St. Joseph High School (South Bend, Indiana)

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Saint Joseph High School
SJHS Blue Seal.jpg
453 North Notre Dame Avenue
South Bend, Indiana, 46617
United States
Coordinates 41°40′53″N 86°14′18″W / 41.681286°N 86.238206°W / 41.681286; -86.238206Coordinates: 41°40′53″N 86°14′18″W / 41.681286°N 86.238206°W / 41.681286; -86.238206
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Joseph
Established 1953
CEEB Code 153265
Principal Susan Richter
Chaplain Terry Coonan
Teaching staff 61
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 913 (2014-15)
Campus size 16.24 acres (65,700 m2)
Color(s)      Columbia Blue
Athletics conference Northern Indiana Conference
Nickname Indians
Rivals Mishawaka Marian
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper Soundings
Yearbook Hi-Way
Tuition $7,000-$8,500

Saint Joseph High School (commonly referred as St. Joe) is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school located in South Bend, Indiana. Formerly located adjacent to the campuses of the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College, in 2012, the school moved to a new location about a mile south of Notre Dame. It is located within the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend.


Saint Joseph's High School began classes on September 20, 1953, as the first consolidated, co-institutional Catholic high school in the South Bend area. The school was made up of students from Central Catholic High School, Saint Hedwig School, Saint Joseph's Academy, and South Bend Catholic High School.

Contributions from South Bend and Mishawaka parishioners enabled building the school on 5.7 acres (23,000 m2) of land donated to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend by the Brothers of Holy Cross.

From 1953 to 1968, Saint Joseph's High School had separate divisions for boys and girls. The faculty consisted primarily of Sisters of the Holy Cross and Brothers of Holy Cross. In 1968 the school became coeducational.

In 2012, St. Joseph's constructed a new building on the site formerly occupied by Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Along with the new building, the official name of the school was changed from Saint Joseph's High School to Saint Joseph High School.[1]


SJHS is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

17 different AP classes[2] are offered. St Joe has been named a Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education.[3]

AP classes offered include AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History.

SJHS was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the Catholic High School Honor Roll every year from 2006–2013.[4]

Academic teams[edit]


The Saint Joseph Indians are a member of the Northern Indiana Conference. Fellow member Mishawaka Marian is Saint Joe's archrival; the Indians and the Knights battle annually for the Bishop's Trophy. Saint Joseph also maintains a rivalry with Penn. Sports offered are:[9]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
    • State Champions in 2005[10]
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Danceline
  • Football
    • State Champions in 1995[11]
    • Top-ranked in the state in 1964,[12][13] prior to an official state championship.
  • Golf (Boys)
  • Golf (Girls)
  • Hockey
    • State Champions in 1988, 1989
  • Lacrosse (Boys)
  • Lacrosse (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
    • State Champions in 2003[14]
  • Soccer (Girls)
    • State Champions in 1998, 2010[15]
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)
    • Team State Champions in 1975 (3-way tie), 2010[16]
  • Track (Boys)
  • Track (Girls)
  • Volleyball
    • State Champions in 1972[17]
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Continuing the mission of Catholic education - South Bend Tribune
  2. ^ SJHS Advanced Placement
  3. ^ "School Snapshot". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Catholic High School Honor Roll". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Euro Challenge Competition". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fed Challenge Competition". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Indiana Quiz Bowl - History". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  10. ^ "IHSAA Girls Basketball Team State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "IHSAA Boys Football State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  13. ^ " - Football - 1964.upi Rankings". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "IHSAA Boys Soccer State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "IHSAA Girls Soccer State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "IHSAA Girls Tennis State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "IHSAA Girls Volleyball State Champions". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nathan Gunn: Going Solo - 6680 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Throwing footballs helped A's Ontiveros realize snap was back in arm - Baltimore Sun". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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