Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland)

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Saint Ignatius High School
Saint Ignatius High School Logo.png
1911 West 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County)
United States
Type Private
Motto "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1886
Locale Urban
President Raymond P. Guiao, '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
Governing body Private
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. The school is renowned for its high standards of academic excellence, athletic program and performing arts programs.


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.


Saint Ignatius High School remains at its original location at 1911 West 30th Street to this day. 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.[3] 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 state-of-the-art 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 state-of-the-art 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.[4]


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.[5][6] A Blue Ribbon school must demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence. Saint Ignatius was one of only two private high schools in the country to receive this award.[citation needed]


The school shares its motto "Men for Others" (attributed to Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J.) with nearly every other Jesuit school,[7] 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.[7]

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".[8] 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.[9]

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. There are many musical opportunities including the Wildcat Marching Band, Pep Band, Stage Band, Ignatius Brass, Jazz Band, Liturgical Musicians, and others.[10] The marching band has performed the Script Cats Show for 21 consecutive years, and has won many awards and honors at music festivals abroad.[citation needed]

Clubs and activities[edit]

St. Ignatius also has a vast number of extra-curricular activities to accommodate the students' interest. There are a plentiful amount of clubs and groups that students can get involved in, ranging from the student-led yearbook (the Ignatian) to Billiards Club.[11] The dedication of the activities vary; some may meet daily while others may meet less than monthly.

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[12] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[13]

The Saint Ignatius High School Circus Company is a group of student performers interested in juggling and magic. Each year, they perform almost 200 times, and work for the mission of the school through serving others, with a special emphasis on senior care facilities. They have received the prestigious national Jefferson Award for excellence in volunteerism.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

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

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. The Wildcats own the most football state titles of any school in Ohio, with eleven, all under Head Coach Chuck Kyle. They have not won a title in Bowling (new tournament in 2007), and Swimming (runner-up twice). Although not offered as an official OHSAA sport, the school is also regarded to have one of the better lacrosse programs in the Midwest.

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 [16]
  • St. Ignatius Wildcats named “High School Team of the 90s” by Student Sport Magazine.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • Ranked #18 in "The Best High School Athletic Programs" in the U.S. by Sports Illustrated.[20]
  • Saint Ignatius has won a title in a record 9 different Boys' sports offered by the OHSAA, out of a possible 12. They have not won a title in Swimming (state runner-up twice), Bowling (tournament just started in 2007), and Tennis.
  • 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 quite similar in that both are Catholic, all-boys schools on the west side of the Cleveland area. The schools are separated by only six miles. One of the main reasons for the rivalry is that the schools draw from the same student pool of boys from west side Catholic grade schools. Because of this, when the students face off in direct competition, they commonly are up against former grade school friends.

The schools both produce high-quality athletic teams, combining for over 70 OHSAA state titles in the last 30 years and currently rank at the top for the number of titles won. 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.[21] In addition, basketball games between the two schools (commonly twice a year) sell out at the hosting school's gymnasium.

Several match-ups live in the lore of Cleveland high school sports. In 1993, the regular-season football match-up was regarded as one of the greatest Cleveland football games, resulting in a 35-34 3OT win for the St. Ignatius Wildcats.[22] While the schools are only six miles apart, 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.[23] 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.

St. Ignatius is also known for its formidable soccer program. The soccer team has garnered 2 national titles; 6 state titles (as of the 2014 season) and countless 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 [24]
  • 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 2009 the Sports Information Department was awarded the NHSSPA's Gold Award for its work on the 2009 Saint Ignatius Football Media Guide. The group earned the same award for the 2010 Football Media Guide.
  • Saint Ignatius has one of the top student broadcasting outlets in Ohio. Saint Ignatius' Broadcasting Network broadcasts over 100 games each year including playoff games. The SIBN 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.


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Facilities." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  4. ^ The Saint Ignatius Magazine, Issue 1, 2006.
  5. ^, Blue Ribbon Archive Page 65
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "Philosophy." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  8. ^ "Sophomore Service Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  9. ^ Smith, Robert L.. Student group eases burden at funerals." Plain Dealer Cleveland11 November 2005, late ed.
  10. ^ "Ignatius Band Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 February 2007
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i, Ohio High School Athletic Association All-Time State Tournament Results
  15. ^
  16. ^ Page on Athletic Achievements on Ignatius Website
  17. ^ Football Records Page on Ignatius website
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "All-Time Super 25, School by School". USA Today. 2002-08-23. 
  20. ^ The Best High School Athletic Programs. Sports Illustrated
  21. ^ "Ohio: Edmonds Runs Eagles Past St. Ignatius". 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Boys Basketball D1 State Champs". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  24. ^ Announcement of Victory on Ignatius website

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