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McNick teachers know their students well--we have a 12:1 student to teacher ratio.

McNick teachers know their students well--we have a 12:1 student to teacher ratio.

Our students live in 42 area zip codes and attended 46 different grade schools.

Our students live in 42 area zip codes and attended 46 different grade schools.

Our students volunteer over 15,000 hours of Christian service each year.

Our students volunteer over 15,000 hours of Christian service each year.

90% of our students participate in our 40 clubs and 26 GCL athletic programs.

90% of our students participate in our 40 clubs and 26 GCL athletic programs.

Our Science Department received the Ohio Governor’s Award for STEM Excellence for over 30 years.

Our Science Department received the Ohio Governor’s Award for STEM Excellence for over 30 years.

72% of our faculty holds advanced degrees.

72% of our faculty holds advanced degrees.

Our students are challenged with 19 on-campus Advanced Placement courses.

Our students are challenged with 19 on-campus Advanced Placement courses.

Over 45 Appalachia retreats and over 125 of Kairos retreats have empowered thousands of Rockets for lives of active discipleship.

Over 45 Appalachia retreats and over 125 of Kairos retreats have empowered thousands of Rockets for lives of active discipleship.

We have had over 25 OHSAA State Tournament championship appearances.

We have had over 25 OHSAA State Tournament championship appearances.

Over 70 of our students have earned National Merit Awards in the past 15 years.

Over 70 of our students have earned National Merit Awards in the past 15 years.

We partner with 5 universities for College Credit Plus programs.

We partner with 5 universities for College Credit Plus programs.

98% of our students attend college after graduation.

98% of our students attend college after graduation.

100% of our students participate in over 8 offered retreat experiences.

100% of our students participate in over 8 offered retreat experiences.

86% of our students are Catholic.

86% of our students are Catholic.

Over 280 AP Tests & Portfolios are submitted each year.

Over 280 AP Tests & Portfolios are submitted each year.

We offer 35 courses for college credit.

We offer 35 courses for college credit.

Our students recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the Calculus & English Literature AP Tests.

Our students recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the Calculus & English Literature AP Tests.

We have a highly-recognized theatre program and over 30 visual & performing arts offerings.

We have a highly-recognized theatre program and over 30 visual & performing arts offerings.

Our students learn speaking and presentation skills and have earned top honors in the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest & the Rotary Club speech contest.

Our students learn speaking and presentation skills and have earned top honors in the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest & the Rotary Club speech contest.

Our World Languages Department challenges students to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Our World Languages Department challenges students to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy.

We set students up for success with 5 levels of math classes and a full-time math tutor on staff.

We set students up for success with 5 levels of math classes and a full-time math tutor on staff.

Our visual and performing arts students consistently earn Scholastic Gold Keys & OMEA superior ratings.

Our visual and performing arts students consistently earn Scholastic Gold Keys & OMEA superior ratings.

Our students’ achievement is recognized annually with induction into the National Honor Society and 8 other subject-specific honor societies: Science Math, Art, Spanish, Latin, French, Music, & Thespian.

Our students’ achievement is recognized annually with induction into the National Honor Society and 8 other subject-specific honor societies: Science Math, Art, Spanish, Latin, French, Music, & Thespian.

79% of our students participate in athletics.

79% of our students participate in athletics.

46% of our athletes are multisport athletes.

46% of our athletes are multisport athletes.

Our over 12,000 alumni create a network of support that spans the globe.

Our over 12,000 alumni create a network of support that spans the globe.

Families have trusted us for generations. Over 40% of our current students have alumni parents and relatives.

Families have trusted us for generations. Over 40% of our current students have alumni parents and relatives.

With an enrollment of just over 650, we are the ideal size. Small enough that our students receive individualized attention, large enough to offer them numerous opportunities.

With an enrollment of just over 650, we are the ideal size. Small enough that our students receive individualized attention, large enough to offer them numerous opportunities. 

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McNicholas was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1915 as St. Joseph Academy, and was established in 1951 as McNicholas High School, the first co-ed Catholic high school in the Cincinnati area.

