Arrupe Jesuit High School

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Arrupe Jesuit High School
4343 Utica Street
Denver, Colorado 80212
United States
Coordinates 39°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
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Men and Women for Others
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Established 2003; 14 years ago (2003)
Principal Michael J. O'Hagan
Grades 912
Enrollment 331[1] (2012-13)
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Gray      and      Navy Blue
Athletics 3A
Athletics conference Frontier League[1]
Mascot The Generals
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Affiliation Cristo Rey Network
Athletics Director, 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]


Arrupe requires students to earn about two-thirds of the annual cost of their education, done through a corporate work-study program where students job-share entry-level positions, working five days a month during the school year. Students have 6 academic classes per day, and if they fail to do their homework they have mandatory study hall (7th Period).[5]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Arrupe Jesuit High School athletic teams compete at the 3A level in Colorado High School Activities Association-sanctioned competition. Teams are fielded in men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's soccer, baseball, and cross-country.

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.[6] 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.


  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. ^ Draper, Electa (2007-06-09). "Shattering urban-school odds". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  6. ^ More than a Dream

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