Knoxville Catholic High School
|Knoxville Catholic High School|
"Ut Christum Feram"
That I Might Bear Christ
|9245 Fox Lonas Road
Knoxville, Tennessee, (Knox County), 37923
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
|Chaplain||Fr. David Carter|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Song||"Spirit of the Green and Gold"|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||'The Blarney Stone Press'|
|Academic Dean||Jane Walker|
|Dean of Students||Stan Branson|
|Athletic Director||Jason Surlas|
|Director of Development/Alumni||Diannah Eagle Miller|
|Dean of Admissions||Nichole Pfohl|
Knoxville Catholic High School on East Magnolia Avenue registered 98 young men and women in 1932. The faculty was composed of four Sisters of Mercy and two lay teachers. The Reverend Christopher P. Murray was appointed director of Knoxville Catholic High School in 1941.
Under the direction of Father Murray additional space was added including a gymnasium-auditorium, dressing rooms, showers and a science laboratory. In 1947 Knoxville Catholic High School became an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
March 1951 saw the breaking of ground for another addition. The new building included five classrooms, a library, offices, lavatories, and an addition to the gymnasium. Space was made for a cafeteria and a chapel.
The extensive campus provided fields for softball, basketball, and other sports. Father Herbert Prescott became the first priest-principal of Knoxville Catholic High School in 1962. Father John Batson was named principal in 1965 and Father Xavier Mankel in 1967. Father Mankel had a long and distinguished career helping to monitor and guide the growth and development of KCHS until 1979.
Father Michael Johnston was appointed as the fourth priest-principal to serve KCHS in 1979. Father Frank Richards followed in 1982. At this time the School Board of KCHS began to organize a major capital Fund Raising Campaign to ensure the future of KCHS. Father G. Patrick Garrity arrived as principal in 1985. The school continued to grow in facilities and students.
Enrollment continued to increase over the next several years and with it a growth of faculty. The decision to move KCHS to a new facility was announced in February 1997. After almost seven decades on Magnolia Avenue, KCHS would be moving to the Cedar Bluff area of West Knoxville. In July 1997 Mr. Philip Dampf became the principal of KCHS and he oversaw the school’s move to West Knoxville.
In January 2000 the construction of the new facilities was complete. Knoxville Catholic High School relocated to 9245 Fox Lonas Road and was dedicated by Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz on January 3, 2000. In 2001, Mr. Dampf resigned and Dr. Aurelia Montgomery was appointed as Interim Principal. After the successful completion of a $1 million campaign, KCHS was proud to announce the building of an All Sports Complex. Construction of the All Sports Complex was finished in 2002 in order to accommodate the growing athletic programs for KCHS.
In 2004, Dr. Montgomery retired as Interim Principal and the search committee found a successful candidate in Mr. Dickie Sompayrac, who began his tenure as KCHS principal in 2005. Also in 2005 a new Performing Arts Center was built and dedicated, providing much needed space for the performing arts. As enrollment continues to increase, plans are underway to build additional facilities.
In November 2006, Catholic High launched the three-phased Living our Mission through Growth Capital Campaign. Through the generous support of our school community we raised $4.9 and successfully met our campaign goals: adding an academic wing, increasing our endowment and expanding our fitness facilities.
On January 6, 2008, KCHS celebrated the completion of the new wing with a blessing ceremony performed Reverend Al Humbrecht. The expansion was the first phase of our capital campaign and added ten classrooms, a guidance suite and additional parking to our campus. Reverend Chris Michelson, Pastor of St. Albert the Great and Capital Campaign Chair, announced the wing would be dedicated as Schaad Hall.
With a generous donation to the school’s endowment from the late Isabel Ashe Bonnyman ‘39, we were able to complete the second phase of our campaign and provide the school with a solid financial foundation. Faris Field House was named for John and Sondra Faris and completed our capital effort. It added 8,000 square feet of training and storage for our growing boys’ and girls’ fitness programs.
Knoxville Catholic High School is committed to delivering a comprehensive and progressive academic program that meets the needs of all of our students. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and beyond.
KCHS is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and accredited by:
- Tennessee Department of Education - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
Our school is on a semester system with students taking seven courses per semester. The daily schedule begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m.
Each student attends six classes per day and an enrichment class is offered one day per week to enhance the standard curriculum. KCHS uses a rotating schedule system for an optimum learning environment.
Faith & Service
Gospel Values and Christ Centered Character Set Us Apart
The religious character of Knoxville Catholic High School is what sets us apart from other secondary schools in the Knoxville area. All spiritual activities are intended to proclaim Jesus Christ, in light of Catholic Church teaching, for the interior transformation of the student and the renewal of humanity. The Religion Department exercises the lead role in the religious education of its students in order to foster personal relationships with Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church. Gospel values are incorporated throughout all course work. The fruit of deeper relationship with Jesus Christ is recognition of His presence in others and treating them accordingly:
“Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me”~ Matthew 25:40
Therefore, in imitation of Jesus’ loving concern for others, KCHS students contribute thousands of service hours every school year. Students volunteer for many organizations that are working to improve lives in our community and beyond, including Habitat for Humanity, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the YMCA and YWCA, Catholic Charities, and more.
Each school day begins and ends with a prayer, and all classes also start with a prayer. Daily Mass is celebrated in the Holy Trinity Chapel. School-wide Masses are generally celebrated twice a month and on Holy Days of Obligation. The Sacrament of Penance is offered communally during Advent and Lent, through Religion classes and individually by appointment. All student organizations are encouraged to incorporate discipleship principles in their activities.
Ultimately, a student leaves Knoxville Catholic High School with the knowledge and training necessary to continue a life of discipleship of the Lord Jesus Christ and thus to influence a constantly changing world. Disciple formation in a Catholic school involves:
- Promoting knowledge of the Faith - Liturgical celebration - Moral formation - Fostering prayer - Education for community life - Missionary initiation
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Knoxville Catholic is the home of the Fighting Irish. The school colors are green and gold.
The Irish have had five Mr. Football winners: Rob Demastus was named the Division II-A back of the year in 1999, Jeremy Bentley was named the Division II-A/AA lineman of the year in 2003, Nick McFadden was named the Division II-A/AA back of the year in 2004, and Harrison Smith was named the Division I-AAA back of the year in 2006. Harrison Smith was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Tennessee. In 2008, senior Daniel Hood was named the Division I Class 3A lineman of the year.
In 2008 the Fighting Irish had the perfect season, with a 15-0 record, and beat Memphis Mitchell in the state finals.
Knoxville Catholic has won five individual state championships in TSSAA sports as well as four state individual championships in swimming and diving. Knoxville Catholic also has 1 Tennis state title and one men's soccer state title. Knoxville Catholic also won a Football state title in 2008, when the team went 15-0.
- Cormac McCarthy, novelist
- Harrison Smith, Defensive Back for the Minnesota Vikings and 29th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
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- "Former Mr. Football Winners". Retrieved 2007-05-08.