Saint Charles Preparatory School

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Saint Charles Preparatory School
Collegium Sancti Caroli Borromeo
St Charles Emblem.jpg
2010 East Broad Street
Bexley, Ohio, (Franklin County)

United States
Coordinates 39°58′09″N 82°56′51″W / 39.969231°N 82.947403°W / 39.969231; -82.947403Coordinates: 39°58′09″N 82°56′51″W / 39.969231°N 82.947403°W / 39.969231; -82.947403
School type Private, All-Male
Motto Euntes Ergo Docete Omnes Gentes
(Going out, therefore, teach all nations)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Charles Borromeo
Established 1923
Founder Bishop James J. Hartley
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Superintendent Joe Brettnacher[1]
CEEB code 361595
Principal James Lower
Teaching staff 36
Grades 912
Gender All Male
Enrollment 640 (2015)
 • Grade 9 180
 • Grade 10 170
 • Grade 11 143
 • Grade 12 150
Average class size 21
Campus Urban
Campus size 20 Acres (Not including West Campus)
Color(s) Cardinal Red and White[2]
Athletics conference Central Catholic League
Sports Football, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, Rugby, Golf, Swimming, Water Polo, Track, Cross Country, Baseball, Hockey, Bowling, Volleyball, Robotics
Mascot Charlie the Cardinal Cardinal
Nickname Cardinals
Team name Cardinals[2]
Rival Bishop Watterson High School, St. Francis DeSales High School, Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus, Ohio)
Average SAT scores 1908
Average ACT scores 28
Newspaper The Carolian
Yearbook The Spectrum
Tuition $9,590 (as of the 2015-16 school year)[3]
Alumni Bishop Robert Lynch, Robert L. Selhorst, Robert D. Walter
Athletic Director Dave Lawler[2]
Academic Dean Scott Pharion
Dean of Students Rick Ey

Saint Charles Preparatory School is a four-year Catholic college preparatory school (a type of high school) in Columbus, Ohio, USA. It was founded in 1923 by the fourth Bishop of Columbus, James J. Hartley, as a Roman Catholic college seminary and high school. Today, it is an all-male high school serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

The school's patron is Saint Charles Borromeo, and its motto, inscribed above the front door, is Euntes Ergo Docete Omnes Gentes, a quote from the Gospel of Matthew (28:19) in the Latin Vulgate: "Going out, therefore, teach all nations." The original nickname of Saint Charles students is "Carolians", derived from the Latin word "Carolus," which means "Charles.") In 1947, the students also began to refer to themselves as "Cardinals." The Saint Charles sports mascot is Charlie the Cardinal.

Founding and construction[edit]

The school was founded in 1923 by Bishop James J. Hartley. The first classes were held at Sacred Heart School, an all-girls Catholic school, while the main school building was being built. In 1925, construction of the main school building was completed and classes were held there.

1931 saw the completion of St. Charles' gymnasium and the Our Lady Lourdes Grotto. Major renovations were made to the gym in 1951 to more than double the capacity.

A Gaelic-style chapel (called the "Lower Chapel") was added on to the east side of the school in 1937. Bishop Hartley dedicated the chapel to Mother of Mercy. A Milwaukee art company beautified the chapel with artwork in 1952.

A natatorium was built next to the multipurpose room in 1990. In 1999, the Jack Ryan Training and Fitness Facility was built adjoining to the gym.

By the 1990s, since St. Charles was no longer a seminary and it did not house students, the dorm rooms were not necessary. The former art room on the fourth floor was used for housing purposes. In 1993, the campus library, which had previously been dorm rooms were converted into a physics lab. The library was moved to what was formerly the "upper chapel." In 1995, residence rooms for priests were also converted into classrooms because no priests lived in them. The office and living quarters for Monsignor Thomas M. Bennett, a Social Studies teacher, however, were maintained on the main floor of the school until his death on September 7, 2008.

