Rockhurst High School
|Rockhurst High School|
For the Greater Glory of God
|9301 State Line Road
Kansas City, Missouri, (Jackson County) 64114
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,
|Founder||Rev. Michael P. Dowling, S.J.|
|President||Fr. Terrence Baum, SJ|
|Average class size||~240|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
|Fight song||Hail Blue and White|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average SAT scores||Critical Reading: 620
|Average ACT scores||27|
|Publication||The Rock Collection (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Prep News|
Rockhurst High School, typically referred to as Rockhurst, is a private, Roman Catholic, Jesuit, preparatory school for boys located in Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States, on the Missouri-Kansas border along State Line Road.
Rockhurst is accredited by the North Central Education Association and is a member of the North Central Education Association of Independent College Preparatory Schools, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (and its regional affiliates).
In 1908, Rev. Michael P. Dowling, S.J., selected a site for a Jesuit school at 52nd and Troost St. in Kansas City. The name "Rockhurst" was chosen because large rocks found on the school new grounds resembled those at Stonyhurst, a Jesuit-owned plot of land in Lancashire, England. Rockhurst was established by the Society of Jesus and chartered by the State of Missouri as part of Rockhurst College in August 1910. Classes began in the fall of 1914 In 1917, Luke J. Bryne Jr became the first graduate of the school. It changed its name to "Rockhurst High School" in 1923. The high school shared a campus and corporate umbrella with the college until 1962, when it moved to the Greenlease Campus—named for its principal benefactor, Robert C. Greenlease.
Rockhurst is classified as a Class 6A school by the Missouri State High School Activities Association, meaning that it competes against the largest high schools in Missouri during state competition. MSHSAA's classification nomenclature has changed over time and often has varied by sport, so many of the titles listed below were won in divisions known by different names, i.e. Class 3, Class 5A, etc.; however, each title falls under the Class 6A designation either by name or by the criteria outlined by MSHSAA at the time the title was won.
|Sport||First Place||Second Place||Third Place||Total Placings at State|
|Basketball||2013, 1989, 1987, 1932||2007, 1986, 1970, 1949||2005, 2000, 1971||11|
|Cross Country||2015, 2011||2|
|Football||2010, 2007, 2002, 2000, 1987, 1986, 1983, 1981, 1971||2014, 1999, 1989, 1982, 1973, 1969||N/A[note 1]||15|
|Golf||2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1991, 1984, 1976, 1974||2015, 2013, 2004, 1997, 1996, 1978||2014, 2007, 2003, 2002, 1979, 1977||25|
|Hockey (MAHSHL)[note 2]||2013, 2009||2011, 2008, 2007||5|
|Lacrosse (MSLA, LAKC)||2014, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2003||2009, 2007, 2001||9|
|Soccer||2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 1999, 1998||2004, 1989, 1988||2015, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1994, 1991, 1987||17|
|Swim/Dive||2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2006,[note 3] 2005||11|
|Tennis||2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1983, 1976, 1975||2012, 2010, 2008, 1986||2011, 1995, 1989, 1982||26|
|Track and Field||1976, 1975||2|
Rockhurst won 35 state championships in the decade beginning in 2005, and six state championships in 2008-2009 alone. Its record for placings in a single year is 2007, with seven. Also, in 1987 Rockhurst became the only institution in the history of Missouri high school athletics to win football and basketball state championship in the same year. In recent years, Rockhurst's athletics department has repeatedly been named by Sports Illustrated as being in the top-ten nationally.
Rockhurst is not affiliated with any local high school athletic conferences, and because it is not a public school its student make-up is not geographically restricted. Its biggest rivals in the Kansas City area are Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School.
Rockhurst is the only school to win a championship in each major state championship venue: Busch Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, the University of Missouri's Faurot Field, and the Edward Jones Dome. It also won a championship in a "non-championship" venue: its first championship, in 1971, at William Chrisman High School, against St. Louis (MO) Beaumont. Its nine football championships is ranked fourth in Missouri history, behind Jefferson City High School which has 10, Valle Catholic High School, and Webb City High School which both have 12. The team has been to more state championships (14) than any other school, and it is the all-time leader in state playoff appearances and state playoff wins. Five Rockhurst teams have won the state championship with perfect records: 1971, 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2010. The 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2010 teams finished the season nationally ranked 14th, 6th, 20th and 19th respectively (after finishing 14–0, 13–0, 13–0, and 14–0). The back-to-back state championship teams of 1986 and 1987 also finished nationally ranked, 14th and 13th respectively (after finishing 11–1 and 12–1).
