Academy of Holy Angels
|Academy of Holy Angels|
6600 Nicollet Avenue South
|Type||Private, Coeducational High School|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||October 2, 1877|
|Opened||September 15, 1931 (current building)|
|Founder||Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet|
|Chaplain||Father Michael Tix|
|Average class size||21|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Vegas Gold|
|Athletics conference||Tri-Metro Conference|
|Publication||Astronomer (Arts magazine)|
Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) is a private, Catholic, coeducational high school located in Richfield, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Holy Angels educates more than 650 students each year in grades nine through twelve from around the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Academy of Holy Angels was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on October 2, 1877. On September 15, 1931, the newly constructed building was opened. The initial enrollment of 107 students in grades 1-12 grew to 182 by the end of the 1931–1932 school year. The original grounds included a formal English garden in the courtyard, tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, and an ice skating rink during the winter.
The school was accredited in 1932, and that same year the school had its first graduating class of 13 members. In 1935 the Alumnae Association was established with most of its efforts directed toward communication, reunions, special events for alumni and the annual alumni phonathon. By 1943, Holy Angels had discontinued its grade school but continued to offer Kindergarten until 1946, when St. Peter's Church next door opened its parish elementary school. The 1952–1953 school year was the last year for boarders to live at Holy Angels, and 1953 marked the beginning of Holy Angels solely as a day school.
In September 1972, the Academy became a coeducational school. The class of 1976 was the first full four-year co-ed class. Because the school was now co-ed, the Angies became the co*Stars and varsity athletics began. Today the athletic program has grown to 33 teams representing 18 varsity sports for both girls and boys. In 1989 a middle school and theater school were established. In 1996, to enhance the campus and revenues, Holy Angels built the StarDome; a $2 million, year-round athletic facility (the first high school in the United States to have a facility of this type). The complex includes bleachers, a concession building and a playing field for Holy Angels sports and activities. The playing surface consists of Field Turf and features a removable dome to make the field playable during the winter months. The field is uncovered during the summer.
In 1998 Holy Angels was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, the last group of 8th graders graduated middle school. The school chose to focus instead on just educating high school students. But, despite this closing, the high school was still growing, expanding their classroom space by 15%. In 2003 Holy Angels purchased the 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus from its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, at a substantial discount. In that same year, they built and dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) addition that included a Convocation Center and classrooms.
The official mascot of Holy Angels is Shiner the Angel.
In 2005, both the boys and girls hockey teams won the state championship, the first time in Minnesota that the boys and girls hockey championships were from the same school.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Table Tennis||1||2011, 2013|
|Hockey, Boys||2||2002, 2005|
|Cheerleading||6||2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Basketball, Girls||2||1969, 1975, 2016|
|Spring||Golf, Boys||3||1994, 1998, 1999|
- Kathleen A. Blatz, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, 1996–2006 (Chief Justice 1998–2006)
- Troy Bell, a professional basketball player
- Kelly Carlson, actress
- Susan King, professional basketball player in the WNBA
- T. R. Knight, actor, Grey's Anatomy
- Paul Thissen, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, 2018-Present, Minnesota House of Representatives 2003-2018 (Speaker of the Minnesota House, 2013-2014)
- Emily Carlson, Anchor/Reporter
- Paul Peterson, musician
- Matt Kirby, musician, Quietdrive
- Colleen (Doyle) Dahlinger, HGTV HouseHunters & HGTV HouseHunters (Where are they now?)
- Gavin Kaysen, internationally known chef
- Jack Hillen, Professional Ice Hockey Player - Defenseman, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals (2008–present)
- Tyler Duckworth, Castmate on Real World Key West, 2011 Challenge:Rivals Champion,
- Ryan Hurley, professional lacrosse player, attack 
- The Most Reverend Paul Sirba, Bishop of Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota
- The Very Reverend John Berg, FSSP, Third Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
- John Stocco, football quarterback, University of Wisconsin (2003–2006)
- Marcus Fitzgerald, football wide receiver, Marshall University (2004–2007) and younger brother of Larry Fitzgerald
- Mike Carman, hockey forward, University of Minnesota (2006–2010)
- Jay Barriball, hockey forward, 2006–2007 leading scorer, University of Minnesota (2006–2011)
- Ryan Reilly, hockey forward, University of Minnesota (2012–present)
- Connor Reilly, hockey forward, University of Minnesota (2012–present)
- Joe Loftus, baseball outfielder, Vanderbilt University (2008–2011)
- Mark Tatera, baseball utility, University of Minnesota (2011–2014), via Duke University (2010–2011)
- Lucas Long, baseball pitcher, University of San Diego (2013–2014), via Dakota County Technical College (2012–2013), via University of Arizona (2012–2013)
- Olivia Schultz, soccer midfielder, University of Minnesota (2011–2014), via University of San Diego (2011–2012)
Attended, but not alumni
- Erik Johnson (transferred to US National Team Development Program), hockey defenseman, Colorado Avalanche, 2006 NHL 1st overall draft pick by the St. Louis Blues. 2010 USA Olympian and Silver Medalist
- Larry Fitzgerald (transferred to Valley Forge Military Academy), a professional football player in the NFL.
- Christopher William Smith (transferred to public school), convicted spammer, notorious internet drug kingpin.
- Mike Reilly, (transferred to Shattuck-St. Mary's), hockey forward, University of Minnesota (2012–2015)
- Academy of Holy Angels website, History of Holy Angels Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Prep Bowl roundup: Holy Angels tops Cloquet for 4A state title". Twin Cities. 2017-11-25. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
- Hoops Hype, Troy Bell Profile Archived July 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- TV Biographies, Kelly Carlson Mini Profile Archived April 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- WNBA Profiles, Susan King Profile Archived September 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2011-08-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-10-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Parish welcomes head of Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter - TheCatholicSpirit.com". TheCatholicSpirit.com. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
- NFL Profiles, Larry Fitzgerald Profile Archived December 29, 2005, at the Wayback Machine