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Hall of Fame 2023 Logo

The Athletic Department is pleased to announce its newest members of the Hall of Fame: Paige Chandler Grosser ’09, Brett Mazzaro ‘03, and Joe Stegabauer ’87. These inductees, who brought notoriety to our volleyball, football, cross country, and track programs, were recognized at the Hall of Fame Induction Celebrations on April 18 and 23. This year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 153.

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Alum welcomes new inductees to Science National Honor Society

Congratulations to the 11 seniors who were inducted into the McNicholas High School Chapter of the Science National Honor Society. These students have exceled in their classes and shown a passion for science related fields: Ian Wolfram, Audrey Hurlburt, Amanda Braig, Gemma Roetenberger, Carly Kent, Remington Holder, Kelsey Haas, Joey Thomas, Owen Lawler, Gracie Fechtel, and Connor Svarda.  

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Portrait of Principal Bob Noll

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Bob Noll as the Principal of McNicholas High School. Mr. Noll officially begins his tenure at McNicholas on July 1, but he has already been hard at work learning about the McNicholas community and paving a smooth transition from Mr. Dave Mueller’s tenure to his. He describes the energy at McNicholas as “live-giving.”

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Mrs. Farwick, Mrs. Goines, and Mr. Mueller retire after dedicated service to McNicholas

As the school year comes to a close, three members of the McNicholas family are turning their focus to new adventures. Administrative Assistant Mrs. Pat Farwick, Science and RLC Teacher Mrs. Regina Goines, and Principal Mr. Dave Mueller will all close their chapters at McNicholas and turn new chapters in retirement.

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McNicholas showcases interactive learning and care for creation with Love the Earth Day celebration

Rockets in Environmental Science classes sponsored a Love the Earth Day event to bring McNicholas and the community together in celebration of the beauty of the earth and to inspire care for God’s creation. Students collaborated with classmates and other departments to create interactive exhibits displaying research about conservation, recycling, and sustainability.

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Students inspired by successful alumni and community members during Career Day

Over 30 McNicholas alumni and community members visited campus on April 3 to share their expertise and encouragement with students during Career Day. Keynote speaker Shawn Curran, McNicholas Class of 1981, set the tone for the day as he engaged students with his journey from McNicholas student to executive at a multibillion-dollar company.

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Hall of Fame 2023 Logo

The Athletic Department is pleased to announce its newest members of the Hall of Fame: Rod Bachman ’86, Sophie Gorman ’17, Zach Schmidt ’99, and the 1998 State Championship Baseball Team. These inductees, who brought notoriety to our football, basketball, soccer, and baseball programs, were recognized at the Hall of Fame Induction Celebrations on March 29 and April 5, along with Good Fellowship Award winners Larry Bogenschutz and Jean Ann Sheeran. This year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 150.

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Sophomore presents speech at Rotary Club 4-Way Speech contest

McNicholas students are showcasing their brilliant speaking and writing skills inside and outside of the classroom and are receiving city and state-wide accolades and attention! “Our students have excelled in developing their abilities to use strong voices for good causes,” Mr. Mueller said, “and we are so proud of them.”

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McNicholas celebrates and says goodbye to Sr. Judi Keehnen, CSJ

Sr. Judi Keehnen ‘59 received a special blessing from Fr. Jan Schmidt ‘72 as her ministry in Cincinnati and at McNicholas draws to a close. Sr. Judi has been a part of the fabric of McNicholas High School since she entered McNicholas as a freshman in 1955. Since her graduation in 1959, she has served her alma mater as a teacher, coach, school board member, alumni board member, archivist, and volunteer.

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Artist rendering of Sports Performance upgrades

“We’d like to develop a more modern Sports Performance Center for all our students. It will be a unique facility among Cincinnati high schools with both indoor and outdoor components,” said President Denver Stanfield, MD. The new center will expand the indoor training area and add up to 2,700 square feet of outdoor conditioning space.

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Senior leads city-wide CancerFree KIDS Night for the Fight event

As a member of the Executive Leadership Board for CancerFree KIDS Night for the Fight, senior Shelby Highfield is working to “knock out cancer.” Her heart and hard work as a member of the board helped CancerFree Kids to raise over $245,000 for cancer research. Seven teams of students from McNicholas participated in the event as well, contributing to that total.

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Mu Alpha Theta honors students with a passion for math

Congratulations to the 19 students who were inducted into the McNicholas chapter of Mu Alpha Theta.

