Moeller High School
|Moeller High School|
9001 Montgomery Road
|School type||Private Comprehensive, Parochial, College-preparatory high school|
|Motto||Nova bella elegit Dominus|
(Latin: "The Lord has chosen new wars")
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School district||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati|
|President||J. Marshall Hyzdu|
|Principal||Carl Kremer |
|Enrollment||856 (2018–19[needs update])|
|Average class size||22.4|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and gold|
|Fight song||Blue and Gold Fight Song|
|Athletics conference||OHSAA – GCL South|
|Accreditation||Ohio Catholic Accrediting Association|
Moeller High School (// MOH-lər), known as Moeller, is a private, all-male, college-preparatory high school in the suburbs of Cincinnati, in Hamilton County, Ohio. It is currently one of four all-male Catholic high schools in the Cincinnati area.
Archbishop Moeller High School was established in Fall 1958 when Archbishop Karl J. Alter appointed Monsignor Edward A. McCarthy and Brother Paul Sibbing, S.M., to supervise the planning and construction of a new high school near Montgomery, Ohio. Funds for the school were provided by Catholic parishioners in the Cincinnati area as part of the Archbishop's High School Fund Campaign. Archbishop Alter named the school Archbishop Moeller High School to commemorate the fourth Archbishop of Cincinnati, Henry K. Moeller.
Moeller High School opened its doors in September 1960, along with La Salle High School, a fellow Cincinnati Archdiocesan school. Marianist Brother Lawrence Eveslage, S.M., was appointed the first principal, and the faculty consisted of Marianist priests and brothers as well as laity. Moeller High School's first class graduated in 1964. Since then, over 6,000 graduates have become Moeller High School alumni.
When it opened its doors in 1960, Moeller High School received students from over 15 parishes in the northeastern part of the Greater Cincinnati area, drawing from Roger Bacon High School and Purcell Marian High School, two other all-male comprehensive Cincinnati Archdiocesan schools. Moeller High School now accepts students from beyond its traditional boundaries, using a three-tiered system of enrollment.
Starting with the freshman class of 1999, Moeller High School adopted a new laptop program. All freshmen are required to lease laptops through the program to assist in education. Leasing costs are included as part of school tuition. The laptops are equipped to use the new network installed in the school, and teachers are encouraged to use the laptops to do more in the classroom. Common uses for the laptops include writing papers, doing research (using both the Internet and the school's reference systems), and presenting projects. Many textbooks have been replaced by electronic versions. Starting with the class of 2012, students began leasing Tablet PCs rather than standard laptops, allowing them to take notes within OneNote without needing to type.
The Moeller art program is a nationally recognized four-year program which culminates in Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History. The program is led by department chair Jacquelyn Sommer, The program is based on extensive use of the sketchbook, as well as drawing from direct observation, as opposed to copying photographs. Each year the graduating class earns 1–3 million dollars in scholarship offers from top Visual Arts, Architecture, and Design universities.
It features eight-to-twelve pages, two of which have full color, and a variety of content, including news, features, sports, and cultural information. The Journalism I and Journalism II classes are primarily responsible for reporting, writing, and designing the paper. Students outside of these classes are also encouraged to submit story ideas and content. All content is approved by the school's administration before it is published. In 2009, The Crusader moved from a quarterly to a monthly publication.
In 2008, The Crusader won First Place[clarification needed], the second-highest honor a high school newspaper can receive from the American Scholastic Press Association. The contest judged The Crusader on writing, layout, and visual quality.
The Squire is a student literary journal that features stories, poems, and essays written by Moeller students. It is printed annually, and all students may submit to The Squire at any time. The magazine also features student artwork. Selected works for publication are chosen by Moeller's Creative Writing Club, who also edit and publish the journal each year.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the football team won five national titles and many other championships. Moeller's success under football head coach Gerry Faust led in part to an Ohio High School Athletic Association rule prohibiting out-of-state students from competing in sanctioned games (see Alerding v. Ohio High School Athletic Association). The football team again reached success by winning back to back Ohio State Championships in 2012 and 2013.
