Seven Hills School

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The Seven Hills School
The school's current logo, created ca. 2009
5400 Red Bank Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

2726 Johnstone Place
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
School type Non-profit, Private
Established 1974
Founded 1906
Status Open
Head Christopher P. Garten
Head of Upper Matthew Bolton
Head of Middle William J. Waskowitz
Head of Doherty Patricia V. Guethlein
Head of Lotspeich Carolyn A. Fox
Faculty 137
Grades PK–12
Enrollment 1,047 (2014–2015[3])
 • Elementary 465
 • Middle 246
 • Upper 336
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Language English
Hours in school day 7
Campuses Hillsdale
Campus type Urban/Suburban
Color(s) Blue, Gold, and Green             
Athletics conference MVC
Team name Stingers
Average SAT scores (2009) 1810–2120
Publication Seven Hills Buzz
Seven Hills Magazine
Newspaper Canvass (Upper)
The Hive (Middle)
Doherty Press (Doherty)
Yearbook Carpe Diem (Upper)[1]
Tuition $5,500 – $19,850[2]
Affiliation NAIS
Alumni Mohini Bhardwaj
Dana Fabe
Tiffany Hines
Andy Paris
Curtis Sittenfeld
P.G. Sittenfeld
Information 513-271-9027
An older logo that has been in use for several decades
An alternate logo that has been in use for several decades

Coordinates: 39°10′0″N 84°24′8″W / 39.16667°N 84.40222°W / 39.16667; -84.40222

The Seven Hills School is a private, non-denominational school in Cincinnati, Ohio. It consists of Doherty (PK–5) and Lotspeich (PK–5), Seven Hills Middle School (6–8) and Seven Hills Upper School (9–12). The Seven Hills School is the largest independent, non-church-affiliated school in Ohio.[4] The Seven Hills School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Along with four other local schools, Seven Hills was recognized in 2009 by Cincinnati Magazine for Outstanding Achievement in the category of General Excellence.[5]


The Seven Hills School was formed in 1974 from the combination of three Cincinnati institutions — the College Preparatory School, the Hillsdale School and the Lotspeich School. The Doherty School was founded by Miss Doherty. It was called Miss Doherty's College Preparatory School for Young Girls from its founding in 1906 until 1974. Meanwhile, Lotspeich, the middle school, and the high school were known as Hillsdale-Lotspeich. Both schools were originally only open to women until around the 1960s/early 1970s.[4][6]


The Seven Hills School is divided into two campuses: Hillsdale and Doherty.


Hillsdale is the main campus of the school. It includes the Upper School, the Middle School, and Lotspeich, one of Seven Hills' two elementary schools. It is also home to most of the athletic fields and gymnasiums as well as the school's main administrative office.


Doherty is another campus of the school. It is home to an elementary school of the same name.

At Doherty, grade 1 is also known as Unit 1, grades 2 and 3 are grouped together into Unit 2, and grades 4 and 5 are grouped into Unit 3. Grades in the same unit are grouped together for some classes, assemblies, and other purposes.


Seven Hills offers courses on English, Fine and Performing Arts, Foreign Language, History, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, and Technology and Computer Science. To graduate from the Upper School, students are required to complete four years of English and three years of mathematics, science, history, and a foreign language.[7] Additionally, each student is required to complete their Personal Challenge. A Personal Challenge is worked on throughout each students time in the Upper School. Personal Challenges must stretch a student's personal limitations (without being dangerous), take thirty or more hours to complete, and be shared with the community.[8]

Sister Schools[edit]

Seven Hills maintains sister school relationships with Lycée Paul Melizan in La Valentine, a suburb of Marseille, France, and Liuzhou High School in Liuzhou, China. Seven Hills has also previously partnered with Colegio La Salle Burgos in Burgos, Castilla y Leon, but will partner with a school in Bilbao, Pais Vasco beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Foreign exchanges are maintained with each school—students in Spanish and French 3 or higher are eligible for exchanges to the respective country in alternating years, while exchange to Liuzhou is offered to any rising senior each year. Students travel to Marseille and Paris in March of odd years, with foreign students arriving in April of the same year; in even years, students travel to Madrid and Bilbao in March, with foreign students arriving in the previous October. Students travel to China in July, with foreign students arriving in January of the following year.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Seven Hills has a variety of clubs and other activities open to students.

Latin Club[edit]

Seven Hills' Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League and National Junior Classical League. In the 2009–10 OJCL convention, Seven Hills' Latin club earned second place in the Points per Capita Sweepstakes.[9]

Paper Noise[edit]

Paper Noise is the biannual literary magazine published by members of the Upper School, featuring writing pieces from all grade levels of Seven Hills. The group also holds an annual open mike lunch where students can read poetry or literature, whether it is written by themselves or someone else.

