Arrupe Jesuit High School

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Arrupe Jesuit High School
4343 Utica Street
Denver, Colorado 80212
United States
Coordinates39°46′32″N 105°2′44″W / 39.77556°N 105.04556°W / 39.77556; -105.04556Coordinates: 39°46′32″N 105°2′44″W / 39.77556°N 105.04556°W / 39.77556; -105.04556
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoMen and Women for Others
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Society of Jesus (Jesuit)
Established2003; 15 years ago (2003)
PrincipalMichael J. O'Hagan
Enrollment331[1] (2012-13)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Gray      and      Navy Blue
Athletics conferenceFrontier League[1]
MascotThe Generals
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
AffiliationCristo Rey Network
MagazineAtticus (literary)
Work studyDirector, Tom Mallary
AthleticsDirector, John Pimmel

Arrupe Jesuit High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 2003, it is part of the Cristo Rey Network and places students in business internships to help defray the cost of tuition. The school is run independently in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.


Arrupe Jesuit High School was founded by the Missouri Province Jesuits and business leaders in Denver as a school using the Cristo Rey model to serve economically disadvantaged students. The school was named after the former superior general of the Jesuit order, Father Pedro Arrupe.

In early 2003, the school purchased the Holy Family Catholic School campus in northwest Denver to house the new program.[3]

The school opened in August 2003 with a class of ninth graders and added another grade each year until the 2006-2007 school year, which saw the school's first graduating class of 47 students.[4] In 2017 it had a 10-year record of graduating all its students and having all of them accepted into college.[5]

Only 36% of Hispanics and 55% of African-Americans graduate from high school in Denver.[6] To expand its enrollment, Arrupe Jesuit High completed an $11-million building program in 2015, which added seven classrooms with advanced technology, student fitness and activities rooms, a new cafeteria, and additional office space. A new chapel was built in the former building, along with three new classrooms and office and work space.[7]

Arrupe was chosen as a successful school by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[6] The Gates Foundation has also given $18.9 million in support of Cristo Rey schools across the country.[8] The school is also supported by the Denver Urban Scholars program.[9] Each year some graduates of Jesuit schools who have finished college volunteer to assist at Arrupe, through the Alum Service Corps program.[10]


Arrupe requires students to earn about two-thirds of the annual cost of their education through a corporate work-study program where students job-share entry-level positions, working five days a month from mid-August to early June.[11] Students have 6 academic classes per day, and if they fail to do their homework they have mandatory study hall (7th Period).[12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletic teams at Arrupe compete at the 3A level in Colorado High School Activities Association-sanctioned competition.[13] Teams are fielded in men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's soccer, baseball, and cross-country.[14] Other activities include "mock trial", in which an Arrupe student won the Best Lawyer award in the regional tournament.[15]

Book about the Cristo Rey model[edit]

In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book titled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World. The book, authored by G.R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at the original Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, documents the development of the Cristo Rey model and its progress throughout the United States.[16]


  1. ^ a b Arrupe Jesuit High School - Profile Archived March 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Colorado High School Activities Association.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ Johansen, Erin (2003-02-28). "Jesuits to buy campus in northwest Denver". The Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  4. ^ Montero, David (2007-03-19). "Students' stairway to college". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  5. ^ TEGNA. "Denver private school alumna credits her success to her high school's rigorous program". KUSA. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ a b "Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z |". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  7. ^ "Arrupe Jesuit High School South Addition | RMH Group". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  8. ^ "Success of Innovative Urban Catholic School Sparks Major Investment". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  9. ^ "Partners | Denver Urban Scholars". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  10. ^ "ASC 27 Roster.pdf" (PDF). Dropbox. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  11. ^ "Program Overview – Corporate Work Study Program – Arrupe Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  12. ^ "Student Handbook" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Map of CHSAA member high schools in Colorado". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  14. ^ "Arrupe Jesuit Athletics – Athletics – Arrupe Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  15. ^ "Best Lawyer Award" (PDF). Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "More than a Dream: How One's School Vision is Changing the World (The Cristo Rey Story)". 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2018-01-12.

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