Elder High School

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Elder High School
3900 Vincent Avenue


United States
Coordinates39°06′45″N 84°34′43″W / 39.112602°N 84.578639°W / 39.112602; -84.578639Coordinates: 39°06′45″N 84°34′43″W / 39.112602°N 84.578639°W / 39.112602; -84.578639
School typePrivate, Parochial, College-preparatory school
MottoLatin: Altiora
(Strive for the higher things[1])
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1922; 100 years ago (1922)[1]
School districtRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
PrincipalKurt Ruffing[2]
Teaching staff61.5 (FTE) (2017–18)[3]
Enrollment800 (2018-19)[3]
Student to teacher ratio13.0:1 (2017–18)[3]
Color(s)  Royal purple
Athletics conferenceGreater Catholic League South
NewspaperThe Purple Quill
TuitionUS$11,300 (2021–22)[5]
Websitewww.elderhs.org Edit this at Wikidata

Elder High School is a Catholic all-male, college-preparatory high school in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The high school has been in existence for nearly 100 years, and is a diocesan high school within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


The cornerstone was laid in 1922. Named for William Henry Elder, third bishop and Archbishop of Cincinnati, it was the city's fourth high school[1][6] and first Catholic diocesan high school. Eventually, 12 other such schools were constructed in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Eleven original parishes of the Western Hills neighborhood were the true founders of the school and served as "feeder parishes" for students. The first graduating class was in 1923, with eight students graduating in the year of the school's opening. Since its founding, over 22,000 students have graduated from the school.[7]

Elder educated girls as well as boys its first five years.

In 1927, Elder's girls' department was transferred to Seton High School next door. [8] To this day some classes are still mixed.


The school's curriculum is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Several levels of curriculum are provided. The school has an Honors Program which provides the top students Advanced Placement courses in Art, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, World History, U.S. History, American Government, and Physics. In addition, Elder offers other level courses including (in order from most advanced to least) Honors+ (H+), Honors (H), Advanced College Prep (ACP), College Prep 1 (CP1), College Prep 2 (CP2), and General (G).

Elder High School was named the Best Private High School in the Greater Cincinnati Area by Cincinnati Magazine.[1]


Championship titles[edit]

On June 4, 2005, the Elder varsity baseball team won their record 12th OHSAA Division I State Championship, defeating Toledo Start 3–0.[9] The school has won at least one baseball state championship in every decade since the 1940s, and the baseball team was ranked eighth in the nation in 2005. As of 2006, the Elder baseball program has the most wins (1257-493-4), from 1924 through 2006, and state titles (12) of any school in Ohio.[10]

In addition to baseball, Elder High School has won multiple OHSAA State Championships in several other major sports, including football, basketball, and cross country:

  • Baseball – 1943, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1958–1960, 1973, 1978, 1984, 1999, 2005[11]
  • Cross country – 1973, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989[11]
  • Basketball – 1973, 1974, 1993[11]
  • Football – 2002, 2003[11]

Elder was runner-up in the 2008 State Football Championship held on November 29, 2008 against Cleveland St. Ignatius, losing by a score of 28–20.[12] Elder finished the 2008 season (13–2), with their only other regular season loss coming to Florida power house St. Thomas Aquinas, which was televised on ESPN. St. Thomas Aquinas went on to win the State Florida Championship that year, featuring future NFL stars Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals) and Brandon Linder (Jacksonville Jaguars). Elder was also runner-up in the 2019 State Football Championship against Pickerington Central, Elder lost 21-14.[13]

Non-OHSAA-sponsored state championships include:

  • Volleyball (Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association) – 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016[11]

The Pit[edit]

Football games are played at "The Pit".[14] Construction began in the 1930s by students and faculty and was completed in December 1947. The stadium seats 10,000.[15]


In November 2004, Elder High School achieved a first of its kind: a varsity high school football game streamed live on the Internet to more than 10,000 viewers across three continents.[16] In September 2010, Elder High School achieved another first in technology, a varsity high school football game streamed live on the iPhone through EHS Mobile. Elder High School students now also get a laptop to use as part of their tuition.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Mission & History". Elder High School. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via www.edlerhs.org.
  2. ^ "Schoo Leadership". Elder High School. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Elder High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "School Review". Elder High School. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via www.elderhs.org.
  5. ^ "Tuition & Financial Aid". Elder High School. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via www.elderhs.org.
  6. ^ Otten, Tom (August 3, 2007). "God lives in Price Hill". The Catholic Telegraph. Cincinnati, Ohio: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  7. ^ Mersch, Christine (August 27, 2008). Price Hill. Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 9780738561707. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "The Elder Coat of Arms". The Purple Quill. Elder High School. November 22, 1950. Retrieved September 29, 2007.
  9. ^ Ohio High School Athletic Association (June 6, 2005). "2005 Boys Division I State Baseball Tournament". Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  10. ^ National High School Baseball Coaches Association (2006). "2005 High School Poll". Baseball America. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  11. ^ a b c d e Sharp, Dave. "Elder High School All-Sports State Champions". Prowler Online. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  12. ^ "OHSAA: 2008 State Tournament Division I".
  13. ^ https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/Football/2019/BoxScores/Div1.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ "'The Pit' at Elder". The Cincinnati Enquirer. May 20, 2003. Archived from the original on February 21, 2005. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  15. ^ Krider, David (July 27, 2014). "10 high school football stadiums to see before you die". MaxPreps.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "Cisco Scores Touchdown with its Business Video Solution". Press Release. Cisco Systems. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  17. ^ Monk, Dan (August 27, 2010). "Senior Staff Writer". Business Courier. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  18. ^ a b c Sharp, Dave. "LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame Members". Prowler Online. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h Sharp, Dave. "Elder Panthers in the Pros". Prowler Online. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
  20. ^ Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services. "Biography: Most Reverend Bishop Kaising". Archived from the original on April 1, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  21. ^ "Clancy, Donald Daniel". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  22. ^ "Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession has Cincinnati ties". WXIX. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013.

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