Chaminade-Julienne High School

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Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
505 South Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio, (Montgomery County) 45402
Coordinates 39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278Coordinates: 39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1850
Opened 1973 (merger of former schools)
Oversight Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Society of Mary
President Daniel J. Meixner
Principal John C. Marshall[1]
Grades 9-12
Gender co-educational
Enrollment 650 (2015–16[1])
Student to teacher ratio 16.5:1
Color(s) Blue, Green & White             
Mascot Eagle
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is a private, co-educational, center-city, Catholic high school. It is located in downtown Dayton, in the U.S. state of Ohio, and is owned and operated by the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It is named after Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and St. Julie Billiart.


In 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Notre Dame Academy in downtown Dayton, a private secondary school for girls. The school quickly gained a reputation for providing quality Catholic education, which led to increased enrollment. In 1927, the Sisters were forced to move to a larger facility, and Julienne High School was formed in honor of the founder of the sisterhood, St. Julie Billiart.

The Society of Mary, founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade founded St. Mary's Institute in 1850, with both secondary and college level programs. St. Mary's became the University of Dayton in 1920. With the Sisters leaving the downtown Dayton site, the Marianists purchased the old Notre Dame Academy building and opened Chaminade High School, a Catholic high school for boys. The school quickly became recognized for its strong academic and athletic programs.

Because of changing enrollment and times, the two schools merged in 1973 to create Chaminade Julienne High School. The high school was recognized as a National School of Excellence in 1989, in honor of its rich tradition, committed faculty, and supportive community. The school is well known today for outstanding academics and faith development programs, and for serving a racially and socio-economically diverse student population that represents the greater Miami Valley. CJ students come from 45 different grade schools and more than 50 zip codes.


The current President of Chaminade Julienne is Daniel J. Meixner '84 and the Principal is John C. Marshall '86. Other administrative leaders include Greg Moeller, Assistant Principal; Brian Reinhart, Athletic Director; Charlene Wheeler '65, Director of Guidance and Post Secondary Education; Brett Chmiel '02, Director of Admissions; Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry and Service; and Deacon Jim Walworth, Sr., Director of Development.[3]

Chaminade Julienne also features a Student Council under the faculty leadership of Angela Ruffolo. Each year, the Student Council consists of an overall Student Council president, a set of five officers for each of the four classes, and two committees, the Social Committee and the Spirit Committee. Each class is represented by a president, vice president, and three officers. There are also "student ambassador" representatives for each grade.[4]


Chaminade Julienne provides a challenging curriculum that prepares students for college. In addition, CJ offers an ACT and SAT preparation course to augment college readiness for our students. From 2011 to 2014, the school has had 20 National Merit Scholars.[5]

For a third consecutive year, CJ was named one of the 1,900 “Most Challenging Private High Schools in America” according to The Washington Post. CJ ranked No. 68 among all private schools listed and was one of three Dayton area high schools to make the list.[6]

The opening of the state-of-the-art CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical) Center enhances the learning experience for a record numbers of students enrolled in nationally certified pre-engineering and bio-medical science programs.[7]

The school is proud of its cosmopolitan composition. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 are 68% Catholic, 58.1% Caucasian, 28.3% African American, 7.3% biracial, 2.6% Hispanic, 1.3% Asian, .3% African and 1% other races.[8] Of this population, 80% receive some form of financial assistance and/or scholarships.

In keeping with their founders' charisms and CJ's mission statement, in the 2013–14 school year, students contributed more than 10,667 volunteer hours to the community.

