Cotter High School (Winona, Minnesota)

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Cotter Schools
West view campus small.jpg
1115 West Broadway Street
Winona, (Winona County), Minnesota 55987
United States
Coordinates 44°3′11″N 91°39′59″W / 44.05306°N 91.66639°W / 44.05306; -91.66639Coordinates: 44°3′11″N 91°39′59″W / 44.05306°N 91.66639°W / 44.05306; -91.66639
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1911
Founder Bishop Patrick Heffron
President Sister Judy Schaeffer, Ph.D., O.P.
Principal Dave Forney & Mary Eileen Fitch
Teaching staff 32
Grades 712
Enrollment 358 (2017)
 • Grade 7 39
 • Grade 8 31
 • Grade 9 60
 • Grade 10 64
 • Grade 11 78
 • Grade 12 86
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Color(s) Royal Blue and White         
Slogan "Let Them Respect the Truth"
Fight song Illinois Loyalty
Athletics conference Three Rivers Conference
Mascot Rowdy
Team name Ramblers
Rival Rochester Lourdes High School, Caledonia High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average ACT scores 25

Cotter Schools is an grades 7-12, international school located in Winona, Minnesota with boarding available for its international students grades 9-12. Cotter Schools is the sole Roman Catholic High School in Winona, Minnesota, and is one of the first in the state. Today, Cotter Schools consists of the Cotter High School and Cotter Junior High School. The school opened its doors on September 5, 1911 as the "Cotter School for Boys". Cotter, named for the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Joseph Bernard Cotter, was a boys school directed by the Christian Brothers of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. In 1952, the Brothers turned the operation of the school over to the diocese and Cotter became co-educational with the combining of the Cathedral Girls High School. In 1953 a new Cotter building was erected and in 1962 an addition was added. In 1992, with help from an endowment from the Hiawatha Education Foundation, the school moved to its current location on the campus of the former College of Saint Teresa, allowing it to add a boarding school component.

Cotter Family[edit]

The term "Cotter Family" refers to all the students, teachers, parents, administrators, alumni, volunteers, and church members affiliated with the school. Many of these members are in several groups. Roughly 50% of the faculty are alumni. Roughly 25-50%, depending on the year, of the student body are children of alumni, some third and fourth generations. In 1993, local businessmen, headed by Bob Kierlin of Fastenal, started an endowment fund of several million dollars granting the school a technological make-over and allowing it to move to the Saint Teresa campus.

Relationship in the Winona Area Catholic Schools[edit]

Cotter Junior High School serves grades 7 and 8, while elementary components of Catholic education in Winona are regulated by Winona Area Catholic Schools,[2] who run Saint Stanislaus Elementary School, and Saint Mary's Primary.


  1. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
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