OHIO CITY - Academics and helping the community through service go hand-in-hand at this Ohio City private school.
That's why St. Ignatius has been named this week's Fox 8 "Cool School."
St. Ignatius, a Jesuit all boys school has been educating young men in Ohio City since 1886.
St. Ignatius is a private Jesuit high school under the Diocese of Cleveland. The school is renowned for its high standards of academic excellence, performing arts and athletic programs.
The school excels and is recognized for its athletics, just look at all the championship banners. The school recently received all this equipment for their strength and conditioning center which was donated by fellow alumni this past February. Even in the weight room students are reminded of their purpose at the school.
“A,M,D,G here stands for “Ad Maiorem Del Gloriam” which is something that we put on all our papers and it symbolizes what we work for and strive for, it`s for the greater glory of good so everything we do here is for the greater glory of God,” said Norris.
The science curriculum at St. Ignatius is very focused, there are 13 science labs on campus so students get the necessary attention.
“That allows every science class to be hands on and hands on enhances critical thinking and experiences the students can draw on,” Jerry Decarlo, chair of the science department.
Not only are the 1514 students at St. Ignatius getting a proper education they are also learning how to give back to their community through service.
“Our boys go out in any number of service opportunities, they go out and meet the poor every Sunday, there`s a program called the Benedict St. Joseph program which feeds the homeless every Sunday evening including the Super Bowl and they`ve been doing it without fail since 2003,”said Ryan Masterson, a teacher.
And students agree, they say St. Ignatius teaches them to be good students but better men.