
|Chaplain||Fr. Jim Manning|
|Color(s)||Brown and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Greater Catholic League|
|Rival||Fairmont High School|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Newspaper||'The Knightly News'|
Archbishop Alter High School, also known as Alter High School, is a Catholic high school in Kettering, Ohio, United States. It is operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and is named after Archbishop Karl Joseph Alter.
- 1 History
- 2 Faculty
- 3 Academics
- 4 Performing Arts at Alter
- 5 Clubs and activities
- 6 Sports
- 7 Spirit
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 Notes and references
- 10 External links
In October 1958, Catholics of the Dayton area pledged $4,953,050 to help pay the costs of building Catholic high schools in the area. Among the schools built with this money were Archbishop Alter High School and its mirror image, Archbishop Carroll High School, built the previous year (often abbreviated Carroll High School). Development of Alter High School was led by Reverend Paul F. Leibold, and, at the request of the people, the school was named after Archbishop Karl Alter. Archbishop Karl Alter was born on August 18, 1885 and died on August 23, 1977.
The school saw its first students on September 5, 1962 with an incoming class of 250 freshmen. In each of the next three years a new freshman class would be added, so, by the year 1965, the school offered grades 9 through 12, with the first class graduating in 1966.
Alter High's first principal was Reverend Edward F. Haskamp, serving from 1962 to 1970. In 2005, Alter High named Fr. James Manning, former pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish in Kettering, as its first President.
Alter High School's faculty is composed of diocesan priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Sisters of Charity of Mount St. Joseph, and lay teachers.
A student's school day begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:05 PM and the schedule was changed for the 2009-2010 school year to include eight 46-minute class periods and a 25-minute lunch period, with three minutes between each period to change classes. This change has allowed the students more flexibility with choosing electives or study halls within their schedules.
The school provides AP classes, which offer the prospect of college credit as well as a weighted grade. Alter students have already proven to consistently exceed state and national test averages due, in part, to the supplemental course offerings they can take, in addition to the ample amounts of study halls offered. Alter graduates commonly attend the University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Miami University (Ohio), Ohio State University, and Ohio University.
The Taylor Lab is a new feature at Alter. Provided by a generous donation and operated by Sinclair College, it offers students a way to take classes for college credit and remain on Alter's campus. Students may use this facility to take practice exams for ACT, SAT and other academic tests. They may also work on college résumés in the lab, as well as complete their study hall exams.
Performing Arts at Alter
Alter prides itself that the opportunities it provides to its students are not exclusively academic and athletic - the school offers a number of avenues through which students can express their creative muse. The performing arts not only exist at Alter, they thrive.
Though it may not be comparable in size to many of the other high school programs in the area, the Alter High School music department has seen growth in recent years. Alter students can choose to participate in multiple ensembles during the year: the Marching Knights, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Woodwind and Brass Ensembles, Winter Guard and Winter Drumline.
The Marching Knights are the musical ambassadors for Archbishop Alter High School. In addition to their musical support and performances at football games, the band also appears at festivals and in parades in the community. The Marching Knights compete on the Mid States Band Association (MSBA) circuit which includes bands from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. The band also competed for the first time at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana in November 2009. The Marching Knights are Bands of America Regional Finalists (Akron) and have been MSBA Finalists 5 of the last 6 years. In 2011, the Knights were MSBA Reserved Grand Champions winning awards for best visual, general effect and percussion.The Marching Knights finished 8th in Class A at the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championship and are the 2012 Mid States Band Association Grand Champion, taking awards for best music, visual, general effect and percussion. The Marching Knights successfully defended their title and are the 2013 Mid States Band Association Grand Champion, taking awards for best music, visual, general effect, percussion, and auxiliary. Also in 2013, the band participated in 2013 BOA Grand National Championships and qualified for semi-finals. The program is under the leadership of Director of Bands, Todd Tucker.
Recent shows include:
- 2007 Cirque Du Soleil
- 2008 Salvation
- 2009 In the Dark of [K]night
- 2010 The Gift
- 2011 New Orleans Sketches
- 2012 Blue Moon
- 2013 Magic Show
- 2014 TBA
Under the direction of Bob Heman and associate, Trace Crawford during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Alter’s theatre program grew into its own department with additional classes and very impressive productions. And when Crawford later took over the program, the performances began to gain even greater widespread interest and awe. Several shows since 2001 have brought numerous first and second place state awards in categories of Group Musical, Solo, Lighting, Sound, Design, Duet and Playwrighting, including How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Teahouse of the August Moon, Anything Goes and Cabaret. Crawford’s successor, Bryan Wallingford, led someof the most talented troupes and stage work ever seen at Alter with demanding works such as Romeo and Juliet as well as the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. And today, Alter’s Director of Theatre, Ms. Katie (Pees) Arber, is a well-known resident actor of Dayton’s Human Race Theatre, bringing a new layer of expertise to the class work and productions at Alter. In recent years, Alter has gained acclaim within the Miami Valley for excellence in arts education. This due to strong support from the community and administration and a tradition of excellenece by theatre directors Bob Heman, Trace Crawford, Bryan Wallingford, and Katie Arber. The school's Theatre department has produced many stellar productions (see list below). Another unique facet of the program is Alter's Thespian Troupe (#5802), a chapter of an international organization dedicated to the celebration of achievement in theatre arts education. Alter proudly takes place in many thespian-related activities. Also, recently, plans have been officially released to build a new wing of the school that will house new facilities for the performing arts.
- 2013-14 Boeing Boeing, Children of Eden
- 2012-13 The Bad Seed, Beauty and The Beast
- 2011-12 - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Bye Bye Birdie
- 2010-11 - The Snow Queen, Oklahoma!
