Historical Summary

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BHS Students in the 1930’s

Few schools in the country, let alone in Northeast Ohio, have as proud or rich a history as Cleveland’s Benedictine High School. The history of Benedictine started long ago – over 1,500 years ago.

In the Holy Rule which St. Benedict wrote for his monks in the sixth century, he suggests that one of the ways  that they could serve God better was to welcome the sons of the Christians  for training and education within the monastery. Fifteen centuries later the Benedictine Monks in Cleveland continue this apostolic work of education  through Benedictine High School located on the grounds of St. Andrew Abbey.

Benedictine High School opened its  doors in 1927 at its first location at East 51st Street and Superior Avenue  in Cleveland.  The founders focused on educating the sons of Slovak  immigrants.  The new school grew popular with young men of a variety  of backgrounds and in 1929 had to relocate to larger facilities on Buckeye Road near Shaker Square.

In the 1930’s the school added academic  departments such as art and extracurricular clubs and teams such as football  which scored its first upset victory in 1934.  The current classroom and science buildings were erected in 1940 to handle an expanding enrollment. Benedictine grew in student enrollment  and academic recognition in the 1950’s. Population shifts and the  increasing cost of Catholic education resulted in a smaller enrollment  in the 1960’s and 1970’s. A more highly specialized program of college  preparatory studies emerged and soon over 96% of Benedictine’s graduates  were destined for college.

Adapting to new circumstances, Benedictine  developed an extensive transportation system that still makes Benedictine  education possible for students living in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Northern  Summit counties. In the 1980’s a successful Capital Campaign resulted  in a $2.5 million  investment in state-of-the-art science laboratories,  computer labs,  lecture halls, department offices, and new thermal pane  windows, as well as a stunning new campus church and bell tower.

In the 1990s the school embarked on a plan to increase the technology available to students and teachers and incorporate it into the curriculum through our North Central Plan.  The five phase plan focused on using technology to enhance curriculum and improve student learning.

The school embarked on a Capital Campaign to renovate the interior of the school and establish a faculty and student scholarship endowment as part of the school’s five year strategic plan.

For more information about Benedictine, see our About Us page.