John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (Manchester, Missouri)

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John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
"Community, Excellence, Compassion."
500 Woods Mill Road
Manchester, Missouri, St. Louis County, 63011
United States
Coordinates 38°36′6″N 90°30′28″W / 38.60167°N 90.50778°W / 38.60167; -90.50778Coordinates: 38°36′6″N 90°30′28″W / 38.60167°N 90.50778°W / 38.60167; -90.50778
Type Private, Coeducational, Archdiocesan
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1968
School district St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Superintendent Dr. Kurt Nelson
President Fr. Bob Suit
Rector Fr. Bob Suit
Principal Mary Hey
Asst. Principal Patricia McMullen-Hellwig
Grades 912
Enrollment Around 310 (2014)
Average class size 18-20
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 23 acres (93,000 m2)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics conference Archdiocesan Athletic Conference
Mascot Celt
Team name Celts
Rival Trinity Catholic High School, Bishop DuBourg High School,Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School,and St Mary's High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average ACT scores 24[2]
Newspaper Torch
Yearbook Profiles
Tuition ~$11,000

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Manchester, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.


John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (Kennedy Catholic) was established in 1968 and is named after President John F. Kennedy.[citation needed]

General Information[edit]

Currently, John F. Kennedy High School has about 310 students. It is the only co-educational, archdiocesan Catholic High School in West County, St. Louis, Missouri. The school has an expanding technology program and all students receive laptops. Kennedy Catholic offers a wide variety of extracurricular options, including many athletic teams and clubs. Kennedy recently renovated its entire campus with its first capital campaign in 40 years, raising over $1 million. The newly remodeled building includes a new entrance, commons area, cafeteria, and offices, though it still has a lack of windows. Kennedy Catholic High School is known for its open community, where all the students feel welcome. Because of its size, students who participate in sports have a larger advantage because nearly everyone is able to participate in the sport they choose. There is also a legend that Kennedy is haunted, and it is on the Missouri Haunted List.[citation needed]

Also, because of Kennedy's small size, students are able to have more one-on-one time with teachers and also can receive extra help and tutoring.[citation needed]

Kennedy is located off of M0-141 north of Manchester Road.


Kennedy offers a wide variety of student clubs and activities. Boys sports include: football, soccer, swimming, cross country, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, and track. Girls sports include: soccer, swimming, cross country, softball, basketball, tennis, golf, track, and volleyball. Kennedy Catholic runs over 25 clubs for students, and a celebrated Theatre Program rounds out the Kennedy experience. Both a fall play and spring musical are produced annually. About 3/4 of the Kennedy students participate in both the fall play and spring musical, either as an actor/actress or helping with the show. The students help the show with publicity, lighting, building props, sounds, and other items.

Parents' Association[edit]

The Parents' Association is the backbone of Kennedy Catholic's volunteer structure. Beside the annual Trivia Nights, Family Bingo, and Father-Daughter dances, Kennedy parents also volunteer their time to represent Kennedy in the community. They also provide the extra support needed for Open House, Back To School Nights, and our Freshman-Transfer Potluck Supper. Funds raised through Parents' Association activities provide scholarships to deserving students, plus additional Kennedy projects are underwritten by parents each year.

Booster Club[edit]

The Booster Club provides additional income to the Kennedy athletic program, through the sale of the Celt Club Card and various friend-raising activities. Traditionally, these Kennedy Dads are visible on Kennedy Pride Days, performing chores around the 23-acre (93,000 m2) campus and baking cookies for Open House.

Mothers' Club[edit]

The Mothers’ Club meets twice monthly, serving the Kennedy community and one another through spiritual support. In addition, the Mothers’ Club helps organize and disseminate Kennedy class information. Every Kennedy Mother is invited to attend Mass in the chapel each month and to participate in all-school liturgies throughout the year.

Advancement Office[edit]

Kennedy's Advancement Office is the liaison between the school and the parent organizations.

Due to the financial constraints of the current economic recession, Kennedy has instituted a tuition assistance initiative called "Celts Helping Celts." Fundraisers such as a Spaghetti Dinner, a Freshman Dance Party and a Mardi Gras t-shirt sale are raising money that is going directly to families in need of tuition assistance.[3]

Clubs, Sports, and Activities[edit]


Boys Girls
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cheerleading
Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football Poms
Golf Soccer
In-line Hockey (Co-ed) Softball
Soccer Swim and Dive Team
Swim Team Track & Field
Tennis Tennis
Track & Field Volleyball


Social Opportunities Academic Clubs Leadership Opportunities
Art Club Book Club Link Crew
Green Team Drama Club Student Ambassadors
SADD National Honor Society Student Council
Photography Torch Student Newspaper Student Tour Guides
Movie Club Profiles Yearbook Student Escorts
Film-Making Club Focus St. Louis Leadership Team Pro-Life
Ping Pong BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)

Notable Alumni[edit]

Jay Marshall, an MLB relief pitcher for Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, and the Chicago White Sox. He graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in 2001. He played baseball through high school as well. He also grew up in St. Louis, and has returned for several alumni events.

External links[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Williams, Lorenzo. "Public & Private High School Charts Search Results, Filtered by Desc." St. Louis Restaurant Guide, Culture, Events, Style and Home - St. Louis Magazine. St. Louis Magazine, 7 Oct. 2011. Web. 01 Jan. 2012. <>.
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