St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio)
|St. Edward High School|
|13500 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County), 44107
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Congregation of Holy Cross|
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Rival||St. Ignatius High School|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
St. Edward High School is private, all-male Catholic, college-preparatory high school located in Lakewood, Ohio, a western Cleveland suburb. It was founded in 1949 and is operated in the Holy Cross tradition by the Midwest Province of the Brothers of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. It is one of three remaining all-male Catholic high schools in the Greater Cleveland area (Benedictine and St. Ignatius being the others) and has an enrollment of 865 students, as of the 2009-2010 school year. The school's mascot is the Eagle and school colors are green and gold.
St. Edward High School was founded in 1949 by the Brothers of Holy Cross and named in honor of Saint Edward the Confessor. It was also a nod toward Archbishop Edward F. Hoban, the head of the Diocese of Cleveland who invited the Brothers of Holy Cross to start several Catholic high schools in the Cleveland suburbs after World War II. The Brothers of Holy Cross would start Gilmour Academy in 1946 in the eastern suburb of Gates Mills, St. Edward in the western suburbs, and Archbishop Hoban High School in 1953 in nearby Akron, Ohio. The first graduating class of 1953 consisted of 159 students, including several prominent Clevelanders, most notably talk show host Phil Donahue.
The school offers a college-preparatory oriented curriculum as well as several specialized programs, including a pre-engineering and entrepreneurship programs, typically reserved for college campuses. The pre-engineering program was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Joseph and Helen Lowe Pre-Engineering & Technology Center. About 300 of the school's nearly 900 students are enrolled in the program. In the 2008-2009 school year, the school began offering senior grade level students an entrepreneurship program, which is based on Planning The Entrepreneurial Venture concept created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The 20-week program is structured to develop basic business techniques including finance, team-building, planning, etc. The completed business plans are ranked, with the students competing for one of five college scholarships totaling $27,000. Also, school is currently working with local universities to allow students to receive college credits for participation in the program.
In the fall of 2010, St. Edward became the first Catholic high school in Cleveland to become a candidate to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
St. Edward has three student-produced publications: a literary and art magazine called Flight, a yearbook titled Edwardian, and a monthly newspaper/news magazine called the Edsman.
The school was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a "Blue Ribbon School" for the 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 school years. A Blue Ribbon school must demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence.
Construction on the school's current facility began in 1949 on a site that once served as a resting and feeding stop for cattle trains passing through from western states to eastern markets on what is now known as the Norfolk Southern roadbed. Classes began immediately in a temporary location roughly three blocks west of the school’s current location in the building of the former St. Theresa's Academy. A year later, new freshman were taught in makeshift classrooms in the basement of St. James Grade School, located roughly 1.5 miles away at the corner of Detroit and Granger avenues. The original school building was ready in 1951, although many alumni tell tales of digging unfinished sections the basement during 1952 and 1953 for "detention" (there are pictures in private collects that validate the tales).
In 2000, the school began a capital campaign to upgrade and transform the physical plant, including a new gym, weight room and indoor track. The Kahl Student Life & Leadership Center, named for Manco founder Jack Kahl, was dedicated in 2004. Coughlin Field includes a synthetic, all-weather athletic field as well as an outdoor track.
On July 31, 2008, St. Edward dedicated a $3.4 million Joseph & Helen Lowe Pre-Engineering and Technology Center. The facility was named after the parents of Greg Lowe, the senior vice president of High-Performance Analog Business Units at Texas Instruments and a 1980 graduate of the high school.
The new Holy Family Chapel, topped with a decorative gold dome - a nod to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, which is also a Holy Cross institution, was dedicated on September 29, 2008. The chapel contains a bronze sculpture of Jesus on the cross created by St. Edward alumnus and sculptor James McKenna who also makes each head bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since 1959 through Feb. 2013, the wrestling program has produced:
- 28 OHSAA Wrestling Team State Championships - 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 
Ice hockey program
The ice hockey team has won 11 state titles, which is a state record for that sport.
A former pro goalie Bob Whidden was named the coach in 1984. In his first year, Whidden would lead the Eagles to become the 1985 OHSAA State Champions. That team featured a young sophomore center named Todd Harkins, who would go on to have an NHL and minor league career. Whidden coached several players that would be in the NHL draft including Todd Harkins, Brett Harkins, and Michael Rupp, who is now with the Minnesota Wild.
- Ice hockey State Championships - 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008
St. Edward is also one of only a handful of high schools in the United States that offer rugby as a varsity sport. Rugby won their first State Championship on June 1, 2012 over Moeller 10-7 in Overtime, and their second State Championship in 2013.
St. Ed's won their first volleyball state championship on May 29, 2011.
The Eagles won their first state title in track & field on June 2, 2012. One year later, the Eagles repeated, winning their second title in as many years.
The VASJ rivalry started with St. Joseph High School (which became VASJ). The rivalry pitted a large east suburban school (St. Joseph) against a large west suburban school (St. Edward). After merging with Villa Angela Academy, the enrollment of VASJ dropped and the rivalry faded. With the rise to football and overall sport prominence of St. Ignatius, along with the proximity of the two schools, St. Ignatius replaced St. Joseph/VASJ as the main rival of St. Edward with St. Edward replacing the closed (and now reopened/merged) Cathedral Latin for St. Ignatius.
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