Immaculata High School (Kansas)

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Immaculata High School
Immaculata High School Kansas Logo.png
600 Shawnee Street
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
United States
Coordinates 39°19′8″N 94°55′3″W / 39.31889°N 94.91750°W / 39.31889; -94.91750Coordinates: 39°19′8″N 94°55′3″W / 39.31889°N 94.91750°W / 39.31889; -94.91750
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Established 1912
Founder Bernard S. Kelly
Status Open
School board BOE Website
School district Leavenworth Regional Catholic Schools
Oversight Archdiocese of Kansas City
School code 00489021[1]
Principal Helen Schwinn
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Color(s)      Green
Athletics KSHSAA
Athletics conference Northeast Kansas League
Sports Yes
Mascot Raider
Nickname IMAC
Team name Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Communities served Leavenworth, Kansas
Affiliation Roman Catholic

Immaculata High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.


The history of Immaculata begins with the early pioneers of Leavenworth. Among them was the distinguished Catholic leader, Bishop John Miege, appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Indian Territory by Pope Pius IX. Bishop Miege chose Leavenworth as his permanent residence where he built the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the northeast area of the young city. In 1858, Mother Xavier Ross, another early pioneer and namesake of the multi-campus Catholic grade school system, led 12 nuns to Leavenworth from Nazareth, Kentucky. She chose this city as the home of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Such spirit kindled by dynamic Catholics of this caliber laid the foundation for the fine Catholic educational system enjoyed by our community today.[3]

The Reverend Bernard S. Kelly, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, founded the Catholic High School in the early 1900s and became its first president. The Sisters of Charity staffed the school from its humble beginnings.[3]

Father Kelly was a man of unusual foresight. He envisioned the growth of the Catholic Church in Leavenworth and was acutely aware of the role that Catholic education must play in such growth. It was this sensitivity that prompted Monsignor Kelly to found Catholic High.[3]

Catholic High was originally housed in makeshift classrooms on the third floor of the Immaculate Conception Grade School. The first class graduated in 1913, and early classes graduated from four to 10 students.[3]

In less than 10 years, the temporary housing became inadequate with the increasing enrollment. A permanent home was needed. Monsignor Kelly asked Catholics of Leavenworth to build a new high school, and in 1923, the cornerstone of Immaculata High School was laid. The Class of 1924 was the first to graduate from Immaculata. Truly ‘built to last,’ this building remains the home of Immaculata.[3]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

The Raiders compete in the Northeast Kansas League and are classified as a 1A school, the smallest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association.


Immaculata High School is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and participates in the Northeast Kansas League.
Below, are sports that are offered at the school.[4]

Clubs & Organizations[edit]

Immaculata High School offers a variety of clubs/organizations for the students. A list of clubs offered, are listed below:

Notable alumni[edit]


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