The “Fenwick Tradition” began seventy 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 has developed a reputation for academic excellence in an environment where students are challenged to reach their potential. The curriculum, spiritual guidance and extra/co-curricular activities provide a well-rounded education that prepares a Fenwick student for future successes.
Today, Bishop Fenwick High School’s student body is a regional representation of more than 30 different zip codes.
In 1992, Bishop Fenwick High School was accredited by the North Central Association. NCA accreditation confirms that Fenwick provides an excellent educational program. In 2000, Fenwick also received accreditation from the Ohio Catholic Accreditation Association. The curriculum, spiritual guidance, and extra-curricular activities provide a well-rounded education that prepares a Bishop Fenwick High School student for future successes. This accreditation was most recently renewed in 2022.
Throughout our seventy+ years, Fenwick has grown in both size and reputation, and has moved twice from its original campus to accommodate that growth.
Old South Campus (1952-1962)
Bishop Fenwick High School’s first home was Old South School, which was 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, Reverend Julian Krusling, presided over the opening day ceremonies on August 21, 1952. The first day of school took place on September 3, 1952.
Manchester Road Campus (1962-2004)
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.
State Route 122 Campus (2004 to Present)
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’s enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is 472.