Lehman Catholic High School
2400 Saint Marys Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

P: 937 - 498 - 1161
F: 937 - 492 - 9877
HISTORY OF LEHMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
 
  The 79 bishops who gathered in Baltimore for the historic Third Plenary Council in 1884 decreed that within two years, every Catholic parish would establish a school, or the pastor would be replaced.  The action encouraged Catholics in the area, who had earlier established grade schools, to begin planning for the establishment of high school education.
 
Holy Angels Parish (Sidney), with the assistance of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, established the first Catholic high school in the area, and graduated their first class in 1889.  Three graduates, all female, received their diplomas in that first ceremony.
 
In 1904, Saint Mary Parish (Piqua) offered a two-year commercial diploma.  They expanded to a three-year diploma in 1916.  The first four-year diplomas were offered in 1918.  The Class of 1918 included four students.
 
In 1924, Saint Boniface (Piqua) added a high school program, and the school graduated students in 1927 and 1928.  In 1928, the decision was made to send students desiring a high school diploma to Saint Mary.  The school was renamed Piqua Catholic in 1930, reflecting a more inclusive nature.
 
By 1970, Saint Mary Hall was 100 years old, and an inspection by the State Fire Marshall’s Office revealed that extensive renovation would be necessary if the building was to continue to be used for educational purposes.  After lengthy consultation, the decision was made to merge with Holy Angels High School.
 
The Holy Angels building was relatively new, having been constructed in 1954.  A five-room addition was added in 1964.  With Holy Angels agreeing to move the seventh and eighth grades back to the elementary school, the building provided ample room for the students of both high schools. 
 
Because of the bitter nature of the athletic rivalry between the two schools, many predicted that the merger would fail.  Largely though the leadership of Principal Father Robert Monnin, who had been principal at Piqua Catholic prior to the merger, the Sisters of Mercy, who had helped to staff Piqua Catholic, the Sisters of Charity, who had continued to staff Holy Angels since the school was created, and the efforts of the board and the Catholic community, the merger was a success.
 
The consolidated school was renamed Lehman High School, after Monsignor Edward C. Lehman.  Father Lehman had served as pastor of Holy Angels Parish for 34 years, and had supervised the construction of the high school prior to his death. 
 
Father Monnin served as principal of Lehman through 1972, when Father Eugene Vonderhaar was named principal.  Father Vonderhaar served until 1976, when Father Dennis Jaspers became principal.  Father Jaspers continued as principal until 1984, when Michael Barhorst was named the first lay principal of the school.
 

In 1985, the school community launched the Development Campaign, with a goal of $1,000,000.  No local institution had ever endeavored to raise that much money previously.  Within six months, $1.3 million had been pledged.  The funds were used to make major renovations to the building.
 
In the 1990-91 academic year, the school received initial accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The school attendance area was expanded, and for the
first time, students began to travel to the school from as far away as Troy, Greenville, Wapakoneta, and Russell’s Point.
 
In 1995, the school community began the 21st Century Campaign, with an initial goal of $5.5 million.  The campaign eventually raised pledges of $7.5 million.  The funds were used to construct a major building addition. Ground was broken for the addition in 1996 by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk.  The addition included classrooms, labs for science, visual and performing arts, a computer science lab, media center, gymnasium, and chapel.  The building dedication, presided over by Bishop Carl Moddell, took place just prior to the 1997 academic year.
 
In 2006, after more than a decade of work, approval for a change in the school’s governance model was finally obtained from the Archdiocese, and the President/Principal Model of Governance was adopted.  The Archbishop of Cincinnati appointed a Board of Limited Jurisdiction.  Michael Barhorst was named the school’s first president.  Denise Stauffer, who had served as the school’s assistant principal, was named principal.

In August of 2012, the Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Rigg, announced a new strategic plan for all archdiocesan schools.   The strategic plan entitled “Lighting the Way: A Visioning for Catholic Schools” made a recommendation that several schools consider the adoption of the Principal/CEO model of governance.  In July of 2014, after an extensive review of the school’s governance structure, Lehman implemented the Principal/CEO model and named Denise Stauffer as the school’s first Principal/CEO.  A new position of Executive Director was created for the purposes of development and advancement.
 

Lehman has been busy finding the best ways to move forward with enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medicine and Manufacturing (STEM+MM) curriculum at Lehman Catholic High School. 

