St. Joseph High School (South Bend, Indiana)

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Saint Joseph High School
453 Notre Dame Avenue
South Bend, Indiana, (St. Joseph County), 46617
Coordinates 41°40′53″N 86°14′18″W / 41.681286°N 86.238206°W / 41.681286; -86.238206Coordinates: 41°40′53″N 86°14′18″W / 41.681286°N 86.238206°W / 41.681286; -86.238206
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Joseph
Established 1953
CEEB Code 153265
Principal Susan Richter
Asst. Principal Matt Moloney,
Marilyn Gibbs
Chaplain Fr. Terry Coonan
Teaching staff 61
Grades 912
Enrollment 882 (2012)
Campus size 16.24 acres (65,700 m2)
Color(s) Columbia Blue, White, and Black             
Athletics conference Northern Indiana Conference
Sports 14
Team name Indians
Rivals Mishawaka Marian, Penn
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper Soundings
Yearbook Hi-Way
Tuition $5,000-$6,000
Athletic Director Eric Gohlke

Saint Joseph High School (commonly referred as St. Joe's or St. Joe) is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school located in South Bend, Indiana. It was formerly located adjacent to the campuses of the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College (Indiana). In 2012, the school moved to a new location on Notre Dame Avenue, just south of Darby Row and about a mile south of the University.

SJHS is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association. The population of SJHS consists of about 60 faculty, including half with Masters’ Degrees or beyond, and an enrollment of about 900 students, including 16% non-Catholics and 16% minorities.


Saint Joseph's High School began classes on September 20, 1953, as the first consolidated, co-institutional Catholic high school in the South Bend area. The school was made up of students from Central Catholic High School, Saint Hedwig School, Saint Joseph's Academy, and South Bend Catholic High School.

Contributions from South Bend and Mishawaka parishioners enabled building the school on 5.7 acres (23,000 m2) of land donated to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend by the Brothers of Holy Cross.

From 1953 to 1968, Saint Joseph's High School had separate divisions for boys and girls. The faculty consisted primarily of Sisters of the Holy Cross and Brothers of Holy Cross. In 1968 the school became coeducational.

In 2012, St. Joseph's moved to a new building on the site formerly occupied by Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Along with the new building, the official name of the school was changed from Saint Joseph's High School to Saint Joseph High School.[2]


Saint Joe offers 16 different AP classes[3] and has been named a Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education.[4] AP classes offered at Saint Joe include AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History. Saint Joe has been named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the Catholic High School Honor Roll every year from 2006–2013. For the class of 2012, Saint Joe achieved a graduation rate of 100%.

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Saint Joseph is a member of Indiana's Northern Indiana Conference. Fellow member Mishawaka Marian is Saint Joe's archrival; the Indians and the Knights battle annually for the Bishop's Trophy. Sport offered are:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
    • State Champions in 2005[7]
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Danceline
  • Football
    • State Champions in 1995[8]
  • Golf (Boys)
  • Golf (Girls)
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse (Boys)
  • Lacrosse (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
    • State Champions in 2003[9]
  • Soccer (Girls)
    • State Champions in 1998, 2010[10]
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)
    • Team State Champions in 1975 (3-way tie), 2010[11]
  • Track (Boys)
  • Track (Girls)
  • Volleyball
    • State Champions in 1972[12]
  • Wrestling

Rivals include Marian, Penn, and South Bend Clay. The school's athletic colors were changed from Columbia Blue, White, and Red to Columbia Blue, White, and Black when the school changed locations in 2012.

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