Cotter High School (Winona, Minnesota)

Cotter Schools consists of the Cotter High School and Cotter Junior High School with students enrolled in grades 7-12. Cotter serves local and international students on its campus in Winona, Minnesota. Boarding is available for students in grades 8-12. Cotter Schools is the sole Roman Catholic High School in Winona, Minnesota, and is one of the first in the state. The school opened its doors on September 5, 1911 as the "Cotter School for Boys". Cotter, named for the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Joseph Bernard Cotter, was a boys school directed by the Christian Brothers of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. In 1952, the Brothers turned the operation of the school over to the diocese and Cotter became co-educational with the combining of the Cathedral Girls High School. In 1953 a new Cotter building was erected and in 1962 an addition was added. In 1992, with help from an endowment from the Hiawatha Education Foundation, the school moved to its current location on the campus of the former College of Saint Teresa, allowing it to add a boarding school component.

Cotter Schools
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1115 West Broadway Street

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United States
Coordinates44°3′11″N 91°39′59″W / 44.05306°N 91.66639°W / 44.05306; -91.66639Coordinates: 44°3′11″N 91°39′59″W / 44.05306°N 91.66639°W / 44.05306; -91.66639
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderBishop Patrick Heffron
PresidentSister Judy Schaeffer, Ph.D., O.P.
PrincipalDave Forney & Mary Eileen Fitch
Teaching staff32
Enrollment358 (2017)
 • Grade 739
 • Grade 831
 • Grade 960
 • Grade 1064
 • Grade 1178
 • Grade 1286
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Color(s)Royal Blue and White         
Slogan"Let Them Respect the Truth"
Fight songIllinois Loyalty
Athletics conferenceThree Rivers Conference
Team nameRamblers
RivalRochester Lourdes High School, Caledonia High School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Cotter FamilyEdit

The term "Cotter Family" refers to all the students, teachers, parents, administrators, alumni, volunteers, and church members affiliated with the school. Many of these members are in several groups. Roughly 50% of the faculty are alumni. Roughly 25-50%, depending on the year, of the student body are children of alumni, some third and fourth generations. In 1993, local businessmen, headed by Bob Kierlin of Fastenal, started an endowment fund of several million dollars granting the school a technological make-over and allowing it to move to the Saint Teresa campus.

Relationship in the Winona Area Catholic SchoolsEdit

Cotter Junior High School serves grades 7 and 8, while elementary components of Catholic education in Winona are regulated by Winona Area Catholic Schools,[2] who run Saint Stanislaus Elementary School, and Saint Mary's Primary.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
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  3. ^ "A Perfect Fit". Winona Daily News. June 26, 1998. p. 11. Retrieved September 2, 2019 – via  

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