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Quigley Catholic High School

Quigley Catholic High School
200 Quigley Drive
Baden, Pennsylvania, (Beaver County), 15005
United States
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1967
Principal Mrs. Rita McCormick
Chaplain Fr. Robert J. Miller
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Burgundy and White
Team name Spartans
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Q Review
Yearbook Generations
Tuition $8,700
Athletic Director Mitchell Yanyanin

Quigley Catholic High School is located in Baden, Pennsylvania. It is the only Roman Catholic high school in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The school opened in 1967 and is named for Monsignor Thomas J. Quigley.


  • History 1
    • School History 1.1
    • About the Namesake of Quigley 1.2
  • Academics 2
  • Activities 3
    • Campus Ministry 3.1
    • Forensics and Mock Trial 3.2
      • Mock Trial 3.2.1
      • Forensics 3.2.2
    • Musical Productions 3.3
    • National Honor Society 3.4
    • School Newspaper 3.5
    • Art Club 3.6
    • Prom Committee 3.7
    • Student Council 3.8
    • Respect Life Club 3.9
    • Student Ambassadors 3.10
  • Athletics 4
    • Fall sports 4.1
    • Winter sports 4.2
    • Spring Sports 4.3
  • Alma Mater 5
  • Controversy 6
  • Notes and references 7
  • External links 8


School History

In 1902 the Sisters of St. Joseph opened an academy for boys. At the suggestion of Bishop Hugh C. Boyle they opened the Mt. Gallitzin High School for Girls in September 1934. The first class graduated in 1938, the centennial year of Baden Township. The school offered both academic and commercial courses and touted its broad cultural program and the individual attention and direction given to each student. Most of the girls were commuters, save some boarders who were preparing to the Congregation of the Sisters. Once Quigley Catholic opened its doors in 1967 the school was forced to consolidate. At the time of the consolidation in 1967, the student enrollment was 245. There was one other school that consolidated to Quigley Catholic, St. Veronica’s.

St. Veronica High School was opened in September 1924, under the supervision of Fr. John Martin, pastor, and the Sisters of St. Joseph who staffed the new parish high school. Seventeen students were in the first graduating class. Growth continued so quickly that within 15 years new space was desperately needed. Rev. James O’Connell and Rev. Paul Nee continued the education expansion at St. Veronica’s. A building at 5th and Beaver Road was obtained through cooperation from the Ambridge School board in 1945. When a new school for elementary level students was built in 1959, the high school eventually moved back to its original home on Melrose Avenue. At the time of the consolidation in 1967 the enrollment of 243 included students from many other parishes besides St. Veronica.

In the mid-1960s the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Pittsburgh was Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend John B. McDowell. At that time he and Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, John J. Wright saw a need for expanding the Diocesan presence in a regional Catholic high school to serve the people of the Beaver Valley.

In 1966, under the supervision of Bishop McDowell, land was purchased from the Sisters of St. Joseph and ground was broken. Quigley Catholic High School first opened its doors to students in September 1967. The 440 students came to the new school while construction of the building was still being finished around them. The formal dedication and blessing of the building took place on April 28, 1968. The school opened under the leadership of Father Robert J. Reardon as Headmaster and with the guidance of Sister St. Bede Downey, CSJ, who continued to serve Quigley Catholic for many years until her death. Additional principals have been Rev. George Leech, John S. Hoehl, Sr. Anna Marie Gaglia, CSJ, Rev. Ronald R. Cellini, Rev. David C. Menegay, Dr. Madonna Helbling and current principal Mrs. Rita McCormick. Growth and construction of one sort or another has been going on ever since. Quigley Catholic is the first and only regional Catholic high school in Beaver County.

