Academy of Holy Angels

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Academy of Holy Angels
Confident. Prepared. Connected in faith.
Address
6600 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota, (Hennepin County), 55423
 United States
Coordinates44°52′57″N 93°16′47″W / 44.88250°N 93.27972°W / 44.88250; -93.27972Coordinates: 44°52′57″N 93°16′47″W / 44.88250°N 93.27972°W / 44.88250; -93.27972
Information
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedOctober 2nd, 1877
OpenedSeptember 15, 1931 (current building)
FounderSisters of St. Joseph Carondelet
PresidentTom Shipley
PrincipalHeidi Foley
Vice principalMark H. Melhorn
Chief custodianDoug Vinge
Faculty68
Grades912
Enrollment820  (2008)
Grade 9194
Grade 10208
Grade 11223
Grade 12220
Average class size24
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)Royal Blue and Vegas Gold         
Athletics conferenceMissota Conference
Team nameStars
RivalBenilde St. Margrets
Accreditation(s)North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average SAT scores1227
Average ACT scores25.47
PublicationAstronomer (Arts magazine)
Newspaper'StarGazer'
Tuition$11,260
Athletic DirectorMichael Kautzman
English DirectorKathy Hanley
Mathematics DirectorDonna Poshusta
World Languages DirectorVerena Luthy-Clay
Website
 
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Academy of Holy Angels
Confident. Prepared. Connected in faith.
Address
6600 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota, (Hennepin County), 55423
 United States
Coordinates44°52′57″N 93°16′47″W / 44.88250°N 93.27972°W / 44.88250; -93.27972Coordinates: 44°52′57″N 93°16′47″W / 44.88250°N 93.27972°W / 44.88250; -93.27972
Information
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedOctober 2nd, 1877
OpenedSeptember 15, 1931 (current building)
FounderSisters of St. Joseph Carondelet
PresidentTom Shipley
PrincipalHeidi Foley
Vice principalMark H. Melhorn
Chief custodianDoug Vinge
Faculty68
Grades912
Enrollment820  (2008)
Grade 9194
Grade 10208
Grade 11223
Grade 12220
Average class size24
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)Royal Blue and Vegas Gold         
Athletics conferenceMissota Conference
Team nameStars
RivalBenilde St. Margrets
Accreditation(s)North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average SAT scores1227
Average ACT scores25.47
PublicationAstronomer (Arts magazine)
Newspaper'StarGazer'
Tuition$11,260
Athletic DirectorMichael Kautzman
English DirectorKathy Hanley
Mathematics DirectorDonna Poshusta
World Languages DirectorVerena Luthy-Clay
Website

The Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) is a Catholic, coeducational high school located in Richfield, Minnesota. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Holy Angels educates more than 820 students each year in grades nine through twelve from around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A nationally recognized college preparatory school, it offers a rigorous, broad-based curriculum and numerous opportunities to excel in co-curricular activities, arts and athletics. Holy Angels welcomes students of all racial and religious backgrounds.

History[edit]

The Academy of Holy Angels was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1931, when the newly constructed building was opened.[2] The initial enrollment of 107 students in grades 1-12 grew to 182 by the end of the 1931-1932 school year. The original grounds included a formal English garden in the courtyard, tennis courts, a 9 hole golf course, and an ice skating rink during the winter.

The school was accredited in 1932, and that same year the school had its first graduating class of 13 members. In 1935 the Alumnae Association was established with most of its efforts directed toward communication, reunions, special events for alumni and the annual alumni phonathon. In 1946, after St. Peter's Parish opened next door and established an elementary parish school, Holy Angels closed their elementary grades. The 1952-1953 school year was the last year for boarders to live at Holy Angels, and 1953 marked the beginning of Holy Angels solely as a day school.

In September 1972, the Academy became a coeducational school. The class of 1976 was the first full four-year co-ed class. Because the school was now co-ed, the Angies became the co*Stars and varsity athletics began. Today the athletic program has grown to 33 teams representing 18 varsity sports for both girls and boys. In 1989 a middle school and theater school were established. In 1996, to enhance the campus and revenues, Holy Angels built the StarDome; a $2 million, year-round athletic facility (the first high school in the United States to have a facility of this type). The complex includes bleachers, a concession building and a playing field for Holy Angels sports and activities. The playing surface consists of Field Turf and features a removable dome to make the field playable during the winter months. The field is uncovered during the summer.

In 1998 Holy Angels was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, the last group of 8th graders graduated middle school. The school chose to focus instead on just educating high school students. But, despite this closing, the high school was still growing, expanding their classroom space by 15%. In 2003 Holy Angels purchased the 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus from its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, at a substantial discount. In that same year, they built and dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) addition that included a Convocation Center and classrooms.

Athletics[edit]

Notable outstanding athletes: Liam Sullivan- 9th grade, Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse. Nick Cadle- 9th grade, Football and Lacrosse.

The Academy of Holy Angels is in the Missota Conference, which is part of the Minnesota State High School League.

The official mascot of Holy Angels is Shiner the Angel.

In 2005, both the boys and girls hockey teams won the state championship, the first time in Minnesota that the boys and girls hockey championships were from the same school.

State Championships
SeasonSportNumber of ChampionshipsYear
FallSoccer, Girls12003
WinterHockey, Girls12005
Table Tennis12011
Hockey, Boys22002, 2005
Cheerleading62003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
Basketball, Girls11975
SpringGolf, Boys31994, 1998, 1999
Softball, Girls12000
Total16

Notable alumni[edit]

College athletes[edit]

Football[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]
Baseball[edit]
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Crew[edit]

Attended, but not alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Academy of Holy Angels website, History of Holy Angels
  3. ^ Hoops Hype, Troy Bell Profile
  4. ^ TV Biographies, Kelly Carlson Mini Profile
  5. ^ WNBA Profiles, Susan King Profile
  6. ^ ErinPearson.com
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ NFL Profiles, Larry Fitzgerald Profile

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