Archbishop McNicholas High School

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Archbishop McNicholas High School is a coed school in the neighborhood of Mt. Washington in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The school was opened in 1951 and named in honor of John T. McNicholas, Archbishop of Cincinnati.

Archbishop McNicholas High School
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Crest of Archbishop McNicholas High School

United States
Coordinates39°5′10″N 84°22′37″W / 39.08611°N 84.37694°W / 39.08611; -84.37694Coordinates: 39°5′10″N 84°22′37″W / 39.08611°N 84.37694°W / 39.08611; -84.37694
TypePrivate, parochial, archdiocesan
MottoThat Youth May Attain Full Stature in Christ
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1915 (St. Joseph Academy)
1951 (Archbishop McNicholas High School)
AuthorityRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
PrincipalDave Mueller
Color(s)Hunter green and white         
Athletics conferenceGreater Catholic League Central
Team nameRockets
RivalBadin High School (Hamilton, Ohio) Alter High School (Kettering, Ohio) Roger Bacon High School
AccreditationOhio Catholic School Accrediting Association

In 1915, St. Joseph Academy, an all-girls academy, was opened as a day and boarding school operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille. In 1950, Archbishop John T. McNicholas designated the academy would become the first co-ed parochial high school in Cincinnati. Archbishop McNicholas died defore the school was opened and his successor, Archbishop Karl J. Alter approved on January 15, 1951 that the school be named for Archbishop McNicholas.

The school was purchased from the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Medaille by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1998.

The geographic district of Archbishop McNicholas High School is on the eastern side of Hamilton County and extends into Clermont and Brown Counties.


The curriculum is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association. 99% of the students attending McNicholas High School further their education in post-secondary schools and colleges. It is required that students have two semester-length theology classes every year at McNicholas, as well as community service hours.

Students enjoy small class sizes with a 12:1 student/teacher ratio.

Project ParadiseEdit

After many years of anticipation McNicholas High School Rockets have a home football field. The Penn Station stadium is behind the school in the area known by all alumni as "Paradise". Addition phases will be completed as funds allow. The first phase included the turf field, an all weather track, a scoreboard and goal posts, bleachers and a press box.

In the final phase the school will build new restrooms and a concession stand. Eventual plans include the installation of permanent stadium lights, a “field house” with locker rooms, weight room, and a meeting room.[1]

On August 24, 2018, the community celebrated the first football game under the newly installed stadium lights. The stadium lights marked a major and long-awaited improvement to the athletic complex.


Ohio High School Athletic Association State ChampionshipsEdit

District and Regional ChampionshipsEdit

  • Men's Basketball (District)1974, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999 (Regional) 1974, 1984, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1995
  • Women's Basketball (District) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 (Regional) 2001
  • Men's Volleyball (District) 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016 (Regional) 2008, 2014, 2016
  • Women's Volleyball (District) 1975, 1976, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Women's soccer District 2013,2014,2016 Regional 2014

Other athletic accomplishmentsEdit

  • Girls Dance Team state champions - 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016. Performed in 2009 Orange Bowl[5]

National ChampionshipsEdit

  • Girls Dance Team - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016 [2]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Archived from the original on 31 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  3. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Girls Basketball". Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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