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Saint Ignatius High School
1911 West 30th Street Cleveland, OH, USA
Type Private, Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Motto "For the Greater Glory of God"; "Men for Others"
Established 1886
President Timothy P. Kesicki
Principal Peter Corrigan
Enrollment 1415
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Athletics conference Independent

Saint Ignatius High School is a private Roman Catholic Jesuit high school for young men located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The school is renowned for its high standards of academic excellence, athletic program and its fine and performing arts programs. Each year, nearly 100% of graduates go on to colleges and universities within one year of graduation.[1] However, the school is most proud of its formation of its students as complete, well-rounded men who are not only academically prepared for their futures, but spiritually and socially as well.


Founded in 1886 by a group of German Jesuits from Buffalo, New York on the invitation of Bishop Richard Gilmour, the school was originally a six-year secondary school based on the German Gymnasium that was to be attended after the completion of six years of grammar school. Separate four-year high school and college programs were formed in 1902, with the college changing its name to John Carroll University in 1923 and moving out of the Cleveland location to neighboring University Heights, Ohio in 1935.[2]


The Main Building, first erected in 1891

Saint Ignatius High School remains at its original location at 1911 West 30th Street to this day. The campus includes the original structure, now known as the Main Building, which was complete in 1891 and is now a designated Cleveland Historic Landmark.[3] Other buildings are Loyola Hall (originally St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School), Clavius Science Center, Saint Mary of the Assumption Chapel (named after a church that once was located on the current campus), Father Sullivan, S.J. Gymnasium, Carroll Gymnasium, Murphy Field House, Kyle Field, and the O'Donnell Athletic Complex, which houses Wasmer Field and Dale Gabor Track, and the Xavier Center, which is currently used by the band program. In addition, a $10.2 Million state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center will replace the Xavier Center to house all Performing Arts at Ignatius. A new $3.3 million state-of-the-art Cafeteria will replace the current student center, stage, senior lounge, and cooking areas. The food services opened in August 2006, and in August 2007 phase two will complete the project with a renovated student center.[4]


The school shares its motto "Men for Others" (attributed to Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J.) with nearly every other Jesuit school.[5] The school is situated in the heart of Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. The area immediately surrounding Saint Ignatius is heavily impoverished, and the school attempts to help the community that through community involvement programs like the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership Program and other community outreach and service programs.[6] Saint Ignatius students strive to live up to the expectations set forth by the school's Graduate at Graduation (Grad at Grad) Document. The Grad at Grad Document challenges all students to be: open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.[5] Saint Ignatius is the home of the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Project, a program in which faculty and students build relationships with the homeless through weekly visitation. The institution was the first in the country to institute mandatory service as a class called "Sophomore Service."[7] It is also recognized to house the St. Joseph of Arimethea Pallbearers Society, which sends upperclassmen to funerals of families who are unable to provide their own pallbearers.[8] Every Junior must make a retreat, choosing from a wide variety of options.[9]

Fine Arts Program[edit]

In 1990, a fine arts program was added to the school's curriculum. This program is growing, and includes an award-winning chorus and a recently-formed a cappella singing group, the "Cat-o'-tonics". The chorus has received awards in competitions, and the "Cat-o'-tonics" were awarded National Runner-up in the 2006 National Championship of High School A Cappella.[citation needed] There are many musical opportunities including Pep Band, Stage Band, Ignatius Brass, Jazz Band, Liturgical Musicians, and others.[10] The marching band has performed the Script Cats Show for nearly 20 years, and has won many awards and honors at music festivals abroad.

Alma Mater[edit]

Our famed alma mater graces
Every shrine within our hearts
With her unforgotten faces
And the faith that she imparts
Years in passing cannot sever
Ties of new days from the old
We're Ignatius men forever
As we hail the blue and gold.[11]

St. Ignatius Fight Song[edit]

On Ignatius with your gold and blue
You're the best thing that we ever knew
You've got what it takes to win this game
Honor to your name
Fight you Wildcats of Ignatius High
(Opponent's Name)'s team can bid this game goodbye
On the old beam now
You blue and gold team now
And fight to victory![11]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Main article: Alumni of Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio).

Notable alumni of Saint Ignatius High School are involved in and have achieved success in a variety of fields. Some of the most famous alumni include:

OHSAA Division I State Championships[edit]

Saint Ignatius High School's sports teams have won Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I State Championships in:

Other Athletic Achievements[edit]

  • Crew - Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship - 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
    National Championships - Gold in Men's Junior 4+ 2004, Silver in Men's Lightweight 8+ in 2006[18]
  • St. Ignatius Wildcats named “High School Team of the 90s” by Student Sport Magazine.[19]
  • Appeared in the very first high school football game televised on ESPN.[citation needed]
  • Featured on the Team Cheerios box along with Saint Xavier High School.[citation needed]
  • USA Today Ranked them #3 out of the 25 best high school football programs in the last 25 years.[citation needed]

Other Extracurricular Achievements[edit]

  • Ohio High School Speech League State Champions in Policy Debate 2001, 2004, 2006[20]
  • National Championship of High School A Cappella 2006 State Champions and Midwest Champions-- "Cat-o'-Tonics". The "Cat-o'-Tonics" are the #1 high school male a cappella singing group in the country, and #2 overall.[citation needed]
  • In 2005 the Cleveland chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network awarded its annual Activist Organization award to the student group UMOJA (United Men of Just Actions)[21]


  1. ^ "Academic Excellence." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [1].
  2. ^ "Heritage and History." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [2].
  3. ^ "Facilities." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [3].
  4. ^ (The Saint Ignatius Magazine, Issue 1 2006).
  5. ^ a b "Philosophy." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [4].
  6. ^ "Arrupe Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [5].
  7. ^ "Sophomore Service Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [6].
  8. ^ Smith, Robert L.. Student group eases burden at funerals." Plain Dealer Cleveland11 November 2005, late. ed
  9. ^ St. Ignatius High School Student Handbook. p. 1 Cleveland: 2006.
  10. ^ "Ignatius Band Program Homepage." Saint Ignatius High School Webpage. 11 Feb 2007 [7].
  11. ^ a b [8] Page on Ignatius website with Alma Mater, Fight Song, and School Motto
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Dwyer, Eddie. "Know Your School: St. Ignatius Wildcats." December 14, 2006[9] (accessed December 22, 2006)
  13. ^ [10] Personal Website
  14. ^ [11] Personal Website
  15. ^ [12] Profile of Brian K. Vaughan
  16. ^ [13] Brian K. Vaughan's Myspace
  17. ^ [14] Player Profile at Ohio State Athletics site
  18. ^ [15] Page on Athletic Achievements on Ignatius Website
  19. ^ [16] Football Records Page on Ignatius website
  20. ^ [17] Announcement of Victory on Ignatius website
  21. ^ Gay People’s Chronicle - news update July 8, 2005

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