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Saint Xavier High School
Academia Sancti Xaverii Cincinnatensis
Seal of St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati).png
School seal
Vidit Mirabilia Magna; Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
He has seen great wonders; For the Greater Glory of God
Address
600 West North Bend Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45224-1424
United States
Coordinates 39°12′30″N 84°30′14″W / 39.20833°N 84.50389°W / 39.20833; -84.50389 (St. Xavier High School)Coordinates: 39°12′30″N 84°30′14″W / 39.20833°N 84.50389°W / 39.20833; -84.50389 (St. Xavier High School)
Information
Type Private, college preparatory
Denomination Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Francis Xavier
Established October 17, 1831
Founder Bishop Edward D. Fenwick, O.P.
School district Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati[1]
Authority Society of Jesus (Chicago–Detroit Province)
CEEB Code 361–110[2]
NCES School ID 01055649[3]
President Fr. Tim A. Howe, S.J. (2009–present[4])
Rector Fr. Ed Pigott, S.J. (2005[5]–present[6])
Principal Terrence H. Tyrrell (2013–present)[7]
Assistant principals Dan Minelli
Mike J. Dehring
Faculty 120 full-time teachers[8]
Grades 912
Gender Male
Number of students 1,600 (as of 2013)[8]
Campus size 110 acres (0.4 km2)[8]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal blue and white[9]         
Slogan Men for Others,[10] Magis
Athletics conference Greater Catholic League South
Mascot Bomber, Blue Monster
Accreditation NCA,[11] JSEA
Endowment $33,749,800 (June 2013)[12]
Tuition $12,350.00 (2013–14)[13]
Website
The school logo featuring the school name against a large, blue letter X, with the motto "Men for Others" beneath

Saint Xavier High School (/ˈzvjər/ ZAYV-yər; often abbreviated St. X) is a private, college-preparatory high school just outside the Cincinnati city limits, in the Finneytown neighborhood of Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The independent, non-diocesan school is operated by the Chicago–Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus as one of four all-male Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Aside from colleges and universities, St. Xavier is the largest private school in Ohio[14] and one of the 100 largest schools in the state,[15] with 1,600 enrolled students as of 2013.

St. Xavier is the oldest high school in the Cincinnati area[16] and one of the oldest in the nation. It grew out of the Athenaeum, which opened in 1831 in downtown Cincinnati. From 1869 to 1934, the high school program formed the lower division of St. Xavier College, now Xavier University. The high school moved to its present location in 1960.

The school produces National Merit finalists and National AP Scholars annually.[8] The Bombers football team has won national recognition, while the Aquabombers swimming and diving team is a fixture at state championships. Graduates of St. Xavier include numerous professional athletes, three Olympians, prominent state and national politicians, and noted authors and actors.

History[edit]

Downtown origins[edit]

St. Xavier High School, 1860, in the enlarged Second Empire buildings by Anton and Louis Piket, which replaced the much smaller Athenaeum buildings of c. 1831. St. Francis Xavier Church, to the left, was altered by Samuel Hannaford & Sons to its present state after a fire in 1882.[17]

St. Xavier, once a part of Xavier University, traces its history to the Athenaeum at Seventh Street and Sycamore Street[18] in Downtown Cincinnati. The institute, which included a seminary and lay college, was dedicated by the first bishop of Cincinnati, the Most Rev. Edward D. Fenwick, O.P., on October 17, 1831. It was the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory.[19] Just a week later, the city's first public high school, Woodward College, opened its doors. The Athenaeum stood until 1890, next door to The Catholic Telegraph's printing press.[20]

In 1840, at the behest of Bishop Fenwick,[20] the Society of Jesus began operating the Athenaeum's lay college, which it renamed St. Xavier College, after St. Francis Xavier. The Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) took over the seminary in 1841,[21] and the college was granted a state charter the following year. St. Xavier College originally offered six years of integrated primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, in keeping with the Ratio Studiorum and the original Jesuit college in Messina, Sicily, predecessor to the University of Messina.[22] Day schoolers came from all over the city, while boarders hailed from the Deep South, Mexico, and Cuba.[23] School closed on Thursdays and Sundays until 1917. Until 1851, admission was originally granted to students from 8–16 years of age.[24] Later, a tuition-free elementary school division opened to complement the college.[16] In 1844, the school's elementary division opened a boarding school campus in Walnut Hills but was forced to close its doors two years later and return downtown.[25]

In the 1850s, "falling enrollment, threat of bankruptcy, and cholera" brought about proposals to close the high school division.[16] Jesuit schools had opened in the South, contributing to declining enrollment. The situation was worsened by the local anti-Catholic and Know Nothing sentiment that culminated in the Cincinnati riot of 1853. Beginning the fall of 1854, St. Xavier stopped admitting boarders altogether, becoming a primarily local institute, to reduce the financial burden on its students' families.[26]

St. Xavier's charter, which was originally granted for only 30 years, was extended in perpetuity by an act of the General Assembly on May 7, 1869.[27] Later that year, the school began distinguishing between academic and collegiate departments. Three years of high school would be followed by one year each of the humanities, poetry, rhetoric, and philosophy.[28][29]

At the close of the 19th century, St. Xavier's athletic teams competed in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Cincinnati.[30]

Expansion and separation[edit]

A former entrance sign now hangs in the main stairwell. It made its first appearance downtown on August 28, 1919.[31]

In 1910, St. Xavier College transitioned to an American-style eight-year program.[32] Some students took typing classes at the St. Xavier Commercial School nearby. On October 1, 1906, another branch campus opened in Walnut Hills. This time, St. Xavier Branch High School or "St. Xavier on the Hill" served first- and second-year high school students. Tuition was $60 downtown and $80 at the suburban location.[33] Classes were held in Walnut Hills until December 1911.[20]

In 1912, the Branch High School moved into the Avondale Athletic Club in North Avondale and became Xavier Academy.[28][34] On September 10, 1919, Xavier Academy closed[28] as the College of Arts and Sciences moved into its campus. However, science classes remained at the high school downtown, for the time being, as did the evening classes from the Schools of Law, Commerce, and Sociology.[35][31]

In the late 1920s, St. Xavier High School began competing against Elder, Purcell, and Roger Bacon High Schools in baseball, basketball, and football. On October 6, 1931, the four schools founded the Greater Cincinnati League, known today as the Greater Catholic League.[36]

On August 4, 1930, the College became Xavier University, to reflect its transition to the American university model and garner more prestige ahead of its centennial the next year.[37] St. Xavier High School formally split with St. Xavier College in 1934, with Fr. Aloysius J. Diersen, S.J., serving as the High School's first president,[28] but the two schools continued to share resources. Xavier's School of Education conducted practice teaching at St. Xavier. Also, St. Xavier's senior classes studied under Xavier professors in Avondale from 1944 to 1946, to compensate for Xavier's loss of cadets from the Army Air Corps 30th College Training Detachment during World War II.[38][39]

The Finneytown Hilton[edit]

2000
2005
The school campus, before and after its expansion onto the former Girls' Town site.