 

Including:

·      -Meetings with Architects, Interior Designers, Furniture Reps, Equipment Suppliers

·      -Touring local Manufacturing Facilities and Education labs

·      -Meeting with possible Business & Education partners

·      -Researching Grant opportunities, learning strategies, & camps

·      -Collaborating with current faculty and administrators to prioritize and form plans

·      -Exploring funding options, both short term and long term

We currently have 5 of the 11 rooms scheduled for renovation vacated and once the diocese and architects have bid packages ready, we hope to start the conversions and updates.

Curriculum Handbooks are currently being updated to include new offerings for Fall 2017.

·      Intro to Engineering: Modeled after the University of Dayton’s course

·      Intro to Food Science: Modeled after the Wright State University-Lake Campus course

·      Intro to Medical Technology: Modeled after Edison Community College courses

The overall goal of STEM+MM remains:  Increase exposure and awareness of thriving technical careers in our local area, with the hope that our young people will find a field of interest to fit their vocation and be encouraged to pursue any additional education to meet the ever increasing technological needs of industry.

 
 
Today, Lehman graduates live and work in all fifty states and more than thirty foreign countries.  Their contributions to their respective communities are reflective of the school’s mission:  Lehman Catholic educates the whole person–body, mind and soul-for the glory of God and service to others.
 
 
CREST
 
The Lehman High School Crest is divided into four quadrants.  Three of the quadrants represent the three parishes that first formed Lehman High School.  Represented are the Mitre of St. Boniface, the Wings of Holy Angels, and the Crown of St. Mary.  The fourth quadrant depicts the lamp of knowledge. The four are linked together by a chain symbolizing the consolidation.   
 
 
MASCOT
 
The Lehman High School’s mascot is the Cavalier. The Cavalier originally was used by Piqua Catholic, and the tradition was adopted for use by Lehman. Historically, cavaliers were the elaborately costumed troops loyal to King Charles I of England, who devoted his reign to the restoration of Catholicism to England.  Cavaliers of today, as of old, represent integrity, steadfastness, loyalty, chivalry, bravery, and piety.
 
 
PHILOSOPHY AND BELIEFS
 
We believe the essential mission of the Church and Lehman is to proclaim the Good News of Christ, as embodied in the Catholic faith, throughout contemporary human society.
 
We believe that Christians have become new creatures by rebirth from water and the Holy Spirit.
 
We believe that in order to become what they truly are, children of God, Christians are entitled to a Christian education.
 
We believe that the principle aims of a Catholic Christian are to introduce students to the knowledge of the mysteries of salvation in Christ, to appreciate the gift of faith, to live lives of holiness in accord with that faith and to adore our Trinitarian God in spirit and in truth, particularly through the liturgy of the Church.
 
We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith and that we seek to complement and reinforce parents’ efforts in forming their children in faith.
 
We believe it is our duty to cultivate the intellect of the adolescents entrusted to us, helping them to know what is right, to do the good, to promote Catholic Christian values and to prepare them for adult, professional life.
 
We believe that cultural, racial and socioeconomic diversity and mutual understanding are values.
 
We believe in the importance of cooperation and the joint participation of families, teachers, and cultural, civic and religious groups in service of the common good, to bring about the Kingdom of God.
 
 
FORMATIONAL FOCUSES OF A LEHMAN CATHOLIC EDUCATION
 
Spiritual: We seek to provide an atmosphere in which students and teachers experience together what it means to live a life devoted to prayer.
 
Intellectual:  We strive to foster a climate conducive to learning through critical thinking, independent judgment, and creative student inquiry.
 
Moral:  We offer a climate, which reinforces the Catholic moral values, taught by parents, who are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith.  This climate centers on forming a properly formed conscience in our students.
 
Aesthetic:  We seek to foster a climate that encourages artistic growth, creativity in Spirit, appreciation of the mysteries of God and the best of humanity created in the likeness and image of God.
 
Physical:  We strive to offer a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities as a means of fostering leadership potential, sportsmanship and physical development.
 
Social:  We wish to provide opportunities for students to exercise and develop their social skills according to their needs so that they may grow in maturity, wisdom, and grace.
 
Emotional:  We seek to contribute to the students' wellbeing by identifying emotional needs and providing opportunities for healthy personality development through classroom, extracurricular, and casual associations
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