About Rockhurst High School


Rockhurst High School will be sought out and recognized for its ability to educate men-for-others. Rockhurst High School will, in the Jesuit tradition, foster lifelong friendships based on enduring principles and Ignatian values. It will be nationally and locally recognized as the best value-added education because of its success in developing community leaders for an increasingly diverse world.


Rockhurst draws upon a tradition of education in continuous practice for more than 475 years. Founded in 1910, The Academy of Rockhurst College graduated its first students in 1917. In 1923, The Academy became Rockhurst High School.

School Environment

Rockhurst High School is the only Jesuit Catholic private college preparatory school for boys in grades 9 – 12 in the Kansas City area. It is located in the southern residential portion of Kansas City, Missouri, a metropolitan area of more than 2 million people. 

Student Composition

Rockhurst draws a student body that is ethnically and socio-economically diverse from 91 different zip codes, 57 in Missouri and 34 in Kansas. The entire student body represents more than 117 elementary and junior high schools from the metropolitan area, with 21% who are self-identified students of color.

Rockhurst High School’s financial commitment enables student attendance from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. In the 2015-16 school year, 44% of students received $2.1 million in financial aid.

Rockhurst High School, through its various programs and activities, aids in the total development of its students. While academic excellence is the hallmark of the school, Rockhurst is equally committed to provide an experience of excellence through student activities. Rockhurst’s programs of athletics, intramurals, clubs and activities, aim to be truly co-curricular, i.e., equal partners to academic course work that support and advance the goals of a Jesuit education:

  • 99% of graduates attend a 4-year college or university;
  • More than 45 co-curricular activities are offered in addition to 12 varsity athletic teams (in the past 10 years, teams have won 31 Missouri titles and 70 district championships);
  • Students hold positions on key decision-making panels that affect the school climate (i.e. Student Government Association, Student Life Committee);
  • High quality acting, vocal and instrumental programs have enabled students to participate in community events and win awards in state band and orchestra competitions;
  • Students write for the nationally recognized award-winning publications: Prep News, the Quarry Yearbook and the Rock Collection Literary Magazine;
  • Students participate in the “Total Ignatian Experience,” an immersion program, in and out of Kansas City, and internationally, each year. These trips are built on the four pillars of service, community, simplicity, and prayer;
  • Many students staff the urban tutoring program at the “Upper Room” in central Kansas City;
  • National Honor Society and select students tutor weekly in the Counseling Department’s Student Success Center; and
  • Each year funding efforts led by student-leaders raise over $50,000 for local and international aid organizations, emphasizing the school’s mission of being compassionate to those in need.
  • Students are recognized on a yearly basis through the National Merit Foundation Scholarship Program. Class of 2016: 12 Finalists, 13 Semifinalists & 10 Commended

President's Cabinet

Principal - Gregory Harkness '81
Chief Financial Officer - Dana Brack
Chief Advancement Officer - Laurence Freeman '82
Director of Information Services - Kevin Campbell
Director of Physical Facilities - Delbert Conrad
Facilities Manager - Ann Lehane
Assistant to the President - Joanne Comiskey

Faith and Service Leadership

Faith and Service are at the heart of our mission at Rockhurst High School. The pastoral ministry office organizes student retreats, school Masses, and prayer services. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, all programs offered at Rockhurst foster a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ; this includes students, faculty, parents, trustees and alumni. Students are invited to take an active role in our pastoral program. In particular, juniors and seniors take on leadership roles for retreats and other spiritual events. Program offerings are listed below: 

  • Class Retreats
  • Masses, prayer services, and daily morning prayer
  • Sophomore Family Conversation Program
  • Mission Week and the Harvest Food Drive
  • Service Trips to Tijuana, Belize, Guatemala, Urban Kansas City, Tennessee and more.

The Ignatian service program at Rockhurst provides our students with the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to being men of competence, conscience, and compassion. Christian service is an integral part of the Ignatian, Jesuit educational experience and is sewn into the fabric of our community. Students of all grades participate in year-round service opportunities, as individuals and as small groups. All students are required to complete over 150 hours to graduate. In the 2015 school year, Rockhurst students completed more than 57,000 hours of service.

Theology is an integral part of the Rockhurst High School education. During their four years of high school, students also undertake a rigorous academic study of Christianity, social justice, moral issues, comparative religions and scripture. These courses draw upon many authors and texts including Plato, Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Papal Encyclicals, Dorothy Day, and the New American Bible. 

About Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst High School is located in Kansas City, Missouri - the home of the 2015 World Series Champion Royals, as well as the world's best barbecue.

With a total population of 2.1 million, Kansas City is the 29th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.  Nicknamed both the "Paris of the Plains" and "The City of Fountains," KC's aesthetics throughout are part of what makes it one of the largest growing cities in America.

Despite the small town feel at times, Kansas City boasts big city business.  Many major companies and employers are headquartered here, including: American Century Investments, Boulevard Brewing Company, Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Bushnell Corporation, Cerner Corporation, Crayola, Garmin, Hallmark Cards, Russell Stovers Candies, and Sprint Nextel.

Rockhurst loves Kansas City, and we aren't the only ones!  The Huffington Post lists the following reasons to fall in love with Kansas City: "it's beautiful, the lifestyle, the schools, the people, and the Royals."

Kansas City also boasts the following: three hospitals on the Best Hospitals list by U.S. News & World Report; a spot on PureWow's list of 10 Most Affordable Cities; four regional communities landed on the ranking of the 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine; a spot in the top 20 tech "momentum markets" in a market report by CBRE; the number nine ranking on Travel + Leisure's list of Friendliest Cities; and made the top 20 on Forbes' list of Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now for 2016.

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Rockhurst High School

Established in 1910 - Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114-3299     816.363.2036