|Bishop Kenny High School|
|1055 Kingman Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida, (Duval County) 32207
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Archbishop John P. Hurley|
|Oversight||Diocese of St. Augustine|
|Athletic Director||Mark Thorson|
|Campus size||55 acres (0.22 km2)|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and White
|Slogan||"Preparing young people for college and for life"|
|Mascot||Cornelius the Crusader|
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Average SAT scores||1560 |
|Average ACT scores||23.9 |
Bishop Kenny High School (commonly referred to as Bishop Kenny or BKHS) is a private, college-preparatory, coeducational Catholic high school in Jacksonville, Florida. It is located in and administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine. The founder Archbishop Joseph Patrick Hurley established the school in 1952, following the merger of three previous Catholic high schools in the Jacksonville area. Bishop Kenny High School was renamed in honor of William John Kenny, the third bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Bishop Kenny High School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Bishop Kenny holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association, the Florida Catholic Conference, The College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Bishop Kenny's sports teams, commonly known by their "Crusaders" nickname, are sanctioned by the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA). In their 60-year history, the school's varsity sports teams have won thirty-seven state team championships.
Among Bishop Kenny's alumni are the computer scientist Philip Don Estridge, the federal administrator Jim Towey, musicians Billy Powell and Virgil Roger du Pont III, the MLB All-Star Jonathan Papelbon, television host and model Yoanna House, anchor Donna Deegan, and head coach Pat McMahon.
In 1952 three area Catholic high schools were consolidated as Central Catholic High School under the direction of Archbishop John P. Hurley. In 1953 Central Catholic was re-dedicated and named for Bishop William John Kenny, the third bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine.
In 1989, Father Michael Houle was named President of Bishop Kenny. Over the last 20 years more than $20 million have been raised and invested to improve the school. In 2015 Father Michael Houle announced his retirement as President of Bishop Kenny, ending the tradition of Priests as Presidents.
Bishop Kenny High School is located on 55 acres of riverfront property and can be found in the historic Southbank neighborhood of Saint Nicholas. The back of the campus is adjacent to the Saint Johns River. The school is located within the heart of the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area a growing metropolitan center with a population of more than 1.5 million people.
Prior to the school being established it was once the site of a Spanish fortress, and in more modern times the property served as a shipyard during World War I prior to the school being established.
Founded in the Catholic tradition, Bishop Kenny has retained its spiritual affiliation in an era when many other institutions have relinquished theirs. The majority of the students are Catholic, however they also have students from a variety of religious backgrounds and secular traditions. The students may attend services at the Paul F. Tanner Chapel which are conducted regularly.
The primary admissions entry point for Bishop Kenny is in 9th grade, with varying transfer opportunities offered in 10th and 11th grades. Transfer is not allowed going into the senior year, unless the student is transferring from a Catholic or Jesuit Highschool from outside of the Jacksonville area. Admission is based on standardized test scores; recommendations, grade point average, and involvement in extracurricular activities. After an application is completed, then the student must go through a formal interview process.
Bishop Kenny currently enrolls 1,210 students. Minority populations constitute about 21 percent of the student body, with 5 percent African-Americans, 8 percent Hispanics, and 4 percent Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders.
A student uniform is required. Male students are required to wear navy blue pants, white button down dress shirts, belts, embroidered ties, and brown or black dress shoes, with socks. Girls are required to wear uniform skirts, and white button down blouses, as well as black or brown dress shoes and socks.
Class colors are voted on by the student government and are traditionally: freshmen yellow, sophomores orange, juniors blue, seniors pink. Other traditions include athletic events with rivals The Bolles School and Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
"Yearbook Presents" is a ticket-only event held during the final week of senior classes in which the Drumline appears, a teacher produced skit imitating the most popular seniors is performed, and a multimedia presentation of Senior memories is shown.
Tuition to Bishop Kenny for the 2013-2014 school year is $7,020 for catholic students and $9,900 for non-catholic students. In addition, the cost for funding 2 catholic student is $12,940 and for 3 or more catholic students is $17,420. There are also registration fees of $1,200 per academic year.
Every student at Bishop Kenny is involved in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement sections exist in each of the curricular disciplines. Admissions are based on grades, an entrance exam, and various other criteria. Bishop Kenny is known for its academic rigor, and the diploma requirements exceed the requirements for a Florida high school diploma.
Academics at Bishop Kenny, consist of small class sizes and many Advanced Placement programs. The curriculum is diverse and allows room for innovation by faculty. Many classrooms are set up in a style to encourage conversation and communication.
The faculty at Bishop Kenny includes a total of 83 men and women. Approximately half of the faculty hold advanced degrees (master's or doctorates). Faculty members are state certified teachers with an average teaching experience of 17 years. Bishop Kenny High School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Bishop Kenny High School has an honor system, which is formally known as the Honor Code. Students are obligated to follow the Honor Code and are expected to protect the privilege and not tolerate any violations.
