Totino-Grace High School
|Totino-Grace High School|
|1350 Gardena Avenue NE
Fridley, Minnesota, (Anoka County), 55432
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Ms. Julie Michels (interim)|
|Principal||Ms. Cheri Broadhead|
|Associate Principal||Mr. Dan Vandermyde|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||North Suburban|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Dean of Students||Jeff Ferguson|
|Athletic Director||Mike Smith|
Totino-Grace High School is a private, Catholic high school in Fridley, Minnesota. The school was founded as Archbishop Grace High School in September 1966. The school was originally named in honor of Archbishop Thomas L. Grace. The first class graduated in 1970 and 10 years later, in 1980, the school was renamed to Totino-Grace High School in honor of generous benefactors Jim and Rose Totino, owners of the national frozen pizza chain famous for their frozen pizza rolls.
On July 2, 2013, the school President, Dr. William Hudson, resigned and disclosed that he had been in an 18-year-long same-sex relationship.
Totino-Grace also terminated the employment of English and religion teacher Kristen Ostendorf in August 2013, two days after coming out as a lesbian. Ostendorf taught at Totino-Grace High School without issue for 18 years but was summarily dismissed when she refused to resign willingly from her position. When asked why she came out as a lesbian despite the obvious threat to her job, Ostendorf stated that she found herself unwilling to remain "part of a community where I was required to hide and compromise and deny who I am."
Totino-Grace is widely know throughout the country for the choir and band programs. Under the Direction of Terry Voss (choir) and Tim Hoffman (band), the performing arts at Totino-Grace have grown immensely in popularity and esteem or the past few years. They have performed in many ceremonies, such as their performances with the Minnesota National Guard Band in 2012 or most recently at The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Ceremony in Washington D.C. in January 2013.
Much like the Totino-Grace academic choir, the school's varsity show choir, "Company of Singers", has had great success since its beginning. Under the direction of Terry Voss and Tim Hoffman, along with assistant directors Heather Douglas and Brian Salzer, the group is an all student ensemble, with accompanying crew and band. Over the past decade they have grown into one of the most recognizable show choirs in the country. After their perfect season in 2010 where the group swept at all of their competitions, the groups has gone on to compete both the FAME Nationals and the National Competition in Nashville, Tennessee. Even with all of its success, the Company of Singers still pride themselves on being a small family-like group, that allows student to express themselves and create great friendships that last long after the season is through
Totino-Grace offer 18 different sport activities, including baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, weight lifting and wrestling. There are also a number of extracurricular organizations.
The football team was Minnesota State Champions in 1977, 1978, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 in the Class AAAA division. In 1977, 1978, 2006 2009 and 2012, the Eagles had perfect records. The team also had a second place finish in 1989, along with 18 total state tournament appearances. In 2011, the team voluntarily moved up to Class AAAAA, and in 2012, the team won the Class AAAAA state championship. In 2013, the team moved up to Class AAAAAA despite being a class AAAA sized school by attendance. L
The Men's Hockey team won the Class A state tournament in 2002. The men's team also finished 2nd in the state during the 1995 and 2005 seasons.
Girls basketball won the state tournament in 2008.
Girls soccer won the state tournament in 2001, 2002 and 2007. In 2009, Paul Yonga was named Class A. Mr. Soccer. Yonga owns the career scoring record at T-G, the single season and career assists record, and was named the best player in the North Suburban Conference as both a junior and a senior. He has been First Team All-State three years in a row, and was chosen as the Minnesota High School Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a junior.
The E'gals Dance Team has won many state championships and has placed in at least the top 4 every year.
Track and field
Track and field has had many true team state appearances, including a boy's first-place finish in 2006 and girl's in 2008. The Track and Field team won the True Team State Championship in both the Boys and Girls division in 2009. This is the first time in school history that both Boys and Girls have won in the same season.
The boys cross country team had their first ever state appearance in 2009.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Totino-Grace Mission Statement.
- "Totino-Grace president resigns after revealing same-sex relationship". Star Tribune. July 2, 2013.
- Totino Grace High School Fired Teacher For Coming Out As Lesbian - City Pages - Sept. 11, 2013
- Minnesota School Fires Two Openly Gay Employees In A Single Year - Salon.com - Sept.9.2013