Benedictine High School (Cleveland, Ohio)
|Benedictine High School|
|2900 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Cleveland, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44104
|Motto||Ora et labora
(Prayer and work)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Sister school||Beaumont School|
|President||Fr. Gerard Gonda '71, OSB|
|Principal||Joseph E. Gressock|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and White|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Benedictine High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college preparatory high school for men, located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The school serves grades 9–12 and has an enrollment of over 430 young men for the 2007-2008 school year. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Benedictine's sister schools (female counterpart schools with which it often shares transportation and extracurricular activities) are Beaumont School of Cleveland Heights, and Regina High School of South Euclid (prior to its closing in 2010).
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Other activities
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 External links
- 8 Notes and references
Benedictine High School was founded in 1927 by the Benedictine monks of Cleveland. The first location of the school was at East 51st Street and Superior Avenue in Cleveland. The original focus of the founders was to teach the sons of Slovakian immigrants. The school grew quickly and in 1929 it relocated to the site of St. Andrew Abbey at 10510 Buckeye Rd. In 1940, with even further enrollment expansion, the school moved to its current location at 2900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The 1950s saw more enrollment growth for the school and increased academic recognition. In the 1960s and 1970s, as the population in Cleveland shifted and the costs of Catholic education rose, school enrollment shrunk. However, at this time the school developed a focused college preparatory program, which resulted in over 96% of students going on to college. In the 1980s, to adjust to new circumstances, the school developed an extensive bus system. The system allowed for young men from all over the Cleveland area to attend Benedictine. The 1980s also brought about a capital campaign that sparked improvements in classrooms, and the building of a new church and bell tower. In 2009, the school launched a $2.5 million campaign to create a multi-purpose field. The campaign was launched in order to honor three Benedictine legends - Coach Augie Bossu, Coach Joe Rufus, and Bishop (Abbot) Roger Gries O.S.B.
- Ohio State Board of Education
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association
To receive a diploma, students must earn 24 credits in college preparatory classes. Because of these and other academic guidelines, over 99% of graduates qualify for college. The average class size is 18 students.
One National Merit Semi-Finalist and two commended students were members of the Class of 2007.
The school offers a selection of Advanced Placement courses, including AP World History, AP English, AP Biology, AP European History, AP US History, AP Government,AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus
The school has met with success in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, track & field, & swimming. Benedictine (once a member of the Cleveland Senate Athletic League) spent more than three decades independent of any athletic conference affiliation, but joined the North Coast League in 2011. Benedictine's athletic rivals are Lake Catholic, St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Walsh Jesuit, and University School. Benedictine recently added a men's lacrosse team which will compete in the OHSLA.
Ohio state championship teams include:
- Basketball - 1997, 1998
- Football - 1957 (AP Poll Champions), 1973, 1980, 1981, 1996, 2003, 2004
- Track & Field - 1997, 1998, 2001
Ohio state finalists:
- Baseball - 1956, 1964, 1978
- Football - 2002
Ohio state semifinalists:
- Football - 1997
- Basketball - 1999, 2010
Ohio state qualifiers:
- Benedictine has had several successful athletes represent the school at the state cross country meet.
- Benedictine has sent several athletes to the state meet in track & field events.
- Benedictine has sent many athletes to the state swim meet since 2011. They peaked at 20th of over 50 teams in 2012.
Activities for students include Academic Challenge, Art Club, Band (marching, concert, and jazz), Bennet (school newspaper), Brothers of Benedictine, Chess Club, Computer Club, Culinary Club, Drama Club, Dragonology Club, Film Club, German Club, Investment Club, Italian Heritage, J.S.A. (Junior Statesmen of America), Junior Oblates, Key Club, Knights of the Altar, Latin Club, Literary Magazine (The Spectrum), Magic Club, Marketing Club, National Honor Society, Sigma Beta, Pro-Life Club, Slovak Association, Speech and Debate, Student Council, and Yearbook, among others.
The students of Benedictine come from all corners of Northeast Ohio, from suburbs in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina and Portage counties and many neighborhoods in Cleveland. Young men come to Benedictine from nearly 140 grade schools
Benedictine has over 400 students, with an average class size of 18 and a students-to-teacher ratio of 11/1. Nearly 100% of our graduates go on to college earning an average of over $5 million in scholarships, grants and financial aid overall. The Class of 2006 boasts five National Merit Scholars, $5.7 million earned and an impressive list of university selections including the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Duquesne University and appointments at West Point and the Air Force Academy. The Class of 2007 also came in at nearly $6 million awarded in scholarship, grant and aid.
Academic Challenge is a television game show in which high school teams answer questions to earn points and is broadcast on WEWS-TV. The team has appeared on the show each year from 2005 to 2008. In 2005 and 2008 the school captured the Academic Challenge title.
Benedictine has three different official bands: marching band, concert (symphonic) band, and jazz band.
The Benedictine Marching Band is smaller than most other high school bands in Northeast Ohio. The band goes to almost every varsity football game, and also marches in several Cleveland parades, including the Saint Patrick's Day and Columbus Day parades. During basketball season, many members of the band play as a pep band at home varsity basketball games, and during hockey season a small group plays at select varsity games. In recent years, the marching band has grown from 19 members to about 45 members under the direction of Mr. Josh Chenoweth.
Concert (Symphonic) Band
The Concert band plays two to three concerts per year, performing a variety of selections, which in the past have included Beethoven, Liszt, and Bizet.
The Benedictine Jazz Band includes all students enrolled in the "Jazz Band" class and others. It performs at concerts with the concert band, and at the annual Blue and White Gala.[clarification needed]
The Benedictine Drama Club performs several productions each school year, with help from sister schools such as Beaumont School (Ohio). Recent performances include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and One Mad Night.
Speech and Debate Team
The Benedictine Speech and Debate Team competes every Saturday, in the winter season, at high schools across northeast Ohio.
The Benedictine Travel Club takes bi-annual trips to Luke Easter Park.
The Bennet (School Newspaper)
The Bennet is published about eight times per year in four-page issues.
Among its over 9,000 alumni, Benedictine counts:
- Anthony O. Calabrese, Jr. '54 - Ohio state court judge
- Tim Cheatwood '97 - Current member of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and former Canadian Football League all-star
- Mike Easler '69 - Professional baseball player
- Bishop Roger Gries, OSB '54 - Auxiliary bishop, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
- Jack Marschall '71 - Cleveland area news anchor
- Scott Mruczkowski '00 - Professional football player, San Diego Chargers
- Chuck Noll '49 - Head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Four time Super Bowl Champion.
- Rich Paul '99 - NBA agent
- Terry Pluto '73 - Author and award-winning columnist for The Plain Dealer. He previously wrote for the Akron-Beacon Journal.
- Anthony Russo '88 - Writer, director, and producer, working on You, Me and Dupree, Welcome to Collinwood, Arrested Development, Community, and other television shows and movies
- Joe Russo '89 - Writer, director, and producer, working on You, Me and Dupree, Welcome to Collinwood, Arrested Development, Community, and other television shows and movies
- Jim Swingos '59 - Cleveland area restaurateur
- Andrew Kaczynski '08 - Political reporter for BuzzFeed Politics.
- Jim Trueman '53 - Founder of Red Roof Inn
- Ron Trzcinski '62 - Founder of the Original Mattress Factory
- Tom Weiskopf '60 - Professional golfer
- Joe Zelenka '94 - Professional football player, Atlanta Falcons
- Larry Zelina '67 - only two-time MVP of the annual Charity Game, a Thanksgiving tradition, played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Helped Ohio State win the 1968 national championship as a sophomore starter that season. Was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round in 1971.
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