St. Edward High School (Ohio)

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St. Edward High School
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13500 Detroit Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°29′8″N 81°47′6″W / 41.48556°N 81.78500°W / 41.48556; -81.78500Coordinates: 41°29′8″N 81°47′6″W / 41.48556°N 81.78500°W / 41.48556; -81.78500
TypePrivate school
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1949 (1949)
OversightCongregation of Holy Cross
PresidentJim Kubacki
Teaching staff63.4 (FTE)
Enrollment963 (2016)
Student to teacher ratio14.6
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Athletics conferenceOHSAA
RivalSt. Ignatius High School

St. Edward High School is a boys, private, Roman Catholic high school in Lakewood, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1949 and is operated in the Holy Cross tradition by the Midwest Province of the Brothers of Holy Cross. It is one of three remaining boys Catholic high schools in the Greater Cleveland area (Benedictine and St. Ignatius being the others) and has an enrollment of 963 students, as of 2016-2017 school year.[4]


St. Edward High School was founded in 1949 by the Brothers of Holy Cross and named in honor of Saint Edward the Confessor. It was also a nod toward Archbishop Edward F. Hoban, the head of the Diocese of Cleveland who invited the Brothers of Holy Cross to start several Catholic high schools in the Cleveland suburbs after World War II. The Brothers of Holy Cross would start Gilmour Academy in 1946 in the eastern suburb of Gates Mills, St. Edward in the western suburbs, and Archbishop Hoban High School in 1953 in nearby Akron, Ohio. The first graduating class of 1953 consisted of 159 students,[5] including several prominent Clevelanders, most notably talk show host Phil Donahue.[4]


The school offers a college-preparatory oriented curriculum as well as several specialized programs, including a pre-engineering and entrepreneurship programs, typically reserved for college campuses. The pre-engineering program was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Joseph and Helen Lowe Pre-Engineering & Technology Center. About 300 of the school's nearly 900 students are enrolled in the program.[6] In the 2008-2009 school year, the school began offering senior grade level students an entrepreneurship program,[6] which is based on Planning The Entrepreneurial Venture concept created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.[7] The 20-week program is structured to develop basic business techniques including finance, team-building, planning, etc. The completed business plans are ranked, with the students competing for one of five college scholarships totaling $27,000. Also, the school is currently working with local universities to allow students to receive college credits for participation in the program.

In the fall of 2010, St. Edward began to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[8]

St. Edward has three student-produced publications: a literary and art magazine called Flight, a yearbook titled Edwardian, and a monthly newspaper/news magazine called the Edsman.

St. Edward's Latin Club, The Knights of the Tiber, functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[9] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[10]

The school was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a "Blue Ribbon School" for the 1994-1995, 1995-1996, and 2018-2019 school years.[11]


The racial make up of the 924 boys enrolled in 2013-2014 was:[3]

  • Asian/Pacific islander - 2.3%
  • Black - 5.0%
  • Hispanic - 2.5%
  • White - 87.5%
  • Multiracial - 2.7%


The Lowe Center and the Chapel

Construction on the school's current facility began in 1949 on a site that once served as a resting and feeding stop for cattle trains passing through from western states to eastern markets on what is now known as the Norfolk Southern roadbed.[5] Classes began immediately in a temporary location roughly three blocks west of the school’s current location in the building of the former St. Theresa's Academy. A year later, new freshmen were taught in makeshift classrooms in the basement of St. James Grade School, located roughly 1.5 miles away at the corner of Detroit Road and Granger avenues.

In 2000, the school began a capital campaign to upgrade and transform the physical plant, including a new gym, weight room and indoor track. The Kahl Student Life & Leadership Center, named for Manco founder Jack Kahl, was dedicated in 2004. Coughlin Field includes a synthetic, all-weather athletic field as well as an outdoor track.

On July 31, 2008, St. Edward dedicated a $3.4 million Joseph & Helen Lowe Pre-Engineering and Technology Center.[6] The facility was named after the parents of Greg Lowe, the senior vice president of High-Performance Analog Business Units at Texas Instruments and a 1980 graduate of the high school.[6]

The new Holy Family Chapel, topped with a decorative gold dome - in recognition of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, which is also a Holy Cross institution, was dedicated on September 29, 2008.[12] The chapel contains a bronze sculpture of Jesus on the cross created by St. Edward alumnus and sculptor James McKenna who also makes each head bust for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Athletic programs[edit]

Coughlin Field. Home varsity football games are played at Lakewood High School, but most other field sports use this facility.

Football Program[edit]

St. Edward has emerged as a perrenial contender for the OHSAA Division 1 State Tournament Champions having achieved four titles in ten years: 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2018. [13]

Wrestling program[edit]

Since 1959, the wrestling program has produced:

  • 33 OHSAA Wrestling Team State Championships - 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013,[14][15] 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 4 OHSAA Wrestling Dual Team State Championships - 2013, 2016,[16] 2017,[17] 2019

Ice hockey program[edit]

The Eagles ice hockey team has won 11 OHSAA state titles, which is an Ohio state record for that sport.[18]

Former WHA/AHL goalie, Bob Whidden, was named the coach in 1984. In his first year as coach, Whidden's Eagles won the 1985 OHSAA State Champions. Whidden retired in 2005, having coached the team to ten state titles during his tenure and was named to the St. Edward's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.[19] Since 2010, the Eagles have been coached by Troy Gray, who played as a winger on the 1985 team.[20]

Eagles alumni Todd Harkins, Brett Harkins, and Michael Rupp, all played professionally.[21][22]

  • Ice hockey State Championships - 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008[17]

Other sports[edit]

The Ohio High School Athletic Association[23] has awarded the school the following state championships:

Historic Rivalries[edit]

The two main historic rivalries are with St. Joseph High School (now Villa Angela-St. Joseph or VASJ) and St. Ignatius High School.

The St. Joseph rivalry pitted a large east suburban school (St. Joseph) against a large west suburban school (St. Edward). After merging with Villa Angela Academy to become VASJ, the enrollment of VASJ dropped and the rivalry faded.[27] However, the Eagles and Vikings' basketball teams still play an annual game.

With the rise to football and overall sport prominence of St. Ignatius, along with the proximity of the two schools, St. Ignatius replaced St. Joseph/VASJ as the main rival of St. Edward, while St. Edward replaced Cathedral Latin (which closed and later merged with Notre Dame Academy) as the main rival for St. Ignatius.[28]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  25. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball State * * Champs". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
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  28. ^ Northeast Ohio. "With football, St. Edward and St. Ignatius are fierce rivals and fast friends, forever connected". Retrieved 2013-03-16.

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