Rosati-Kain High School

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Rosati-Kain High School
Rosati-Kain High School Building Angle.JPG
4389 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri, (none) 63108
United States
Coordinates 38°38′31″N 90°15′14″W / 38.6420°N 90.2538°W / 38.6420; -90.2538Coordinates: 38°38′31″N 90°15′14″W / 38.6420°N 90.2538°W / 38.6420; -90.2538
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1911 by SSND & SSJ sisters
School district Archdiocese of Saint Louis
President Sr. Joan Andert
Principal Elizabeth Goodwin
Staff 47
Grades 912
Enrollment 410 (2008)
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Athletics conference AAA (Archdiocesan Athletic Association)
Sports field hockey, softball, tennis, cross country, track, soccer, basketball, dance, cheerleading, volleyball, and swim
Mascot Kougar
Team name Kougar
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Tuition $11,650
Athletic Director Mel Wilson

Rosati-Kain High School is an all-girls Catholic high school in St. Louis, Missouri. Rosati-Kain is accredited as a college preparatory school by the North Central Association, the Missouri Department of Education, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.


Rosati-Kain High school is the first and remains to be the oldest Archdiocesan high school in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. In 1911, the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet joined their two centers to start Rosati-Kain High School. The school began educating young women. The school is named for Joseph Rosati, the first bishop of St. Louis Diocese, and John Joseph Kain, the second archbishop of the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Between the years of 1911-1920, the nuns served as faculty taught without being paid. They supported the operational expenses of the school by selling needlework and teaching music. In 1919, the school had outgrown its building at the St. Vincent Seminary site at Lucas and Grand Avenues. The school moved to the Hayes Mansion on Newstead at the corner of Lindell. In 1921, the Hayes Mansion was moved to make room to build a new larger structure designed by architect Henry P. Hess. This structure was completed in 1922 and remains the main building for R-K. In 1941, the gymnasium, cafeteria, and music room were added to the property with funding raised by the Alumnae Association.

By the mid-1940s, over 1,000 students attended Rosati-Kain in two different shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Rosati-Kain became the first high school in the St. Louis area to integrate, enrolling five African-American students in 1946. Rosati-Kain has changed greatly over the past 100 years, morphing from a typical all-female finishing school to become a college preparatory high school for girls.

The 2011-2012 school year marked the 100th anniversary of Rosati-Kain, and the institution held a year-long Centennial Celebration at that time. A new school song was written specifically for the Centennial Celebration by faculty members Luanne Murphy and Laura Govero-Yann.


In 2009, BusinessWeek Magazine and named Rosati-Kain the Top Parents' Choice Private High School in the state of Missouri.


Located in St. Louis' historic Central West End, Rosati-Kain is directly across from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.


Rosati-Kain is the most geographically diverse girls high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with students coming from throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area, including St. Louis City and St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County and Illinois (64 zip codes and 118 elementary schools) backgrounds. Admission is based on standardized test scores and grade school records. To be accepted into Rosati-Kain, an applicant should meet the following criteria: an A/B average for grades 6, 7 and 8; standardized test scores in the 70th percentile or above for grades 6, 7 and 8; and a good conduct and attendance record for grades 6, 7 and 8.


Hafertepe, Sr. Joseph Andre (1997), The History of Rosati-Kain - Rosati-Kain Official Archives, St. Louis 

Ness, Angela (2006 R–K Today Publication), "Happy Birthday Rosati-Kain" - R-K Today Alumnae Publication, St. Louis  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Fallenger, S. Alvera (1949), The History and Development of Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis 

The Rosati-Kain Alumnae Association Golden Jubilee Booklet, St. Louis, 1965 

Wildt, Sister Carol Marie (2006), Rosati-Kain High School Illustrates Many Firsts, St. Louis 

History and Mission of Rosati-Kain - Rosati-Kain Official Archives, St. Louis, 1997 

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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