Padua Franciscan High School

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Padua Franciscan High School
Padua Franciscan High School seal.jpg
"In Sanctitate Et Doctrina"
In Holiness and Learning
6740 State Road
Parma, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 44134
United States
Coordinates 41°22′49″N 81°42′52″W / 41.38028°N 81.71444°W / 41.38028; -81.71444Coordinates: 41°22′49″N 81°42′52″W / 41.38028°N 81.71444°W / 41.38028; -81.71444
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Patron saint(s) St.Anthony of Padua
Established 1961
President Fr. Allen
Principal David G. Stec
Grades 912
Gender male and female
Enrollment around 830 (2011-2012 school year)
Hours in school day 7:30-3:30
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Brown and white         
Athletics conference North Coast League
Mascot Bruin
Nickname The Padua Bruins
Team name Bruins
Rival Holy Name High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 530 (Math), 537 (Critical Reading), 536 (Writing)
Average ACT scores 23.7
Yearbook Patavium
Tuition $10,795
Affiliation Franciscan
Dean of Students Mr. Gary Jennrich, M.S.
Academic Dean Br. Tom Carroll, O.F.M.
Athletic Director Mr. Kevin Leigh
Admissions Director Nancy Hodas

Padua Franciscan High School is a private co-educational Franciscan high school in Parma, Ohio. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.


Founded in 1961 as a private school for boys, Padua Franciscan became co-educational in 1983 and is the largest co-ed private school in northeast Ohio.[2] In 2004, Padua was named one of the nation’s top 50 Catholic secondary schools by the Acton Institute and recently it became one of less than twenty high schools officially chartered by the State of Ohio as college-preparatory. After initiating the "Greening of Padua" program to improve the overall look of the campus, Padua has acquired Camp Cordé - a 15-acre (61,000 m2) property in Parma to be used for Padua's boys and girls soccer programs. Padua's principal rivalry is Holy Name High School.

According to the official school site, "An Ohio corporation, Padua was founded by the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart of Saint Louis, Missouri, and bases its educational philosophy on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi. As a school in the Franciscan tradition, its mission is to develop the unique talents of each student, while giving them the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond." The philosophy of the school is based on the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi.

School year[edit]

The school year is made up of two 90-day semesters which are subdivided into four 9-week grading quarters. A typical school day consists of eight 41-minute periods and a 23-minute lunch.

There are 78 members that make up the administrative staff, faculty, and counselors. Of these, 44 have a master's degree or beyond and one holds a PH.D.

Padua offers remedial, basic, regular, honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in a variety of subjects.

[3] To graduate from Padua, each student must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits over the four years. The curriculum includes: - 4 credits in Theology - 4 credits in English - 3 credits in Social Studies (World History, American History, American Government) - 3 credits in Mathematics - 2 credits in a Foreign Language (2 consecutive years of one of the following: Spanish, German, Italian, Latin,or French. Greek is also given but as a non credit course.) - 3 credits in Science (Biology and a second lab science are required. The third need not be a lab.) - 1 credit in Fine Arts (theatrics, music, art, etc.) - 1/2 credit in Physical Education - 1/2 credit in Health - 1/2 credit in Computer Science - 2 1/2 credits in Electives (Padua offers a variety of electives)

  • Along with this, every student is required to complete a yearly Service Learning Requirement that is different according to grade level*

Within the last school year, Padua has also begun to offer a Med-Track program to students who are interested in a career in science and medicine. According to the official website, Medtrack is "a rigorous science and math program," that "embrac[es] the Franciscan tradition of ministering to the needs of the sick in their community. This exciting new program will challenge you with hands-on activities both in and out of the classroom as you explore how to turn your dreams into reality." [4]


Boys' sports: Tennis, Cross country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track.

Girls' sports: Cross country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Softball, Track, and Figure Skating.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sean Faris - Actor, most notable for playing Jake Tyler in Never Back Down.[5]
  • Dan Fritsche - Former NHL player for the Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and currently on HC Lugano of the Swiss National Hockey League.
  • Tom Fritsche - Former Lake Erie Monster/Colorado Avalanche and Ohio State hockey player.
  • Josh Robert Thompson - American actor, and comedian.
  • Brian Holzinger - Retired NHL player.
  • Tom Andrews - Offensive tackle on the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Team. Played college football at the University of Louisville.


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