St. John Vianney High School (Kirkwood, Missouri)
|St. John Vianney High School|
1311 South Kirkwood Road
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Richard P. Davis|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Metro Catholic|
|Team name||Golden Griffins|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Dean of Students||Dr. Will Armon|
|Admissions||Director, Tom Mulvihill|
|Athletics||Director, Terry Cochran|
St. John Vianney High School (a.k.a. Vianney High School, or simply Vianney) is a private, all male, Catholic college preparatory school in Kirkwood, Missouri. The school was founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists), a religious order of priests and brothers who continue to run the school, and is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis, along with the Marianists' Chaminade College Preparatory School and St. Mary's High School.
St. John Vianney High School opened in 1960 and has graduated a class every year since that time.
In 1999, Vianney received a prestigious award from the federal government's Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Recently, Vianney has undertaken a number of building projects including new classrooms, gymnasium, library, science labs, and new turf football and baseball fields.
Vianney sponsors athletic teams in football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, volleyball. There are also club teams for outdoor lacrosse, bowling, chess, lacrosse, racquetball and ice hockey.
In 2011 and 2013, the Varsity Chess Team won the National Championships.
Vianney is a member of the Metro Catholic Conference of private Catholic high schools, along with:
- De Smet Jesuit High School
- Christian Brothers College High School
- Chaminade College Preparatory School
- St. Louis University High School
- Baseball – 2004, 2006, 2018
- Football – 2016, 2018
- Hockey – 1979, 1996, 2020
- Soccer – 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1992
- Volleyball – 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Chess – 2011, 2013
- Soccer – 1992
The school mascot is the Golden Griffin: half lion and half eagle. The school colors, black and gold, reflect the colors of the Griffin. The school states that the Griffin represents certain virtues in all of its students.
School fight song
The St. John Vianney High School fight song, written by former guidance counselor Brother Harold Lootens. is often sung at football and basketball games and at pep rallies: "We are the black and gold of Vianney. We are the Golden Griffins of Vianney High. Half Lion, half Eagle, so the Griffin can roar, so the Griffin can soar above the lightning and the thunder. We will win, win, win, yeah Vianney. Oh hear the din, din, din, of our clamor and cheers. We want the world to be told about the black and the gold of old Vianney, Vianney, Vianney, Hey!" ().
In 2006, Vianney President Fr. Robert Osborne was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual misconduct with a student. The Marianist order later settled the lawsuit. Osborne was investigated by the Kirkwood Police but not charged with a crime.
Sports and entertainment
- Matt Cepicky: MLB player (Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins)
- Tim Dunigan: actor
- Neil Fiala: MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds)
- Trent Green: NFL quarterback
- Mark Lamping: president, St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball Club (2006 World Champions)
- Kyle Markway: Cleveland Browns tight end
- Dan McLaughlin: St. Louis Cardinals radio and television broadcaster
- Tom Mullen: NFL offensive lineman
- Cliff Politte: Major League Baseball pitcher
- Nick Schmidt: Major League Baseball pitcher
- Riley Schmidt: actor, American horror story
- Mark Segbers: soccer player
- Scott Touzinsky: US Volleyball Olympian, outside hitter, 2008 Beijing Games gold medalist
- Erik Ustruck: midfielder, Houston Dynamo
- Tony Williams: soccer player
Arts and sciences
- Bob Cassilly: founder of St. Louis City Museum
- Michael Wendl: Human Genome Project scientist
- Donald K. Anton: professor
Law and Government
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 24, 2006, C5
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 27, 2007, C8
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 12, 2006, C1