2014 Most Diverse Class in School History
The freshman class – less than a week into its St. Xavier career – already owns a leadership role at St. Xavier High School.
Statistics about the makeup of the class paint an encouraging picture for the future of the school. Among the 408 students in the class of 2014, 57 of them (14 percent) are ethnic minorities. The significant minority numbers in the freshman class helped the school lift the number of minority students across the board to 11 percent.
“We’re very excited about this number,” said Rod Hinton, director of admissions. “This is the first time we’ve been legitimately over 10 percent minority. We’ve been right around 10 percent for a while, but we’ve crossed that threshold.”
“I think it speaks well to our efforts to make St. X an option for everybody,” said President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. “We’re not where we want to be – a place where the diversity of the St. X population mirrors the population at large in Greater Cincinnati – but we’re getting closer to that point.
“We want young men who come here to look around and see other people who look like them. We want students feeling like this is home for them, not that they are going to somebody else’s school.”
In addition to its racial makeup, the class of 2014 has a distinct geographic diversity. The 408 boys arrived at St. X from three states and about 90 different schools.
Some of the traditional Catholic parish schools continue to produce lots of Bombers. St. James (White Oak), St. Ignatius (Monfort Heights) and St. Mary (Hyde Park) finished 1-2-3 as feeders. Yet Mason Middle - a public school in the northern suburbs – was number four on the feeder list.
Northern schools like Sacred Heart (Fairfield), St. Susanna (Mason) and both St. Columban and St. Margaret of York (Loveland) mixed among more traditional east-west institutions like St. Ursula Villa (Mt. Lookout), Visitation (Western Hills) and St. Vivian (Finneytown) to round out the top 10.
“We continue to see the population grow to the north and it’s good to see our student population reflected in that growth,” Hinton said.
Religiously, the class of 2014 is 84 percent Roman Catholic, 14 percent other Christian denominations, one percent Hindu and one percent Muslim.
“We’re excited for this class,” Hinton said. “They have a lot to offer one another and a lot to offer the school.”