St. Xavier began its move from the original location in downtown Cincinnati in April 1955 when its president, Fr. John J. Benson, S.J., purchased a 62-acre (0.25 km2)[40] plot in Finneytown. In September 1960, St. Xavier High School moved into its newly built facilities in unincorporated Springfield Township, designed by local architect Albert Walters.[41] At the time, the over $4 million facilities were nicknamed the "Finneytown Hilton". The original high school building was later torn down and is now the site of a parking lot.[16]

In 1965, St. Xavier produced its first three African-American graduates, Phil Cox,[42][43] Michael Walker,[44] and Peter D. Samples.[45] The same school year, Myron Kilgore was hired as the school's first African-American faculty member.[46]

A 1977 blizzard cut power to the school, forcing classes to convene at the Mabley & Carew department store downtown for two days.[16][47]

Since its move away from downtown, St. Xavier has expanded its facilities dramatically. In 1969, the school added a natatorium, featuring an $500,000 Olympic-size swimming pool.[16][48] St. Xavier's worship space was replaced by Xavier Hall, a multipurpose facility, in 1986. In 1995, Benson Gym was renamed for basketball coach Dick Berning.[49] In 1998, a $12.6 million expansion project moved science classes from the basement into a new, three-story wing and added the Holy Companions Chapel and a dedicated intramural gym.[50] During the 2003–04 school year, St. Xavier renovated the football stadium around Ballaban Field, which was built in the late 1960s.[25] Along with the stadium, the school opened a 500-seat[51] theater space, as well as a black box theater, art studios, and renovated music rooms. A new track field replaced the track that once surrounded Ballaban Field. St. Xavier also converted the former Girls' Town of America[52] location across the street into its "South Campus", which includes new baseball and soccer fields.[53]

Enrollment history
Year Enrollment
1840 76
1890 348
1899 425
1911 332
1918 474
1919 489
1921 520
1958 923
1977 1,088
1978 1,146
1979 1,124
1980 1,157
1981 1,234
1982 1,240
1983 1,267
1984 1,267
1985 1,259
1986 1,272
1987 1,283
1988 1,274
1989 1,256
1990 1,272
1991 1,279
1992 1,327
1993 1,379
1994 1,408
1995 1,405
1996 1,410
1997 1,407
1998 1,412
1999 1,428
2000 1,419
2001 1,418
2002 1,476
2003 1,451
2004 1,444
2005 1,458
2006 1,492
2007 1,575
2008 1,575
2009 1,550
2010 1,565
2011 1,565
2012 1,580
2013 1,600
[8][8][16][54][55][31]
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Academics[edit]

As of 2013, St. Xavier has 1,600 enrolled students, the most of any Catholic high school in an area with the nation's second-highest private school attendance rate.[65][66] For the 2013–14 school year, tuition is US$12,350.00,[13] which, according to St. Xavier, is $1,000 less than the cost of educating a student there.[67] Thirty-two percent of students received an average of $5,500 in financial aid. The faculty consists of 120 full-time teachers, including six Jesuit priests.[8]

Admissions[edit]

Students apply to St. Xavier High School by taking an entrance test and submitting an elementary school transcript, teacher recommendations, and an enrollment application. Other factors, such as legacy, are also taken into account. St. Xavier uses the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in its admissions process.[68] Approximately 60% of applicants are admitted as freshmen each year.[2] About a quarter of these students are admitted due to alumni or current students in their families (see Legacy preferences).[69] The 418 students of the Class of 2015 include graduates of 58 private elementary schools and 29 public school districts from throughout Greater Cincinnati, Southeastern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky, as well as several homeschoolers and transplants from other states.[70] Of the preceding class, 84% are Roman Catholic, while 14% are of other Christian denominations, 1% are Hindu, and 1% are Muslim.[71] Eleven percent of the entire student body are racial minorities.[2]

In addition to students from the Greater Cincinnati area, St. Xavier admits students from overseas through various foreign exchange programs, such as American Field Service. Over the years, foreign exchange students have come from many countries, including Brazil, Germany, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, and Vietnam.[72][73] In particular, partner school Col·legi Casp–Sagrat Cor de Jesús in Barcelona has sent students to St. Xavier for over a decade.[74] St. Xavier students may receive credit for work completed at the school's other partners, Canisius-Kolleg Berlin and Xavier University.[75]

Curriculum and scheduling[edit]

All students at St. Xavier are part of the school's college preparatory program, requiring 23.5 credit units for graduation.[2] St. Xavier offers a wide variety of courses as part of the program, which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Jesuit Secondary Education Association (of which the school is a member), Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association, and Ohio Department of Education.[2] The school's Foreign Language Department, for example, offers Advanced Placement–level instruction in French, German, Latin, and Spanish, as well as classes in Chinese,[76] Portuguese, Russian, and Classical Greek. Other high-level courses include Advanced 2D Design Portfolio and Multivariable Calculus, as well as AP courses in Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and European History.[2] In all, the school offers 24 Advanced Placement courses in seven subject areas.[8] As a Roman Catholic school, St. Xavier requires students to study various aspects of religion and theology each year. Students are also required to take physical education, public speaking (Oral Communications), and computer usage (Information Processing) classes, as part of an emphasis on cura personalis ("well-rounded individuals").

Daily Mass is offered during lunch periods at the Holy Companions Chapel.