Construction on the US$5.5 million Robert C. Walter Student Commons and the Student Services and Fine Arts Center, the largest addition to Saint Charles in its history, began in June 2005. The approximately 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) addition, which replaced the courtyard behind the school, was ready for graduation at the end of the following school year; however, it was not available for full use until the 2006-2007 school year. The addition houses the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Robert C. Walter Student Commons Area, which serves as a new cafeteria and provides ample seating space for school and community functions. The Walter Student Commons is named in memory of Robert C. Walter, father of 1963 graduate Robert D. "Bob" Walter, honorary chairman and lead contributor to the current capital campaign being conducted to finance the new addition. Bob Walter and his '63 classmate, architect Robert Corna of Cleveland, initiated the concept for the Commons nearly two years ago. Corna was the architect on the project, and based his designs off of a similar plan for Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, also an all-male school. On the columns supporting the roof are glass panes, which bear the names of all of the alumni of the school, written with laser. Behind the Robert C. Walter Student Commons Area is the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) Student Services & Fine Arts Center. The ground floor anchors the north end of the atrium, and houses a new kitchen, sponsored by Donatos Pizza, and restrooms. The second floor houses offices for the guidance and counseling programs, campus ministry, and the school nurse. On the third floor is an extensive art room and gallery, with a kiln and mud rooms; and a music and choir room, with instrument storage and practice rooms; as well as offices for the respective instructors. The second and third floor connect to the original building at its rear stairwell, and to the Robert C. Walter Student Commons Area by a staircase.

For the first time in its 89-year history, the school expanded its current Broad Street campus footprint. The centerpiece of this project is the newly purchased property which formerly housed the Dealers Lumber Company and came up for sale in the summer of 2010. St. Charles moved quickly to acquire the 6.2 acre site and closed on the purchase in December. The Robert D. Walter West Campus includes the Savko Athletic Complex, comprising a six-lane running track, the artificial-turf Dominic and Kathleen Cavello Field and parking; a 13,000-square-foot training and fitness facility (weight room and 30 yard turf field for speed and agility); and the Horvath Parking Lot. A pedestrian bridge that spans Alum Creek helps connect it with the main campus at 2010 E. Broad St. The full project, paid for through fundraisers, private donations and in-kind gifts, cost about $5.1 million.


St. Charles graduation requirements include: 4 years of religion class, English, foreign language, mathematics, and science; 3 years of social studies; and 1 year of fine arts, health, physical education. Some of the AP classes that are offered to juniors and seniors are AP Latin, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English, Calculus and American History.

Saint Charles is one of the last schools to require students to take at least two years of Latin, a practice retained from the school's past as a seminary where four years of Latin and two years of Greek used to be mandatory.

Many students graduating from Saint Charles attend some of the premier college institutions in the country, including the University of Notre Dame, Harvard, Dartmouth College, Boston College, Cornell University, Yale University, The University of Pennsylvania, Kenyon College, University of Massachusetts, and Washington University in St. Louis. There is also a small number of graduates every few years who discern the vocation to the Catholic priesthood, usually enrolling at the Pontifical College Josephinum.

In 2005, Saint Charles Preparatory was one of three schools in Central Ohio to have every sophomore pass every section of the new Ohio Graduation Test. (The statewide public school pass rate was 64%.) St. Charles has kept this 100% passage rate every year since the OGT's institution. In addition, the graduating class of 2015, with 139 students, had 7 National Merit Semifinalists and 9 Commended Scholars.


Since St. Charles is an all-male school, the theatre department has had to use different methods to incorporate the female roles of plays and musicals. Both prep school and seminary students performed the first plays at St. Charles in 1929 under the direction of Monsignor Joseph A. Cousins. Female roles were played by male students dressing up as women until 1971. It was then that Mrs. Teresa McLean (the school's biology teacher) became the first woman to perform in a St. Charles play. The next year, female students from St. Joseph Academy and Bishop Watterson High School played female parts in a production. Ever since then, female roles for plays have been filled by open auditions from women at other Central Ohio schools. The current theater director is Mr. R.Douglas Montgomery.

