St. Xavier High School (Louisville)
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|Saint Xavier High School|
"Let God be our light."
|1609 Poplar Level Road
Louisville, KY, 40217
|Type||Private, All-male, college preparatory|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
|President||Dr. Perry E. Sangalli|
|Principal||Mr. Frank Espinosa|
|Average class size||20 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||13:1|
|Campus||Urban, 54 acres, 6 buildings|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics||10 KHSAA Sports
4 Club Sports
|Athletics conference||Kentucky High School Athletic Association|
St. Xavier High School is an all-male, college preparatory Xaverian Brothers-sponsored school in Louisville, Kentucky. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. St. Xavier, also known as St. X, was founded in 1864 by Br. Paul Van Gerwen, C.F.X. The school currently resides on Poplar Level Road and is known for its excellence in all academics and athletics. St. Xavier has received the Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award three times. St. Xavier is currently renovating the school grounds with Project X, an initiative to raise $28 million for new academic and athletic facilities. In total Project X raised $29.1 million for the school.
St. Xavier has the largest enrollment of boys among Kentucky high schools, and had been the only school in Kentucky to have won a state championship in every Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA)-sanctioned sport open to boys before the KHSAA began sponsoring coeducational championships in archery and bass fishing in the early 21st century. St. X has the most successful athletic program in Kentucky, having won 176 boys' state championships. In 2005, St. Xavier was ranked #14 in "Sports Illustrated" Best High School Athletic Programs. In the 2009 fall semester, Saint X won all four fall sports. This is an unprecedented feat, taking home championships in soccer, football, cross country and golf.
The annual football game with traditional rival Trinity at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is promoted by the schools as the most-attended annual regular-season high school football game in the country, typically drawing over 35,000 fans. The largest crowd was 38,500 and the 2007 edition of the game had an announced attendance of 37,550.
The swim team, the Tiger Sharks, have won twenty-seven consecutive state swimming championships, their 50th swimming title overall which is a national record. The golf team has won the McDonalds Tournament of Champions national event multiple times and sent numerous golfers on to NCAA Division I colleges such as Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama, Wake Forest, Clemson, Cornell, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Purdue.
The cross country team has won the past 3 State Championships and 4 of the last 5, and was nationally ranked in the top 15 in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the team which consisted of 6 future NCAA DI athletes, qualified for and competed in Nike Cross Nationals, the only consensus national championship competition in all of American High School athletics. The Tigers placed 14th. The soccer team has won the last three state championships by a combined score of 16-4, earning top 10 rankings in national polls while doing so.
Project X resulted in a new tennis facility, complete with concessions and seating for 300 spectators, a new baseball stadium and a new 6,100 seat football stadium, complete with two private suites, an 8-lane rubberized track, new space for offices and locker rooms. The Tigers opened the new baseball complex on March 26, 2007, with a 10-0 win over Meade County, opened the football stadium on August 24, 2007, with an 18-14 victory over Ballard and opened the 2,000 seat basketball arena with a 73-53 win over South Oldham on January 20, 2009. With the conclusion of Project X, St. X now boasts some of the best high school athletic facilities in the nation.
The theatre troupe is known as The Saint Xavier Players, or simply the St. X Players. The Players sponsor four shows which include the fall straight show, a spring musical, and an intermediate student show in the fall.
Young women from nearby Catholic girls' schools also serve in the female roles and in the tech crew.
The St. X Players include a chapter of the International Thespian Society. However, there are also two special ranks specific to the St. X Players. Player Kings are those students who have dedicated a set amount of hours to drama, with a lower number of hours in specifically acting roles. The tech crew equivalent is the status of Rude Mechanical. An honorary Player Queen is chosen at the conclusion of every school year from among the young women who are seniors and have taken part in St. Xavier productions during the year.
In the 2005–2006 school year, the St. X Players put on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare in October and Damn Yankees in March. In October of the 2006–2007 school year, the St. X Players performed The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The players performed "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" March 2008. Their production of "A Guy's Guide to School, Love, Immortality, and everything in between." ended in October 2008, . This production was written by St. X's creative writing class and the actors.In spring during the 2009 year, the Players performed the school version of Les Misérables. During the 2009-2010 school year, they performed The Hobbit and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. Their shows "Oedipus" (Fall 2010) and "1776" (Spring 2011) were great hits. They performed "Arsenic and Old Lace (play)" in the fall of 2011, and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" in the spring of 2012. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is being performed this fall and "Godspell" in the spring. In the fall of 2014, they performed "Harvey" In the spring of 2015, they preformed the musical "Grease (musical)"
eXpress, the improv troupe, performs for grade schools during the winter. This troupe consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from St. X, as well as juniors and seniors from nearby Catholic girls' schools.
"The Groundlings" is the newest edition to the Theater program at St. X, starting in 2005–2006. Unlike eXpress, "The Groundlings" consists only of St. Xavier freshmen. These freshmen take a crash course in improv acting and also perform a small skit in each eXpress performance.
The St. X Players also run a summer drama camp called Acting Up, introducing middle schoolers to theater and drama.
St Xavier has a music program led by band directors Mr. Matthew Yarborough and Mr. Rick Mattingly while Mr. Rick Knoop leads the choral group. Within the program are various groups including the Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Pit Orchestra (for the school musical), a choral group, and African drum ensemble. The Pep band no longer marches shows for halftime, but still plays pep music in the stands for home games. Concert and Jazz Bands practice year round and have two concerts a year, Christmas and spring concerts, along with the choral group.
The music program also supplies musicians for live performances during the St. X Players yearly musical. Aside from extracurricular, the music program supplies a variety of musical advancement and improvement classes including instrumental music, concert band, honors symphonic band, music theory, AP music theory, Percussion 1 and 2, and many more. The music program is open to any interested participants from local girls' schools and supplies programs for grade school students interested in learning music.
In 1949, a teaching Xaverian Brother Sylvan Mattingly formed "Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Making Club" in the basement of St. Xavier High School with $25 donated by an old couple for a typewriter. Although Brother Sylvan died in 1951, the organization grew to be Our Lady's Rosary Makers, the largest Rosary making group in the United States with 17,000 active members. The organization has distributed hundreds of millions of free rosaries to Catholic missions worldwide.
Brother Isidore Kuppel, C.F.X. founded the Saint Xavier High School Alumni Association in 1884. The first graduate of Saint Xavier, Francis A. Menne, class of 1873, served as the association's first president. Currently, the association has nearly 26,000 members, with graduates residing in 50 states and at least 20 foreign countries.
Michael D. Bush (Class of 1998) is the current Alumni Association President. He has actively served as a board member of the alumni association since July, 2009. He coordinates numerous alumni activities, assisted by the alumni association board and its committees. All graduates of Saint Xavier High School are considered members of the association. Members can participate with the association in many ways. Some of these ways include:
- Volunteering to serve on a class reunion committee.
- Volunteering to call at the annual Alumni Phonathon.
- Volunteering at the St. X booth at the annual St. Joe's Picnic.
- Participating in one of the many events, including the Alumni Golf Outing, the Alumni Retreat, XBPA (Business and Professional Association), the Alumni Day-at-the-Races, the Shillelagh Cup, or the Hall of Honors Induction Dinner. St. X also hosts several regional events throughout the year.
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