St. Pius X Catholic High School (DeKalb County, Georgia)

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St. Pius X Catholic High School
2674 Johnson Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia, (DeKalb County), 30345
Coordinates 33°51′51″N 84°17′33″W / 33.86417°N 84.29250°W / 33.86417; -84.29250Coordinates: 33°51′51″N 84°17′33″W / 33.86417°N 84.29250°W / 33.86417; -84.29250
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Domini Sumus
(We are the Lord's)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
Founder Clarence Trevers
Principal Steve Spellman
Chaplain Msgr. Richard Lopez
Grades 912
Classrooms 62
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Mascot Golden Lion
Rival Marist School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 2100
Average ACT scores 29
Newspaper The Golden Lines
Yearbook Golden Echoes
Tuition $10,800
Dean of Students Edye Simpson
Rachel Braham
Dean of Academics John Griffith
Admissions Director Chuck Byrd
Athletic Director Mark Kelly
Director of Operations Tony Stephens

St. Pius X Catholic High School is an Archdiocesan Roman Catholic high school in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, near the city of Atlanta founded by Clarence Trevers in 1958.


In its mission, the school intends to provide “a college preparatory education for the formation of the mind, body and spirit of each student in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church” while forming “students of strong character and deep faith who complete college, serve others, and participate actively in the life of the Church.”

The school motto is "Domini Sumus" or "We Are the Lord's".

The school currently enrolls roughly 1,000 students, with a minority enrollment of 20%. Instruction occurs on three levels: College Prep, Honors, and AP (21 courses are offered). Additionally, two study support teachers assist qualifying students during one period each day.

Annual tuition is $11,430. About 21% of the student body receives financial aid, ranging from 20% to 50%. 50% is the maximum given to any student.


The campus is located at 2674 Johnson Road NE just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The campus contains two main buildings: the original building (with a recently constructed fine arts wing) and a Math and Science building finished in the early 2000s. The two facilities combine for a total of 62 classrooms, 4 computer labs, 8 science labs, 2 gyms, and a library housing nearly 20,000 volumes. The fine arts wing also houses an art studio, a band room, a dance studio, a drama rehearsal room, and the Monsignor Terry Young Auditorium, which houses many fine arts performances throughout the year.

The school also has a softball field, a track, and a multipurpose field on campus, used for football in the fall and lacrosse and soccer in the spring. The Donnellan Center, located near the stadium's entrance, houses the weight room, locker rooms, and coaches' offices as well as meeting space and the alumni office.

Recently, the school launched the $8 million Expanding Our Legacy capital campaign to secure land and construct buildings instrumental to St. Pius X's growth. Phase 1 of the plan, the so-called "Field of Dreams," comprises a baseball stadium and a multi-use practice field. Phases 2 and 3 of the plan include new administration and athletic office buildings, an expanded chapel, additional classrooms and locker rooms, a new bookstore, an addition to the batting cages, a sprawling new athletic facility to replace the Donnellan Center, and a parking deck to increase the school's limited number of spaces.


St. Pius X was recently recognized by Atlanta Magazine as one of the best high schools in the Atlanta metro area, achieving high rankings in English, math/science, fine arts, athletics, and several other arenas. Prior, the English department was singled out as one of the best in the area. 35 students have won the prestigious NCTE Achievement in Writing Award since 1969, most recently in 2010.

St. Pius X has produced more than 75 National Merit Scholars since 1998, and many more Achievement Finalists, Hispanic Finalists, and Commended Scholars. The school also sends at least one student to the Governor's Honors program annually since 1998.

The school has 93 faculty members, with an average experience of 17. 8 years. More than 70% have at least a Master's degree.

The school upholds its Honor Code, forbidding academic dishonesty in all situations. The student-run Honor Council oversees violations.


St. Pius X currently has 25 sports competing at the AAAA level - 11 boys teams and 13 girls teams. The boys' teams are: football, cross country, basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball, soccer, track and field, golf, tennis, and lacrosse. The girls' teams are: competition cheerleading, spirit cheerleading, cross country, fastpitch softball, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, dance team, soccer, golf, tennis, and lacrosse. St. Pius X fields 62 teams at junior varsity and varsity levels in most sports, with the larger programs fielding freshman teams. 73% of students participate in athletics at some level. The school's colors are navy blue and gold, and their nickname is the Golden Lions.

The athletics department was honored in the '08-'09, '09-'10, and '10-'11 school years with the GADA Directors' Cup given to those athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have excelled and shown superior performance.

Fall sports[edit]

The Golden Lions football team was State championship runners-up in 1965 and State Champions in 1968 under coach George B. Maloof. An extended period of under-performance followed. After the hiring of new head coach Paul Standard before the 2001 season, the team has had more success. In 2002, Standard took the Golden Lions to the playoffs for only the second time in 21 years (previously in 1999 and 1981). Since then, the Golden Lions have reached the playoffs nearly every year, reaching the state quarterfinals in 2003, 2009, 2011, and 2013 and the state semifinals in 2006. In 2012 the football team repeated as region champions for the first time in school history on their way to the Georgia Dome where they would end as runners-up. They also finished as runners-up in 2014.

The St. Pius X Cheerleading program is divided into multiple teams. There are currently varsity and junior varsity teams for both basketball and football, and a freshman team for freshman football. In addition there is a Varsity competition team, which consists of all grade levels. Also, the competition team also has won four regional championships (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010) and finished in the top 20 teams of AAA at the state finals in 2009. In addition, the cheerleaders also hold a summer camp called Little Lions Cheer Camp; both elementary and middle school kids interested in cheerleading attend the camp.

