Regis Jesuit High School

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Regis Jesuit High School
Regis Jesuit.png
6300/6400 South Lewiston Way
Aurora, Colorado 80016
United States
Coordinates 39°36′0″N 104°47′58″W / 39.60000°N 104.79944°W / 39.60000; -104.79944Coordinates: 39°36′0″N 104°47′58″W / 39.60000°N 104.79944°W / 39.60000; -104.79944
Type Private, co-institutional
Motto Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Established 1877; 140 years ago (1877)
President David Card[1]
Principal Alan Carruthers (Boys)
Gretchen Kessler (Girls)
Grades 912
Gender Male/Female
Enrollment 1,700
(950 boys, 750 girls) (2016)
Average class size 20
Campus Suburban
Campus size 291 acres (1,180,000 m2)
Color(s) Red and White         
Athletics conference CHSAA, AAAAA, Continental
Mascot Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Budget $17.4 million
Tuition $15,475
Dean of Students Mike Doherty (Boys)
Kelli Lotito (Girls)
Director of Admissions Paul Muller (Boys)
Patricia Long (Girls)
Athletic Director Kelly Doherty (Boys)
John Koslosky (Girls)

Regis Jesuit High School is a Catholic, college preparatory high school located in Aurora, Colorado, and administered by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Founded in 1877, the high school shares much of its history with its counterpart Regis University in neighboring Denver, Colorado.

Regis is the Jesuits' only co-institutional high school in the U.S.A. (as opposed to co-educational), meaning that the school is split into two single-gender divisions.[3] The school is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association[4] and is operated by the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, independent of and with the blessing of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.


The school was founded by Italian Jesuits in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Another school was opened in Morrison, Colorado, seven years later. In 1888, the two schools were merged and renamed for St. John Francis Regis to become Regis College, located on 52nd and Lowell Streets in Denver, Colorado. In 1921, the school was formally split into Regis High School and Regis College (now Regis University). The high school and University co-existed on the campus in Denver and shared facilities until a separate building was built on campus for the high school in 1984. In 1989, a parcel of land near Parker and Arapahoe Roads in Aurora was donated to the school. That area is now called the Campbell Campus, and it houses both the Girls and Boys Divisions. In 2016 Regis appointed David Card as president, the first layperson to hold that position.[5]

Introduction of the Girls Division[edit]

Originally a school for boys, in August 2003 the first class of girls was enrolled in what became known as the Girls Division, with the original boys school theretofore referred to as the Boys Division. In August 2004 the Boys Division moved into its new building on the Campbell Campus and the Girls Division moved into the refurbished boys building. Recently a Performing Arts Center was added in-between the two schools, creating a closer bridge between the divisions.[6]


It is possible for Regis Jesuit students to take college credit courses at the high school and earn up to 36 semester hours of college credit from Regis University or through the Advanced Placement Program. There are more than 15 AP classes offered each year.


As of 2016, Regis Jesuit had won 60 State Championships, with 48 for boys since 1988. The girls by their 13th year of existence had won 12 championships (including Spirit in 2010). This places Regis 6th in the state in number of State Championships.[7] In 2013 Sports Illustrated selected Regis as having the best high school athletics program in Colorado.[8]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country, Boys 1 2009[7]
Golf, Boys 7 2016,[7] 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Soccer, Boys 4 1996,[7] 1995, 1992, 1991
Winter Basketball, Boys 3 2011,[7] 2010, 2009
Basketball, Girls 3 2014,[9] 2013, 2009[7]
Hockey 4 2016,[10] 2012, 2009,[11] 2008[7]
Swimming, Girls 4 2014,[7] 2013,[12] 2011[13]
Spring Golf, Girls 4 2015,[7] 2014, 2012, 2010
Baseball 2 2011,[7] 1988[14]
Lacrosse, Boys 3 2016, 2014, 2011[15] [16]
Swimming, Boys 21 2014,[7] 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006,[17] 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1992
Tennis, Boys 3 2010,[7] 2000, 1991
Total 57

Former MLB Player Walt Weiss was the head coach for the baseball team before leaving to become the manager of the Colorado Rockies, one of his former teams.

Regis Jesuit Boys Hockey were USA Hockey High School National Champions in 2012 and 2015 and National Champion Runner-Up in 2013.

In football four members of the 2014 team accepted offers from Division I college teams.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ President. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  3. ^ What is co-institutional education?
  4. ^ Member schools of the JSEA
  5. ^ "From the President's Office at Regis Jesuit l Aurora, CO l Private Catholic High School - Regis Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  6. ^ History
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Colorado high school sports championship history by school". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Top athletics program in each state and the District of Columbia". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  9. ^ "The Regis Jesuit Raiders take on the Fossil Ridge Sabercats in the Colorado 5A High School State Basketball Championships". Getty Images. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  10. ^ 2016 Hockey. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. ^ "(AC) DENVER ,CO--FEBRUARY 28th 2009--Starting goalie for Regis Jesuit High School, John Schubert, hoists the championship trophy after defeating Lewis-Palmer High School in the State Ice Hockey Championship game at the World Arena in Colorado Springs Satu". Getty Images. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Missy Franklin, left, and Regis Jesuit High School swimmers show emotion after the winning of 5A state Championship on February 9, 2013 at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.". Getty Images. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  13. ^ "WebCite query result". Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  14. ^ Baseball by years, Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  15. ^ 2011 Lacrosse championship. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  16. ^ Lacrosse. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Regis Jesuit High School Stock Photos and Pictures | Getty Images". Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  18. ^ "Four from Regis Jesuit High School make it official on National Signing Day – The Denver Post". Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  19. ^ "Missy Franklin, 16, turns heads in the pool with success at Charlotte Ultraswim". The Washington Post. 2011-05-15. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  20. ^ Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story. Grand Rapids: Zonderkidz. 2016. ISBN 9780310748540. 

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