In November 1818, St. Louis University High School humbly began as a Latin school for boys in a one-story house on the riverfront. Nearly 200 years later, the oldest high school west of the Mississippi River remains committed to the City of St. Louis, proudly celebrating its bicentennial with a variety of events and activities through the end of 2018.
"As a leader in Jesuit education for nearly 200 years, SLUH remains focused on our mission of developing 'men for others' and leaders in our community," says SLUH President David Laughlin. "We also remain committed to our presence in the City of St. Louis and continuing to be an anchor in the neighborhood."
Throughout its history, SLUH has built the foundation for personal achievement, spiritual fulfillment and professional success for more than 20,000 alumni. In turn, it has provided hope, faith and leadership in the communities that its alumni have touched.
In St. Louis, SLUH continues its longstanding commitment to the community in many ways:
Civic Partner: SLUH elected years ago to remain on Oakland Avenue and help revitalize the City of St. Louis. It has invested significantly in its campus and been part of the rebirth of projects in Forest Park and the St. Louis Public Schools, particularly Compton Drew and Adams Elementary in the local neighborhood. Also, the school hosts many non-profit functions and has been a partner in education and programming with the Saint Louis Science Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
Needs-Blind Admission: SLUH continues to admit qualified young men based on their ability to succeed and not their family's economic circumstances. All of its scholarships are need-based with 40 percent of students receiving $4.1 million in financial assistance each year. This accessibility makes SLUH unique not only in St. Louis, but in private education on a broad scale. It allows the school's student body to reflect the geographic, socio-economic and ethnic diversity of the area.
Community Service: Each January, SLUH's senior class dedicates the entire month to community service in the metropolitan area. This equates to more than 30,000 hours targeting 80 organizations that specialize in education and service to the poor and elderly, among other areas. Coupled with the school's mandatory Freshman Service Program and voluntary Community Service Program, SLUH provides the St. Louis area approximately 50,000 service hours each year.
National Leader: Ranked in the nation's Top 10 Catholic High Schools by Niche, the largest online school ranking service, SLUH continues to excel as a national leader in education. The average ACT score among SLUH students is 30. Consistently ranked in the top 1% of schools nationally by the Washington Post, SLUH was recently named a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a fifth consecutive year.
Leadership Development: More than 8,000 alumni reside in the St. Louis metropolitan area, making SLUH a leadership resource for the region. These men lead many aspects of the City of St. Louis, from large corporations and small businesses, to civil service and religious organizations. They range from physicians and attorneys to scientists and lead educators at major academic institutions of higher learning. Also, they chair non-profit fundraising events and campaigns, and many dedicate their lives to running non-profit institutions that serve the needy.
SLUH will celebrate a Bicentennial Mass, hosted by Saint Louis University and presided by St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, on Saturday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. on the Arch Grounds. In addition, the entire school will participate in a city-wide Bicentennial Day of Service on Friday, October 20 and host an All-School Mass of Praise and Gratitude on April 21, 2018.
To learn more about SLUH's history and upcoming Bicentennial events, visit www.sluh.org/bicentennial.