To be considered for this math national honor society, candidates must exhibit admirable character and excellence in math holding at least a 90% average in their honors-level math courses. They must also demonstrate a passion for math, for growing their skills, and for using their talents to positively impact the world around them. Members at McNicholas serve as math tutors as well as compete in math competitions to maintain membership.

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Student shares Science Fair project

The Science Department hosted its annual Science Fair on Thursday, Jan. 26. 35 students were invited to present their projects to a panel of judges comprised of faculty, friends of McNicholas, and Science National Honor Society members. Science teacher Ms. Mary Dennemann said, “Students have been preparing science fair projects for the 18 last weeks. We are proud of their hard work." 

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Culinary chemistry offers a tasty new take on science

Rockets made delicious discoveries when they combined fundamentals of science and cooking in the inaugural semester of the Culinary Chemistry class. The goal of the class is to give students a different perspective on science and an appreciation for chemistry in our everyday lives. Trading beakers for mixing bowls and Bunsen burners for convection ovens, students participated in hands-on cooking labs where they used principles of chemistry to assist them in creating a variety of tasty treats.

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McNicholas student tutors student at Sands Montessori.

More than 40 McNicholas students are skipping study hall for a good reason: They’re tutoring kids at Sands Montessori, Mt. Washington Elementary, and St. Joseph Catholic School. Through a program launched in the 2021-22 school year, our students provide reading enrichment at Sands, math and language arts support at Mt. Washington, and homework assistance at St. Joe’s.

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McNicholas students collect recycling

Students in the Environmental Science classes are caring for God’s creation and learning about sustainability by taking responsibility for the school recycling program. Science teacher Mr. Eric Hickman jump started the program as part of his Environmental Science curriculum. “My goal for this class is to make students aware of environmental issues and empower them to be a part of the solutions,” Mr. Hickman said.

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Early IT contest winner holds up prize

Congratulations to freshman Louis Smith and sophomores Eli Holland and Jonathan Byrum who earned top awards in University of Cincinnati’s Early IT Fall Competition. Louis won first place in the Programming category for his Java script program that helps builders to calculate construction costs. Eli and Jonathan, who took second place as a team in the Web Development category, were challenged to create an original website that highlights the UC Early IT Program at McNicholas. 

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McNicholas freshmen laughing together

The Theology Department held their annual Heritage Week, a mini course for the freshman class highlighting the history, legacy, culture and vision of McNicholas High School. Students learned about our founders the Sisters of Saint Joseph, our namesake Archbishop John T. McNicholas, and the values and mission we continue to strive toward today.

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Group photo at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center

During a six-day service immersion retreat, 12 seniors visited eastern Tennessee to serve the rural poor and build a community both among themselves and with the people in the Appalachian Mountains. This marks the 41st year that McNicholas has traveled to areas in Appalachia in conjunction with Glenmary Home Missioners, a Catholic organization dedicated to serving the poor and establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas of the United States.

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McNicholas students gardening at Narrow Ridge

The McNicholas Mission & Ministry Team wants to remind and encourage students to walk with the two feet of love: charitable works and social justice. As the video "Two Feet of Love in Action" by the USCCB reminds us, “God gave us two feet. If we don’t use both, we don’t get very far.” As such, McNicholas expects students to walk with both feet during their four years as Rockets, requiring at least 40 hours of Christian service prior to graduation.

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Group photo of students from Barcelona

McNicholas welcomed 5 students from Collegi Casp, a sister school in Barcelona, Spain, for a 3-week study abroad program. During their stay, Ariadna, Ana, Andrea, Biel, and Abel lived with McNicholas host families, explored Cincinnati, and experienced life as a Rocket. They participated in clubs, cheered from the Launch Pad, attended a full class schedule, and even helped in our Spanish classes.  

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McNicholas President and Principal recording their conversation

President Dr. Denver Stanfield and Principal David Mueller touch base in this second episode of Conversation with the President & the Principal. Tune in to hear Dr. Stanfield discuss progress on the HVAC project and enrollment and to hear Mr. Mueller’s updates on our innovative programs such culinary chemistry and Leadership McNick.  Mr. Mueller also shares ways in which McNicholas is continuing to support students in all areas, including mental health.

