Rochester Lourdes High School
|Rochester Lourdes High School|
2800 19th Street NW
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona|
|Chaplain||Father The Hoang|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Hiawatha Valley|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
Lourdes High School (LHS) was initially for girls only and went coeducational in 1925 when nearby boys-only Heffron High School closed. When the school relocated to a location on Center Street in 1941 it was renamed Lourdes High School. It moved to a site near 19th Street and Valley High in 2013.
Dennis L. Nigon, Principal of Lourdes High School from 1987–2007, became President of Rochester Catholic Schools in 2007. Mr. Nigon has 39 years of experience in Catholic high schools, and is in charge of the Lourdes Building Our Future project, to build a new facility for Lourdes High School.
LHS uses modular scheduling, students usually having classes into 36-minutes class periods, with each class meeting about four of five days of the school week.
Lourdes High School has additional academic requirements beyond those commonly found at public high schools.
The Eagle is the student run and edited online newsmagazine of Lourdes High School. Starting out as a newspaper in 1921 at LHS predecessor St. John's High School, the publication utilized a variety of print formats, turning into a newsmagazine in 2008, and an online publication in the fall of 2010. Throughout its long history, however, The Eagle has set a standard for high school journalism in regards to writing, editing, and artwork. It can be found here.
The Lourdes High School Math League in 2008 won first place in the Hiawatha Division, as well as attending the State Competition on March 12, 2007, taking second place in the Small Schools Division. LHS student, Patti Geisler, won first place of all high schools in the division for highest individual score. 6 of the top 10 students of all high schools in 2008 were from Lourdes high school. (Post Bulletin, page A4 February 15, 2008)
The science club was established around 2005. The club is made up of students dedicated to increasing their knowledge of science. In 2007 the club formed its second team to take to the Envirothon Competition. After taking second place in the regional competition, the team went on to the state tournament. In 2010, the team finished fourth in the regional competition by one point. That team was led by Taylor Nelson and Andrew Lose.
Lourdes also boasts the city's top ranked high school chess team after defeating local rival Century High School in the 2008 city championship while going on to finish 7th in the state competition.
Other activities include Latin Club, Drama, Student Council, Marching band, One Act Play, Color Guard, Film Club, Yearbook, Speech Team, The Cultural Exchange Club, Key Club, Jazz Band, Rockinsania, Center Street Singers, WGI Winter Drumline, Chess Club, Lego Robotics.
In 2006 the Lourdes varsity football team advanced to the semi-finals of the state tournament. The current head coach is Mike Kesler. The first year of Kesler's coaching career was a 2-7 season. But every year since has been a successful winning season making the state tournament 3 straight years in 06, 07, and 08.
In November 2010, Rochester Lourdes won the Minnesota State Class 3A football title with a convincing 42-13 win over Holy Family. Lourdes finished the season undefeated.
1997 was the first year that Lourdes had a boys soccer team. The Lourdes boy soccer team won the Minnesota State Soccer Championship for Class A in 1998 and 1999. In 1995 Tom Kane, the current varsity coach for boys soccer at Lourdes, campaigned heavily for a school sanctioned team.
The 1998 Boys team (the first out-state Minnesota soccer team to win state) beat LaCresent (4-3), Mankato West (2-0) and Caledonia (2-0 section championship game) on their way to state. At state, Lourdes came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 against Benilde-St. Margaret's in overtime in the state quarterfinals. They then proceeded to beat Duluth Marshall 1-0 to claim the championship.
The 2006-2007 season found Lourdes falling to Benilde-St. Margaret's 2-5 in the semi finals and tying Totino-Grace 1-1 for third place.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Rochester Catholic Schools". Retrieved May 24, 2015.
- "Academic Profile". Rochester Catholic Schools.org. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
- Official Site of Lourdes High School Football
- MaxPreps Lourdes High School Boys Soccer Fall 06-07