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St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Kentucky

Saint Xavier High School
File:Logo stx.png
Numen Lumen
(“Let God be our light.”)
169 Poplar Level Road
Louisville, KY, 40217
 United States
Coordinates 38°13′8.4″N 85°43′31.8″W / 38.219000°N 85.725500°W / 38.219000; -85.725500Coordinates: 38°13′8.4″N 85°43′31.8″W / 38.219000°N 85.725500°W / 38.219000; -85.725500

Type Private, All-male, college preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Xaverian Brothers
Established 1864
President Dr. Perry E. Sangalli
Principal Mr. Frank Espinosa
Faculty 120
Enrollment 1371[1]  (2012–13)
Average class size 20 students
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus Urban, 54 acres, 6 buildings
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics 10 KHSAA Sports
4 Club Sports
Athletics conference Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Mascot Tigers
Average SAT scores 595 Critical Reading
609 Math
598 Writing  (2010)
Average ACT scores (2010) 25.0

St. Xavier High School is an all-male, Xaverian Brothers-sponsored school in Louisville, Kentucky. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. St. Xavier, also known as St. X, was founded in 1864 by Br. Paul Van Gerwen, C.F.X.[1] The school currently resides on Poplar Level Road and is known for its excellence in all academics and athletics. St. Xavier has received the Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award three times. St. Xavier is currently renovating the school grounds with Project X, an initiative to raise $28 million for new academic and athletic facilities. In total Project X raised $29.1 million for the school.[2]


St. Xavier has the largest enrollment among Kentucky high schools,[3] and had been the only school in Kentucky to have won a state championship in every Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA)-sanctioned sport open to boys before the KHSAA began sponsoring coeducational championships in archery and bass fishing in the early 21st century. St. X has the most successful athletic program in Kentucky, having won 176 boys' state championships. In 2005, St. Xavier was ranked #14 in "Sports Illustrated" Best High School Athletic Programs. In the 2009 fall semester, Saint X won all four fall sports. This is an unprecedented feat, taking home championships in Soccer, Football, Cross Country and Golf.[4][5] The swim team, The Tiger Sharks, have won twenty-four consecutive state swimming championships, their 47th swimming title overall which is a national record. The annual football game with traditional rival Trinity High School (Louisville) at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is the most-attended annual regular-season high school football game in the country, typically drawing over 35,000 fans. The largest crowd was 38,500 and the 2007 edition of the game had an announced attendance of 37,550. They have won the McDonalds Tournament of Champions national event multiple times and sent numerous golfers on to NCAA Division I colleges such as Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama, Wake Forest, Clemson, Cornell, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and Purdue. The soccer team has won the last three state championships by a combined score of 16-4, earning top 10 rankings in national polls while doing so.

Project X resulted a new tennis facility, complete with concessions and seating for 300 spectators, a new baseball stadium and a new 6,100 seat football stadium, complete with two private suites, an 8-lane rubberized track, new space for offices and locker rooms. The Tigers opened the new baseball complex on March 26, 2007, with a 10-0 win over Meade County, opened the football stadium on August 24, 2007, with an 18-14 victory over Ballard and opened the 2,000 seat basketball arena with a 73-53 win over South Oldham on January 20, 2009. With the conclusion of Project X, St. X now boasts some of the best high school athletic facilities in the nation.


The theatre troupe is known as The Saint Xavier Players, or simply the St. X Players. The Players sponsor four shows which include the fall straight show, eXpress (an improv troupe), a spring musical, and a student-faculty show.

Young women from nearby Catholic girls' schools also serve in the female roles and in the tech crew.

The St. X Players include a chapter of the International Thespian Society. However, there are also two special ranks specific to the St. X Players. Player Kings are those students who have dedicated a set amount of hours to drama, with a lower number of hours in specifically acting roles. The tech crew equivalent is the status of Rude Mechanical. An honorary Player Queen is chosen at the conclusion of every school year from among the young women who are seniors and have taken part in St. Xavier productions during the year.

In the 2005–2006 school year, the St. X Players put on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare in October and Damn Yankees in March. In October of the 2006–2007 school year, the St. X Players performed The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The players performed "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" March 2008. Their production of "A Guy's Guide to School, Love, Immortality, and everything in between." ended in October 2008, . This production was written by St. X's creative writing class and the actors.In spring during the 2009 year, the Players performed the school version of Les Misérables. During the 2009-2010 school year, they performed The Hobbit and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. Their shows "Oedipus" (Fall 2010) and "1776" (Spring 2011) were great hits. They performed "Arsenic and Old Lace (play)" in the fall of 2011, and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" in the spring of 2012. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is being performed this fall and "Godspell" in the spring.

eXpress, the improv troupe, performs for grade schools during the winter. This troupe consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from St. X, as well as juniors and seniors from nearby Catholic girls' schools.

"The Groundlings" is the newest edition to the Theater program at St. X, starting in 2005–2006. Unlike eXpress, "The Groundlings" consists only of St. Xavier freshmen. These freshmen take a crash course in improv acting and also perform a small skit in each eXpress performance.

The St. X Players also run a summer drama camp called Acting Up, introducing middle schoolers to theater and drama.

Religious Impact

In 1949, a teaching Xaverian Brother Sylvan Mattingly formed "Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Making Club" in the basement of St. Xavier High School with $25 donated by an old couple for a typewriter. Although Brother Sylvan died in 1951, the organization grew to be Our Lady's Rosary Makers, the largest Rosary making group in the United States with 17,000 active members. The organization has distributed hundreds of millions of free rosaries to Catholic missions worldwide.


St Xavier has a notable music program led by band directors Mr. Matthew Yarborough and Mr. Rick Mattingly while Mr. Rick Knoop leads the choral group. Within the program are various groups including the Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Pit Orchestra (for the school musical), a choral group, and African drum ensemble. The Pep band no longer marches shows for halftime,but still plays "pep" music in the stands for home games. Concert and Jazz Bands practice year round and have two concerts a year, Christmas and spring concerts, along with the choral group. The music program also supplies musicians for live performances during the St. X Players yearly musical. Aside from extracurricular, the music program supplies a variety of musical advancement and improvement classes including instrumental music, concert band, honors symphonic band, music theory, AP music theory, Percussion 1 and 2, and many more. The music program is open to any interested participants from local girls' schools as well as supplying programs for grade school students interested in learning music.

Notable alumni

  • Rudy Rucker – computer scientist, mathematician, and science fiction author
  • Michael Dorris – prominent novelist (The Broken Cord, The Yellow Raft in Blue Water, as well as others) and scholar. The Broken Cord won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.
  • Paul Charron – Chairman of the Board and the CEO of Liz Claiborne
  • Thomas Borders – founder of Borders Group
  • John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D. – CEO of Eli Lilly and Company
  • Robert L. Shircliff – President and CEO, Jewish Hospital
  • Jim Stuckert – former CEO of Hilliard Lyons
  • Paul Varga – Chairman, President and CEO of Brown-Forman
  • Joe Viviano – former President, Vice Chairman, and CEO of Hershey Foods
Entertainment and media

See also


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External links

  • St. Xavier High School
  • Project X
  • Project X Construction Photos
  • U2Extreme
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