Moeller High School

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Archbishop Moeller High School
Seal of Moeller High School
Moeller's school seal and logo[1]
9001 Montgomery Road[2]
Cincinnati, Ohio, (Hamilton County) 45242
United States
Coordinates 39°13′12″N 84°21′30″W / 39.22000°N 84.35833°W / 39.22000; -84.35833Coordinates: 39°13′12″N 84°21′30″W / 39.22000°N 84.35833°W / 39.22000; -84.35833
School type Private Comprehensive, Parochial, College-preparatory high school
Motto Nova bella elegit Dominus[1][9]
(Latin: "The Lord has chosen new wars")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established Fall 1958[3]
Founded 1959[citation needed]
Opened September 1960[3]
Status Open
School district Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
CEEB code 361033[4]
President Marshall Hyzdyu[5]
Principal Blane Collison[6]
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 870 (2015–16[needs update][10])
Average class size 22.4[7]
Student to teacher ratio 16:1[7]
Campus type Suburban
Houses 6 houses
Color(s) Blue and gold[1]         
Slogan "What can gold do for you?"
Song Crusaders' Anthem[1]
Fight song Blue and Gold Fight Song[1]
Athletics conference OHSAAGCL South
Mascot Crusaders[1]
Rival St. Xavier High School
Accreditation Ohio Catholic Accrediting Association[7]
Publication The Squire
Newspaper The Crusader
Yearbook The Templar
Tuition $10,590.00 (2011–12)[needs update][8]

Archbishop Moeller High School (/ˈmlər/ 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 five all-male Catholic high schools in the Cincinnati area.

Established in 1958 and opened in 1960,[3] Moeller quickly gained a reputation for its athletic excellence, winning nine state football championships and five national football championships in its first 24 years, led by coach Gerry Faust.


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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[11]


Laptop Program[edit]

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.[12] 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.

Quite a number of countermeasures have been installed to counteract misuse of the computers, including web filtering, to monitor how students use their computers.[citation needed]

Art Program[edit]

The Moeller Art program is a nationally recognized 4 year program which culminates in Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History.[13] The program is lead by department chair Greg Stanforth, who in 2014 was recognized as one of Design Intelligence's 30 Most Admired Educators.[14] The program is based on extensive use of the sketchbook,[15] 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.[13][14]

school publications[edit]

The Crusader[edit]

Moeller's student-run newspaper, The Crusader, is consistently recognized as being one of the top in the region. 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.[16] The contest judged The Crusader on writing, layout, and visual quality.

The Squire[edit]

The Squire is a student literary journal that features stories, poems, and essays written by Moeller students. It is currently 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.

House system[edit]

In 2005, Moeller instituted a house system. There are six houses: Zaragoza, Zehler, Eveslage, Quiroga, Pillar, and Trinity. Each house name has something to do with the Marianist order. The six houses are also divided into mentor groups, which is like a homeroom class, consisting of about twenty students, five from each grade. This allows interaction and mentoring between grades.

The six houses also compete every year in areas such as grades, detentions, service, sports, and competitions such as the Crusader Games, which includes: sack races, jousting, and dodgeball.


The Moeller Crusaders have a long history of athletic success. During the 1970s and 1980s, the football team won several national titles and many other championships.[17] The football team again reached success by winning back to back Ohio State Championships in 2012 and 2013. The baseball team, under the direction of head coach Mike Cameron, has produced many stars, some of which have moved on to Major League Baseball. Among these graduates are Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Adam Hyzdu. Mike Cameron retired after the 2007 season and assistant coach Tim Held took over. Held took the 2008 team to the final four in his first year at the helm. It was the school's sixth final four appearance. Held has since led the Crusaders to Division I state championships in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015. The basketball team has achieved recent success since the mid-1990s. Since 1992, Moeller had 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 wrestling team at Moeller is also known for being one of the premier programs in the state, as well as the nation.[citation needed]

The lacrosse team have won two state titles and have been a constant force in the state and midwest. The team had a good run of success in the early to mid 90's but has since found it to come by as the competition level has increased. Nonetheless they maintain their position as one of the top five teams in the state every year.[citation needed]

Moeller High School's athletic teams – with the exception of boxing, lacrosse, 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.[citation needed] The Greater Catholic League, more commonly known as the GCL, is often considered one of the premier high school conferences in the country.[18]

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.[19] As of March 2008, the football field portion is fully completed and ready for immediate use. Moeller's football team has played in University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium as their home field over the last several years, but starting in 2009, they began using Lockland Stadium instead.[20] Moeller High School's gymnasium, featuring two JumboTron screens, was named one of the top places for high school basketball by USA Today.[citation needed]

OHSAA team championships
Non-OHSAA championships[citation needed]
  • Lacrosse – 1992, 1993 (Ohio High School Lacrosse Association)
  • Volleyball – 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012 (Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association)
  • Rugby – 2010

The 2007 title went to the second team in Ohio high school boys' volleyball history to go undefeated.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]








Notable faculty and staff[edit]


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