The school year is divided into two semesters for grading and course scheduling purposes, but exams are administered quarterly (see Academic term).[75] St. Xavier meets on a traditional, nine-period schedule, in which students attend each class daily, ordinarily from 8:00 am to 3:05 pm. However, the order in which the classes meet vary from day to day, so that every student's science class may extend into one of the lunch periods, "Flex Times", one day each week. Additionally, two days dubbed "X and Y days" are often set aside for block scheduling, to allow for classroom material that would not otherwise fit into a normal-length class period.[77] In 2011, St. Xavier introduced a ten-day, eight-period rolling schedule developed by Independent School Management.[78] The school is also trialling an ISM proposal to eliminate bells between classes.[79]

During any free periods a student may have, St. Xavier's "open campus" policy permits the student to use various school facilities, including study hall or outdoor areas.[80] Moreover, seniors are afforded "off-campus privilege", for instance allowing them to eat lunch at nearby restaurants, rather than at the school cafeteria.

Freshman at the school are given the option of taking three art courses: music, visual art, or the performing arts. However, before they decide which course to take, the freshman switch off taking each class for an entire semester. Once the semester is completed, they are given the choice of which class to take.

Since 2011, St. Xavier students have been permitted to use personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones at school under a voluntary bring your own device policy.[81] Beginning with the class of 2018, St. Xavier has instituted a one to one computing program in which students are required to own an iPad for use at school.[82]

Recognition and graduation[edit]

Each year, a number of St. Xavier students receive honors from standardized testing programs. From 1970 to 2012, 1,000 students were named semifinalists or finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.[2] In 2006, 137 students received Scholar Awards for their high scores on Advanced Placement tests; of them, three were named National AP Scholars, the highest distinction awarded.[83] In addition, 16 were named finalists[84] and 24 named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.[85] In 2007, five won the National Merit program's highest distinction.[86] The U.S. Department of Education recognized the school itself as a Blue Ribbon School for the 1983–84 year.[87]

Virtually all of the school's students graduate and enter a post-secondary institution after graduation.[2] The University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Miami University received the most students from the classes of 2008–2012.[2] According to BusinessWeek, nearly a third of the Class of 2004 pursued a major in business.[88] In 2007, St. Xavier published a directory of over 16,000 living alumni, listing "511 living graduates as medical doctors or dentists, 624 as attorneys, and 610 as engineers".[8]

School traditions[edit]

The largest of the 35 all-male high schools run by the Society of Jesus in the United States,[8] St. Xavier shares many Jesuit traditions with other secondary institutions run by the order. For example, graduating students are expected to have acquired the five characteristics defined in the "Graduate at Graduation" profile: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Justice.[89] Many Jesuit high schools have "Grad at Grad" expectations, although the characteristics and their descriptions vary from school to school.

The Xavier University seal, like the St. Xavier seal, bears the schools' coat of arms, which consists of five vertical stripes, an arm holding a crucifix, and three seashells.
The seals of St. Xavier and Xavier University (shown here) originate from the seal that St. Xavier College adopted in 1928.[90]

St. Xavier students are also taught the phrase Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, the motto of the Society of Jesus, and are often instructed to write the initialism "AMDG" at the top of submitted papers and tests, to remind them that even their schoolwork is "For the Greater Glory of God". The seals of both St. Xavier and Xavier University bear the motto Vidit Mirabilia Magna (Latin for "He has seen great wonders"), taken from a passage of the Roman Breviary applied to St. Francis Xavier.[91][92] As in other Jesuit secondary schools, detention is invariably called "JUG", which is commonly said to mean "Justice Under God".[16]

The school holds school-wide Masses on holy days of obligation and other important events, as well as optional daily Mass in Holy Companions Chapel at the center of campus. Two days a year, classes are canceled, though students are still required to stay in school all day. In place of the daily orders, they attend morning Mass and are then encouraged to spend the day at school as they see fit. The autumn occasion, Spirit Day, is celebrated on the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a feast day that other Jesuit institutions also observe. During the spring occasion, MusicFest, students hold a grill-out on the school parking lot while student bands perform on a nearby stage. MusicFest began in 1986 to cap off Music Appreciation Week.[93][94]

St. Xavier's financial aid program benefits from a pair of annual fundraisers, each held annually since 1973.[95] The Walk For X is a 10-kilometer (6.2 mi) student walkathon through Finneytown neighborhoods that preempts classes once a year.[96] The X-Travaganza is a themed dinner auction modeled after that of Loyola Academy in Chicago. It is held in the fall to avoid competing with WCET-TV's Action Auction in the spring.[97]

Ignatian retreats are offered frequently at St. Xavier. Besides class-wide programs held at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, optional retreats include Knightwatch for sophomores and Kairos,[98] which was introduced in February 1985 for seniors.[99]

Alma mater[edit]

The alma maters of St. Xavier and another Jesuit high school, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, are identical except for the last two lines, which refer to the school name and colors.[18][100] The alma mater was composed in 1937 by the St. Ignatius band director, Jack Hearns Sr. In 1958, the Cleveland school gave St. Xavier permission to adapt the song.[101] This adaptation is sung after St. Xavier school assemblies, athletic events, and graduation:

Our famed alma mater graces
Every shrine within our hearts
With her unforgotten faces
And the faith that she imparts.
Years in passing cannot sever
Ties of old days from the new.
We are Xavier men forever
As we hail the white and blue.

Campus[edit]

The front entrance to St. Xavier was renovated in 1998.

