Welcome!

Thank you so much for coming to our website to review all that is Walsh Jesuit!

We hope you find a sense of energy and excitement that we experience every day at Walsh Jesuit. Nothing can compare with the experience of actually being on campus, so I invite you to come and experience Walsh Jesuit firsthand.

We are Walsh Jesuit:  a Catholic, Jesuit high school that offers an outstanding college-preparatory curriculum in a caring, supportive atmosphere that fosters intellectual curiosity and value formation. With the mission of forming Men and Women for Others, the very heart of our challenge is to give to Greater Glory to God as we work with our wonderful families to develop young women and men of competence, conscience and compassion.

Taken from a 1973 address by the Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the motto was presented as a challenge to Jesuit alumni worldwide and, in fact, has become the motto of all the Jesuit secondary schools throughout the United States. In his speech, Fr. Arrupe urged Jesuit alumni to use their gifts and education for lives of service by participating in the school community, becoming active in their own education, going beyond the minimal expectations in their development, and showing compassion for the least in the community and the world.

This is Walsh Jesuit. We take the mission to heart and will continue to accept the challenge that St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, gave to his friend Francis Xavier as he missioned him to bring the Gospel to the East: “Go and light the world on fire!”

For more than 50 years, Walsh Jesuit has been committed to academic excellence, spiritual growth and cura personalis; meaning care for the whole person as our students grow within our community each day. We hope you will share in the experience of our over 8,000 graduates who have gone on to light the world fire and made a difference in the world.

Come and let Walsh Jesuit be a place you will call home.
 
Peace,

Karl Ertle
President
 

Our History

Walsh Jesuit High School was funded by a generous gift from the late Cornelius and Jane Walsh. Cornelius Walsh was born in 1864 and lived his entire life in Cuyahoga Falls, where he was a prominent industrialist and Catholic layman.  When Cornelius Walsh passed away in 1932, he bequeathed his entire fortune to his wife, who continued to donate generously to the Catholic Church.
 
In 1943, Jane Walsh worked with her nephew, William A. Walsh, to design her will, which included a large sum of money for a Catholic high school to be built. William Walsh was partial to the Jesuits. He convinced his Aunt Jane to bequeath to the Society of Jesus her property and $100,000 for the building of an all-boys school that would be a memorial to her husband.  William Walsh approached the Chicago Province of the Jesuits, but the gift lay dormant for years.  
 
In 1959, the original offer made by the Walsh family was found during a transfer of files from the Chicago Province to the Detroit Province. At almost the same time, Fr. McGrail, Provincial of the Detroit Province, received a phone call from William Walsh who urged him to reconsider the proposal made in his Aunt Jane's will. Under William Walsh's stewardship, her gift had grown to nearly $2 million. Using the gift from Cornelius and Jane Walsh (to which the Cleveland Catholic Diocese added $1 million) 50 acres were purchased from the Conway family, with an additional 50 acres purchased later to establish where Walsh Jesuit would be built.

 Jane Walsh passed away in July 1963 at age 89, about 24 months before Walsh Jesuit opened. She knew, however, that plans were under way for the school because Fr. McGrail (who would become the school’s seventh president) visited her often. Unfortunately, she did not live long enough to see the completed memorial to her husband.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Walsh Jesuit took place in 1964, and the school opened its doors to 153 freshmen on September 7, 1965. The school was dedicated in May 1966, and the first class graduated in 1969.