Purcell Marian High School

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Purcell Marian High School
2935 Hackberry Street
Cincinnati, (Hamilton County), Ohio 45206
United States
Coordinates39°7′51″N 84°28′31″W / 39.13083°N 84.47528°W / 39.13083; -84.47528Coordinates: 39°7′51″N 84°28′31″W / 39.13083°N 84.47528°W / 39.13083; -84.47528
TypeParochial, college preparatory, Coeducational
MottoPraestans inter Omnes
(Outstanding Among All)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
PrincipalAndrew Farfsing[1][2]
Faculty42 teachers[3]
Enrollment326 (2018–19[2])
Average class size16
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Crimson, Blue and Gold             
Fight songOnward Cavaliers
Athletics conferenceGreater Catholic League Co Ed Central
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [4]

Purcell Marian High School is a parochial high school in the East Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, based in the Marianist Tradition. It is located in the DeSales Corner business district, along Madison Road.

Purcell Marian is a Roman Catholic, co-educational high school serving a multi-racial student body of many faiths with differing backgrounds and educational needs. It is chartered by the state of Ohio and accredited by North Central Association of Schools. Urban in its environment, it is supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and administered and staffed by lay and religious, primarily the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Charity. As of 2017, enrollment is 326 students.[2] For sports the Cavaliers compete in the Greater Catholic League.

Purcell High School[edit]

Purcell High School began in 1928 as an Archdiocesan High School for young men.[5] The site was originally purchased in 1924 by the Rt. Reverend Msgr. J. Henry Schengber for the parish of St. Francis de Sales. Under the direction of the Most Reverend Henry Moeller (Archbishop of Cincinnati) plans were drawn up for a high school which was to occupy the site of the present day Walnut Hills High School. In 1928, the Most Reverend John T. McNicholas decided to locate the school on Hackberry Street and gave it the name Purcell, in honor of the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, John Baptist Purcell. Purcell High School was under the administration of the Brothers of Mary and was staffed by Brothers, Marianist Priests, and lay men and women. The Eveslage Athletic Center was dedicated in 1971.

Marian High School[edit]

Marian High School began in 1908 as a co-educational parish school – the first school of its type in Cincinnati. It was named St. Marys and was located at St. Mary Parish in Hyde Park. For years the high school shared facilities with the elementary school in the building that had been erected in 1903 as St. Mary Mission Chapel. A new St. Mary High School was constructed in 1923. In 1928, St. Mary became a diocesan regional high school for girls only. The boys who had been enrolled there were transferred to the new Purcell High School. In 1963, a new high school called Marian High School was under the administration of the Sisters of Charity and was staffed by Sisters, Archdiocesan Priests, and lay men and women. (This building now houses The Springer School, on Madison Road in O'Bryonville.)

Merger to Form Purcell Marian[edit]

In 1980 the decision was made to merge both schools and the name changed to Purcell Marian High School. Purcell High School and Marian High School merged beginning with the 1981-82 school year. The name of the new school would be Purcell Marian High School. It would be located at the Purcell site and begin with the 1981-82 school year. The mascot would be the Cavalier, and the school's colors would be Crimson, Blue and Gold.

The school seal shows the picture of the Blessed Virgin and Child. The inscription includes the school's motto, Praestans Inter Omnes, and the date of foundation.


The curriculum is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. Purcell Marian has recently adopted a new method of "blended" learning using a combination of online and class taught curriculum for the 2013-14 school year. The program so far includes mathematics and is expected to expand to other subjects in the near future.


Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Clubs and activities[edit]

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[10] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[11]

Black Student Union represents diversity among the students.[citation needed]

In April 2008, the Ultimate Frisbee team won the B-Division City Tournament.[citation needed]

Notable alumni, teachers, and coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.purcellmarian.org/alumnus-andy-farfsing-named-principalceo/
  2. ^ a b c "High School Open House Calendar". The Catholic Telegraph. 187 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 22, 2018. p. 24. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Archbishop Moeller High School. "Faculty Information & Website Links". Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  4. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1943). "Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors". p. 296. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  8. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  9. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  10. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". OhioJCL.org - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "OJCL Constitution". OhioJCL.org - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.
  12. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  13. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2008-12-24.
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  15. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  16. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  17. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  18. ^ The Baseball Cube. "The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2010-02-23.