St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy

St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy

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motto = "Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam"
(For the Greater Glory of God)
established = 1965 and 2004
type = private, all-male, college-preparatory high school and middle school
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affiliations = Society of Jesus, Roman Catholic, Diocese of Toledo
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president = Rev. Joaquin Martinez, S.J.
chairman = Joseph Rideout '69
rector = Rev. Thomas Radloff, S.J.
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enrollment = 950
grades = 9-12 and 7-8
address = 5901 Airport Highway
city = Toledo
state = Ohio
province = Detroit Province
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accreditation = North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Jesuit Secondary Education Association, Ohio Department of Education
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St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy comprises two schools on the same campus: St. John's Jesuit High School (SJJ) and St. John's Jesuit Academy. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. Both are private, all-male Jesuit schools in Toledo, Ohio.

:SJJ has an enrollment of 850 boys.

:St. John's Jesuit Academy was started as a pilot program in 2005, with its first class of 30 seventh and 30 eighth graders during the 2004-2005 school year. Since this pilot program, the school has been expanded to 100 students.



St. John's was founded as "St. John's College" by the Jesuits in 1898 in downtown Toledo. It was a business college with a strong performing arts program. St. John's College closed in 1936, during the Great Depression.

St. John's purchased property near Gesu school, a Jesuit grade school to create a Jesuit schooling community. The plans fell through however and the Oblates opened St. Francis de Sales High School on the property near the University of Toledo. The original mascot of this new Oblate school was the titan in memory of St. John's.

When the new St. John's opened its doors in 1965 on Airport Highway in Toledo as a college-prep high school, the school took back its mascot and St. Francis de Sales took on the knight as their mascot. The schools now have a rivalry in the greater Toledo area.

Over the years the school has grown ("See: Renovations" below) to include a new tech wing and athletic facility. The most marked addition to the campus is the new junior high academy. The St. John's Jesuit Academy was added in the 2004-2005 school year, offering 7th and 8th grade college-prep curriculum as well as high school, college-prep,and honors curricula.

Christian service

One of the goals of a Jesuit education, found in the St. John's Mission Statement is "educating "men-for-others"." Therefore, a service project is required in order to pass any of the four compulsory Theology courses at St. John's. Additionally, St. John's has a local service organization, known as the St. John's Jesuit Christian Service Team. Led by a student core team, it team sends out students daily to serve at local preschools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and nursing homes.

Campus Ministry

St. John's Campus Ministry Program is run by Mr. Tom Harms, Mrs. Barbara Bauer, Mrs. Jo Chambers, Mr. Greg Richard, and Mr. Luke Rosen (music). Additionally, in 2006 the program started a student core-team that helps organize ministry activities. SJJ Campus Ministry organizes a Mass every morning in the McDonough chapel and feast-Masses for the community in the Chapel of St. John Berchmans. Every day, Campus Ministry holds a Communion service during a selected lunch period and, once a month, the large chapel is open for Eucharistic Adoration.


A $4.5 million renovation to the school's commons and surrounding area, completed in November 2007, added a student union type atmosphere to the commons and a performing arts wing. The commons include a student lounge, food court, cafeteria, and a new book and spirit store. The new Sawicki Center performing arts wing includes a band room, chorus room, instrument storage, director offices, practice rooms, a recording studio and the remodelled McQuade theater. The McQuade theater has been renovated with new lecture chairs, lighting and sound equipment, and an improved stage. A set-storage room was also added just off the auditorium stage. Access to the wing is off the commons, from a new exterior entrance between the visitor/technology wing entrance and the main commons entrance.