The St. Pius X men's cross country team most recently took the state title in class AAA in 2010. The team was ranked top 5 All Class in most of the 2010 season and finished at #3. This follows the team's previous success throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The women's cross country team also performs well, capturing the AAA state title in 2009. Both teams maintain a course at nearby Mercer University Atlanta and host a high school 5K invitational annually.

The fastpitch softball team has recently won 3 consecutive region titles. Five players from the 2010 roster earned All-Region recognition, with one winning Player of the Year.

The volleyball team continues the trend of athletic excellence, winning the past 3 area championships and often progressing deep into the state tournament. The team was State Runner-Up in 2008 and reached the Final Four in 2007 and 2009.

2010 was a historical year for SPX Volleyball with a 49-6 record and State Runner-Up.

Winter sports[edit]

The men's basketball team won the region championship and reached the State Elite Eight in 2006. The women's basketball team has also enjoyed success, garnering state championships in 2004, 2006, and 2007. The team also won region championships in 1989, 2002 through 2007, and 2011.

Both men's and women's swimming routinely reach the State Championships, with the women's team becoming State Runner-Up in 2009. Both teams have produced All-Americans and college athletes.

The dance team performs at halftime during basketball games and practices during the week.

The wrestling team reached the playoffs for the first time during its 2008-2009 season, repeating the feat in 2009-2010.

Spring sports[edit]

The men's soccer program has been known as one of the best high school programs in the state, the southeast and, for a while, the country. 1995 started a string of 3 straight state championships and 4 state championships in 5 years. The Lions finished the 1995-1996 season with a 15-4-1 record and their second state championship. For 7 weeks in the 1996-1997, the Golden Lions were the #1 team in the country according to a weekly poll completed by the USA Today, eventually becoming co-State Champions with nearby Lakeside High School. The St. Pius X Golden Lions finished the year ranked 7th in the National Polls.

The team has performed well in recent years as well, consistently making the playoffs and winning several region championships as well as state championships in 2009 and 2011.

The team produced US World Cup player Ricardo Clark, who currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt in addition to the U.S. National Team.

The women's soccer program has enjoyed success equalling that of the men's program. They were named national champions in 2009, in addition to their state championship win. They repeated in their 2010 and 2011 seasons; those rosters sent players to prominent Division I programs such as the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The baseball team reached the state playoffs in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The furthest they've reached in the state tournament is the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2010 where they lost to eventual state champion Columbus high school both times. They were also region champions in 2010. In 2007, an indoor batting facility was built on campus; it is also used by the softball and wrestling teams. Construction of a new on-campus baseball field began in 2011 and was completed by the start of the 2012 season. It is the first all sprint turf baseball field in the state of Georgia.

Both golf teams perform well at the state level, having won both region and state awards within the past 5 years.

Both the men's and women's tennis teams excel at the state level, becoming state champions and runners-up within the past 5 years.

The men's lacrosse team is an up-and-coming tradition at St. Pius X. They routinely qualify for the state playoffs and often make their way deep into the state tournament. The women's lacrosse team ended their 2008-2009 season with a final record of 12-1-2. They also reach the playoffs nearly annually.

Both men's and women's track and field perform well. Individual athletes have qualified for the state tournament in recent years, and both teams won a few championships in the 2000s.

St.Pius has recent graduate Shelby Ashe '11 as a national junior record holder in the women's hammer and weight throws.

Fine arts[edit]

The school has six fine arts groups: band, chorus, dance, drama, guitar, and visual arts. 51% of students participate in some sort of fine arts in their time at St. Pius X.

The marching band performs at halftime of all home football games and also performs in competition. They make a biannual trip to Walt Disney World to perform there. Other band ensembles perform concerts throughout the year. The guitar program also holds an annual concert.

The chorus performs an annual concert and can also be seen at the Morning of the Arts, held every year for current students at archdiocesean middle schools.

The dance company performs an annual show featuring acts from every dance class from Dance I up to Dance Company. They also hold NOVO, a show whose proceeds go to charity.

The drama program presents 2–4 plays each year, most commonly a fall play, a children's show, and a spring musical. They have put on Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in recent years.[when?]

The visual arts program holds a juried arts exhibition every year, awarding prizes in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and design in addition to the overall awards. Pieces from classes are also exhibited in the hallways throughout the school year.

The guitar program is the largest program of its type in the state.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school has 45 clubs and activities, with students devoting time before, during, and after school to their passions. Academically, the school offers Math, Science, French, and Latin Clubs, in addition to many others, as well as an Academic Quiz Bowl team, which recently competed on the local show Hi-Q.

The school releases two publications each year: the yearbook Golden Echoes and the literary magazine Carpe Diem. The newspaper Golden Lines is distributed monthly.

Service is also popular at St. Pius X, with religion classes requiring at least 10 hours of service per year. The Green Club assists in environmental causes and heads up campus recycling and cleanups of nearby Dresden Park. Mission trips over spring and summer breaks are also popular.

Instituted in 2007, the school also selects Lion Leaders, outstanding seniors chosen by faculty and staff to assist incoming freshmen with their transition to high school.

Post–secondary education[edit]

As a college preparatory school, St. Pius X intends for all its students to attend a post-secondary institution. 98% of the Class of 2010 is currently enrolled in four-year colleges, with the largest matriculation (38) going to the University of Georgia.

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