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Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is a private, co-educational, center-city, Catholic high school. It is located in downtown Dayton, in the U.S. state of Ohio, and is owned and operated by the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It is named after Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and St. Julie Billiart.

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
505 South Ludlow Street

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Coordinates39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278Coordinates: 39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Opened1973 (merger of former schools)
PresidentDaniel J. Meixner
PrincipalJohn C. Marshall[1]
Enrollment682 (2018–19[1])
Student to teacher ratio16.5:1
Color(s)Blue, Green & White             
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]



In 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Notre Dame Academy in downtown Dayton, a private secondary school for girls. In 1927, the Sisters were forced to move to a larger facility, and Julienne High School was formed in honor of the founder of the sisterhood, St. Julie Billiart.

The Society of Mary, founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founded St. Mary's Institute in 1850, with both secondary and college level programs. St. Mary's became the University of Dayton in 1920. With the Sisters leaving the downtown Dayton site, the Marianists purchased the old Notre Dame Academy building and opened Chaminade High School, a Catholic high school for boys.

Because of changing enrollment and times, the two schools merged in 1973 to create Chaminade Julienne High School. CJ students come from 45 different grade schools and more than 50 zip codes.


CJ offers an ACT and SAT preparation course. From 2011 to 2014, the school has had 20 National Merit Scholars.[3]

For a third consecutive year, CJ was named one of the 1,900 “Most Challenging Private High Schools in America” according to The Washington Post. CJ ranked No. 68 among all private schools listed and was one of three Dayton area high schools to make the list.[4]

Students enrolled in grades 9-12 are 68% Catholic, 58.1% Caucasian, 28.3% African American, 7.3% biracial, 2.6% Hispanic, 1.3% Asian, .3% African and 1% other races.[5] Of this population, 80% receive some form of financial assistance and/or scholarships.

Over 26,750 men and women are graduates of the school, or predecessor schools.[5]

73% of the faculty have a Master's Degree or beyond, including several doctoral degrees.[3]

On average, CJ students score well above state averages on the ACT and SAT. CJ's mean scores for SAT are 539 (Math) 539 (Critical Reading) 536 (Writing) compared to the state average of 514 (Math) 496 (Critical Reading) 488 (Writing). CJ's ACT mean score is 23.3 compared to the state's 22.0. For the class of 2013, the average test scores were 531 (Verbal), 520 (Math) for the SAT and 22.6 on the ACT. The 2013 class had 97 percent of its graduates continue formal education with more than $12 million offered in college scholarships.[3][6]

The school offers 20 different Honors courses and 10 AP classes courses, which students who demonstrate above average learning capabilities are encouraged to take.[6]


Chaminade Julienne's athletic program has been very competitive in city, regional, and state contests since the school's founding. The school's mascot is the Eagle, and its colors are blue and green. The boys' teams compete in the Greater Catholic League and the girls' teams compete in the Girls' Greater Catholic League.

Chaminade Julienne High School began playing football in 1927. Gerard "Fuzzy" Faust became the head coach in 1933 and would go on to coach 21 seasons (1933-1952, 1956). Faust became the winningest coach in school history, with a record of 123-49-10. The Eagles rose to dominance in the 1940s and 1950s. Over a 20-year span (1940-1959), the "Men of Chaminade" won 16 City League championship and compiled a record of 138-38-9.

In 1966 and 1970, the basketball team, led by coach Jim Turvene, won the large school Division State Championships. Forward Dan Gerhard, 1970 team member, earned Ohio Player of the Year honors. The 1970 the baseball team, led by coach Rick Wessels, won the large school Division State Championship. Center fielder Paul Kurpiel earned Ohio Baseball Player of the Year honors> The 1970 Baseball Team is the only Dayton school to win the large school division baseball State Championship.

In 1982, the Chaminade Julienne men's soccer team brought home the state championship, and the women's volleyball team became a perennial powerhouse, earning multiple district and regional titles for several years. In 1991, the men's basketball team was state runner-up. Both the cross country and track teams produced championships in 1993 and 1994, and the women's basketball team took CJ to the state tournament in 1998 for the first time in the school's history. Returning to state the next year, the women's basketball team brought home the 1999 State Division II championship title. The women's team returned to state and won the State Division II Championship again in 2003. In 2004 they were Division I State Runner-up and returned in 2005 to win the Division I State Championship.

In 2002 the football team, led by Coach Jim Place, made history by being the first team from Dayton to win the State Championship (D-II). The girls' basketball team once again captured the state championship title in 2003 and 2005. They were also recognized as the number one girls' high school basketball team by USA Today.

In 2005, the women's tennis team made its first trip ever to the OHSAA state tournament. It placed fourth in state, and boasted three individual players also going to state and reaching the quarterfinals. The graduating class of 2005 had five students receive division I athletic scholarships. In 2006, the girls' team was back at state again, and placed third in the OHSAA tournament. In 2006, CJ sent four players to the state tournament, three of whom reached the tournament in 2005. These were two sets of sisters: the Pleiman and Buerschen sisters. In 2007, the team placed third again in the division one state championships. Four players qualified for the individual state tournament.

In 2009, the boys' volleyball team, led by coach Megan Marrinan, went to the Division II state tournament for the first time in the school's history. They lost in the semi-finals in five games. Ethan Klosterman was named first team all state and Christian Volk made honorable mention all state.

In the spring of 2011, senior track athlete Bryan Cain won an individual Division II state championship in the 300-meter hurdles event. He also finished third in the 110 meter hurdles, after breaking regional records in both events leading up to the finals.

In October 2011, the Division II women's golf team — having existed for all of five years (since 2007) — became the first Eagles golf team to win a state title since 1933, when the boys of Chaminade High School were crowned city and state champs.

In spring of 2012, senior track athlete Cierra Brown won two individual Division II state titles in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle events. She also finished second in the long jump.

In June 2018, the Chaminade Julienne Eagles baseball team won the OHSAA Divion II state tournament. [7]

Chaminade Julienne has a longstanding rivalry, both athletic and non-athletic, with Archbishop Alter High School.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "High School Open House Calendar". The Catholic Telegraph. 187 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 22, 2018. p. 24. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ a b c "School Profile 2014-15". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Three Dayton-area high schools among America's most challenging". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "School and Community". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "ACT & SAT Preparation". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
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  8. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  9. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Basketball AAA". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  10. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  11. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.

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