Rosati-Kain High School
|Rosati-Kain High School|
|4389 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri, (none), 63108
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School district||Archdiocese of Saint Louis|
|President||Sr. Joan Andert|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics conference||AAA (Archdiocesan Athletic Association)|
|Sports||field hockey, softball, tennis, cross country, track, soccer, basketball, dance, cheerleading, volleyball, and swim|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Athletic Director||Mel Wilson|
Rosati-Kain High School is an all-girls Catholic high school in St. Louis, Missouri. Rosati-Kain is accredited as a college preparatory school by the North Central Association, the Missouri Department of Education, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.
Rosati-Kain High school is the first and remains to be the oldest Archdiocesan high school in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. In 1911, the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet joined their two centers to start Rosati-Kain High School. The school began educating young women. The school is named for Joseph Rosati, the first bishop of St. Louis Diocese, and John Joseph Kain, the second archbishop of the St. Louis Archdiocese.
Between the years of 1911-1920, the nuns served as faculty taught without being paid. They supported the operational expenses of the school by selling needlework and teaching music. In 1919, the school had outgrown its building at the St. Vincent Seminary site at Lucas and Grand Avenues. The school moved to the Hayes Mansion on Newstead at the corner of Lindell. In 1921, the Hayes Mansion was moved to make room to build a new larger structure designed by architect Henry P. Hess. This structure was completed in 1922 and remains the main building for R-K. In 1941, the gymnasium, cafeteria, and music room were added to the property with funding raised by the Alumnae Association.
By the mid-1940s, over 1,000 students attended Rosati-Kain in two different shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Rosati-Kain became the first high school in the St. Louis area to integrate, enrolling five African-American students in 1946. Rosati-Kain has changed greatly over the past 100 years, morphing from a typical all-female finishing school to become a college preparatory high school for girls.
Plans are now being made for the 100th anniversary of R-K. The Centennial Celebration will be a yearlong event during the 2011-2012 school year. A new school song was written specifically for the Centennial Celebration by faculty members Luanne Murphy & Laura Govero-Yann.
In 2009, BusinessWeek Magazine and GreatSchools.net named Rosati-Kain the Top Parents' Choice Private High School in the state of Missouri.
Rosati-Kain is the most geographically diverse girls high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with students coming from throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area, including St. Louis City and St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County and Illinois (64 zip codes and 118 elementary schools) backgrounds. Admission is based on standardized test scores and grade school records. To be accepted into Rosati-Kain, an applicant should meet the following criteria: an A/B average for grades 6, 7 and 8; standardized test scores in the 70th percentile or above for grades 6, 7 and 8; and a good conduct and attendance record for grades 6, 7 and 8.
Hafertepe, Sr. Joseph Andre (1997), The History of Rosati-Kain - Rosati-Kain Official Archives, St. Louis
Ness, Angela (2006 R–K Today Publication), "Happy Birthday Rosati-Kain" - R-K Today Alumnae Publication, St. Louis Check date values in:
Fallenger, S. Alvera (1949), The History and Development of Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis
The Rosati-Kain Alumnae Association Golden Jubilee Booklet, St. Louis, 1965
Wildt, Sister Carol Marie (2006), Rosati-Kain High School Illustrates Many Firsts, St. Louis
History and Mission of Rosati-Kain - Rosati-Kain Official Archives, St. Louis, 1997
Notes and references
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]