Duchesne High School (Missouri)

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Duchesne High School
2550 Elm Street


United States
Coordinates38°47′52″N 90°30′1″W / 38.79778°N 90.50028°W / 38.79778; -90.50028Coordinates: 38°47′52″N 90°30′1″W / 38.79778°N 90.50028°W / 38.79778; -90.50028
TypePrivate, secondary, coeducational, college preparatory school
MottoEducating mind, body and spirit as one
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentCharles Nolan
PrincipalFritz Long
Enrollment300 (2016-2017)
Average class size18
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Color(s)Royal blue and white         
Athletics conferenceArchdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA)
RivalSt. Dominic High School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Pioneer
YearbookCor Duchesne
Tuition$9,500 (2016-2017)
Dean of studentsKurt Clodius
Athletic directorDebi Westhues Turner

Duchesne High School is a small, private, coeducational, Catholic high school in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The name commemorates St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, whose pioneering spirit was the driving force behind her missionary work throughout the region. Duchesne is classified as a regional high school by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which means that certain parishes are "assigned" to this school as the primary areas served.

Duchesne High School was established as St. Peter High School in 1924. The school moved to its current location in 1956 and was renamed Duchesne Catholic High School.


Duchesne is a member of the Archdiocesan Athletic Association and of the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Varsity teams have earned 76 conference titles, 87 district titles, have made 56 appearances in the state final four (up to 2009) and have won 10 state championships.[citation needed] The girls' soccer team won its 12th state title in 2014, repeating the previous year's win, as well as the conference and district titles.[2]

The following teams are available to Duchesne students:

  • American football (men) – freshman, junior varsity and varsity
  • Baseball (men) – freshman, junior varsity and varsity
  • Basketball (men & women) – freshman, junior varsity and varsity
  • Cheerleading (women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Cross Country (men & women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Danceline (women) – varsity
  • Golf (men & women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Soccer (men & women) – freshman, junior varsity and varsity
  • Softball (women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Swimming (women) – varsity
  • Tennis (men & women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Track & Field (men & women) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Volleyball (women) – freshman, junior varsity and varsity
  • Volleyball (men) – junior varsity and varsity
  • Ultimate frisbee (men & women) – varsity

Duchesne also has a championship hockey team but it operates separately from the other interscholastic sports offered.[3]

Prayer to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne[edit]

Philippine Duchesne,

You were a pioneer woman, called to join a pioneer endeavor - to explore, to begin, to expand the educational frontiers of a new world.
Each of us, as a Duchesne Pioneer, asks that, through your intercession, we be able to face our 'frontiers' and meet the challenge of being 'pioneers.' As boundaries appear before us, help us to step gently over despair and fashion a resurrection realm, a hope-hallowed world.
Help us follow your model, as we strive for a world which we cannot explain, risk our lives to find new life, challenge social patterns which give false comfort, enter the Heart of the One who is Beginning and End, share in the restlessness of the Spirit, and become instruments of peace.

This prayer is said every Monday morning to begin the school week. The leader reads the first segment and the whole student body joins in at "Each of us...."

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  2. ^ DCHS. "St. Joe News". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  3. ^ DCHS. "Duchesne High School History". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.

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