Assumption High School (Kentucky)

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Assumption High School
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Main entrance to Assumption High School
2170 Tyler Lane

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United States
Coordinates38°13′1″N 85°40′40″W / 38.21694°N 85.67778°W / 38.21694; -85.67778Coordinates: 38°13′1″N 85°40′40″W / 38.21694°N 85.67778°W / 38.21694; -85.67778
TypePrivate, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtSisters of Mercy
PresidentMary Lang
PrincipalMartha Tedesco
Enrollment880 (2016-17)
 • Grade 9254
 • Grade 10187
 • Grade 11211
 • Grade 12223
Average class size18
Student to teacher ratio10:1
Color(s)Rose and White         
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Dean of StudentsCindi Baughman
Dean of StudiesJudy Fieldhouse,
Theresa Schuhmann
Athletic DirectorAngela Passafiume[2]

Assumption High School is a Catholic all-girls school located in Louisville, Kentucky, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Louisville. The school has been named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on three separate occasions. Assumption is one of only 41 schools in the nation and the only all-girls school in Louisville to receive this prestigious award three times. In 2005, Assumption was one of 30 schools nationwide and the only high school in Kentucky to receive the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award.


The history of Assumption High School began in 1951 when the Most Reverend John A. Floersh, Archbishop of Louisville, asked the Sisters of Mercy to establish a new high school at the corner of Bardstown Road and Tyler Lane. The school first opened on September 6, 1955. In that first year, tuition was $100 and the student body consisted of 103 freshmen and 50 sophomores.[3]

The first principal was Sr. Mary Prisca Pfeffer, and the faculty consisted of five Sisters of Mercy. Another sister served as the cook and was the only staff member. For three years, the sisters lived on the third floor of the school until there were finally enough funds to build a separate convent. Their current Principal, Martha Tedesco, graduated from Assumption in 1990. Today, Assumption High School brings together almost 900 young women, grades 9-12, in a Catholic environment.[citation needed]


Assumption offers a college preparatory curriculum, with courses at the Academic, Honors, Honors I, Advanced, CP, and AP levels. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Assumption offers 22 AP classes. Assumption also offers college credit through the ACES Program, which provides dual credit through Bellarmine University, and these courses are commonly referred to as the CP level.[citation needed]


Assumption is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education. Assumption is one of a dozen schools in the nation to be honored with the National Catholic Education Association's Innovations in Education Award in 2005, as well as one of eight schools to receive the RAMP award for Assumption's model counseling program from the American School Counselor Association.[citation needed]

Assumption was the first school to receive the Beacon of Hope Award, Making a Difference Award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky. The faculty consists of 79 certified professional teachers, 93% of whom have advanced degrees.[citation needed]


Assumption High School has a rich tradition of excellence in athletics. Assumption offers 15 sports sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) which include archery, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[citation needed]

Assumption has been awarded national titles in dance and volleyball, and has many times taken runner-up in track, volleyball, and field hockey. The dance team has won three national titles: 1999, 2003, and 2005. The volleyball team has won seven national championships, including in 1996, 2000, 2001, and 2005. They have also won 19 state titles in the past 22 years, winning four in a row in 2013, with the most recent in 2015.[4] The volleyball team at Assumption currently ranks #1 in the country according to USA Today. The Field Hockey team has won the KHSAA State Championship 10 times, with the most recent being in 2016. The head coach, Debbie Judd has been there for many years, as has the Volleyball coach Ron Kordes. Assumption has a strong legacy in these two sports.

The cross country team won the state championship in 2007, 2008, and 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.[5] Field hockey won the state championship in 2009Lane, Tom. "Assumption Tops SHA for State Field Hockey Title - WDRB 41 Louisville News". Retrieved 2017-03-22.</ref> and 2016[6]

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "Assumption High School Faculty & Staff". Assumption High School. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Fenton, Angie (2007-03-27). "Alumnae, students help Assumption High celebrate its first 50 years". Courier-Journal. p. 1B.
  4. ^ "Galley l Assumption wins State Volleyball Championship". Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  5. ^ "Assumption Cross Country Team website". Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  6. ^ Calloway, Brian (2017-03-18). "Assumption wins state field hockey championship". Retrieved 2017-03-22.

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