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McNicholas students pack hygiene kits to send to Manna from Heaven Outreach.

Partnering with Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, members of the RLC collected and packed hygiene kits to send to Manna from Heaven Outreach, a group working to support the people of Eastern Kentucky who were devastated by the recent flooding. With a focus on Community, Curiosity, and Creativity, the RLC provides students with the opportunity to learn through community engagement.

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Celtic cross at the front entrance to McNicholas High School

At McNicholas, we pride ourselves on helping students discover and develop their God-given talents, but students are not the only ones growing and challenging themselves. Teachers and staff members are also developing their gifts and finding new ways to use them to serve the McNicholas community.

As the 2022-23 school year begins, four faculty and staff members are taking on new roles and responsibilities: Mr. Bill Losekamp, Mrs. Emily Materna, Mr. Mike Orlando, and Mr. Dan Rosenbaum

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McNicholas senior signs academic letter of intent.

At our annual Academic Signing celebration, we recognized the Class of 2022 Top 10. These 10 students have achieved the highest weighted cumulative grade point average up to and including the third quarter of their senior year: Jack Caccavari, Emma Clemons, Andrew Collette, Bobby Fechtel, Emily Fridley, Zach Geiser, Maria Klug, Ethan Koran, Arden Jakubovic, and Jason Munzel.

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Show poster for the McNicholas production of Guys and Dolls

The McNicholas Theatre Department is excited to announce its production of Hail Mary!, a combination of laughter, deep thought, and more laughter! The show runs April 28-30 at the Jeanne Spurlock Theatre at McNicholas High School. This comedy, written by Tom Dudzick and directed by English teacher and classroom comedian Mr. Jeff Mulvey '86, will have you laughing in the (church) aisles. 

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McNicholas Hall of Fame logo

The Athletic Department is pleased to announce its newest members of the Hall of Fame: Marie Jubak Flath ’08, Pat Stricker ’85, and Chris Wilson ’95.  The three inductees, who brought notoriety to our volleyball, football, basketball, and baseball programs, were recognized at the Hall of Fame Induction Celebrations on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, along with the 2001 State Champion Women’s Basketball Team.

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McNicholas senior poses with his rescue dog.

Around McNicholas, you will often hear the phrase, “Once a Rocket, Always a Rocket.” So when one of your own is about to play on football’s biggest stage, we don’t just cheer (though we’ve been doing a lot of that!).  We act. To support 2004 McNicholas graduate Kevin Huber, senior Grant Must designed and marketed a “Rockets show their stripes” t-shirt whose proceeds benefit Huber’s FUR Foundation.

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McNicholas football team honors alum Kevin Huber with a Rocket tradition

When Bengals punter Kevin Huber won a game as a McNicholas Rocket, he and his teammates would have gathered on the steps of the McNicholas High School convent building and counted out the score with a “Boom Chicka Boom” cheer. As Huber heads to the Super Bowl, the McNicholas football team and student body cheered a “Boom Chicka Boom” in his honor.

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Scholastic Gold Key Winners from McNicholas

Conner Dute ’22 and Conner Gibson ’22 were both awarded Gold Keys for their architecture work. Connor Dute was recognized for his pizza oven rendering, Rock-In Park, and Conner Gibson received his Gold Key for The Cozy Comb, a plan for sustainable living for displaced persons. Both Conners will move on the National Scholastic competition.

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McNicholas Athletic Director awards the inaugural Bonded Together Award.

Parents, coaches, and student athletes gathered in the Bogenschutz Gym to celebrate an exciting and successful fall sports season. During the Fall Sports Awards program, Athletic Director Drew Schmidt recognized the accomplishments of teams and individuals, applauded the spirit of the Launch Pad and Rocket fans, and thanked the seniors for four-year commitments to their school and their sport.

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McNicholas High School cheerleaders welcome Rockets with sign.

McNicholas is excited to celebrate Homecoming this weekend! We will kick off the celebration with a Homecoming Field Day & Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 8. Weather permitting, the pep rally will be held at Penn Station Stadium beginning at 9:45 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us; students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

Sadly, due to a COVID cancellation, we are unable to play the Friday evening Homecoming football game. As such, there will be no on-campus activity on Friday evening.

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