LAKEWOOD, Ohio — St. Edward High School in Lakewood is founded by the Holy Cross Brothers of Notre Dame. Its foundation is based on faith, excellence, servant leadership and brotherhood. And, it is this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.
St. Ed’s has the most state championships of any high school in Ohio. KC McKenna, vice president of marketing and admissions, said they celebrate their athletic excellence, but it all starts with academic excellence.
“We have very rigorous academic programs designed to prepare students to go off to the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States,” McKenna said.
The pre-engineering program is an example of advanced curriculum unique to St. Ed’s. Students take on state-of-the-art equipment and are taught by experienced engineers.
“Every student is assigned a laptop that we can use. And, it has professional engineering software on it that we can design and print our models, 3-D models,” student Anthony Oliveras said.
Students are learning about films, and English teacher Matt Stepnowsky said they will soon be making them.
“They’re going to write a screenplay of a documentary to show the knowledge of their research, and in addition to that, they are going to be making their own movies. We’re going to be having a state-of-the-art production studio,” Stepnowsky said.
Community service is important at St. Ed’s, where the motto is: “To Lead, you must serve.” Since 1994, that has included serving a monthly community meal. While community service is required, Miguel Poblete does it because he wants to serve others and do something good.
“A bunch of little things can help lead to a greater purpose, and that greater purpose is helping feed the hungry,” Miguel said.
St. Ed’s students speak of lasting relationships — a brotherhood. Student-athlete Darryl Render says the bonds made can’t be found anywhere else.
“We’re not just teammates on the field, we’re teammates in the classroom as well. So, we always help each other out whenever we need it,” Render said.
This year, 26 graduating seniors, like Darryl, have earned Division I college scholarships, which means they will go to college for free or almost free because of their athletic talents.
Of eight students from northeast Ohio accepted into Harvard this year, one is a St. Ed’s graduate. He is the only student of the eight from a Catholic high school.