Chaminade-Julienne High School

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
505 South Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio, (Montgomery County), 45402
 United States
Coordinates 39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278Coordinates: 39°45′11″N 84°11′34″W / 39.75306°N 84.19278°W / 39.75306; -84.19278
Type Private, co-educational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1850
Oversight Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Society of Mary
President Daniel J. Meixner
Principal John C. Marshall
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Blue, Green & White             
Mascot Eagle
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is a private, co-educational, center-city, Catholic high school located in downtown Dayton, Ohio, operated by the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It is named after Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and St. Julie Billiart.



In 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Notre Dame Academy in downtown Dayton, a private secondary school for girls. The school quickly gained a reputation for providing quality Catholic education, which led to increased enrollment. In 1927, the Sisters were forced to move to a larger facility, and Julienne High School was formed in honor of the founder of the sisterhood, St. Julie Billiart.

The Society of Mary, founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade founded St. Mary's Institute in 1850, with both secondary and college level programs. St. Mary's became the University of Dayton in 1920. With the Sisters leaving the downtown Dayton site, the Marianists purchased the old Notre Dame Academy building and opened Chaminade High School, a Catholic high school for boys. The school quickly became recognized for its strong academic and athletic programs.

Because of changing enrollment and times, the two schools merged in 1973 to create Chaminade Julienne High School. The high school was recognized as a National School of Excellence in 1989, in honor of its rich tradition, committed faculty, and supportive community. The school is well known today for outstanding academics and faith development programs, and for serving a racially and socio-economically diverse student population that represents the greater Miami Valley. CJ students come from 45 different grade schools and more than 50 zip codes.


The current president of Chaminade Julienne is Daniel J. Meixner '84 and the principal is John C. Marshall '86. Other administrative leaders include Jason Unger, assistant principal; Charlene Wheeler '65, director of guidance and post secondary education; Jon Payne, athletics director; Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service.

Chaminade Julienne also features a Student Council under the faculty leadership of Ms. Angela Ruffolo. Each year, the Student Council consists of an overall Student Council president, a set of five officers for each of the four classes, and two committees, the Social Committee and the Spirit Committee. Each class is represented by a president, vice president, and three officers. There are also "student ambassador" representatives for each grade.[2]


The average ACT and SAT scores are well above national norms.[citation needed] Ninety-eight percent of C-J graduates go on to higher education at universities, including the University of Dayton (a fellow Marianist institution), the University of Notre Dame, and The Ohio State University. As an example, the graduating class of 2010 earned college scholarships totaling more than $11.2 million.

The high school usually serves 800 students, with a typical class size of 200. Honors and AP classes are offered to students who demonstrate above average learning capability.


Chaminade Julienne's athletic program has been very competitive in regional, city, and state contests since the school's founding. The school's mascot is the Eagle, and its colors are blue and green. The boys teams compete in the GCL and the girls teams compete in the Girls Greater Catholic League GGCL.

The Eagles have accumulated a number of championships over the years. Eagle football teams under coaches Bill Blake, Fuzzy Faust, and Ed Regan won or tied for the city title for 10 consecutive years and were feared throughout the city and state. In 1966 and 1970, the basketball team, led by coach Jim Turvene, won state championships, and in 1970 the baseball team also earned the state title.

In 1982, the Chaminade Julienne mens soccer team brought home the state championship and the women's volleyball team became a perennial powerhouse earning multiple district and regional titles for several years. In 1991, the mens basketball team was state runner-up. Both the cross country and track teams produced championships in 1993 and 1994, and the women's basketball team took CJ to the state tournament in 1998 for the first time in the school's history. Returning to state the next year, the women's basketball team brought home the 1999 State Division II championship title. The women's team returned to state and won the State Division II Championship again in 2003. In 2004 they were Division I State Runner-Up and returned in 2005 to win the Division I State Championship.

In 2002 the football team, led by Coach Jim Place, made history by being the first team from Dayton to win the State Championship (D-II). The women's basketball team once again captured the state championship title in 2003 and 2005. They were also recognized as the Number One girls high school basketball team by USA Today.

In 2005, the women's tennis team made its first trip ever to the OHSAA state tournament. It placed fourth in state, and boasted 3 individual players also going to state and reaching the quarterfinals. The graduating class of 2005 had 21 students receive division I athletic scholarships. In 2006, the women's team was back at state again, and placed third in the OHSAA tournament. In 2006, CJ sent 4 players to the state tournament, 3 of whom reached the tournament in 2005. They were two sets of sisters: the Pleiman and Buerschen sisters. In 2007, the team placed third again in the division one state championships. Four players qualified for the individual state tournament.

In 2009, the men's volleyball team led by coach Megan Marrinan went to the Division II state tournament for the first time in the schools history. They lost in the semi-finals in five games. Ethan Klosterman was named first team all state and Christian Volk made honorable mention all state.

Chaminade Julienne has longstanding rivalry, both athletic and non-athletic, with Archbishop Alter High School as well as Carroll High School.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

Alma mater

Chaminade Julienne,
Loyalty you taught us to God and fellow man,
Faith and hope and pride to have
In this, our great land.
Oh, Chaminade Julienne,
Faithful are we.
To our Alma Mater,
Our pledge of loyalty.
Oh, Chaminade Julienne,
To our Alma Mater, our pledge of loyalty.

Fight song

CJ Eagles are second to none
We the CJ Eagles are number one
We will always stay true to the green white and blue
All Dayton will know that its honor we pursue
Our school eagle spirit takes flight and soars
As our mighty team fights and scores
Just look at us progress, as we reach for our success
And bring victory to CJHS

Notable alumni


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