In addition to hundreds of classrooms and the sports venues described below, the school grounds has room for a wooded walking trail, a mock courtroom, and a school history exhibit located within its 110 acres (0.4 km2).[8] The Fred Middendorf, S.J., Nature Trail runs about a third of a mile behind the athletic fields.[102][103] Indoors, the Mock Trial team makes use of a specially built classroom that imitates the layout of a courtroom.[104] Along the school's main hallways, recent student artwork hangs beside the Living Walls project, a graphical timeline accompanying 90 years of class photos.[105]

St. Xavier maintains 11 computer labs with over 330 computers available for student use.[8] Additionally, each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and Apple TV, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus.[106] St. Xavier uses Edline for parent-student-teacher communication, Moodle for online coursework,[82] and Microsoft Office 365 (formerly Live@edu) for student and faculty e-mail accounts.[107]

The school library, named for alumnus and Ohio state representative John D. "Jay" Carroll III,[108] contains 23,000 volumes.[109]

St. Xavier's Finneytown campus features athletic facilities comparable to most colleges, highlighted by a new football stadium and a modernized Charles H. Keating Sr. Natatorium. The natatorium, which St. Xavier shares with the Cincinnati Marlins, houses an Olympic-size swimming pool and seats 626. It hosted the Amateur Athletic Union national swimming championships in 1970 and 1976.[48] The football stadium, named after the school, was built during the 2003–04 school year around Ballaban Field.[25] St. Xavier's soccer field was home to the now-defunct Cincinnati Cheetahs professional soccer team during their 1994 season.[110]

The campus features a number of prominent pieces of artwork. At the entrance stands a statue of the school's namesake[111] that once stood atop the entry to the old school building downtown.[112] There is also a smaller statue of St. Xavier in the main stairwell.[16] The school's most prominent art installation is the sculpture Open End, a 1983 work by Australian sculptor Clement Meadmore that can be seen from West North Bend Road.[113]

Warren, Ohio–based AVI Foodsystems provides cafeteria services to St. Xavier at three locations, which are branded Bomber Bistro, Bomber Deli, and Snack X-press.[114] The Bait Shop concession stand in Keating Natatorium is operated separately by the Cincinnati Marlins.[115]

The unaffiliated Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science abuts the South Campus, across the street from the main part of campus.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

St. Xavier places an emphasis on "co-curricular" activities as a complement to academics. The most visible of these activities are supported by the school's athletic, arts, and community service departments. In addition, students have formed 110 school-sanctioned clubs and organizations with the sponsorship of faculty members.[8]

Athletics[edit]

The entrance to Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium.

Perhaps as well regarded as its academics, St. Xavier's large athletic program was ranked 13th in the nation in 2008 by Sports Illustrated.[116] The school offers 17 Division I athletic programs – baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rugby union,[117][118] soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.[8] The teams are members of the Greater Catholic League (GCL). As one of four all-male institutions that participate in the GCL's South Division, St. Xavier competes with nearby Elder, La Salle, and Moeller high schools in athletic events that are often broadcast on Waycross Community Media. Games have been broadcast on Fox Sports Radio affiliate WSAI since 2010[119] and will be simulcast on clear-channel ESPN Radio affiliate WCKY beginning in 2013.[120]

St. Xavier's sports teams were originally nicknamed the "Conquistadors", or "Conquerors". Eventually, the teams came to be known as the Bombers.[121] Competing explanations of the name change credit American success in World War II, "bombs" thrown by George Ratterman to Charley Wolf in football games,[121] and a corruption of the nickname given to Jesuit missionaries in World War II, the "Balmers".[122] Though there is further disagreement over exactly when the move took place, alumni accounts place it sometime in the 1930s or 1940s.[123] The "Bomber" is not represented on the field in costumed form. Instead, the "Blue Monster" – a shaggy, Muppet-like mascot that takes its name from the student cheering section – appears at games wearing a Bomber football jersey.[124][125]

St. Xavier has won a state championship in many of the sports in which it fields a team. The most decorated among these teams is the school's prestigious swimming and diving program, which has garnered considerable national respect. Known as the "Aquabombers", the team has won district, sectional and city-wide titles in every year since 1970, capturing 31 Ohio state championships during this span. In 2008, St. Charles Preparatory School of Columbus broke the Aquabombers' nine-year state title streak.[126] The team has earned the distinction of Swimming World Magazine national high school swimming champions in 1973, 1992, 2001, and 2007.[127] Headed by Coach Jim Brower, the Aquabombers produced Swimming World Magazine high school swimmers of the year Joe Hudepohl in 1992 and Jayme Cramer in 2001. Hudepohl was also a member of the United States Olympic Swim Team in 1992 and 1996 and still holds several school, state and national records in swimming.

The Olympic-size swimming pool inside Keating Natatorium
Keating Natatorium is home to the St. Xavier Aquabombers and Cincinnati Marlins.

The Bombers football team also maintains a national profile. In 1999, the team appeared on Team Cheerios cereal boxes, alongside St. Ignatius High School, in recognition of the schools' football and community service programs, as well as their records in the National Merit Scholarship Program.[128] On December 3, 2005, under Coach Steve Specht, the Bombers defeated Massillon Washington High School to earn the 2005 state football title, the first in team history, after having finished as state runners-up in 1992, 1998 and 2001. The Bombers ended their season with a perfect record: undefeated in the regular season and the playoffs. For this occasion, the City of Cincinnati declared December 14, 2005 "St. Xavier High School Day".[129] In 2007, the Bombers were rated first or second high school football team nationally in a number of pre-season rankings;[130] the same year, St. Xavier defeated DeMatha Catholic High School in a game nationally televised on ESPN.[131] St. Xavier went on to win their second state championship that year in a 27–0 victory against Mentor High School,[132] as well as the National Prep Poll's mythical national championship. The football program's national exposure continued with losses against Highlands High School on CSTV in 2009[133] and against Our Lady of Good Counsel High School the next year on ESPN.[134] Specht won the 2013 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award[135] and joined the USA Football board of directors later that year.[136]

St. Xavier won the state basketball championship in 2000 and finished as runners-up in the 2005[137] and 2007[138] state basketball tournament. The Cross Country team has also enjoyed a great deal of success, winning OHSAA Championships in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2012, and 2013 as well as runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2009. The team has been one of the most consistent teams in Ohio, having qualified to the OHSAA State Championship Race 28 of the past 29 years since 1987.

Championship titles[edit]

As of February 2014, the Bombers have won 48 boys team Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state titles, the most titles of any school in Ohio.

