Bishop Kelley High School
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|Bishop Kelley High School|
|3905 South Hudson Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-5699
|Type||Private, coeducational, Lasallian|
|Motto||"Turris Fortis Mihi Deus"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||1960 (Successor to schools established as early as 1899)|
|Oversight||Diocese of Tulsa|
|Head of school||Rev. Brian O'Brien|
|President||Rev. Brian O'Brien|
|Chaplain||Fr. Bryan Ketterer|
|Average class size||18|
|Color(s)||Red and white|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average SAT scores||1137|
|Average ACT scores||24|
|Athletic Director||Lance Parks|
Bishop Kelley High School is an American Lasallian Catholic high school with 905 students, grades 9 to 12, located at 41st and Hudson Avenue, in the center of the Tulsa metropolitan area (in the Midtown area), on a campus spanning just over 47 acres (150,000 m²). The school is a function of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and operates in the Lasallian tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers or the French Christian Brothers).
Kelley is a comprehensive secondary school with a curriculum that is college preparatory with classes to fit a variety of learning abilities and interests. Bishop Kelley come from 53 different zip codes and BK freshmen come from more than 30 middle schools in northeast Oklahoma. Students come from a variety of faith and educational backgrounds. They are welcomed with extensive freshman orientation activities. Transfer students are also welcome. Bishop Kelley is the only diocesan Catholic high school in the Diocese of Tulsa.
Bishop Kelley serves Catholic and non-Catholic families of all faiths in Tulsa and the surrounding communities who seek a life preparatory program within a Christian environment.
Bishop Kelley established in 1960 to serve as Tulsa's citywide Catholic high school; at the time of its founding, its forerunners Holy Family High School (founded 1899) and Marquette High School (founded in 1926) closed and consolidated their student bodies at the new school. While the initial plans for the new school were developed under Bishop Eugene J. McGuinness' leadership, it was the pioneering Bishop Victor Joseph Reed who oversaw its founding. Bishop Reed was a famous Catholic reformer who attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, where he was associated with the more progressive bishops and lent his support to the use of vernacular in the Mass and to an emphasis of pastoral over administrative skills in bishops. Bishop Reed is in part responsible for the high school's legacy of lay leadership. In 1960, the year Bishop Kelley High School was founded, Bishop Reed established the first mixed (clerical and lay) diocesan board of education in the United States.
The school was named for Bishop Francis Kelley, the second bishop of Oklahoma. The founder of the Catholic Church Extension Society, Bishop Kelley was an accomplished author and diplomat, whom H.L. Mencken described as "a charming Irishman" who "has had a brilliant career in the Church." He famously partnered with California oilman Edward L. Doheny to support Catholic philanthropy.
At its founding, male students were taught by the LaSallian (French) Christian Brothers, who still teach at the school, while the Sisters of Divine Providence from San Antonio, Texas taught the female students. By 1965, the school had become entirely coeducational. By 1982, the Sisters of Divine Providence had been reassigned to other ministries.
Co-curricular opportunities include Academic Bowl, Christian Service, Class Board, Comet Ambassadors, Competitive One-Act, Drama, Drumline, Environmental Club, FCA, Foreign Language Clubs,3 on 3, Jazz Choir, Kairos, Kelley Krazies (a spirit organization), Link Crew (dedicated to mentoring freshmen), Lasallian Youth, Mission Trips, National Forensic League, Performing Arts, Play Production/Theater Tech, Photography Club, ProLife Club, Retreats, Robotics, and Student Council. The school is a frequent winner of state championships in speech and debate, academic bowl, and robotics competitions.
Bishop Kelley has won more state championships than any other school of its size in Oklahoma, including state championships in baseball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf and cross country. Its women's volleyball and women's soccer teams have been nationally-ranked. Bishop Kelley was the first Tulsa high school to support a lacrosse team.
NCAA head coach Barry Hinson (currently coaching at Southern Illinois University) coached the men's basketball team at Bishop Kelley. Bishop Kelley is also the site for Russell Westbrook's "Why Not" Basketball camp.
Battle of the Bishops Rivalry
In football, Bishop Kelley shares a tradition with cross-state rival Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. The winner of the contest obtains possession of the "Shillelagh Trophy" for the upcoming year. The schools also compete annually in boys and girls basketball.
Academic Bowl- 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2005*, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Baseball- 1976, 1978, 2004, 2006, 2011
Boys Basketball- 1995
Boys Cross Country- 1967, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2005, 2008
Girls Cross Country- 1985, 1986
Fast Pitch Softball- 1977, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001
Boys Golf- 1986, 1988, 1993, 2002, 2012, 2013
Girls Golf- 1996, 2000, 2001, 2006
Boys Soccer - 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Girls Soccer - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Speech and Debate - 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
Boys Tennis - 1995, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Girls Tennis - 1985, 1987, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008
Volleyball- 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Wrestling- 1974, 1975, 1984, 1985
Total : 105
- The 2005 Bishop Kelley Academic Bowl team defeated the national champion academic bowl team in a scrimmage, but did not compete against them during the regular season because they were in a different athletic class.
- Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. – businessman and 39th Mayor of Tulsa
- Robert Bryce – journalist, commentator and author (books include Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron)
- Chris Combs – jazz composer and musician; guitarist for Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
- Dale Cook – WKA world champion in kickboxing
- Rick Dickson – athletic director at Tulane University
- John E. Dowdell – United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
- Matt Gogel – PGA golfer and golf commentator for CBS Sports
- Randy Heckenkemper – golf course architect
- Olivia Jordan – actress, Miss USA 2015 and Miss World America 2013
- Dallas Keuchel – Major League Baseball pitcher
- Frank Main – reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize
- Chip McCaw – Olympic athlete and volleyball coach at Pepperdine University
- Charlie O'Brien – Major League Baseball catcher
- Matt Reynolds – Major League Baseball infielder
- Geoffrey Standing Bear - Principal Chief of Osage Nation
- Jason Staurovsky – NFL placekicker
- John A. Sullivan – former United States Congressman (R-Oklahoma)
- Matt Villines (1995) - film director (Funny or Die, Saturday Night Live)
- Alfre Woodard – film and television actress (Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award winner)
- Rick Wrona – Major League Baseball catcher
Notes and references
- Private School Review. "Bishop Kelley High School." Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "History". Bishop Kelley High School. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Bonner, Jeremy (2008). The Road to Renewal: Victor Joseph Reed & Oklahoma Catholicism, 1905-1971. The Catholic University of America Press.
- Mencken, H.L. (2012). Diary of H. L. Mencken. Knopf Doubleday.
- Davis, Margaret Leslie (2001). Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny. University of California Press. p. 118. ISBN 0520229096.
- Moguin, Mike (2 March 2016). "Lacrosse Becoming Popular in Greater Tulsa". Greater Tulsa Reporter. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
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