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History of Bishop Fenwick High School

The "Fenwick Tradition" began over sixty years ago when the need for a Catholic high school in the Middletown area was realized. The school takes its name from Bishop Edward D. Fenwick, the first bishop of Cincinnati. Bishop Fenwick High School's first home was Old South School (built in 1872). In need of extensive repairs, the historic building was renovated by the faculty, parishioners and prospective students. Bishop Fenwick's first principal, Rev. Julian Krusling, presided over the opening day ceremonies held on August 21, 1952. The first day of school took place on September 3, 1952.

As the student body grew, so did the need for a modern facility. Once again, through the hard work and commitment of the Catholic community of Middletown, Bishop Fenwick High School moved to a new location on Manchester Road, located on eighteen acres of land, which opened on November 20, 1962.

Since that time, Bishop Fenwick's reputation for excellence has also grown. In 1992, Bishop Fenwick High School was accredited by the North Central Association. NCA accreditation confirms that Bishop Fenwick provides an excellent educational program. In 2000, Bishop Fenwick also received accreditation from the Ohio Catholic Accreditation Association.

As the growth of our school continued, and through the generous donation of 66 acres of land from the Akers family and a large outpouring of donations from many families and businesses, we moved to our current campus on State Route 122 to begin school in the fall of 2004.

Bishop Fenwick High School has developed a reputation for academic excellence in an environment where students are challenged to reach their potential. The curriculum, spiritual guidance and extra-curricular activities provide a well-rounded education that prepares a Bishop Fenwick student for future successes.

Bishop Fenwick High School Vision Statement

Bishop Fenwick High School is a Christian educational community based on love, trust, respect, and commitment to gospel values rooted in Catholic teaching. In partnership with parents, Bishop Fenwickís quality faculty and staff provide superior education, enabling students of all cultures and abilities to reach their full potential. We foster the opportunity and freedom to think critically and creatively throughout all educational disciplines. Education is not limited to the classroom. Total personal growth and development of mind, body and spirit is achieved through our curricular, extracurricular and service opportunities. We are devoted to developing moral character, self-discipline, perseverance and the foundation for the lifetime of learning. We appreciate the uniqueness and gifts of each individual and promote responsibility to self and community, stewardship of the environment and relationship with God.

Bishop Fenwick 2017-2018 School Profile

Falcon Facts

  • Bishop Fenwick High School is named for Bishop Edward D. Fenwick, the first bishop of Cincinnati.
  • On average 99% of graduates enter post-secondary education.
  • The five year average of scholarship offerings is $9.1 million per graduating class.
  • In the last seven years, 10 National Merit Finalist Scholars and 10 Commeneded National Merit Scholars have been named.
  • 43% of the 2015 graduating class took at least one Advanced Placement test for possible college credit.
  • 91% of the students participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • Bishop Fenwick High School is celebrating  64-years, founded in 1952 by Fr. Julian Krusling.
  • There are more over 5,200 alumni.
  • The campus sits on 66 acres and includes a beautiful chapel, modern classrooms equipped with advanced technology, a performing arts facility, state-of-the-art labs, two gymnasiums, and the following outdoor facilities: two baseball fields, two softball fields, five tennis courts, an eight-lane regulation track, a football stadium with two practice football fields, a soccer/lacrosse stadium with two practice soccer/lacrosse fields, and a band practice area complete with a tower.
  • Enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year is 555 students.
  • Average class size is 19.
  • Bishop Fenwick High School is home of the Falcons and Falcon Country bleeds crimson and gold.
  • School hours are from 8:25 am to 3pm.
  • Student to teacher ratio is 14:1.
  • 60% of faculty hold masters level or Phd degrees.
  • More than 85% of the students enrolled are Catholic.
  • 11 Advanced Placement courses are offered  AP Biology, AP Physics,  AP US History, AP Spanish,  AP Psychology, AP World History, AP English IV, AP Calculus, AP Government, AP Latin and AP Art in addition to the College Courses/Post-Secondary Education Option. Success in these courses provides students college credit prior to enrollment into college.
  • One of the top ranking high schools in the area with the percentage of our students named national merit finalists, semi-finalists and commended students.
  • 34 grade schools throughout greater Cincinnati and greater Dayton areas represent the student body.
  • 100% of the student body participates in community service activities.
  • Athletic team participate in the highly competitive Greater Catholic League (GCL) and the Girl's Greater Cincinnati League (GGCL).
  • The following varsity sports are offered: baseball, girls and boys basketball, boys bowling, cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys soccer, swimming, girls and boys tennis, track, girls and boys volleyball, and wrestling.
  • The Falcon Force marching band hosts an annual competition on our campus attracting high school bands from the tri-state area which is a Mid-States Band Association syndicated event.
  • More than 25 Clubs are available to our students to keep them engaged in activities of interest and service to the community.
  • Teacher/Non teacher/Volunteer Background Check Policy Information: Our school complies with the The Decree on Child Protection as promulgated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.