Name the New High School

May 7th, 2012

Hello. . .My Name Is. . .

The Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph is taking another step in its plans to open a new Catholic high school at the juncture of expanding communities in Eastern Jackson County.  With land purchased in northern Lee's Summit, the diocese is inviting the community to submit potential names for the new school slated to open in the fall of 2015.

The foundation of the new school will rest on the histories and tradition of Archbishop O'Hara and St. Mary's High Schools and will be co-educational and college preparatory.

In the fall of 2011, educators, students and community representatives met over two days to discuss what they believed the new high school should be and what it should do. Based on this input, a committee of diocesan clergy, staff and lay leaders, formalized a program statement for the new school:  We Believe…We Commit.

To submit a name for the new school, contest organizers encourage all to read the program statement posted at www.MyCatholicSchools.com. Contest entry forms and the program statements also are available at parish and school offices throughout the diocese.

For consideration, names submitted must include one or more of the following:

• a saint’s name,

• title of Jesus Christ or Mary, for example, Good Shepherd or Mater Dei,

• name of a Catholic leader or belief, for example, Holy Family, cardinal virtues or Bishop Smith.

After choosing a name, briefly explain why the name was chosen, using the program statement as a basis.

All entries must be received by May 31, 2012. Submit entry online at www.MyCatholicSchools.com or mail to

The NEW High School Naming Contest
c/o the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105.

From the field of entries, three potential school names will be offered to the community for a vote during the week of August 10-17. The winner of the contest will receive a $250 gift card. The name of the contest winner and that of the new high school will be highlighted in the Aug. 24 issue of The Catholic Key.

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