Vianney Named a “National School of Excellence”
By the Cardinal Newman Society
St. John Vianney High School has been recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society on this year’s Catholic High School Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence.
Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in the areas of Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition as one of the top Catholic high schools in the country,’ said Dr. Tim Dilg, Principal of St. John Vianney High School. “The real reward however is not the national ranking, it’s the confirmation that Vianney is doing an exceptional job of preparing all students for spiritual & academic success.”
“This achievement validates the tremendous work of our school community and will serve as extra motivation to continue to build a school of excellence for many years to come,” he added.
This year 71 schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.
The Honor Roll provides a powerful resource to parents and educators by acknowledging those schools that best maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare students to actively engage the world. If you would like more information on the honor roll, please visit: http://www.catholichonorroll.org/ .
“The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.
The 2014 Schools of Excellence are located in 26 states, with the largest number (eight) located in Pennsylvania, followed by Texas and Michigan, each with six, and Virginia with five.
This is the first time in school history that Vianney has received this distinction from the Honor Roll, after receiving Honorable Mention in 2012 for its academic program. Vianney is the only Catholic High School from St. Louis area to receive the National School of Excellence award this year. St. Pius X in Festus and St. Vincent in Perryville also were recognized.
“I commend our passionate and dedicated faculty and staff for creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for each and every young man where they can excel academically and have the opportunity to achieve in athletics and in the arts,” Dr. Dilg said. “I'm most proud of the fact that we continue to develop men of character and accomplishment who are strong in their faith.”
"This honor reflects highly on our dedicated teachers and staff and is a testament to their hard work and commitment to Catholic education. Likewise, our students should be recognized and applauded for their perseverance, determination, and willingness to challenge themselves spiritually, academically, and personally," Dr. Dilg added.