St. Johns added a technology wing, including a news studio for the St. John's television channel, TV-4, a music technology lab similar to college music composition labs, the Jesuit mural, two computer labs, and the Iott Center, the library on the St. John's campus. Following the addition of the tech wing, St. John's added the Lyden Fitness Center which included the Lyden Center weight training facility (the largest in the City League), the auxiliary gym, an athletic trainer's office, and renovations to the main gym, including a new floor. Between these major renovations and additions to the campus, St. John's has also added a Chemistry lecture hall, Physics lecture hall, Physics classroom, computer graphic-design lab, and state of the art Chemistry and Biology labs.

chool trademarks

chool patron

The School Patron is St. John Berchmans, a Belgian Jesuit who lived in the seventeenth century. [St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy Bulletin of Information, The School Patron] . He was chosen as the school patron because his life and beliefs as a Jesuit highlighted a loving practice of fidelity to God in day to day living and a distinctive appreciation of and participation in the ordinary aspects of life.

chool seal

The School Seal is a modification of the coat of arms of the Loyola family -- the family of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola. The name Loyola is derived from the Spanish "lobos y olla," meaning "wolves and pot." In the 15th century, the Loyola knights were identified by a coat of arms consisting of two shields. The first depicts a cauldron suspended by a chain between two wolves. The wolves, plentiful in the Basque hills of Spain, mark the family as Basques. This symbolizes the generosity and hospitality of the Loyola family. Legend has it that during a famine in the Basque country, the Loyolas fed all the hungry in the surrounding countryside, even the wolves. The bands on the opposite shield are taken from the arms of St. Ignatius' maternal family, the Oñaz family -- the family of the founder of the Jesuits. [Santuario de Loyola (]

chool colors

The School Colors are blue and Vegas gold and are hailed in both school songs: the Alma Mater and the fight song. Symbolically, the blue represents filial piety and the gold stands for integrity. [St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy Bulletin of Information, The School Colors]


t. John's College

St. John's College was the original school, founded in downtown Toledo. When the school re-opened years after it closed during the great depression it re-opened as St. John's High School.

t. John's Jesuit High School

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established = 1965
enrollment = 850
grades = 9-12
principal = Tim Malone '69
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The high school opened in 1965 as "St. John's High School". In 1990, it was renamed St. John's "Jesuit" High School. It is an all male, college-prep high school with an enrollment of more than 850 students. SJJ is one of two all-boys Catholic high schools in the Toledo area, the other being St. Francis de Sales High School.


To be enrolled in St. John's Jesuit, a student must pass an entrance and placement exam. St. John's runs on a 4.0 GPA scale. In order to graduate from St. John's, each student must complete eight full semesters of study, along with a four year service requirement and successful completion of the senior project, a three week internship. Theology and English are compulsory for all four years of study, Math and Science, three. St. John's is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, and the Ohio Department of Education. SJJ is one of only seven State of Ohio charters as a college-preparatory school. St. John's offers a large number of Honors classes which receive a 0.5 weight to their GPA. St. John's also offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses which receive a 1.0 weight and possible college credit.

In 2007, the St. John's Jesuit Quiz Bowl team won 1st place in the Toledo City League and the Northwest Ohio Regional Tournament.


Athletics at St. John's Jesuit are co-curricular. Sports include basketball, football, soccer, ice hockey, baseball, track and field, cross country, bowling, lacrosse, swimming, golf, tennis, rowing, and a recently established table tennis team.

The Titans have won or shared the Toledo City League All Sports Trophy 26 times in the last 32 years. The Titans have won the trophy more than any other school in the City League (as well as more than all other schools combined). Other accomplishments include several Ohio High School Athletic Association and regional championships:

