Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland)

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Saint Ignatius High School
Saint Ignatius High School Logo.png
"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"
For the Greater Glory of God
1911 West 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County)
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1886
Locale Urban
President Rev. Raymond P. Guiao, S.J. '82
Principal Daniel Bradesca
Faculty 115
Grades 912
Gender Male
Enrollment 1,450 (2012-2013)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference OHSAA
Nickname Wildcat
Rival St. Edward High School
Accreditation NCA [1]
Newspaper The Eye
Yearbook The Ignatian
St. Ignatius High School
The Main Building completed in 1891
Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland) is located in Ohio
Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland)
Location Cleveland, Ohio
Coordinates 41°29′0″N 81°42′28″W / 41.48333°N 81.70778°W / 41.48333; -81.70778
Built 1888
Architect Brother Wipfler
Architectural style Gothic
NRHP Reference # 74001451[2]
Added to NRHP January 21, 1974

Saint Ignatius High School is a private Roman Catholic, Jesuit high school under the Diocese of Cleveland, for young men, located in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.


Founded in 1886 by a German Jesuit on the invitation of Bishop Richard Gilmour, the school was originally a six-year secondary school based on the German Gymnasium that was to be attended after the completion of six years of grammar school. Separate four-year high school and college programs were formed in 1902, with the college changing its name to John Carroll University in 1923 and moving out of the Cleveland location to neighboring University Heights, Ohio in 1935.

The words and music of St. Ignatius' alma mater were composed by the school's band director, Jack T. Hearns, Sr., in August 1937. His band debuted the alma mater at halftime during a football game on October 1, 1937, replacing their customary "Victory March". In 1958, St. Ignatius gave St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati permission to adapt the song.[3][4][5][6]


Saint Ignatius High School remains at its original location at 1911 West 30th Street. The campus includes the original structure, now known as the Main Building, which was completed in 1891 and is now a designated Cleveland Historic Landmark.[7] On January 21, 1974, Saint Ignatius was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Other buildings are Loyola Hall (originally St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School), Clavius Science Center, Saint Mary of the Assumption Chapel (named after a church that once was located on the current campus), Father Sullivan, S.J. Gymnasium, Carroll Gymnasium, Murphy Field House, Kyle Field, and the O'Donnell Athletic Complex, which houses Wasmer Field and Dale Gabor Track. In addition, the $11.5 million Breen Center for the Performing Arts replaced the Xavier Center in August 2009. It houses all student performing arts programs and hosts many events for other local arts groups. A new $3.3 million cafeteria has replaced the former Student Center, stage, senior lounge, and cooking areas. It was renamed the Rade Dining Hall. Both the St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel and the Murphy Field House projects were funded and overseen by Murlan J. Murphy.[8]


The school was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a "Blue Ribbon School" for the 1984-1985 and 2008-2009 school year.[9][10] In 2015, St. Ignatius had 45 National Merit Scholars. With 21 National Merit Semi-Finalists, the school was first among private schools in Ohio and fourth among all schools in Ohio.[11]


The school shares its motto "Men for Others" (attributed to Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J.) with nearly every other Jesuit school,[12] and challenges its students to be "open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice" in accordance with the expectations set forth by the school's "Graduate at Graduation" ("Grad at Grad") document.[12]

The school is located in the heart of the Ohio City neighborhood on the Near West Side of Cleveland, to which it provides support through community involvement programs like the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership Program and the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry (a program in which faculty and students build relationships with the homeless through weekly visitation). The high school was the first in the country to institute a for-credit compulsory service called "Sophomore Service".[13] It also houses the St. Joseph of Arimethea Pallbearers Society, which sends upperclassmen to funerals of families who are unable to provide their own pallbearers.[14]

Fine arts program[edit]

In 1990, a fine arts program was added to the school's curriculum. Its most recent addition has been the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Musical opportunities include the Wildcat Marching Band, Pep Band, Stage Band, Ignatius Brass, Jazz Band, Liturgical Musicians, and others.[15]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Extra-curricular activities at St. Ignatius range from the student-led yearbook (The Ignatian) to Billiards Club.[16] Some activities meet daily while others meet less than monthly.

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[17] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[18]

Athletic program[edit]

OHSAA Division I State Championships[edit]

Saint Ignatius High School's sports teams have won Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I State Championships in 11 of the 16 team sports offered, a state record.[citation needed] The Wildcats have the most football state titles of any school in Ohio, with eleven, all under Head Coach Chuck Kyle.[citation needed] They have not won a title in bowling (new tournament in 2007) or swimming (runner-up twice).