St. Xavier's OHSAA-sponsored titles are:

Additionally, St. Xavier students have won state titles for singles or doubles Division I tennis in 1946, 1947, 2002, 2005,[141] and 2006.[148]

St. Xavier's non-OHSAA state titles include:

Non-state championship titles include:

  • Saber fencing (Division II, Southwest Ohio Fencing Association League Championship) – 2012[157]

Fight song[edit]

We're on our way to victory
And when the Bombers get that ball,
They'll rush right through the other team
And hit 'em hard until they fall.
(Fight! Fight! Fight!)
We're on our way to win the game,
And then we'll let our banners fly;
For we are the unexcelled
Bombers of Xavier High![158][159]

The arts[edit]

St. Xavier's arts program is centered around three disciplines: performing arts (drama), visual arts, and musical arts. The drama and music disciplines are supplemented by a number of extracurricular programs.

Theatre Xavier[edit]

Under the direction of Michelle Mascari, St. Xavier's drama group, Theatre Xavier (TX), has won the Best Play and Best Musical awards from the Cappies of Greater Cincinnati for 21 of its productions as of 2006.[160][161] As a coeducational program, TX draws female students from various local public and Catholic schools to put on performances alongside St. Xavier students.[162] The school's 500-seat[51] theater space, the Walter C. Deye, S.J., Performance Center[163] (formerly the St. Xavier Performance Center), rivals those of many colleges in size. It opened in 2004 along with the fine arts wing.[16] Past and upcoming productions include:

Musical groups[edit]

St. Xavier sponsors a variety of musical programs, ranging from the marching band to a liturgical music group. The Marching Bombers perform at varsity football games.[193] The drumline's two trademark cadences are "Stroker Style", played while marching into the stadium, and "Jungle Groove", played while exiting. A subset of the marching band also performs at varsity basketball games as the Pep Band.[193]

Off the field, many St. Xavier students participate in musical groups that primarily perform at school concerts and national competitions. The men's choruses are Xmen, Something Blue, Rhythm and Blue, Bomber Chorus, Shades of Blue, and Blue 52s.[194] Named for the superheroes of the fictional Xavier Institute, the Xmen form the largest extracurricular at St. Xavier. However, with the arrival of fall athletes in the spring, the Xmen split into two groups: the upperclassman Shades of Blue and underclassman Bomber Chorus.[195] Unlike the Xmen, Something Blue and Rhythm and Blue require auditions. The two groups sing acappella and chamber pieces, respectively.[195] They participated in the 2012 World Choir Games jointly as Ensemble X[196] and will be joined by Blue 52s in 2015.[194]

The choir groups are complemented by a few instrumental ensembles. The jazz ensemble, known as Out of the Blue, is considered the St. Xavier select band.[197] The wind ensemble consists of over 100 members.[193] The string ensemble consists of two groups: Chamber Blues, made of bowed instruments, and a larger group called Men in Black that includes guitars.[198]

In 1973, the jazz ensemble, then known as the "stage band", won "Best in the United States" in a national competition, and at least three of its seniors went on to enjoy successful music careers.[citation needed] More recently, several of St. Xavier's music groups competed in the 2005 Festival Disney competition at Walt Disney World. The Xmen received "Best in Show" and "Best Chorus" with 96.7 of 100 points (a superior rating), while Something Blue scored 93 points (superior).[199] In 2007, the Xmen ranked first in a Heritage Festival in San Diego.[200]

Community service[edit]

Following the call of Jesuit Superior-General Pedro Arrupe in 1973 to "form men for others", St. Xavier formed a Community Service department that continues to coordinate service programs today. These programs include the Advent Canned Food Drive (since 1926),[201][202] a housing rehabilitation program (since 1992),[203] Big Buddies, Junior Big Brothers, and a number of summer mission trips to disadvantaged areas both around the United States and internationally. Destinations have included:

St. Xavier runs drop-in "tutoring centers", where students can receive mathematics and writing help from upperclassman, as well as a separate peer tutoring program that pairs students up for one-on-one assistance. The various programs, though optional, are generally popular among students. In 2006, for example, 175 students signed up for the Big Brothers program.[215] According to the school, over 75% of the student body voluntarily participates in community service programs.[8]

St. Xavier's emphasis on service is evident in the school's motto, "Men for Others". Along with other Jesuit institutions,[216] the school has expanded its motto to "Men for and with Others" in recent years. The addition of these two words has met with criticism and ridicule from the student body, which sees it as a corruption of the original, more memorable version.

Student publications[edit]

The X-ray of 1942

An active student-run newspaper, the Blueprint, is published and distributed to students and teachers monthly.[217] It is produced entirely outside the classroom, which is uncommon for high school newspapers. Many high schools offer journalism as a class, but St. Xavier has specifically chosen not to offer journalism as an English course for its students. Until 2007, the Blueprint was a member of the National Scholastic Press Association.[218] It replaced the Xavier Prep, which was published until at least the 1940s.[123] After a brief online stint in 1996,[219] the Blueprint returned to the Internet in 2010 with a standalone website and Twitter account.[220]

The school's other two student publications are X-Ray, the annual yearbook, and Xpressions, a student literary magazine founded in 1964.[217]

Other clubs[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

St. Xavier collectively refers to its graduates as the "Long Blue Line",[236] after the school colors and the blue attire worn at graduation. The school's living graduates number over 18,000, as of 2013.[8] Many St. Xavier alumni are well-known figures in the Cincinnati area, and many others have gained recognition nationally and abroad as well. The following list includes those who completed the high school program at St. Xavier College between 1869 and 1934:

Arts and literature[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Clergy[edit]

Education[edit]

Finance[edit]

Law and crime[edit]

Media[edit]

Military[edit]

Politics[edit]