Clubs and activities[edit]

The school has a pro-life/social justice group named Cardinals for Life, Dignity, and Justice. This group was founded by 2010 graduate Alexander Coccia. St. Charles has an Engineering Team seated at #1 in the State of Ohio, regardless of Division, and is also nationally ranked #1. There is a speech club program JAM!(Just for a Minute), as well as an Environmental Activities Club and a world class Robotics Team, who have recently won Crossroads regional. The Masconterage, the school's mascot club, provides a mascot for many school events.

Notable Persons[edit]

Machol Bol-This man is really dark

  • Bishop James J. Hartley, D.D. (June 26, 1853 – January 12, 1944): A native of Davenport, Iowa, Bishop Hartley was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Columbus on July 10, 1882, by Bishop John A. Watterson. On December 10, 1903, Pope Pius X appointed him as the fourth Bishop of Columbus to succeed Bishop Henry K. Moeller, who had been appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati. He was consecrated on February 25, 1904, by Archbishop Moeller and was installed in St. Joseph Cathedral five days later. Bishop Hartley founded Saint Charles in 1923. During his episcopate of over 39 years, the longest in the diocese's history, the number of parishes with schools in Columbus went from 37 to 74. Bishop Hartley also started what is now known as The Catholic Times, which had an office at Saint Charles for a short period of time.
  • Monsignor F. Thomas Gallen, P.A. (October 5, 1922 – July 31, 2004): A native of Columbus, Ohio, Msgr. Gallen graduated from Immaculate Conception School in 1936; Saint Charles Preparatory School in 1940; and the College of Saint Charles Borromeo in 1944. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Columbus on June 7, 1947 at Saint Joseph Cathedral by the fifth Bishop of Columbus, Michael J. Ready. He also held a master's degree from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. In 1960, Father Gallen helped launch the broadcasts of area Masses that are still televised in Central Ohio each Sunday morning. In 1989, he was named a Monsignor by Pope John Paul II as an Apostolic Protonotary supernumerary. Affectionately known as "Monz," he had a 48-year tenure at Saint Charles, from 1950 until his retirement in 1998.
  • Monsignor Thomas M. Bennett (November 18, 1931 – September 7, 2008): A native of Detroit, Michigan, Msgr. Bennett graduated from the College of Saint Charles Borromeo in 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Columbus on May 25, 1957, at Saint Joseph Cathedral by Auxiliary Bishop of Columbus Edward G. Hettinger. In 1992, he was named a Monsignor as an Honorary Prelate of Pope John Paul II. Bennett spent his life as a priest and teacher of the students of Saint Charles, where he had a 46-year tenure, from 1963 until his death in 2008. At the time of his death, Bennett was the last teaching priest in the Diocese of Columbus.[4]
  • Robert D. Walter: Creator of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 500 health care services company
  • Matt Lampson: MLS Goalkeeper for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Aaron Diehl: Jazz pianist

List of principals and rectors[edit]

St. Charles Preparatory School
Years Principal / Rector
1925–1942 Msgr. Joseph A. Weigand
1942–1945 Msgr. Edward J. Leinheuser
1945–1957 Msgr. Paul J. Glenn
1957–1969 Msgr. Paul J. O'Dea
1958–1969 Msgr. George T. Woltz
1969–1971 Msgr. Ralph J. Huntzinger
1971–1976 Rev. Charles A. Jackson
1976–1985 Rev. Daniel W. Pallay
1985 – 2012 Dominic J. Cavello
2012–Present James R. Lower

Alma Mater and Patronal Hymn[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

Hail, Alma Mater dear.
Loyal Carolians here.
Thy fame spread far and near
O'er hill and dale;
Our voices raise to thee,
Singing their praise to thee
And happy days with thee,
Saint Charles, hail!

