Seton High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Seton High School
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United States
Coordinates39°6′47″N 84°34′43″W / 39.11306°N 84.57861°W / 39.11306; -84.57861Coordinates: 39°6′47″N 84°34′43″W / 39.11306°N 84.57861°W / 39.11306; -84.57861
TypePrivate, All-Girls
MottoHazard Yet Forward
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentKathy Ciarla[1]
PrincipalKaren Klug White[1][2]
Enrollment504 (2018–19[2])
Color(s)Green and White         
Athletics conferenceGirls Greater Cincinnati League
MascotSt. Bernard
Team nameSaints
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [3]
NewspaperThe Seton Connection
YearbookThe Setonian
AffiliationSisters of Charity

Seton High School is a parochial all-female, college-preparatory high school in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.


Seton was founded as Mount St. Vincent Academy in 1854. It was also known as Cedar Grove. With the arrival of Elder High School's girls' department,[4] Cedar Grove was renamed Elizabeth Ann Seton on September 12, 1927.[5][6]

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Seton has always provided the highest quality spiritual, academic, and social programs in a comprehensive curriculum to young women. Since its earliest days, Seton has been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and is an active member of the National Catholic Education Association.

Seton High School holds the motto "Hazard Yet Forward".

As of the 2015-2016 school year, Seton has introduced a housing system that divides the student body into four houses.

O'Connell, named after Sister Mary O'Connell, a Civil War army nurse for the Union, dubbed the "angel of the battlefield" for her services.

Emmits, named after Emmitsburg, Maryland where Elizabeth Seton spent a great amount of time in and died.

Segale, named after Sister Blandina Segale, a Sister of Charity on her way to becoming a saint who was an educator and social worker.

Cedar, named after the cedar trees that once grew where the school now stands and the original name of the school, Cedar Grove.

The Crest[edit]

The crosses are from the crest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and the plowshare represents the City of Cincinnati named after the Society of Cincinnati which is named after Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer who became the famous general of Rome.

The cedar tree symbolizes Cedar Grove, the popular name of the academy established on this site in 1857. The school was renamed Seton High School in 1928.

The wavy bars suggest the Ohio River and the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity at Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio.

The three crescents are derived from the Seton Family Coat of Arms.

Elizabeth Ann Seton[edit]


In 1794, Elizabeth Ann Bayley married William M. Seton. They had five children.

William died while he and Elizabeth were on a business trip in Italy, and there Elizabeth became acquainted with the Catholic faith.

In 1808, she founded the Sisters of Charity in America and is often credited with founding the Catholic School System. Before her death in 1821, she sent four of her sisters to Cincinnati. They lived at Cedar Grove and were the original members of a new congregation: The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. In 1975, Elizabeth Seton became the first canonized saint born in the United States of America.


Seton High school serves girls from 9th to 12th grade. As it is a parochial school, there are religion classes each a semester long that students must take 8 of to graduate if they spend all of their high school career at Seton. Freshman take Awareness and Hebrew Scriptures, Sophomores take Christian Testament and Church History, Juniors take Morality and Social Justice, Seniors take, Christian Lifestyle and World Religions The full pdf of the academic services can be found here: [7]

Athletic Teams[edit]

As a member of the Girls' Greater Catholic League, Seton teams have won numerous league, district, regional and state championships in 12 varsity sports:


  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Swimming & Diving


  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Track & Field

Year Round

Clubs and activities[edit]

Students can participate in a wide variety of clubs and activities including:

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Message from the Principal". Seton High School. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "High School Open House Calendar". The Catholic Telegraph. 187 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 22, 2018. p. 24. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  4. ^ "The Elder Coat of Arms". The Purple Quill. Elder High School. 1950-11-22. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  5. ^ Seton Cincinnati: History
  6. ^ Mount St. Vincent's Academy, Cedar Grove, Price Hill]
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.
  10. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.

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