Other well-known former students include journalist, game show host, and politician Nick Clooney, who in 2006 received an honorary diploma for the Class of 1952;[321][322] influential news anchor Al Schottelkotte, who attended in the late 1940s;[323] local restauranteur and politician Jim Tarbell, who would have graduated in 1960;[322] and pop musician Bo Donaldson, who attended from 1964 to 1967.[324]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Although located within the geographic boundaries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Finneytown Local School District, St. Xavier is run by the Chicago–Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "School Profile 2012-2013". St. Xavier High School. 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for St Xavier High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Jun 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "St. Xavier High School Names New President". St. Xavier High School. February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Motz, Mark D. (October 20, 2005). "Rector Reprise: Fr. Pigott Back in Former Post". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved August 5, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "2008–2009 St. Xavier High School Administration". St. Xavier High School. 2008. Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "St. Xavier High School Announces New Principal" (Press release). St. Xavier High School. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-20. "President Fr. Timothy Howe SJ is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Terrence H. Tyrrell as Principal of St. Xavier High School." 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "X-Cellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cincinnati St. Xavier High School Varsity Basketball Roster 2006 – 2007". St. Xavier High School. 2006. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2007. 
  10. ^ Daugherty, Paul (December 2, 2005). "Going to St. Xavier not a phase". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C1. Retrieved May 5, 2008. "A motto there is Men For Others. It's part of the Jesuit tradition, the notion of giving back. They all mention it when you ask what the place meant to them." [dead link]
  11. ^ "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". NCA-CASI. Retrieved June 23, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Financially Strong". St. Xavier High School Magazine: 12–13. Fall–Winter 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Tuition & Tuition Assistance". St. Xavier High School. 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fall Enrollment (ADM) - October 2012 Non-Public Buildings" (Excel). Ohio Department of Education. May 8, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.  St. Xavier's average daily membership (ADM) is broken down as follows: 399 freshmen, 400 sophomores, 382 juniors, and 363 seniors, for a total of 1,544 students. The next-largest school, St. Ignatius High School, is listed with an ADM of 1,451. Note that ODE does not report headcount for grades with 1–9 students; for each of these entries, nine students is assumed.
  15. ^ "Fall Enrollment (Headcount) - October 2012 Public Districts and Buildings" (Excel). Ohio Department of Education. May 8, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.  The table lists Wooster High School as the 70th-largest public school building, with a headcount of 1,545, and Fairfield Middle School the 71st at 1,531. As discussed above, St. Xavier is the largest non-public school with an ADM of 1,544 students, putting it safely within the top 100. Note that ODE does not report headcount for grades with 1–9 students; for each of these entries, nine students is assumed. Note also that ODE does not consider the headcount metric to be equivalent to ADM.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Amos, Denise Smith (October 6, 2006). "St. Xavier: A course in pride" (PDF). The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. A1. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2006. 
  17. ^ Painter, Sue Ann; Weston, Alice; Sullebarger, Beth; Merkel, Jayne (2006). Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. p. 39. ISBN 0821417002. 
  18. ^ a b "Class of 2005 Commencement" (PDF). St. Xavier High School. June 1, 2005. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2007. 
  19. ^ Bennish 1981, p. 18.
  20. ^ a b c Manning, Robert E. (January 1940). "The Society of Jesus: A Century in Cincinnati" (PDF). Jesuit Bulletin (West Baden Springs, Indiana: Jesuit Seminary Aid Association). Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  21. ^ "History of the Athenaeum of Ohio and Mount St. Mary's Seminary". Athenaeum of Ohio. April 14, 2005. Retrieved September 28, 2008. [dead link]
  22. ^ Kolvenbach, Peter Hans (October 4, 2006). "Jesuit Superior General Graces 175th Anniversary Celebration". Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2006. 
  23. ^ Alumnus (February 1916). "The Athenaeum and After. A glimpse at the early history of St. Xavier College." (PDF). The Xavier Athenaeum (St. Xavier College): 65–69. hdl:2374.XAV/742. 
  24. ^ Fortin 2006, pp. 41, 71.
  25. ^ a b c d Hauck, Karl; Motz, Mark D. (Fall 2006). "The Legacy of St. Francis Xavier Is Alive and Well in Cincinnati: St. Xavier High School" (PDF). Partners Magazine (Chicago Province, Society of Jesus). Retrieved June 8, 2007. 
  26. ^ Alumnus (April 1916). "Years of Struggle. A second chapter of Xavier's history, 1853–1865." (PDF). The Xavier Athenaeum (St. Xavier College): 115–118. hdl:2374.XAV/742. 
  27. ^ Alumnus (July 1916). "An Era of Progress. A third chapter in St. Xavier's History." (PDF). The Xavier Athenaeum (St. Xavier College): 167–170. hdl:2374.XAV/742. 
  28. ^ a b c d Buschmann, J. Peter (June 1, 1975). "Chronology: Athenaeum - St. Xavier College - Xavier University" (PDF). Xavier University. hdl:2374.XAV/589. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  29. ^ Bennish 1981, p. 80.
  30. ^ Shotwell, John Brough (1902). A History of the Schools of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati School Life Company. pp. 599–601. "In the past St. Xavier's College, the Ohio Military Institute, and Covington High School have been members of the association. ... So much for the high schools." 
  31. ^ a b c Bennish 1981, p. 128.
  32. ^ Fortin 2006, pp. 74–75.
  33. ^ Fortin 2006, p. 90.
  34. ^ Alumnus (December 1916). "St. Xavier Since 1890" (PDF). The Athenaeum (St. Xavier College) 5: 65–70. hdl:2374.XAV/742. 
  35. ^ Fortin 2006, pp. 145–146.
  36. ^ "History". Greater Catholic League. June 14, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  37. ^ Bennish 1981, pp. 145–146.
  38. ^ Fortin 2006, p. 180.
  39. ^ Bennish 1981, p. 167.
  40. ^ Motz, Mark D. (Spring 2010). "Class of ’62 Starts in City, Finishes in Finneytown" (PDF). St. Xavier High School Magazine: 13. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  41. ^ "Deaths – Albert Walters, 87, architect – Xavier U. chapel, St. X. High his work" (fee required). The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). April 12, 1993. p. A7. Retrieved September 13, 2009. "[Albert Walters] also designed St. Xavier High School, St. Dominic Church in Delhi Township, the Monastery of the Holy Name on Erie Avenue and the original St. George Hospital." 
  42. ^ Budd, Lawrence (June 23, 2005). "Phil Cox shaping business, academic worlds". The Western-Star (Lebanon, Ohio: Cox Enterprises). Retrieved December 7, 2009. [dead link]
