Bishop Luers High School

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Bishop Luers High School
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Bishop Luers High School in 2008
333 East Paulding Road


Coordinates41°01′54″N 85°08′03″W / 41.031626°N 85.134281°W / 41.031626; -85.134281Coordinates: 41°01′54″N 85°08′03″W / 41.031626°N 85.134281°W / 41.031626; -85.134281
TypePrivate, coeducational
Motto"We Are the Light of the World"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
OversightDiocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
PrincipalJames Huth
Teaching staff39.8 FTE [1]
Enrollment619[2] (2016–17)
Student to teacher ratio15:1 [1]
Athletics conferenceSummit Athletic Conference
RivalBishop Dwenger High School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Bishop Luers High School is a small Catholic high school located in the southside of Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States. Bishop Luers is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.[4] The school was founded in 1958 by the Franciscan Fathers of the Saint John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with the Sisters of Saint Francis Province in Mishawaka, Indiana. The first bishop of the diocese, John Henry Luers, is the namesake of the school.[4]


As of the 2013–2014 school year, Bishop Luers High School had an enrollment of 597 students; 166 freshmen, 175 sophomores, 139 juniors, and 117 seniors.[1]


Bishop Luers' education departments consist of art, business, religion, English, foreign language, mathematics, and social studies.[5] In 2004 and in 2005, Bishop Luers was placed on the Catholic High School Honor Roll Top 50 Secondary Schools in America.[6][7]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Bishop Luers offers an array of activities for students. Activities include Academic Super Bowl, National Honor Society (NHS), Key Club, Student Council, Drama Club, The Bishop Luers Minstrels Show Choir, Pep Band, Speech and Debate, Newspaper, Yearbook, World Culture Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Future Business Leaders of America, Freshmen Mentoring, and Student Ambassadors.[8]


The Bishop Luers Knights field teams in 19 sanctioned sports and 6 non-sanctioned (club) sports. All sanctioned sports are governed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). The lacrosse team is a member of the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association.[9]

All sanctioned Bishop Luers teams compete in the Summit Athletic Conference (SAC).

In 2008, Bishop Luers became the first team in Indiana high school athletic history to win and hold the three major male sports titles (football, basketball, and baseball) in one year since 1973, the first year all three were recognized by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.[10]

Programs offered[edit]

Sport Sanctioned boys' Sanctioned girls' Non-sanctioned
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Cross country
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Swimming and diving
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Track and field
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Green tickY (boys')
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Luers' main rival is Bishop Dwenger High School, a Catholic school on the north side of Fort Wayne. Luers also has a spirited neighborhood rivalry with South Side High School, which is often termed "The Battle for Calhoun Street."

State championships[edit]

The Knights' athletic program has produced 20 team state champions in their history.

Year Sport Class Coach Opponent
1985-86 Football 2A Steve Keefer Lawrenceburg
1989-90 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Tri-West Hendricks
1992-93 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Westfield
1998-99 Basketball - girls' 2A Gary Andrews Austin
1999-00 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Danville
1999-00 Basketball - girls' 2A Gary Andrews Forest Park
2000-01 Basketball - girls' 2A Gary Andrews Shenandoah
2001-02 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Evansville Mater Dei
2001-02 Basketball - girls' 3A Teri Rosinski Gibson Southern
2002-03 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Southridge
2005-06 Basketball - girls' 3A Teri Rosinski Evansville Memorial
2007-08 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Heritage Christian
2007-08 Basketball - boys' 2A James Blackmon Sr. Winchester
2007-08 Baseball 2A Gary Rogers Elwood
2008-09 Basketball - boys' 2A James Blackmon Sr. Brownstown Central
2009-10 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Monrovia
2010-11 Football 2A Matt Lindsay North Putnam
2010-11 Basketball - girls' 2A Denny Renier Brownstown Central
2011-12 Football 2A Matt Lindsay Evansville Mater Dei
2012-13 Football 2A Steve Keefer Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter


Bishop Luers has been to the Indiana state finals for football fifteen times, including four consecutive years, 1999 through 2002. Eleven of those fifteen trips have resulted in football championships, all in Class 3A, including four consecutive wins in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.[11][12] The fifteen championship appearances are the most of any team in Indiana football history, and the eleven championships tie the state record.[13]

The Knights' roster has included many accomplished players who have gone on to play successfully at the professional and NCAA Division I levels. Among the most notable are Jack Johnston star quarterback, who led the Knights to their best regular season record to date. Anthony Spencer of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and Jaylon Smith, winner of the 2012 high school Butkus Award and the 2012 Indiana Mr. Football award, are also alumni.[citation needed]

Boys' basketball[edit]

Coinciding with the 2004 hiring of head coach James Blackmon, Sr., recent seasons have seen championship success for the boys' basketball team. For the four seasons 2006/07 – 2009/10, the Knights' roster featured Deshaun Thomas, recipient of the 2010 Indiana Mr. Basketball award.[14] The Knights won two consecutive boys' basketball Class 2A state championships, in 2008 and 2009.

On May 21, 2010, in a ceremony at Bishop Luers, Thomas' jersey (#1) was retired by the school. This was the first time in school history a jersey of any of its athletes had been retired.[15]

Girls' basketball[edit]

The girls' basketball team won three consecutive Indiana State Class 2A Championship games, in the 1998/99, 1999/2000, and 2000/01 seasons. The following season the team moved up a class, winning a fourth consecutive state title, in Class 3A, in 2001/02. The Knights also won the 2005/06 Class 3A championship.

The Knights' six state championships currently stand as the most all-time by one school in Indiana girls' basketball history, as do the nine championship game appearances.[16]


In 2008, the boys' baseball team competed for the first time in the state baseball championship, winning the 2A title.

The namesake of the school, Bishop John Henry Luers

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ IHSAA School Directory Archived August 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Bishop Luers: Development". Bishop Luers High School. Archived from the original on March 9, 2005.
  5. ^ "Bishop Luers Academics". Bishop Luers High School. Archived from the original on April 20, 2005.
  6. ^ "Bishop Luers: Our Past and Present". Bishop Luers High School. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008.
  7. ^ Catholic High School Honor Roll.
  8. ^ "Bishop Luers Activities". Bishop Luers High School. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "Bishop Luers Athletics". Bishop Luers High School. Archived from the original on March 11, 2005.
  10. ^ "Luers baseball team makes history". The Journal Gazette. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "Bishop Luers Football". Bishop Luers High School.[dead link]
  12. ^ Summit Athletic Conference Football Archived September 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "IHSAA Boys Football State Championship Appearances". Archived from the original on November 16, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  14. ^ Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Angie Akers, Retrieved on 2009-4-25. Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Kevin Kiermaier Talks About MLB Debut. Retrieved on 2014-01-14. Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ (2006-04-07). Luers grad has hand in college humor book. The News Sentinel. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.

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