- 2009-10 - Once Upon a Pandora's Box, Cinderella
- 2008-09 - Miss Nelson is Missing!, Grease
- 2007-08 - Inspecting Carol, Thoroughly Modern Millie
- 2006-07 - Romeo and Juliet, Little Shop of Horrors
- 2005-06 - Arsenic and Old Lace, Seussical
- 2004-05 - Epic Proportions, Godspell
- 2003-04 - The Odd Couple, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
- 2002-03 - The Teahouse of the August Moon, 42nd Street
- 2001-02 - The Witching Hour, Anything Goes
- 2000-01 - The Rivals, Into the Woods
- 1999-2000 - The Visit, Will Rogers Follies
- 1998-99 - Don't Drink the Water, Guys and Dolls
- 1997-98 - The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Little Shop of Horrors
Clubs and activities
Archbishop Alter High School's team nickname is the Knights; their colors are brown and gold. In general, the boys' teams belong to the GCL (Greater Catholic League) and the girls' teams belong to the GGCL (Girls Greater Cincinnati League).
Home basketball and volleyball games are played in the school gym. The school also owns a soccer field encircled by a track, where the soccer team plays its home games and the track and field team practices. Although they have a four lane track, Alter High School does not own a football field, so home football games are typically held at other local high schools such as Fairmont High School or Centerville High School. The head football coach is Ed Domsitz and he has led the Alter Knights to 3 consecutive final four state championship appearances, and 3 straight regional championships.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
- Boys' Football - 2008, 2009
- Boys' Basketball - 1978, 1999, 2001
- Boys' Cross Country - 1996
- Boys' Golf - 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999
- Boys' Soccer - 1987, 1988, 1996, 1998
- Boys' Volleyball - 2011, 2012
- Girls' Volleyball - 2002, 2003, 2006
- Girls' Basketball - 2008
- Girls' Cross Country- 2007
Other Athletic Accomplishments
- Boys' Tennis - team state champs 1976*
- Girls' Tennis - team state champs 2001*
- Boys Volleyball - team state champs 2011 & 2012*
- *Note - The OHSAA does not hold team state championship tournaments for tennis or boys volleyball. Rather, they are administered by the state coaches' association of their respective sports.
A full listing of the boys' sports offered at Alter High School:
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Ice Hockey
- Track & Field
A full listing of the girls' sports offered at Alter High School:
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
- Powderpuff Football
Alter High has a number of sports rivals. The school's biggest football game each year is against arch rival Kettering Fairmont High School (Ohio). This game is held on the Friday following Alter High School's first week of classes. Chaminade-Julienne High School is also a big rival. The game is the last one of the season every year and always brings a sellout crowd. Rival Carroll High School is becoming a bigger rivalry game each year, as it is becoming more important in the outcome of the GCL.
Basketball rivalry games are very similar, including games against Fairmont High School, CJ, and Carroll High School. Alter High School's boys' soccer team has two significant rivals: Carroll High School and Centerville High School. The girls' soccer team names Hamilton's Stephen T. Badin High School and local Centerville High School as their biggest nemesis.
The volleyball team's recent rise to prominence has spurred rivalries of its own. After capturing the state championship in 2006 and back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003, Alter is known as the team to beat. Within the GGCL, Roger Bacon is the biggest rival (they captured the volleyball state championship in 2004 and 2005). Additionally, Chaminade-Julienne and Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas prove to be perennial challengers.
Alter High School is marked by the school spirit of its students. Every Friday is Spirit Day, on which students are allowed to wear a spirit shirt of the school colors along with the standard uniform pants. Sporting events, especially football and basketball games, are well-attended by students. A tradition of dress up "themes" for each of the home football games has developed as a fun display of school spirit. Past themes include "Knight Night" and "Alter Teacher Night". The theme of the homecoming game is always "Toga Night" Pep rallies are common on the days of rivalry games.
The Alma Mater is played by the school band at the end of every pep rally and on various other occasions. While it is played, students extend their "arms" over the shoulders and neck of those to their left and right and sway together with the music. When the lyrics reach "High in Hope and Spirit," the student unjoin and proceed to raise and lower their right arms, index finger extended as if pointing, holding the position at the end of each line until the song ends. The Alma Mater was written by one of the first nuns to teach at the school.
Although not as common as the Alma Mater, Alter High School also has a fight song. This may be sung on occasions such as a bus ride after a victory, but is most commonly sung on the bus after a football victory. After the game, the team will go over to the student section and sing the fight song. The Fight Song was written by one of the first nuns to teach at Alter.
- Chris Borland, first team All-Big Ten linebacker for the Wisconsin Badgers
- Amy Ferguson, actress
- Jeff Graham, professional football player (NFL)
- Timothy Keating, retired Admiral, United States Navy
- Holley Mangold, Olympic Powerlifter
- Nick Mangold, professional football player (NFL)
- Jim Paxson, professional basketball player and general manager (NBA)
- John Paxson, professional basketball player and general manager (NBA)
- Jeff Reboulet, professional major league baseball player (MLB)
- Madeline Rogero, first female mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee
- David Bradley, inventor of Control-Alt-Delete
- Steve Martino, director of Ice Age: Continental Drift and Horton Hears a Who!
Notes and references
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- "OJCL Chapter List". OhioJCL.org - August 2001. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on August 9, 2001. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- "OJCL Constitution". OhioJCL.org - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. "... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL."
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball". Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
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- Alter High School's Football Homepage
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- Alter High Schools Girls Volleyball Homepage