CLEVELAND-- It is a Cleveland Catholic high school with a proud past and a promising future. Villa Angela-St. Joseph is known for its strong faith, academics and athletics. And, it was voted this week’s “Cool School.”
Villa Angela-St. Joseph was formed in 1990, when the all-girls Villa Angela Academy merged with the all-boys St. Joseph High School.
VASJ is the only school in the world to be guided in faith by the core values of the Ursuline Sisters and the Marinist Brothers. “The whole family aspect is big on both sides of Ursuline and Marianist. It really values education and community,” senior Connor Gail said.
VASJ has distinguished itself as a small, college prep school with big accomplishments. 100% of its graduates from the past two years have gone on to college. "Here we offer AP, honors classes and also college prep classes. Those classes may be more challenging but they also prepare us for our future,” junior Alana Pendergast said.
The curriculum at VASJ offers a variety of options from engineering to wood-making.
"The Culinary Arts class is one of the more popular electives where students learn everything from healthy nutrition to preparing a full course meals. "We have a lot of extra-curriculars. We're always asked to get involved not only with sports, but with different clubs. Like I myself am a member of the Viking Color Guard, the Drama Club and I am also a student ambassador," sophomore, John Henry Posey, added.
Their Viking pride is showing and with good reason. VASJ is a school of champions, with distinguished alumni like Heisman trophy winner Desmond Howard and basketball great Clark Kellogg.
“To be a Viking is to be a Champion, with our five state basketball championships and one state championship for football. It's the Viking way. We have winning attitudes. We bring to the court, field and good things happening," freshman, Vincent Musari said.
The Villa Angela-St. Joseph cheerleaders just placed first in the state in Division IV mount cheerleading and the boys basketball team won state last year and the players are hoping for a repeat title this weekend. "We are a family. Each of these young men standing here next to me they are all my brothers. No one man is greater than all us put together," senior, Deandre Forte, said.
In unison, the team shouted, “Once a Viking, always a Viking."