Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
250 East Johnson Highway

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United States
Coordinates40°7′42″N 75°19′25.25″W
TypePrivate, coeducational
Motto"United in Faith, Hope, and Love with Christ Forever"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedSeptember 1993
ClosedJune 10, 2010
School districtArchdiocese of Philadelphia
PresidentRev. Alan Okon
PrincipalSr. Janet Purcell
Average class size20
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Royal blue and athletic gold         
AthleticsFreshman, junior varsity, varsity
Athletics conferencePIAA
MascotWally the Wolverine
Team nameWolverines
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Current
Tuition$4,860 (08-09)
AdmissionsMegan Callen
Campus MinistryDaniel McCarthy
Guidance DirectorLouise Eckert
Athletic DirectorSandy Nadwodny


Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School was established through a merger of Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, and opened in September 1993. It ultimately served the communities of Andorra, Blue Bell, Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, Norristown, Roxborough, many parts of Eastern and Northern Montgomery County, and the communities on the Philadelphia/Montgomery line. Open enrollment, which was established throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocesan School System in September 1993, admitted students from all the Philadelphia/Montgomery County areas.[2]


Although Kennedy-Kenrick was a smaller school, their programs were not negatively affected. The field hockey team won the PCL Championships (2008) after knocking out first place rival Archbishop Carroll.

  • Fall sports: football, boys' soccer, boys' cross country, golf, field hockey, girls' soccer, volleyball, girls' cross country
  • Winter sports: boys' basketball, girls' basketball, wrestling, bowling
  • Spring sports: baseball, softball, boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse, boys' outdoor track, girls' outdoor track


On January 28, 2008, the archdiocese announced that a new high school in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, would replace Kennedy-Kenrick and St. Pius X High School in Lower Pottsgrove Township.[3][4]

The new school, Pope John Paul II High School, is a 209,000-square-foot (19,400 m2) state-of-the-art facility with the latest 21st-century technology. It opened in September 2010.

The final year

The final academic school year for Kennedy-Kenrick started on September 9, 2009. Throughout the year, the faculty and staff created special activities on the 17th of every month, as the 2009–2010 year marked the school's 17th and final year in operation.

The last senior class celebrated its Baccalaureate Liturgy on Monday, June 1, 2010, at Visitation B.V.M. Parish in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Graduation for the last senior class of Kennedy-Kenrick, the Class of 2010, took place on Tuesday, June 2, 2010, at Gwynedd-Mercy College.

The official last day of school for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors was Thursday, June 10, 2010, and was celebrated with a special liturgy celebrating the legacies of the four schools that led to Kennedy-Kenrick.

Alma mater

"Hail Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High"

With pride and loyalty, we dedicate our hearts.
We come together seeking truth, 'midst friend-ships' lasting bonds.
We learn to live each day, in faith, hope and love.
Hail Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High, our school, our pride.

We fly the blue and gold, our pledge of unity.
God's providence, we know will give the strength to help succeed.
With courage we join hands, together all as one.
Hail Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High, our school, our pride.

Our spirit is alive, its message clear and strong.
A heritage from years gone by will thrive each dusk to dawn.
The future years will hear our song of victory.
Hail Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High, our school, our pride.

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. KKCHS. "School History". Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School website. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  3. Bentman, Hilary (2008-01-29). "Catholic high schools to be built". The Intelligencer. Calkins Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. Hefler, Jan. "Camden Diocese plans for new high school." Philadelphia Inquirer. June 18, 2008. A01.
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