Cotter High School (Winona, Minnesota)
|Cotter High School|
|1115 West Broadway Street
Winona, Minnesota, (Winona County), 55987
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Bishop Patrick Heffron|
|President||Sister Judy Schaeffer, Ph.D., O.P.|
|Student to teacher ratio||16:1|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and white|
|Slogan||"Let Them Respect the Truth"|
|Fight song||Illinois Loyalty|
|Athletics conference||Hiawatha Valley League|
|Rival||Rochester Lourdes High School, Caledonia High School|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average ACT scores||24|
Cotter High School is the sole Roman Catholic High School in Winona, Minnesota, and is one of the first in the state. Today, Cotter Schools consists of the Cotter High School and Cotter Junior High School. The school opened its doors on September 5, 1911 as the "Cotter School for Boys". Cotter, named for the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Joseph Bernard Cotter, was a boys school directed by the Christian Brothers of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. In 1952, the Brothers turned the operation of the school over to the diocese and Cotter became co-educational with the combining of the Cathedral Girls High School. In 1953 a 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 campus of the former College of Saint Teresa, allowing it to add a boarding school component.
Cotter Family 
The term "Cotter Family" refers to all the students, teachers, parents, administrators, alumni, volunteers, and church members affiliated with the school. Many of these members are in several groups. Roughly 50% of the faculty are alumni. Roughly 25-50%, depending on the year, of the student body are children of alumni, some third and fourth generations. In 1993, local businessmen, headed by Bob Kierlin of Fastenal, started an endowment fund of several million dollars granting the school a technological make-over and allowing it to move to the Saint Teresa campus.
Relationship in the Winona Area Catholic Schools 
Cotter Junior High School serves grades 7 and 8, while elementary components of Catholic education in Winona are regulated by Winona Area Catholic Schools, who run Saint Stanislaus Elementary School, and Saint Mary's Primary.
Notable alumni 
- Paul Breza, Roman Catholic priest and founder of Winona's Polish Cultural Institute and Museum, Class of 1959
- Robert Henry Brom, Roman Catholic bishop, Class of 1956
- Donal "Mike" O'Callaghan, former Governor of the State of Nevada, Class of 1946
- Max Conrad, aviator, Class of 1921
- Michael Joseph Hoeppner, Roman Catholic bishop, Class of 1967
- Bob Kierlin, businessman and politician, Class of 1957
- Anne Pellowski, international educator and Kashubian American author, Cathedral High Class of 1951
Cotter presidents 
- James. G. Devine, 1991-1995 (Skyway and Golf Tournament Memorials)
- Dr. Jeanne-Marie Fauller 1995-1999
- Sandra Blank, Ann Merchlewitz, and Joan Bernard, interim team, 1999–2000
- Dr. Craig Junker, 2000–2009
- Sandra Blank, David Forney, Pat Bowlin, John Broadwater, Megan Sadowski, and Will Gibson, interim team, 2009–2010
- Jennifer Elfering, 2010-2012
- Sister Judy Schaeffer 2012-present
- 91% college placement
- General study and advanced placement curriculum
- Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts (dance & theatre)
- Award winning Math team
- Award winning marching band/field show (Nationwide and Internationally acclaimed)
- Two dozen sports and 23 organizations.
- 90% of students participate in one or more extracurricular activities
- Cross Cultural Ministry/Community service
- Student Exchange program with Shogaku High School in Okinawa, Japan and Liebenfrauschule High School in Cologne, Germany.
- 5-day and 7-day boarding in a safe, modern, family-like dormitory
- The local television station, HBC 25, has its studio in the basement of Cotter's building.