Additionally, the last three head coaches of Rockhurst's football team, Al Davis, Jr., Jerry Culver, and Tony Severino, are all members of Missouri's High School Coaches Hall of Fame, and all won state championships. Davis was a two-time recipient of the Knute Rockne Award, and Severino was named USA Today's National Coach of the Year in 2000.
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The school awards varsity letters for both athletic and academic endeavors, including music, choir, band, theater, debate, and chess. The letter is a blue "R", with white trim. One letter is awarded per activity per individual, along with its corresponding pin and/or bar for years on varsity. State championship winners receive a special white "R" with blue trim. The symbol representing the activity in which the student earned the "white letter" is sewn onto the top portion of the "R" (i.e. a football for football, a winged shoe for track, etc.). Unlike the "blue letters", there is no limit to the number of "white letters" an individual may receive in a given activity.
- Robert Altman, filmmaker (did not graduate)
- Kenneth Atchity, film producer and author
- Jim Bannon, actor best remembered as the fourth cinema Red Ryder
- Jeff East, actor
- James V. Grimaldi, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
- Edward Kerr, actor
- Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka, operator of humor website "Something Awful"
- Sean Plott, e-sports commentator and former professional Starcraft II player
- Jason Sudeikis, writer/performer on Saturday Night Live (attended, but graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School)
- Kevin Wall, nationally known radio Talk Show host
- Spencer Tracy, Oscar-winning film actor (did not graduate)
- Nick Griffin, comedian
- Tony Blevins, former NFL cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts
- Brad Budde, former NFL offensive guard for USC and the Kansas City Chiefs
- David Cone, former All-Star Major League Baseball player
- John Cooper, head basketball coach, Miami (Ohio)
- Alex George, former MLB player (Kansas City Athletics)
- Jim Gleeson, former MLB baseball player for Cleveland Indians (1936) Chicago Cubs (1939–1940) Cincinnati Reds (1941–1942), coached for the New York Yankees
- Will John, professional soccer player for Randers FC in Denmark
- Ken Klee, NHL defenseman for the New Jersey Devils (did not graduate)
- John Mayberry, Jr., former major league baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Dexter McDonald, NFL cornerback for the Oakland Raiders
- Steve Mingori, former MLB baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals
- Paul Migliazzo, former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears
- Kenyon Rasheed, former NFL running back for the New York Giants
- Ryan Raybould, former professional soccer player for the Kansas City Wizards
- Kerry Reardon, NFL defensive player for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Seth Sinovic, professional soccer player for Sporting Kansas City
- Timothy Thomas Ryan, NFL offensive lineman for Notre Dame and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Bill Whitaker, former NFL defensive back for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals
- Peter C. Brown, CEO of Grassmere Partners; former CEO of AMC Theaters
- Walter McCormick, President and CEO of United States Telecom Association
- Joseph Waeckerle, M.D., on-field doctor for the Kansas City Chiefs and medical director of rescue at the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse
- Herbert Harris, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Tim Kaine, 2016 U.S. Democratic vice-presidential nominee, U.S. Senator and former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
- Joseph P. Teasdale, former Governor of Missouri
- MSHSAA does not hold a third place game in football
- The MAHSHL replaced the KCMAHSHL beginning in 2009
- Swimming changed from a winter sport to a fall sport in 2006; thus, there were two championships in that calendar year.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "The History of Rockhurst High School". Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
- http://www.rockhursths.edu/s/538/subpage.aspx?sid=538&gid=1&pgid=1626 School-managed list of championships[dead link]
- "ESPN High Elite 25 High Football Rankings". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- "USA TODAY High School Sports". USA Today. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- "Year-by-year Rankings". USA Today. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- http://www.somethingawful.com/index.php?a=1764[dead link]
- "Rockhurst All Sports Program" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- "Kerry Reardon". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2010-03-16.