Bishop Kenny places a particularly strong emphasis on community service, encouraging their students to serve the community. All students are required to fulfill community service requirements of 20 hours per academic year. If a students fails to complete the service requirements, then they will face an academic penalty. During the 2016-2017 academic year the student body performed 17,248 hours of community service.
Bishop Kenny has a prestigious Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Officially founded in 1973, it is one of the largest programs in the state. The program teaches discipline, honor, and dedication through the uniform inspections, drill instruction, and academics placed in the hands of the students.
The Shield is the student paper. In Spring 2009 the Florida Times Union bestowed the Henry A. Blumenthal Memorial Trophy to The Shield. This is an annual High School Journalism Awards contest for the best student newspaper in the Jacksonville area.
Athletic competition has long been a part of the Bishop Kenny tradition. In the 1970s the William H. Johnston Football Stadium was built and included bleachers, concession stands, and a press box. In addition the stadium is located on the St. Johns River, and is directly across the river from EverBank Field (home of the Jacksonville Jaguars). The school won its first state championship in men's basketball in 1957, and the Baldwin Gymnasium was completed in October 1961, which was the largest in the city of Jacksonville at the time.
Bishop Kenny competes in sports against schools from throughout the state of Florida. Teams are fielded at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels. There are 20 different sports in interscholastic competition. The athletic program has been awarded as the top program numerous times by the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, the school field teams in every sport sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Bishop Kenny has several athletic facilities, such as the John Baldwin Athletic Center, a multi-purpose arena and home to the basketball teams and volleyball team. William Johnston Stadium is home to the football team and the track & field teams. The Abbie Lenahan Tennis Courts are home to the tennis teams (which consists of 6 courts). In addition, Bishop Kenny has a baseball stadium, multiple weight rooms, the Roger Strickland Field House, and a softball field.
In their 60-year history of athletic competition, Bishop Kenny's varsity athletic teams have won thirty-eight state championships. The boys' varsity teams and the girls' varsity teams each have won nineteen state championships.
|Girls' State Championships|
|Basketball||1990, 1991, and 1992|
|Cross country||1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2008|
|Track (relay)||1995, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008|
|Boys' State Championships|
|Cross country||1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, and 2012|
|Track (team)||1991, 1992|
|Track (relay)||1995, 1997, 1998, and 2000|
Student organizations and clubs range from cultural and athletic to subjects pertaining to philanthropy. Some of the most popular organizations are Key Club, the Student Newspaper, the Yearbook, Chorus, Band, the Drama Club, and Student Government.
The Bishop Kenny Booster Club (BK Boosters) is an alumni organization and booster club for the school. It is a membership organization for alumni and friends, as it does not require one to be a graduate. In addition, Bishop Kenny's academics & athletics have been supported by this organization for over 30 years. In total the BK Boosters have raised over $3.5 million to support the school's athletic and extra-curricular programs. The BK Boosters serve the school through programs, events, and services targeted at alumni and friends. Some of the programs include membership options, golf tournaments, auctions, and tuition raffles.
The President of Bishop Kenny served as the principal executive officer for the school. Bishop Kenny has had many individuals lead it throughout its history:
Bishop Kenny has over 16,000 alumni and a large number of them are supporters of the school after they graduate. The following is a select list of notable alumni of Bishop Kenny High School sorted by last name:
|Current First Baseman/Statistician for #NMT.|
|Former MLB baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies, and current head baseball coach for Nease High School|
|Current weekday anchor for WTLV/WJXX|
|Virgil Roger du Pont III
|Founding member and lead singer of the band The Crüxshadows|
|Former MLB Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Philip Don Estridge
|Computer specialist, known as "Father of the IBM PC"|
|Joi Williams Felton
|Current Head Coach for UCF Women's Basketball 2007-present.|
|Major League Baseball player|
|Major League Baseball player|
|Kevin Gilbride, Jr.
|Currently tight ends coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League and former wide receiver coach for Temple University|
|Named to Fortune Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America, and gospel singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall|
|American fashion model. Winner of America's Next Top Model|
|Former Head Coach for the Florida Gators and Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball baseball teams, current Head Coach for the Staten Island Yankees|
|Current Major League Pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Current MLB baseball player, and the Closer for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd|
|Former MLB baseball prospect with the Cincinnati Reds, and current head baseball coach for Arkansas State University|
|Current bassist, and co-founder of the band Limp Bizkit|
|Former professional basketball player with National Basketball Association|
|Current professional soccer player with Liga de Honra|
|H. James Towey
|Former president of Saint Vincent College, and director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives|
|Recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2014 after an outstanding soccer career with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's soccer team.|
|Former MLB baseball player for the Toronto Bluejays, and the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Current news reporter and anchorwoman for WABC-TV|