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Reitz Memorial High School or simply Memorial High School (MHS), is an inter-parochial Catholic High School on the east side of Evansville, Indiana. It sits on a 13-acre (53,000 m2) tract of land off Lincoln Avenue that was bought with money donated by Francis Joseph Reitz in 1922 in memory of his parents, John Augustus and Gertrude Reitz. The school officially opened its doors on January 5, 1925. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville.

Reitz Memorial High School
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1500 East Lincoln Avenue


Coordinates37°58′14″N 87°32′12″W / 37.97056°N 87.53667°W / 37.97056; -87.53667Coordinates: 37°58′14″N 87°32′12″W / 37.97056°N 87.53667°W / 37.97056; -87.53667
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. Joseph
FounderFrancis Joseph Reitz
OversightDiocese of Evansville
PresidentJohn Browning
PrincipalSally Sternberg
ChaplainZach Etienne
Grades9 – 12
Color(s)     Royal Blue
Athletics conferenceSouthern Indiana Athletic Conference
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
NewspaperThe View
YearbookThe Review



In 1922 Francis Joseph Reitz pledged one million dollars for the school to be built, for which he was presented with the insignia of Knight and Knight Commander of the Order of Pius IX. The original, main building was built three stories high of Ohio gray brick and elaborate trimmings of Indiana limestone with a Tudor-Gothic design. On New Year’s Day, 1925, Reitz Memorial High School, with its 18 classrooms, auditorium that was used as a gymnasium as well, cafeteria, library, candy store, parlor, and large recreation room, was dedicated by Bishop Chartrand of Indianapolis. Classes began on January 5, 1925 with the Brothers of The Holy Cross from Notre Dame University teaching the boys and the Sisters of Providence teaching the girls, each on separate floors.[2]

In 1969, a new addition was completed. The new wing extending along Bennighof Avenue came with expanded first and second floors, a new gym, band room, and library. The new gym could hold up to 2,000 people.

In 1998, a new addition, costing roughly $5 million was added to the western part of the building. The new wing, also known as often called "the west wing", added eight more classrooms, two art studios, two science labs, a wrestling room, a second, smaller auxiliary gymnasium, and a new media center. The final renovations increased the student capacity to 900 students.[2]


Evansville Memorial competes in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference. Their school colors are white and blue. The following IHSAA sanctioned sports are offered:[3]

  • Baseball (boys')
    • State champions - 1978, 1989, 1993[4]
  • Basketball (boys' and girls')
    • Girls' state champions - 2011[4]
  • Cross country (boys' and girls')
  • Football (boys')
    • State champions - 2017[4]
  • Golf (boys' and girls')
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
    • Boys' state champions - 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017[4]
    • Girls' state champions - 1996, 2008, 2012, 2017[4]
  • Softball (girls)
    • State champions - 2002
  • Swimming (boys' and girls')
  • Tennis (boys' and girls')
    • Girls' state champions - 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2012[4]
  • Track (boys' and girls')
  • Volleyball (girls')
  • Wrestling (boys')

Notable alumniEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ a b "Reitz Memorial High School About MHS: History of Reitz Memorial High School". Reitz Memorial High School. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  3. ^ "IHSAA 2014-2015 School directory" (pdf). IHSAA. p. 51. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "IHSAA State Championships by School" (PDF). 11 July 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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