School Motto: “To reach the heights, aim high!”
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.
- Founded in 1952 by Fr. Julian Krusling, Bishop Fenwick High School is named for Edward D. Fenwick, the first bishop of the Diocese of Cincinnati.
- Fenwick is home of the Falcons and Falcon Country bleeds crimson and gold.
- On average 99% of graduates enter post-secondary education or the armed forces.
- The five year average of scholarship offerings is $14.4 million per graduating class.
- Fenwick is 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.
- In the last seven years, 10 National Merit Finalist Scholars and 10 Commended National Merit Scholars have been named.
- 91% of the students participate in extra-curricular activities.
- More than 5,000 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 science 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.
- Average class size is 18.
- School hours are from 8:25 am to 3:00pm.
- Student to teacher ratio is 14:1.
- 59% of faculty hold masters level or Phd degrees.
- More than 85% of the students enrolled are Catholic.
- 12 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 Statistics, 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.
- 34 grade schools throughout the greater Cincinnati and greater Dayton areas represented by our student body.
- 100% of the student body participates in community service activities.
- The athletic teams participate in the highly competitive Greater Catholic League Co-ed Division (GCL-C).
- The following varsity sports are offered: baseball, softball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys bowling, girls and boys cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys swimming, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, girls and boys volleyball, and wrestling.
- The Falcon Force Band hosts an annual marching band competition on our campus, attracting high school bands from the tri-state (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.
- Fenwick has a dedicated counseling center, The Nest, with 3 counselors offering ASCA Model programs through individual meetings, small group discussions, and twice weekly Flock Blocks.
- Fenwick is the first high school in Ohio to offer the Birkman Career Exploration Testing for all students.
- Teacher/Non-teacher/Volunteer Background Check Policy Information: Our school complies with The Decree on Child Protection as promulgated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.