Titles won:

* Co-champs

Other athletic achievements[edit]

  • Crew - Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship - 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 -National Championships - Gold in Men's Junior 4+ 2004, Silver in Men's Lightweight 8+ in 2006, Silver in Men's Freshman 8+ in 2010, Silver in Men's Junior 8+ in 2011 [21]
  • St. Ignatius Wildcats named “High School Team of the 90s” by Student Sport Magazine.[22]
  • Appeared in first ever nationally televised high school football game in 1989 on Sportschannel. The game was vs. Euclid High School. Saint Ignatius won 55-26. ("The Legend Continues." Highlights of the school's state and national championship football season. Produced by Jack Corrigan '70.)
  • Featured on the Team Cheerios box along with Saint Xavier High School.[23]
  • Saint Ignatius appeared on the USA Today Super 25 rankings list for best high school football programs 8 times through 2002, tying them for second place (with Central Bucks West of Doylestown, PA) for the most number of appearances.[24]
  • Ranked #18 in "The Best High School Athletic Programs" in the U.S. by Sports Illustrated.[25]
  • Saint Ignatius has won a title in a record 10 different Boys' sports offered by the OHSAA, out of a possible 12. They have not won a title in Swimming (state runner-up twice) and Bowling (tournament just started in 2007).
  • Saint Ignatius has been named the number one athletic program in the state of Ohio by Sports Illustrated in 2005 and 2009.

Saint Ignatius Wildcats vs. Saint Edward Eagles[edit]

See List of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old)

A strong rivalry exists between Saint Ignatius and St. Edward High School. The two schools are both Catholic, all-boys' schools on the west side of the Cleveland area. The schools are separated by only six miles. Because the schools draw from the same student pool of boys from west side Catholic grade schools, when students face off in direct competition, they commonly are up against former grade school friends.

While the schools compete in virtually all sports annually, the main event is the football match-up that draws upwards of 13,000 fans at both Byers Field and Lakewood Stadium.[26] In addition, basketball games between the two schools (commonly twice a year) sell out at the hosting school's gymnasium.

In 1993, the regular-season football match-up resulted in a 35-34 3OT win for the St. Ignatius Wildcats.[27] In 1998 basketball regional lines were drawn along the Cleveland/Lakewood border and the two teams met in the Division I state championship, with the St. Edward Eagles prevailing 70-61.[28] A similar scenario occurred in baseball in 2008, with the Eagles beating the 'Cats 6-2 in the 2008 Baseball Division I State Championship game.[citation needed]

St. Ignatius's soccer program has garnered three national titles, seven state titles (as of the 2015 season), and regional and district titles.

Other extracurricular achievements[edit]

  • Ohio High School Speech League State Champions in Policy Debate 2001, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, and 2014 [29]
  • In 2008 the Model United Nations team was awarded Top Overall Delegation at the 2008 Carnegie Mellon Model United Nations Conference.
  • In 2010 the Model United Nations team was awarded Runner-Up Delegation honors at the 2010 Gannon University Model United Nations Conference.
  • In both 2014 and 2015, the Model United Nations team was awarded Outstanding Large Delegation (2nd place) at the Michigan State University Model United Nations Conference (MSUMUN).
  • In both 2014 and 2015, the Model United Nations team was awarded Best Delegation (1st place) at the Youngstown State University Model United Nations Conference (LEIMUN).
  • For the 2013-2014 school year, the Model United Nations team was ranked in the top 150 Best High School Model UN Teams in North America by "Best Delegate"[30]
  • The Sports Information Department was awarded the NHSSPA's Gold Award for its work on the 2009 and 2010 Saint Ignatius Football Media Guides.[citation needed]
  • Saint Ignatius' Broadcasting Network broadcasts over 100 games each year. It broadcasts online in video and audio, and has had the call for three OHSAA State Championship games. The club, founded by members of the class of 2009, broadcasts many of the school's sports, including football, soccer, hockey, baseball, and basketball on a regular basis.

Notable alumni[edit]

See List of Alumni of Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio)


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Alma Mater & Fight Song". St. Ignatius High School. Archived from the original on May 19, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ St. Ignatius High School (Fall 2004). "The making of the Saint Ignatius Alma Mater" (PDF). St. Ignatius Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  5. ^ Hearns, Jack; Hearns, Graham; Hearns, John (May 31, 2014). "History of the St. Ignatius High School Alma Mater and a Review of The First Quarter Century of The Saint Ignatius High School Band" (PDF). St. Ignatius High School. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ Fay, John (November 28, 2001). "St. X, St. I look like twins". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Gannett Company). Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Facilities." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  8. ^ The Saint Ignatius Magazine, Issue 1, 2006.
  9. ^, Blue Ribbon Archive Page 65
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  12. ^ a b "Philosophy." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  13. ^ "Sophomore Service Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  14. ^ Smith, Robert L.. Student group eases burden at funerals." Plain Dealer Cleveland11 November 2005, late ed.
  15. ^ "Ignatius Band Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
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  17. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on 2002-07-21. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i, Ohio High School Athletic Association All-Time State Tournament Results
  20. ^
  21. ^ Page on Athletic Achievements on Ignatius Website
  22. ^ Football Records Page on Ignatius website
  23. ^ "News For And About Our Schools" (PDF). The JSEA Bulletin (Jesuit Secondary Education Association). November 1999. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  24. ^ "All-Time Super 25, School by School". USA Today. 2002-08-23. 
  25. ^ The Best High School Athletic Programs. Sports Illustrated
  26. ^ "Ohio: Edmonds Runs Eagles Past St. Ignatius". 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
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  28. ^ "Boys Basketball D1 State Champs". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  29. ^ Announcement of Victory on Ignatius website
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