Elder High School
|Elder High School|
3900 Vincent Avenue|
Cincinnati, (Hamilton County), Ohio 45205
|Type||Parochial, all-male, college preparatory|
(Latin: "The Higher Things".)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School district||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati|
|Principal||Mr. Kurt Ruffing|
|Staff||96 staff members|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.3|
|Color(s)||Royal purple and white|
|Athletics conference||Greater Catholic League South|
|Newspaper||The Purple Quill|
|Website||Elder High School|
Elder High School is an all-male, college-preparatory high school in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The high school has been in existence for over ninety years and is a diocesan high school within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Elder is known for its academic programs, athletic programs, as well as its spirited following of students, alumni, and friends who support the school at sports events, community events, and fundraising for capital and operating budgets.
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 and first Catholic diocesan high school. Eventually, twelve 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 20,000 students have graduated from the school.
Elder was the first "Integrated" Catholic school in Cincinnati in the sense that it was attended by large numbers of students of both German and Irish descent. It also educated girls as well as boys its first five years.
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. A college prep program offers two levels to meet the needs of the largest percentage of students.
On June 4, 2005, the Elder varsity baseball team won their record 12th OHSAA Division I State Championship, defeating Toledo Start 3–0. 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 1(1257-493-4), from 1924 through 2006, and state titles (12) of any school in Ohio.
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
- Cross country – 1973, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989
- Basketball – 1973, 1974, 1993
- Football – 2002, 2003
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. 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).
Non-OHSAA-sponsored state championships include:
- Volleyball (Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association) – 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016
Football games are played at "The Pit". Construction began in the 1930s by students and faculty and was completed in December 1947. The stadium seats 10,000.
In May 1987, the "Moving" Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was exhibited at the stadium. The wall contains the names of 11 Elder High School graduates who died in the Vietnam War. In 2001, The Pit was featured in USA Today as one of the nation's "10 great places to watch a high school football game". In Spring 2005, artificial turf was installed in The Pit.
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. 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.
The 2010 US Census showed the city of Cincinnati to have a population that was 49% White and 45% Black. In the 2015-2016 school year, the school had 868 students, of whom 804 (92.6%) were non-Hispanic white.
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