  43. ^ Kent, Jennifer (August 21, 1990). "Risks rewarded – Phil Cox's financial services firm has more than 10,000 clients" (fee required). The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. C6. Retrieved September 13, 2009. "'A lot of times people will ask three times if I'm Phil Cox. I know I've lost business because I'm black,' said [Phil] Cox, the first black graduate of St. Xavier High School where he attended on a scholarship." 
  44. ^ "Times, Colors Change at St. Xavier". St. Xavier High School. February 17, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. "[Myron Kilgore] came to St. X in the 1964–65 academic year, the year Phil Cox and Michael Walker became the first two African Americans graduate [sic] of the school." 
  45. ^ "Corrections". St. Xavier High School Magazine (St. Xavier High School) 39 (3): 1. Summer 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  46. ^ "St. Xavier bestows top honors". The Community Press. March 25, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011. "[Myron] Kilgore was the first African American teacher at St. X, joining the English department in the 1964–65 school year, where he remained for 10 years. ... He now serves as a tutor and advisor to the St. X retention program, working primarily with minority students." 
  47. ^ Maloney, Dick, ed. (January 30, 2013). "Common blizzard theme – no school!". Northeast Suburban Life 49 (47) (The Community Press). p. A6. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  48. ^ a b Ernst, Ryan (July 24, 2010). "Keating Natatorium is a jewel of a pool". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C14. Retrieved July 30, 2010. "The legacy began in March 1969, when the Keatings announced plans for the pool. It would be built at a cost of $500,000 and be named after their father, Charles H. Keating Sr. ... Between swimmers from St. X and the Cincinnati Marlins (a club team that shares the facility), he estimates the pool has helped produced $5 million in college scholarships. ... Windows and digital video scoreboards were added, as well as a 626-seat concrete grandstand that replaced old rollaway bleachers. ... The pool hosted the AAU national championships in 1970.... The event returned to the facility in 1976." 
  49. ^ "Berning Gym". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved September 9, 2011. "Originally named for ... Fr. John J. Benson S.J. – the gym was renamed after 40-year head basketball coach Dick Berning died in 1995." [dead link]
  50. ^ Winternitz, Felix; Bellman, Sacha DeVroomen (2006). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 349. ISBN 0-7627-4180-5. Retrieved May 2, 2009. "A $12.6 million addition includes a science wing, chapel, and gym." 
  51. ^ a b "St. Xavier Opens New Stadium" (Press release). St. Xavier High School. September 22, 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2008. [dead link]
  52. ^ Pulfer, Mike (March 14, 2001). "Goodbye to Girls' Town". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. F1. Retrieved November 28, 2006. 
  53. ^ "St. Xavier Athletic Director Announces Retirement from St. X". May 6, 2004. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2006. 
  54. ^ Fortin 2006, p. 2.
  55. ^ Bennish 1981, p. 118.
  56. ^ James H. Ryan, ed. (1921). Directory of Catholic Colleges and Schools. National Catholic Welfare Council. p. 660. Retrieved May 2, 2009. "Students—Total, Boys, 520." 
  57. ^ Bunting, Peter (1958). Private Independent Schools: The American Private Schools for Boys and Girls. J. E. Bunting. p. 94. Retrieved May 2, 2009. "St. Xavier High School ... Grades 9–12. ... 923 students. Scholarships total $5000 annually." 
  58. ^ "Nonpublic Fall Enrollment (1978–2007) by building/grade/gender" (Excel). Ohio Department of Education. June 17, 2004. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 
  59. ^ "Xcellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2007. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved September 7, 2007. 
  60. ^ "Xcellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2008. [dead link]
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  63. ^ "X-Cellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  64. ^ "X-Cellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  65. ^ Amos, Denise Smith; Kranz, Cindy (March 31, 2006). "To some parents, discipline is subject worth extra cost". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. A1. Archived from the original on March 31, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2006. "St. Xavier, the region's largest Catholic high school, will charge $9,475 next year, a 5.3 percent increase. Average Catholic high school tuition in 2005–06: $7,099." 
  66. ^ Alltucker, Ken (October 20, 2002). "Tristaters put stock in private schools". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved December 1, 2008. 
  67. ^ "Annual Fund". St. Xavier High School. 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. "Your Annual Fund investment helps St. Xavier: cover the difference between tuition charged and the cost of educating St. Xavier students (2013-2014 school year difference between actual costs and tuition charged is $1,000 per student)..." 
  68. ^ "Entrance Exam". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2003. 
  69. ^ Mueller, David B. "Myth & Mystery: The St. X Admissions Process". Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2006. 
  70. ^ Motz, Mark D. (Summer 2011). "Come On Down... or Up, or Over". St. Xavier High School Magazine (St. Xavier High School) 39 (3): 10–11. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  71. ^ "2014 Most Diverse Class in School History". St. Xavier High School. August 24, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  72. ^ Mueller, Dave (June 1, 2006). "Principal Notes For June 2006". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved September 26, 2008. [dead link]
  73. ^ Mueller, Dave (February 19, 2008). "March 2008 Notes from Principal David Mueller". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved September 27, 2008. [dead link]
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  75. ^ a b "Academic Policies". St. Xavier High School 2008–09 Student Handbook. Premier. 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2009. [dead link]
  76. ^ "St. X Welcomes Three to Faculty". St. Xavier High School. August 2009. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  77. ^ "Daily Orders" (PDF). St. Xavier High School. March 24, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  78. ^ Luiso, Taylor (April 20, 2011). "New Daily Order Released". The St. Xavier Blueprint. St. Xavier High School. Retrieved May 10, 2011. "The daily order will flow through a ten day cycle ... As indicated in the diagram, the cycle will consist of two groups of four "regular" class days with 55 minute class periods and two block days with 70 minute class periods. ... Production of the new schedule began in September, when Roxanne Higgins of Independent School Management (ISM) visited campus." 
  79. ^ Augspurer, Nick (April 20, 2011). "The Bells No Longer Toll: a thoughtful student's view". The St. Xavier Blueprint. St. Xavier High School. Retrieved May 10, 2011. "...the school experiments with doing without bells during the school day. The change came as a result of a recommendation by Roxanne Higgins, a professional consultant that was hired to help the school develop the new schedule." 
  80. ^ "Attendance and Discipline Policies". St. Xavier High School 2008–09 Student Handbook. Premier. 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2009. [dead link]
  81. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions: Technology". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. 
  82. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions: iPad Initiative" (PDF). St. Xavier High School. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  83. ^ "St. X Home to More Than 100 AP Scholars". St. Xavier High School Magazine (St. Xavier High School). Spring 2007. p. 6. 