The baseball team produced Major League Baseball players Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., and Adam Hyzdu. The Crusaders to Division I state baseball championships in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Since 1992, the Moeller basketball team has won/shared 9 conference titles. Since 1999 Moeller Basketball has won 3 State Titles while going to 4 State Final Fours. In 2004, led by 5 starters who would go on to play NCAA Division I basketball, Moeller reached as high as the top 10 in USA Today's national poll. Since 2000, the Moeller Basketball Program has sent more than a dozen players on to play NCAA Division I Basketball.
The lacrosse team has won three state titles and have been a constant force in the state and midwest. The team appeared in 5 consecutive state finals from 1989-1993 and finished as State Champions in 1992 & 1993 and were State Runner-Up in 1989, 1990 and 1991. The Crusaders returned to the State Finals in 2017 and capped off the season with a 10-game winning streak by defeating Cleveland St. Ignatius, 9-8 in double overtime to capture the programs first State Championship in 24 years and the first ever sanctioned OHSAA Division I Lacrosse State Championship.
Moeller High School's athletic teams – with the exception of boxing, skiing, and volleyball – are sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and compete in the Greater Catholic League South, along with Elder, St. Xavier and La Salle High Schools. The Greater Catholic League, more commonly known as the GCL, is often considered one of the premier high school conferences in the country.
Recently[when?], Moeller unveiled plans to build a multipurpose stadium on campus (named Gerry Faust Athletic Complex with an 8-foot bronze statue honoring him at the entrance); however, the plan faced strong criticism from neighboring homeowners, and Moeller's request to change the zoning regulation was denied. Moeller has appealed. As of March 2008, the football field portion is fully completed and ready for immediate use. Moeller's football team has formerly played home games at Galbreath Field in Kings Mills and the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium before moving to Lockland Stadium in 2009. Moeller High School's gymnasium, featuring two JumboTron screens, was named one of the top places for high school basketball by USA Today.
OHSAA team championships
- Football – 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985, 2012, 2013
- Baseball – 1972, 1989, 1993, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015
- Basketball – 1999, 2003, 2007, 2018, 2019
- Golf – 2014 
- Lacrosse – 2017 
This section needs additional citations for verification. (April 2009)
- Lacrosse – 1992, 1993, (Ohio High School Lacrosse Association)
- Volleyball – 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2018,  2021 (Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association)
- Rugby – 2010
- Ultimate Frisbee – 2018
The 2007 title went to the second team in Ohio high school boys' volleyball history to go undefeated.
Lacrosse became a sanctioned OHSAA sport beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.
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- Ken Griffey Jr. – former outfielder/designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox and National Baseball Hall of Fame member
- Adam Hyzdu – professional baseball player
- Barry Larkin – former shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds and National Baseball Hall of Fame member
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- Bob Crable (1978) – Notre Dame All-American and professional football linebacker
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- Greg Jones – linebacker, Tennessee Titans; All-American at Michigan State; Super Bowl XLVI champion
- Mark Kamphaus – Arena Football League quarterback, Albany Firebirds
- Michael Muñoz – college football offensive lineman; son of Anthony Muñoz
- Rob Murphy – 2 time All-American offensive lineman at The Ohio State University, 6 years in the NFL, 6 years in the CFL
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- Tony Hunter – professional football player for Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams. 12th pick in first round of 1983 NFL draft. Varsity captain in football, track, and basketball.
- Greg Huntington – American football player
- Steve Apke – American football player
- Sam Hubbard – American football player for the Cincinnati Bengals
- David Lippincott – American Football Coach for the Oakland Raiders
- Steve Niehaus – was a defensive lineman in the NFL. He was the first ever draft pick for the Seattle Seahawks and the second player taken in the 1976 NFL Draft.
Notable faculty and staff
- Bob Crable (2000–2007) – Notre Dame All-American and professional football linebacker; later head coach and religion teacher at Moeller
- Gerry Faust – head football coach at Moeller; later head coach at the University of Notre Dame and University of Akron
- Geoffrey Girard – fiction writer; and is the current department head and a classroom teacher of English at Moeller
- Tim Rose (1964–1966) – assistant coach at Moeller; later head football coach at Miami University
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