St. Xavier High School (Ohio)

Jesuit Catholic high school in Finneytown, Ohio, United States, near Cincinnati

39°12′30″N 84°30′14″W / 39.20833°N 84.50389°W / 39.20833; -84.50389

The main entrance of St. Xavier.

Saint Xavier High School (pronounced /ˈzeɪvjər/ ZAYV-yer), or simply St. X, is a private, all-boys high school near Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The school is one of four all-boys Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, but it is run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) instead of the archdiocese. St. Xavier has 1,535 students, making it the largest private high school in Ohio[1] and one of the 100 largest high schools in that state.[2]

St. Xavier is the oldest high school in the Cincinnati area[3] and one of the oldest in the nation, even older than many universities. It started as the Athenaeum, which opened in 1831 in downtown Cincinnati. From 1869 to 1934, the high school was part of St. Xavier College, which is now called Xavier University. In 1960, the high school moved to its current location on a 110-acre (0.4 km2) campus.[4]

The "Bombers" football team and "Aquabombers" swimming and diving team are ranked nationally and often compete at state championships. The graduates of St. Xavier include many professional athletes, three Olympians, state and national politicians, and well-known authors and actors.

Famous people from St. Xavier




Arts and literature:


Keating Natatorium is where the St. Xavier "Aquabombers" and Cincinnati Marlins swimming teams practice.




St. Xavier gave an honorary degree to Nick Clooney, a television news reporter, game show host, and politician who would have graduated in 1952.[15]

In 1985, Urban Meyer worked as a football coach at St. Xavier. Later, he was the head football coach at the University of Utah, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Florida.[16][17]


  1. "Fall Enrollment (ADM) – October 2008 Non-Public Buildings". Ohio Department of Education. 2009-03-19. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2009-05-20. St. Xavier's average daily membership (ADM) is made of: 398 freshmen, 384 sophomores, 389 juniors, and 356 seniors, which is equal to 1,527 students total. The next-largest school, St. Ignatius High School, has an ADM of 1,419 students.
  2. "October 2008 (FY09) Student Headcounts by Building". Ohio Department of Education. 2009-03-19. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2009-05-20. The table says that North Olmsted High School is the 93rd-largest public high school (1,534 students) and that Westerville North High School and the Greene County Career Center are both number 94 (1,523 students). The note above shows that St. Xavier is the largest non-public high school.
  3. Amos, Denise Smith (2006-10-06). "St. Xavier: A course in pride" (PDF). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-11-20.
  4. "X-Cellent Facts". St. Xavier High School. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  5. "News for and About Our Schools" (PDF). JSEA Bulletin. Jesuit Secondary Education Association. December 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  6. "St. Xavier Alumni E-Mail Address List". St. Xavier High School. 1997-01-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  7. Long, Karen (2008-08-25). "Ten Minutes With . . . David Quammen, author of 'The Reluctant Mr. Darwin'". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio: Newhouse Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Welcome to the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  9. Motz, Mark D. (2008-07-10). "Volume V, Issue 16" (Mailing list). Retrieved 2008-07-11. {{cite mailing list}}: Unknown parameter |mailinglist= ignored (help)[permanent dead link]
  10. "1985 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (Inaugural Year)". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  11. Whitehead, Shelly (1993-09-10). "Major character in movie was raised here" (fee required). The Kentucky Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. C1. Retrieved 2009-09-13. Bill Kraus attended St. Xavier High School (Class of '65, Forensics Club and the National Honor Society), Dartmouth for a semester and then Ohio State, where he received both his undergraduate and master's degree in history.
  12. Dow, Dustin (2007-08-10). "Beijing Calling" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. C6. Retrieved 2007-08-09. Cramer swam on the 800-meter freestyle relay team that won the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships. The 2001 St. Xavier graduate recently finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. National Championships.
  13. "Jesuit Alums, Students Compete in Olympics". Company Magazine. Society of Jesus. 2004-11-25. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  14. Dow, Dustin (2008-06-28). "Rowers Volpenhein, Todd picked" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. B1. Retrieved 2008-06-28. U.S. Rowing announced its roster for the upcoming Beijing Olympics Friday, and Cincinnati natives Bryan Volpenhein and Todd were included among the 13 crews. ... For Todd, however, making the Olympic squad as a member of the lightweight men's four crew offers a chance for redemption after a disappointing ninth-place finish in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  15. "Clooney Earns Diploma, Offers Insights on Darfur". St. Xavier High School. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  16. Erardi, John (2007-01-08). "A long way from Cincy" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. C1. Retrieved 2007-01-08. In 1985, UC graduate Urban Meyer, all of 21 years old, coached the St. X Bombers' defensive backs, one of whom was young Steve Specht, now the head coach at St. X.
  17. Thamel, Pete (2007-01-07). "A Father and a Father Figure Teach Meyer the Rewards of Tough Love". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  • Froehle, Bryan; Will Damico; et al. (c. 1982). A Century and a Half: St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1831–1981. Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Xavier High School. LCCN 82060716.

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