Pacelli High School (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)

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Pacelli High School
1301 Maria Drive
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, (Portage County), 54481
Coordinates 44°32′4″N 89°34′48″W / 44.53444°N 89.58000°W / 44.53444; -89.58000Coordinates: 44°32′4″N 89°34′48″W / 44.53444°N 89.58000°W / 44.53444; -89.58000
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1955
Principal Jeffrey Brengman
Chaplain Father Greg Bohren
Grades 912
Enrollment 214 (average)
Education system Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools
Hours in school day 7
Campus type Closed
Color(s) Red, Blue and White
Mascot Cardinals
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Pacelli High School is a private secondary school located on the north side of Stevens Point, Wisconsin in the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. The school, named in honor of Pope Pius XII, was founded in 1955 by Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers).


Originally an all-boys high school, Pacelli merged with the all-girls Maria High School in the early 1970s to create a co-ed school offering a college-prep curriculum. The school is currently housed in the former Maria High School building. The former Pacelli building on Division Street is now home to the local YMCA. Pacelli became part of the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools when consolidation of all the Catholic schools took place in 1986.[2]



The 1998 Pacelli Cardinals baseball team took the WISAA Division III championship. In 2003, they won the school's first WIAA Division III title, defeating the Zephyrs of Menasha St. Mary's 6-3.

Basketball, Boys[edit]

Basketball at Pacelli starts in October right after the football season and goes until the beginning of March into the playoffs. Pacelli fields three levels, varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen.

Basketball, Girls[edit]


Bowling at Pacelli starts after the football and soccer seasons end in the fall and goes until early March. The 2012-2013 season bowling champions are Hunter Hoerter, Paul Studinski, Nathan Glinski, and Austin Zdroik, from team "Murica." They finished with a win-loss record of 40-20, the first student team to win in several years.

Cross Country[edit]

Pacelli High School's Cross Country Team has had several people qualify and compete at state competitions.


Dance team[edit]

The Pacelli Dance Team is considered a two season long sport. Team members attend a total of five competitions and have done exceedingly well in the past. Dancers have tryouts every spring; practices start in June and go through February. The team does a number of different routines throughout the season including Jazz, Hip- Hop, Kick, and Pom. Recent competitions and placements: Lumberjack – 1st, Regionals- 1st, State- 4th, Nationals -2nd, and Grand Champs- 10th out of 200.


The 1995 Pacelli Cardinals captured the WISAA Division III championship at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, capping an 11-0 season.

On November 17, 2005, the Pacelli Cardinals won the WIAA Division 7 state football championship against the Gilman Pirates. The score was 46-20 and marked the 300th career win for head coach Bob Raczek.


On June 5, 2007, the Pacelli golf team won the WIAA Division 3 state golf tournament with a two-day total of 639 (318,321), making for a 16-shot victory over Osseo-Fairchild.

Hockey, Boys[edit]

Hockey, Girls[edit]

Point Rapids Red Panthers Girls Hockey is a co-op team combining players from Pacelli High School, SPASH, Ben Franklin Junior High, PJ Jacobs Junior High, Lincoln High School, and Assumption High School. Due to the numbers of players, the program only competes at the varsity level.


The Pacelli coed soccer team won their conference for the first time in the 2012 season.[3]


Pacelli Softball has made it to the state championship multiple times and brought home the trophy twice, 2004 and 2012. Additionally, they have been conference, sectional, and regional champions.

Tennis, Boys[edit]

Tennis, Girls[edit]



Pacelli Girl’s Volleyball won state in 1984. The 2010 volleyball team was declared Regional Champions.


Ski Club[edit]

Pacelli Ski Club organizes outings with the St. Peter Middle School Ski Club. Participants snowboard and ski, with attendance varying every year. The club normally skis at Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, Wisconsin. Rib Mountain, although only 700 vertical feet tall, has a ski resort with 72 runs that goes by the name of Granite Peak.

Fine Arts[edit]

Destination Imagination[edit]

Destination Imagination has long been a tradition at Pacelli High School. As of the 2010-2011 school year, there are four Destination Imagination teams at the secondary level: two improvisational teams, one building team, and one theatre arts team. Since 2001, SPACS has had nine teams earn trips to the Destination Imagination Globals Competition, which is held at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee.

History of Global Appearances:

Year Competition Team Rank
2011 Mythology Mission Pacelli Omega Team 13th out of 72
2011 Mythical Menagerie 15th out of 78
2009 Private DI Pacelli Omega Team 14th out of 57
2006 On Safari Pacelli Omega Team 7th
2005 Improving Along Pacelli Omega Team 3rd out of 57, Davinci Award
2005 Improving Along St Peter Middle School 7th out of 59
2004 Upbeat Improv Pacelli Omega Team 14th out of 48
2002 The Art of Improv St Peter Middle School 27th out of 54
2001 DInamic Improv St Peter Middle School 8th

The Omega Improv Team headed to Globals on May 22, 2012.


Pacelli’s Drama Department performs two major shows yearly: a fall play and a winter/spring musical.

Some of the shows Pacelli has presented include:

Year Fall Winter/Spring
2011-2012 The Curious Savage Children of Eden
2010-2011 All in the Timing You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
2009-2010 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Disney’s Mulan
2008-2009 Two One-Act Plays Jesus Christ Superstar Video on YouTube
2007-2008 Nunsense Grease
2006-2007 Murder at the Museum Fiddler on the Roof
2005-2006 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
2004-2005 Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2003-2004 The Wizard of Oz

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Institution Summary - Pacelli Schools". International Registry for Accreditation. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "SPACS: The History of Pacelli". 1957-10-21. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Mid-State | Boys Soccer | Boys Soccer | Soccer | Wisconsin High School Sports | Wisconsin Sports Network". Retrieved 2013-01-12.