When student days are o'er
And classes meet no more,
When life has called the score:
Prosper or fail;
Still in the twilight gray,
As ages pass away,
Lift we our hearts to say;
Saint Charles, hail!

Patronal Hymn[edit]

O Saint Charles, our holy Father,
Mighty patron of us all!
In thine honor, lo! we gather,
Let thy kindly blessing fall.
Pray for us who name thee patron,
Hear thy sons who on thee call.

O Saint Charles, true guide to heaven,
Unto death our patron be.
When the clouds grow dark at even'
And God's way we fail to see,
Lift the weak, inspire the weary,
Bring us home to Christ with thee.

Athletic achievements[edit]

Saint Charles is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Ohio Water Polo.

Year(s) Sport Achievement
1938–1942 Basketball Coached by Jack Ryan, the team had a record of 77-5
1948 Swimming Central District Runners Up
1953 Football Central Catholic League Champions
1975–1979 Basketball Won 25 straight Central Catholic League games (still a CCL record)
1983 Soccer Won Ohio Class A-AA championship (the school's first state title)
1985 Soccer Won second state title
1989 Soccer Division II State Runners Up
1990 Volleyball State Runners Up
1991 Soccer Division II State Runners Up
1992 Basketball Division II State Runners Up
1994–1995 Swimming 2 consecutive Central District Runners Up
1997–2009 Swimming 12 consecutive CCL Championships, the only team to win the crown in its history
2003 Swimming Individual State Champion 200 Freestyle Adam Ritter
2002–2005 Swimming Central District Runners Up 4 consecutive years (Coach: 2002 Brian Thelan, 2003-2005 Kyle Goodrich)
1999–2005 Cross Country 7 consecutive CCL Varsity titles
2006 Swimming Won 1st Central District Championship; 1st Division I State Runners Up (Coach Kyle Goodrich); 1st Relay State Champion 200 Freestyle Relay
2006–2009 Swimming Won 4 consecutive Central District Championships (only team other than Upper Arlington and Worthington to win the Crown)
2007 Swimming Division I State Runners Up (Coach Kyle Goodrich)
2007–present Cross Country 10 consecutive CCL Varsity titles (known as the decade of dominance)
2008 Swimming Won 1st Division I State Championship (Coach Kyle Goodrich); 2 Relay State Champions (200 Free, 400 Free)
2009 Swimming Division I State Runners up (Coach Kyle Goodrich); 200 Medley Relay State Champions
2009 Volleyball Won the Division II Ohio state championship over defending champions, Akron Hoban.
2009 Golf Won the Division I Ohio state championship over defending champions, St. Xavier.
2010 Volleyball Division II State Runners up
2010 Water Polo Division I State Champions over Toledo St. Francis
2010 Golf Division I State Champions
2011 Water Polo Division I State Champions
2011 - 2013 Soccer CCL Champions
2013 Football CCL Champions - Silver Division
2013 Soccer Division I District Runner-Up
2013 Wrestling CCL Champions
2013 Water Polo Division I State Champions
2014 Hockey CBJ Cup Champions for Varsity and JV, Central District Champions, Division I Co-State Runner-Up
2014 Golf Division I State Runner-Up
2014 Water Polo Division I State Champions
2015 Water Polo Division I State 3rd Place
2016 Basketball CCL Champions
2016 Cross County CCL Champions
2016 Water Polo Division I State Runner-Up
2016 Soccer District Champions (Div I), Regional Champions (Div. 1), State Runner-up (Division I)
2016 Golf Division I State Runners Up

|- |2017 |Basketball |CCL Champions |- |2017 |Swimming |District Champs

See also[edit]


  • Fabro, Louis V. Saint Charles Borromeo Preparatory School: The First 75 Years of Excellence. United States: n.p., 2000.

"$5.5 Million Campus Construction Project Underway for the Robert C. Walter Student Commons and the Student Services and Fine Arts Center." Saint Charles Preparatory School, 2006.

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