In 1958, the Sisters of Mercy were chosen to establish a new high school on 15 acres of donated land in College Hill. They broke ground on August 28, 1958, and two years later opened McAuley High School with a freshman class of 200 young women. McAuley added a new class in each of the next three years, and the Class of 1964 became the first to graduate. The McAuley High School tradition is rooted in the ideals and beliefs of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, who believed most ardently in the importance of the education of women. McAuley High School continues to carry out her vision.
In the last 53 years, over 11,000 young women from all over the Cincinnati have graduated from McAuley. McAuley has a rich history of academic excellence and is designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. McAuley provides a balanced education with a high level of focus on academics, including unique, groundbreaking programs that explore careers for women in medicine, engineering, and law. McAuley also offers students comprehensive sports, arts, and service programs to develop each student’s “brilliance of balance.” We support fine arts through visual and performing arts classes with chorus, orchestra, an award-winning Vocal Ensemble, visual arts classes for all four years of high school, and dramatic performances each year. McAuley has 25 athletic teams of 11 different sports as well as 30 clubs and student organizations.