Over 26,750 men and women are graduates of the school, or predecessor schools.[8]

73% of the faculty have a Master's Degree or beyond, including several doctoral degrees.[5]

On average, CJ students score well above state averages on the ACT and SAT. CJ's mean scores for SAT are 539 (Math) 539 (Critical Reading) 536 (Writing) compared to the state average of 514 (Math) 496 (Critical Reading) 488 (Writing). CJ's ACT mean score is 23.3 compared to the state's 22.0. For the class of 2013, the average test scores were 531 (Verbal), 520 (Math) for the SAT and 22.6 on the ACT. The 2013 class had 97 percent of its graduates continue formal education with more than $12 million offered in college scholarships.[5][9]

The school offers 20 different Honors courses and 10 AP classes courses, which students who demonstrate above average learning capabilities are encouraged to take.[9]


Chaminade Julienne's athletic program has been very competitive in city, regional, and state contests since the school's founding. The school's mascot is the Eagle, and its colors are blue and green. The boys' teams compete in the Greater Catholic League and the girls' teams compete in the Girls' Greater Catholic League.

Chaminade Julienne High School began playing football in 1927. Gerard "Fuzzy" Faust became the head coach in 1933 and would go on to coach 21 seasons (1933-1952, 1956). Faust became the winningest coach in school history, with a record of 123-49-10. The Eagles rose to dominance in the 1940s and 1950s. Over a 20-year span (1940-1959), the "Men of Chaminade" won 16 City League championship and compiled a record of 138-38-9.

In 1966 and 1970, the basketball team, led by coach Jim Turvene, won the large school Division State Championships. Forward Dan Gerhard, 1970 team member, earned Ohio Player of the Year honors. The 1970 the baseball team, led by coach Rick Wessels, won the large school Division State Championship. Center fielder Paul Kurpiel earned Ohio Baseball Player of the Year honors> The 1970 Baseball Team is the only Dayton school to win the large school division baseball State Championship.

In 1982, the Chaminade Julienne men's soccer team brought home the state championship, and the women's volleyball team became a perennial powerhouse, earning multiple district and regional titles for several years. In 1991, the men's basketball team was state runner-up. Both the cross country and track teams produced championships in 1993 and 1994, and the women's basketball team took CJ to the state tournament in 1998 for the first time in the school's history. Returning to state the next year, the women's basketball team brought home the 1999 State Division II championship title. The women's team returned to state and won the State Division II Championship again in 2003. In 2004 they were Division I State Runner-up and returned in 2005 to win the Division I State Championship.

In 2002 the football team, led by Coach Jim Place, made history by being the first team from Dayton to win the State Championship (D-II). The girls' basketball team once again captured the state championship title in 2003 and 2005. They were also recognized as the number one girls' high school basketball team by USA Today.

In 2005, the women's tennis team made its first trip ever to the OHSAA state tournament. It placed fourth in state, and boasted three individual players also going to state and reaching the quarterfinals. The graduating class of 2005 had five students receive division I athletic scholarships. In 2006, the girls' team was back at state again, and placed third in the OHSAA tournament. In 2006, CJ sent four players to the state tournament, three of whom reached the tournament in 2005. These were two sets of sisters: the Pleiman and Buerschen sisters. In 2007, the team placed third again in the division one state championships. Four players qualified for the individual state tournament.

In 2009, the boys' volleyball team, led by coach Megan Marrinan, went to the Division II state tournament for the first time in the school's history. They lost in the semi-finals in five games. Ethan Klosterman was named first team all state and Christian Volk made honorable mention all state.

In the spring of 2011, senior track athlete Bryan Cain won an individual Division II state championship in the 300-meter hurdles event. He also finished third in the 110 meter hurdles, after breaking regional records in both events leading up to the finals.

In October 2011, the Division II women's golf team — having existed for all of five years (since 2007) — became the first Eagles golf team to win a state title since 1933, when the boys of Chaminade High School were crowned city and state champs.

In spring of 2012, senior track athlete Cierra Brown won two individual Division II state titles in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle events. She also finished second in the long jump.

Chaminade Julienne has a longstanding rivalry, both athletic and non-athletic, with Archbishop Alter High School.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Catholic High School open house listing". The Catholic Telegraph. 184 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 2015. p. 11. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
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  5. ^ a b c "School Profile 2014-15". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Three Dayton-area high schools among America's most challenging". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "School and Community". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "ACT & SAT Preparation". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  11. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  12. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  13. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 

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