* Golf - 1931, 1987, 1994 Ohio High School Athletic Association Championscite web|url=|title=Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site|accessdate=2006-12-31|author=OHSAA]
* Hockey - 2007 Ohio High School Athletic Association Championcite web|url=|title=Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site|accessdate=2006-12-31|author=OHSAA]
* Tennis - 1987 Ohio High School Athletic Association Champions
* Rowing - 2004,2006, and 2008 Midwest Champions; 2006, Scholastic National Championship- Junior 8 (Third Place, Bronze), 2008 Scholastic National Championship- Varsity 4 (Third Place, Bronze)
* Cross Country - 2006 State Championship Runner Up
* Hockey - 1999 [*] , 2007 State Championscite web|url=|title=Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site|accessdate=2006-12-31|author=OHSAA] Final Four: 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001.
* Basketball - Final Four: 2003, 2006. State Championship Game: 1993, 1996, 2004
* Football - Final Four: 2003
* Soccer - Final Four: 2002
* Golf - 2006, 10th in State Tournament
* Swimming - 2008 Northwest District Champions, ending the record-breaking 42-year streak of rival St. Francis de Sales High School
* Diving - David Colturi 2007 State Champion
* Track & Field - 2007, 2008 Regional Champions:: [*] Won state title game 7-0, however later forfeited to Bowling Green High School due to the use of an ineligible player. The players retained their individual gold medals.

t. John's Jesuit Academy

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principal = Chris Knight
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The Academy was established in the 2004-2005 school year. Its enrollment is held at 50 seventh graders and 50 eighth graders. The students can use all of the facilities of the college-prep high school but primarily study in their own private wing. Often, students take some of the requisite high-school courses in the Academy before enrollment in the High School. As a result, many Academy students can take many more AP courses at the end of their high-school study. The Academy has a budding sports, music, and art program. The students attend all Masses and Prayer Services with the High School. The students of the Academy are paired with "Big Brothers" in the Senior High and take part in activities with them often. The Academy offers advanced curriculum in Math, Science, English, Social Studies and one foreign language consisting of Spanish, Latin, German, Arabic, French, and Chinese.


Athletics at the Academy are extra-curricular. They consist of cross country, golf, basketball, track, and tennis. There are many other teams as well including The Lego Robotics Programming team, and the power of the Pen and the Stock Market Team. Most teams participate in the local, Catholic sports programs with other private 7th and 8th grades.


Music at the Academy is compulsory. Students can enroll in the Academy Beginners Band, the Academy Young Men's Chorus, or the standard music education course. Additionally, students can be placed in the Academy Advanced Band.

Notable alumni

{arranged alphabetically by last name}

*Rev. Karl Joseph Alter - Archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, technically an alumnus of St. John's College, the original school at St. John's Jesuit.
*John Amaechi - 1988 - NBA player, of the Cleveland Cavaliers and also the first openly homosexual player in the NBA. [cite web |url= |title=ESPN |publisher=ESPN]
*Nick Anderson - editorial cartoonist - winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
*Rob Chudzinski - 1986 - NFL/NCAA football former player & coach - the current offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns
*Michael B. Coleman - 1972 - mayor of Columbus, Ohio
*David Colturi - 2007 - Purdue diver who placed fifth in olympic qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
*Doug Ducey - former chairman and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and Kahala–Cold Stone which now owns the franchise.
*Brandon Fields - 2002 - NFL punter drafted in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins
*Erick Iskersky - champion tennis player
*Chris Knight - Principal of St. John's Jesuit Academy
*Gary Louris - 1973 - singer and guitarist for The Jayhawks
*Tim Malone - principal of St. John's Jesuit High School
*George Barry O'Toole, O.S.B. - a founding member of the Catholic Radical Alliance, graduate of St. John's College
*Scott Parsons - 2002 and 2003 US National Champion in K-1 Whitewater Slalom Kayak; 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist; 2004 US Olympic Trials Champion. [cite web |url= |title=Parsons, Scott |publisher=United States Olympic Committee]
*Michael D. Sallah - Miami Herald investigative reporter who received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.
*Owen Wilson - coach and player of "How's It Goin Owen" Intramural teams

External links

* [ St. John's Jesuit High School website]
* [ St. John's Music Department page]
* [ Virtual Tour of St. John's]
* [ St. John's Academy page]
* [ St. John's College counseling page]


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