  84. ^ "Every National Merit Semifinalist Advances". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2007. 
  85. ^ Motz, Mark D. (October 16, 2006). "St. Xavier Students Earn More Academic Awards". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2006. 
  86. ^ Staff writer (July 17, 2007). "Students named as merit winners" (fee required). The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. A2. Retrieved July 19, 2007. 
  87. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized, 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002" (PDF). United States Department of Education. July 22, 2008. p. 65. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  88. ^ "The Best Undergraduate B-Schools". BusinessWeek (McGraw-Hill). May 8, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2006. 
  89. ^ "Profile of a Graduate at Graduation". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2006. 
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  91. ^ "Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Xavier Alma Mater and Seal". Xavier University 2006–2008 Catalog. Cincinnati, Ohio: Office of the Registrar, Xavier University. August 2006. p. 461. Retrieved October 9, 2008. 
  92. ^ "Critical Edition of Respond c6995". CURSUS Project. Norwich: University of East Anglia. Retrieved October 9, 2008. "Iste cognovit iustitiam et vidit mirabilia magna et exoravit altissimum et inventus est in numero sanctorum." [dead link]
  93. ^ "Musicfest Rocks St. X for 20th Year". St. Xavier High School. May 19, 2006. Archived from the original on October 4, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007. 
  94. ^ "Musicfest Rocks St. X for 25th Year". St. Xavier High School. May 19, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011. "Rex Holman (’87) was one of the founders of the original event, which capped a five-day celebration then called Music Appreciation Week that featured concerts of every genre performed by professionals at lunch period." 
  95. ^ "40th Year for Student Fundraiser" (Press release). St. Xavier High School. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-04-02. "The Walk for X is a long-standing tradition started in 1973 by Fr. Denny Ahern SJ ’56." 
  96. ^ "Walk Ain't 'Fraid of No Ghosts". St. Xavier High School. September 10, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009. [dead link]
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  98. ^ "Retreats". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  99. ^ "Eagle Kairos". Manchester, Connecticut: East Catholic High School. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
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  103. ^ "Science Students Bugging Out". St. Xavier High School. August 27, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2009. [dead link]
  104. ^ "Mock Trial Room". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved September 10, 2009. [dead link]
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  110. ^ Rhodes, Gary (September 17, 1994). "Cheetahs search for a home" (fee required). The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). p. D7. Retrieved September 13, 2009. "The Cheetahs played home games at St. Xavier High School last season, but the group is hunting for alternative sites for 1995." 
  111. ^ Mueller, Dave B. (October 2010). "Principal's Notes". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved October 19, 2010. "... In front of the school by the St. Xavier Statue ..." 
  112. ^ "The entrance to St. Xavier about 1919.". Archived from the original on December 29, 2006. 
  113. ^ Wolff, Christine (October 1, 1999). "Eye of the beholder: 'It's, like, whatever mind-set you're in when you're thinking of it.'" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. D3. Retrieved October 19, 2010. "Five tons of brown metal—bent into fat, gentle curves that flow like good penmanship—balances atop a squat pedestal sunk into black mud at St. Xavier High School. ... Squinting into a bright sun that danced off the 11-foot high sculpture, St. Xavier students offered opinions Thursday on the artwork titled, 'Open End.' ... Exposure to 'Open End,' will be a learning tool, said Ed Hausfeld, a St. Xavier German and Latin teacher. 'In a museum, you just walk through and you don't have time to let it work on you. This can work on the students,' he said." 
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  117. ^ Meale, Tony (July 22, 2009). "Tradition bonds North Bend rugby". Western Hills Press (The Community Press). Retrieved August 23, 2012.  Identifies rugby union positions of some St. Xavier alumni who played for North Bend Rugby.
  118. ^ Skeen, Tom (2012-04-14). "Youth-infused program growing at St. Xavier". Hilltop Press (The Community Press). Retrieved 2012-04-16.  Discusses conversion of the North Bend Rugby Club into an official school team, originally in Division II.
  119. ^ "2010 Bomber Football Radio Home is Clear Channel's FOX 1360 AM". St. Xavier High School. May 19, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  120. ^ "Bomber Football Simulcast" (Press release). St. Xavier High School. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013. "Clear Channel radio will also simulcast each game on ESPN Radio 1530 throughout the season increasing the reach for fans." 
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  125. ^ Chamberlain, Spencer (September 26, 2005). "Bombers Shut Out Covington Catholic". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved September 28, 2008. [dead link]
  126. ^ Groeschen, Tom (July 26, 2008). "Aquabombers Named National Champions". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 29, 2008. [dead link]
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  131. ^ Groeschen, Tom (September 2, 2007). "St. X rolls over DeMatha, 28–7". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on September 4, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007. 
  132. ^ a b Groeschen, Tom (December 2, 2007). "Bombers far and away best in Ohio" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C1. Retrieved December 3, 2007. "On a snowy night at Fawcett Stadium, St. Xavier bagged its second Division I state football title in three years." 
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  134. ^ Barr, Josh (August 30, 2010). "Good Counsel wins big one". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 11, 2010. "Good Counsel's Stefon Diggs had three interceptions as the Falcons rallied to beat St. Xavier before 7,500 in a game that aired on ESPN." 
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  136. ^ Alic, Steve (October 17, 2013). "Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht named to USA Football Board of Directors" (Press release). USA Football. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
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  140. ^ "OHSAA 2003 Boys CC State Results". Ohio High School Athletic Association. November 1, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. 
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  146. ^ Ulrich, Nathan (February 25, 2007). "Another St. X splash dance" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C1. Retrieved February 25, 2007. "St. Xavier captured its ninth consecutive Ohio State Swimming and Diving championship Saturday in a record display. The title, the 29th in the program's storied history, was the 14th for coach Jim Brower – breaking the Ohio record of former Canton McKinley coach Ted Branin, whose name just happens to be on the Canton natatorium in which the Bombers won Saturday." 
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