Regis Jesuit High School

Regis Jesuit High School

Infobox School
name = Regis Jesuit High School
motto = "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"
(For the Greater Glory of God)
established = 1888
type = College Preparatory
religion = Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
grades = 9-12
enrollment = 1,500 (850 Boys, 650 Girls)
president = Fr. Phil Steele, SJ
principal = Mr. James "Jim" Gmelich (boys) Ms. Gretchen Kessler (girls)
dean = Mr. Mike Doherty (boys), Ms. Kelli Sheehan (Girls)
colors = Red and White
mascot = Raiders
campus type = Co-institutional
campus size = 64 acres (26 ha)
location = Aurora, Colorado
country = United States of America
website =

Regis Jesuit High School is a Jesuit Catholic college preparatory high school located in Aurora, Colorado. Founded in 1877, the high school shares much of its history with its counterpart Regis University in neighboring Denver, Colorado.

Regis is the United States' only co-institutional Jesuit school (as opposed to a co-educational), meaning that the school is split into two gender divisions. ["What is co-institutional education?" [] ] The school is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. [Member schools of the JSEA [] ]

Early history

The school was founded by Italian Jesuits in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Another school was opened in Morrison, Colorado seven years later. In 1888, the two schools were merged and renamed for St. John Francis Regis to become Regis College, located on 52nd and Lowell Streets in Denver, Colorado. In 1921, the school was formally split into Regis High School and Regis University. The high school and University co-existed on the campus in Denver and shared facilities until a separate building was built on campus for the high school in 1984. In 1989, a parcel of land near Parker and Arapahoe Roads in Aurora was donated to the school. That area is now called the Campbell Campus, and it houses both the Girls and Boys Divisions. [ "History" [] ]


Regis Jesuit High School practices a college-preparatory curriculum with a strong emphasis on the development of leadership, service, and religious faith. In past years more than 98% of graduates have been accepted at colleges and universities throughout the country. It is possible for Regis Jesuit students to take college credit courses at the high school and earn up to 36 semester hours of college credit from Regis University or through the Advanced Placement Program. There are more than 15 AP classes offered and honors sections exist in most departments. Incoming freshmen are eligible to place into advanced courses in math, foreign language, English and science. ["About Us" [] ]

Regis Jesuit has a daily-alternating block schedule which differs slightly between the two divisions. All students must be enrolled in seven courses each semester. There are no study halls in a students' schedule, but there are Office Hours in the morning which can be used to work on homework, talk with teachers, or host meetings for clubs.

Each year, students participate in various retreat programs run by the Pastoral Office. All freshmen attend Compass Days prior to their first day of class. 10th graders and 11th graders participate in Sophomore Retreat and the Kairos retreat, respectively. Seniors have a variety of options for retreats, including Silent Retreat, Martha and Mary Retreat (Girls Division), leading Kairos, and the traditional Senior Retreat.

Community service is an important component a Regis student's education. There are differing levels of hourly service requirements depending on a student's grade level. Juniors and seniors are required to take part in a two week/sixty-hour service project wherein they work in various community organizations including Volunteers of America, Children's Hospital (Aurora, Colorado), as well as various elementary schools, soup kitchens, retirement facilities, and food banks. [Fletcher, Boyde [ "All part of the learning process"] "The Aurora Sentinel." February 6, 2008. Accessed May 26, 2008.]

Mission Statement

Regis Jesuit High School,a Catholic educational community,affirms the uniqueness and dignity of individuals,inspires the pursuit of excellence,and strives to develop a connection to the world community. ["Mission" [] ]

Profile of the Graduate at Graduation

The hallmark of Jesuit education is cura personalis, the care and concern for the individual. This educational community provides a student-centered environment in which each individual can develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Regis Jesuit aims to form a community of individuals who demand more of themselves and who strive to achieve excellence in all their endeavors by being Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice. ["Profile of the Graduate at Graduation" [] ]

Co-Institutional Education

Regis Jesuit High School provides single-gender, co-institutional education by operating as two separate and distinct divisions, the Boys Division and the Girls Division. Each has its own principal, administrative team, faculty and staff. As such Regis Jesuit is able to provide its students with the best of both worlds—a structured single-gender academic environment during the school day with co-ed co-curricular and social opportunities outside of school hours.

Regis Jesuit prepares its students to excel in college and beyond by developing students with critical minds and the ability to think and succeed on their own. In addition, students have all of the advantages of co-educational interaction without the social pressures in the classroom. With the boys and girls in separate buildings on our campus, students have a choice of when and how they socialize after the school day ends.

Post-Graduation Matriculation

The Class of 2008 was accepted to many of the nation's top universities and colleges, among them Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Chicago, and Princeton University. The Class of 2008 also received near $18 million in scholarships (about $8.5 million from the Boys Division and $9 from the Girls Division). [Commencement Addresses by Mr. Bud Laber, Board of Directors, at Boettcher Concert Hall on May 18, 2008 (Boys graduation) and May 21, 2008 (Girls graduation)]


List of Sports

*Baseball, Boys
*Basketball, All
*Cheer, Girls
*Cross Country, All
*Football, Boys
*Golf, All
*Hockey, Boys
*Lacrosse, All
*Poms, Girls
*Rugby, All
*Soccer, All
*Softball, Girls
*Swimming and Diving, All
*Tennis, All
*Track & Field, All
*Volleyball, All
*Wrestling, Boys

Clubs and Activities

The goal of the Regis Jesuit High School Clubs and Activities Program is for every student to become involved in some sort of activity or sport while attending Regis Jesuit. Activities and sports offer students an opportunity for self-development. We are committed to educating the “whole person” and a full range of athletic, non-athletic, and service-oriented activities are offered. Each division has over forty clubs [Boys Division clubs [] ] [Girls Division Clubs [] ] . These include a corporate-sponsored Ping Pong team ["Pingpong Forrest Gump would be proud of" [] . "KUSA TV, Denver". March 10, 2008. Accessed May 26, 2008.] , an active chess team (Boys), a popular theatre program, the "Impressions" literary magazine, a chapter of the National Honor Society, a chapter of the International Thespian Society, award-winning Mock Trial and Model UN teams, multiple performance groups, and many others.

Notable alumni

* Paul Tauer, Class of 1952. Former Mayor of Aurora, Colorado
* Neil Hopkins, Class of 1995. Actor. Appears in various TV Series such as "Lost", "Big Love" and "Ghost Whisperer"
* Brian Mullan, Class of 1997. Midfielder of the MLS's Houston Dynamo
* Mark Lisi, Class of 1997. Former Midfielder for the MLS's New York Red Bulls.
* Aaron Pitchkolan, Class of 2001. Midfielder of the MLS's FC Dallas.
* Mike Law, Class of 1996. Colorado Mammoth
* John Carroll Lynch, Class of 1981. Actor
* Butch Lewis, Class of 2006. Football player for the University of Southern California.


External links

* []
* [] Jesuit Secondary Education Association

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