Roots & Shoots[edit]

Since 2005, members of the middle school have run a member group of the organization Roots & Shoots. The group coordinates projects that raise money for charitable causes or that help the environment.[10][11] Some of their projects include adding a fountain in the middle school for reusable water bottles to discourage the use of disposable water bottles and arranging for the school cafeteria to have reusable silverware instead of disposable plasticware.[12]


Seven Hills Stingers
A middle school golfer teeing off at a match

The Seven Hills Stingers are a member of the Miami Valley Conference, which is part of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Seven Hills has a combined total of ninety-seven teams playing soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, volleyball, tennis, cross country running, golf, gymnastics, cheerleading, lacrosse, and swimming. The school has also received the OHSAA Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship Award for the past three years, and was also awarded the Charlie Selzer Sportsmanship Award in 2005.[13] Additionally, the middle and upper schools both offer various intramural sports which take place throughout the year during lunch time.


In 2009, the school's varsity golf team earned sixth place in the OHSAA Boys Division III State Golf Championship. Also in 2014, the golf team earned eleventh place in the OHSAA Boys Division III State Golf Championship.[14] In 2016, the boys team won Sectionals and Districts to advance to the OHSAA Division III State Championship, and came in 1st out of twelve teams, led by brothers Jack and Max Lane making first and second team all-state respectively. The team was captained by Jack Lane and Daniel Grass. The rest of the team consisted of senior Austin Murph and juniors John Stewart and Ben Agin. The boys team shot a 648 two-day total, marking the first state championship for the school outside of swimming.


In 2009, the Seven Hills varsity boys soccer team, formerly coached by Terry Nicholl, won the league, sectional, district, and regional tournaments, losing only in the state semifinal match against Worthington Christian School. They completed their season with a record of 19-2-1.[15][16] In 2010, the middle school boys team had 19-0 for their season, with 76 goals, 4 goals against and 15 shutouts.[citation needed]


In 2014, the Seven Hills Swim Team achieved three, first-place finishes and another three, second-place finishes. The boys 200 Medley Relay Team consisting of Marquardt, Kieser, Guo, and Skoufalos won the SW Ohio Districts, and set a new school and meet record.[17] At the state meet, the swimming team placed 4th in Division II. The team had one state win, and four runners-up, including 2nd-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay.[18] Also, 2014 was the first year of the Middle School Swim Team, which placed 1st in the boys at the Junior High Swimming Championships. The team had 15 first-place finishes including wins in the 200 Medley and Free Relay, consisting of Callard, Cyr, Kalin, and Maring, which both barely missed the meet record. In addition, Cyr set a new meet record in the 100 I.M., and Maring set a new meet record in the 25 Breast.[19] In 2015, the boys swimming and diving team gave Seven Hills their first team OHSAA state championship in school history.[20] In 2016, the boys swimming and diving team gave Seven Hills their second team OHSAA state championship.[21]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Boys Swimming and Diving- 2015 (Division II)

Notable alumni[edit]


  • "School Overview". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  1. ^ Seven Hills Upper School Student Senate (September 2010), Seven Hills Upper School: Clubs and Organizations 
  2. ^ "Tuition/Tuition Assistance". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Seven Hills by the Numbers". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved Jan 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "History". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cincinnati Magazine selects Seven Hills as one of area's Best High Schools for General Excellence!". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Cincinnati Magazine. August 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Middle & Upper Program of Studies, 2010-11". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Personal Challenge: Guidelines". Seven Hills. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Middle Clubs & Activities". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Find a Group - Seven Hills R&S". Roots & Shoots. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Roots & Shoots Club". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Just the Facts". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "2009 OHSAA Boys Division III State Golf Recap" (PDF). Ohio: OHSAA. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Varsity Boys Soccer's Remarkable Season Ends". The Seven Hills School. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Seven Hills High School - 2009 Boys Soccer". Cincinnati.Com. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Retrieved Jan 3, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Retrieved Jan 3, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Retrieved Jan 3, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  21. ^ "Seven Hills Stingers top east-side Buzz". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Congratulations to our local Graduates". Cincinnati Enquirer. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Dana Fabe". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  24. ^ "Tiffany Hines". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "Seven Hills Alumni: 1989". The Seven Hills School. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  Note: Access to this page is currently restricted.
  26. ^ Sittenfeld, P.G. (2011). "An education in leadership" (PDF). The Seven Hills School Magazine (Spring 2011): 18. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 

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