About the Namesake of Quigley

MONSIGNOR THOMAS J. QUIGLEY: 1905-1960 superintendent of schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh until his death in 1960

“…This new school has been named in honor of the late and beloved Monsignor Thomas J. Quigley, who was Superintendent of Schools from August 1939 to December 1955. This extraordinary priest served the diocese, its schools, and the general community as a spiritual leader and an accomplished educator from 1931 until his untimely death in 1960. No man gave so much to education or to the Church as did he. In every area of education he was outstanding. Readily recognized as a leader by public and non-public educators, this priest contributed, in an extraordinary way, to the development of education for all children and for all segments of our community. It is significant that the priests of Beaver County voted by an overwhelming majority to dedicate this school in his memory. In this way they hoped to memorialize and to express appreciation for a life spent in improving both the city of God and the city of humankind. Dedicated priest, scholarly educator, prolific writer, able administrator, but most of all a man committed to a cause – this was Monsignor Quigley. And while we honor his memory by naming this school after him, we do, in fact, honor this school by using his name and identifying it with all that is good in education and community life.” Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend John B. McDowell (then, Superintendent of Schools) April 1968 from the Dedication of Quigley Catholic High School.


Quigley Catholic has again been named as a Catholic High School of Excellence consistently and consecutively since the inception of the honor. This honor of distinction is earned by less than 5% of all Catholic high schools in the nation. .[2][3]

99% of Quigley Catholic's graduates matriculate to college. Recent graduates have been awarded an average of $126.000 per student in non-need based grants and scholarships. Graduates are accepted to many prestigious schools, including: West Point, United States Air Force Academy, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, John Carroll University, MIT, Case Western Reserve, Fordham University, Harvard University, Allegheny College, Duquesne University, Saint Vincent College, and New York University, to name a few.[4]

Faculty and Staff:

  • Mrs. Rita McCormick - Principal
  • Sr. Bridget Reilly, O.S.B. - Director of Guidance
  • Mr. Mitch Yanyanin - Consultant
  • Mr. Robert Hramika - Business Manager
  • Mrs. Renee Colonna - School Secretary / Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Renee Price - Admissions
  • Dr. Maria Diaz - Chemistry/Physics
  • Ms. Elisabeth Talamo - Science
  • Mrs. Kathleen Philips - English
  • Ms. Lauren Turkovich - Math
  • Mrs. Pam Dore - Math/Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Marta Zak - Fine Arts
  • Mrs. MJ Herrington - Fine Arts
  • Mrs. Denise Barker - Spanish
  • Mrs. Anna Hipfel - Math
  • Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter - Mock Trial/Social Studies/Public Speaking
  • Miss Maria Myron - Social Studies
  • Mrs. Caitlin Miller - Social Studies
  • Mr. Matt Kuntz - Athletic Director/Health and Physical Education
  • Ms. Katie Matlak - Religion
  • Ms. Emily Lyons - English & SAT Prep
  • Mrs. Kathleen Philips - English
  • Ms. Sara Martin - Guidance Counselor


Campus Ministry

Sponsor: Ms. Katie Matlak

Faculty Members: Sr. Bridget Reilly, O.S.B.,and Mrs. Marta Zak

The Campus Ministry team promotes the Catholic identity and culture of the school. It is a faculty and student collaboration to plan activities that mainly take place in the school chapel. The club is in charge of each grade's mandatory one day Catholic study retreat and two optional weekend Catholic study retreats. In addition, the club has raised money and started collections for charities.

Forensics and Mock Trial

Sponsor: Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter

The art of Public Speaking is taught at Quigley Catholic High School through its nationally recognized Forensics and Mock Trial teams.[5] Mr. Waxenfelter is a Triple Diamond member of the National Forensics League.

Mock Trial

Moderator: Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter

The Mock Trial Team has won eight Pennsylvania State Championships, making it the number one ranked team in the state.[6] The Mock Trial team was national runner-up for the year 2002.[7]


Moderator: Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter

The Forensics Team sends individuals to the state and national tournaments annually.

Musical Productions

Director: Ms. Laura Yoerg

Musical Director: Mrs. Marta Zak

The musical productions allow Quigley students to join and grade school students to become junior cast members. Quigley musicals have been recognized at the annual Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards.

Musicals from 1998-2013
Year Musical Year Musical Year Musical Year Musical
1997-1998 Grease 2001-2002 Cinderella 2005-2006 Bye Bye Birdie 2009-2010 Children of Eden
1998-1999 Jesus Christ Superstar 2002-2003 Into the Woods 2006-2007 The Secret Garden 2010-2011 Oklahoma!
1999-2000 Fame 2003-2004 Guys and Dolls 2007-2008 Footloose 2011-2012 Once on This Island
2000-2001 Children of Eden 2004-2005 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2008-2009 Grease 2012-2013 Back to the 80s

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Sponsor: Miss Elizabeth Talamo

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a state-wide organization which encourages scientific research for students in grades 7 through 12. After designing a scientific experiment students must prepare an oral report of their findings and do a presentation before a panel of judges from the scientific community. Students compete at the regional and state level. Quigley Catholic has participated in PJAS for over 20 years.

