St. John Vianney High School (Kirkwood, Missouri)

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St. John Vianney High School
1311 South Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, Missouri, (St. Louis County), 63122
United States
Coordinates 38°33′38″N 90°24′29″W / 38.56056°N 90.40806°W / 38.56056; -90.40806Coordinates: 38°33′38″N 90°24′29″W / 38.56056°N 90.40806°W / 38.56056; -90.40806
Type Private, All-Boys
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1960
President Michael E. Loyet '76
Principal Tim Dilg
Asst. Principal Dennis Matreci
Grades 912
Enrollment 635
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Athletics conference Metro Catholic
Team name Golden Griffins
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The Griffin'
Yearbook 'The Talon'
Dean of Students Scott Brown '84
Admissions Director Tom Mulvihill
Athletic Director Terry Cochran

St. John Vianney High School (a.k.a. Vianney High School, or simply Vianney) is a private, all male, Catholic college preparatory high school located in Kirkwood, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The school was founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists), a religious order of priests and brothers who continue to run the school. The Marianists also run a number of other St. Louis area high schools including Chaminade College Preparatory School and St. Mary's High School.


St. John Vianney High School opened in 1960 and has graduated a class every year since that time. In 1999, Vianney received the prestigious award from the federal government's Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Recently, Vianney has undertaken a number of building projects including new classrooms, gymnasium, and a new library.


St. John Vianney High School is dedicated to forming young men for spiritual, academic and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

The Characteristics of Marianist Education are:

  • Formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in the family spirit
  • Educate for adaptation and change
  • Educate for service, justice, and peace


Vianney sponsors athletic teams in football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, volleyball. There are also club teams for outdoor lacrosse, bowling, chess, lacrosse, racquetball and ice hockey.

In 2011 and 2013, the Varsity Chess Team took home first place for National Championships.

Vianney is a member of the Metro Catholic Conference. The other members of the conference include:

State Championships

Baseball- 2004, 2006

Hockey- 1979, 1996

Soccer- 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1992

Volleyball- 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013

National Championships

Chess- 2011, 2013

Soccer- 1992

School mascot[edit]

The St. John Vianney High School mascot is the Golden Griffin-half lion and half eagle. The school colors, black and gold, reflect the colors of the Griffin. The school states that the Griffin represents certain virtues in all of its students.

"The Griffin represents the virtues of our students: strength, faith, fraternity, and justice. These virtues shine forth from hearts and minds formed by a rigorous academic program, an integrated religious curriculum, and a wide range of extracurricular opportunities."
-from the Vianney High School website'

School fight song[edit]

The St. John Vianney High School fight song is often sung at football and basketball games as well as pep rallies. The lyrics are as follows:

"We are the black and gold of Vianney. We are the Golden Griffins of Vianney High. Half Lion, half Eagle, so the Griffin can roar, so the Griffin can soar above the lightning and the thunder. We will win, win, win, yeah Vianney. Oh hear the din, din, din, of our clamor and cheers. We want the world to be told about the black and the gold of old Vianney, Vianney, Vianney, Hey!" written by former guidance counselor Brother Harold Lootens


In 2006, Vianney President Father Robert Osborne was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual misconduct with a student.[2] The Marianist order later settled the lawsuit.[3] Father Osborne was not charged with a crime but was investigated by the Kirkwood Police.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

  • James Shrewsbury: Former President, St. Louis Board of Aldermen[5]

Sports and Entertainment[edit]

Arts and Sciences[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 24, 2006, C5
  3. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 27, 2007, C8
  4. ^ St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 12, 2006, C1
  5. ^ a b Dillon, D. (2005) So Where'd You Go to High School? Vol. 2, Virginia Publishing.
  6. ^ Adam Piore (2008) Focus Finder, Conde Nast