National Honor Society

Sponsor: Miss Emily Lyons

Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is supposed to be based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once elected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Members are elected in the second semester of their junior year.[8]

School Newspaper

Current Moderator: Ms. Emily Lyons

The Q Review is a faculty/student-run newspaper that publishes once a month. The staff is selected by the moderator at the beginning of each school year.

Art Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Mary Jane Herrington

The College in High School Ceramics program, in conjunction with La Roche College, offers students an opportunity to participate in the traditional ceramic Pueblo and Raku firing process.[9]

Prom Committee

Sponsor: Junior Class Moderators

The prom committee is responsible for organizing and running the junior/senior prom.

Student Council

Sponsors: Mrs. Kathleen Philips

Each class is represented by a student body elected president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Each class is responsible for raising funds for their prom.

The Executive Board is elected in a school-wide election at the end of each school year. The Executive Board is composed of the Council President, Council Vice President, Council Secretary, Council Publicity Director, and the Council Spirit Director. Also part of the Executive Board are the four Council Class Directors – the Presidents of each individual class chosen by their classmates each year.

Respect Life Club

Sponsors: The Religion Department

Students meet to pray, learn and discuss. The Respect Life Club raises money to host all-school assembly presentations by pro-life speakers. Members promote the March For Life among the student body.

Student Ambassadors

Sponsors: Ms. Lauren Turkovich

Student Ambassadors are expected to serve and represent the school in a positive manner. New Student Ambassadors are chosen yearly from applicants.


The girls sports teams are called the "Lady Spartans" and the boys sports teams are called the "Spartans".

Quigley currently has Fall, Winter and Spring sports.

Fall sports

  • Boy's Golf
  • Girl's Golf
  • Boy's Soccer
  • Girl's Soccer
  • Girl's Volleyball
  • Football

Winter sports

  • Boy's Basketball
  • Girl's Basketball
  • Boy's Hockey
  • Cheerleading

Spring Sports

  • Girl's Softball
  • Boy's Baseball
  • Track and field

Alma Mater


(Fr.) John "Jack" S. Hoehl was school principal from 1971 to 1985. Hoehl (a priest at the time) was accused, by at least 7 men in 2001, of sexual abuse while they were students at Quigley Catholic High School during Hoehl's tenure as principal there.[10] The men claim they were invited to the rectory for, "wrestling team sleep overs" where they were allowed to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. While they were incapacitated Hoehl sexually abused them.[11] One former Quigley Catholic student claims the abuse continued for four years.[12] The lawsuits have been dropped because the statute of limitations has run out. However, Hoehl was permanently banned from ministry in 1988 by then Bishop, Donald Wuerl, because Wuerl considered the accusations to be credible. On June 16, 2004 the Vatican severed all ties with Heohl.[10] There is no proof that other staff members were involved with or had knowledge of the alleged abuse.

Hoehl went on to become a youth counselor in West Virginia. He was subsequently removed from this post by the West Virginia Board of Counselors because of the credible accusations of sexual abuse from former students at Quigley Catholic High School.[11]

Notes and references

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "2007 Catholic High School Honor Roll". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ David, Brian (6 January 2008). "Quigley makes Honor Roll".  
  4. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Quigley Catholic High School (Beaver County) Wins Statewide Mock Trial Competition". Pennsylvania Bar Association News Release. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "At Issue" (PDF). Pennsylvania Bar Association. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Activities". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Rodgers, A. (2004). "Vatican Severs Church Ties to Former Quigley Headmaster" Post Gazette, 15 January
  11. ^ a b Sheehan, A. (2007). Former Priest Can No Longer Work As Counselor KDKA 30 March
  12. ^ Hasch, M. (2004) Six More Law Suits Filed Against Pittsburgh Diocese Tribune Review 1 July

External links

  • Quigley Catholic High School home page
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