Rockhurst High School
9301 State Line Road
Kansas City MO 64114-3299
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 363-2039
Mission Statement
Rockhurst High School serves the greater Kansas City area by educating Ignatian leaders, "men for others," in the Roman Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory tradition.
In the spirit of Saint Ignatius Loyola, its goal is the formation of the whole person within a diverse and disciplined environment, as one who is open to growth, strives for academic excellence, is religious, loving and committed to justice through service.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. William T. Sheahan S.J.
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan R. Haden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage, LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1910
Former Names
Academy of Rockhurst College
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Rockhurst High School serves the greater Kansas City area by educating Ignatian leaders, "men for others," in the Roman Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory tradition.
In the spirit of Saint Ignatius Loyola, its goal is the formation of the whole person within a diverse and disciplined environment, as one who is open to growth, strives for academic excellence, is religious, loving and committed to justice through service.
Background Statement

In 1908, Rev. Michael P. Dowling, S.J., wrote to his superiors telling them that he had selected a site on Troost Avenue for the Jesuit school that was to be built in Kansas City. He called it “Rockhurst,” drawing inspiration from legendary Stonyhurst College in England, because the grounds were stony and a grove of woods nearby inspired him to use the word “hurst.”   

The school was officially chartered by the State of Missouri on August 30, 1910. Four years later, on the morning of September 15, 1914, forty-two students enrolled in the freshman and sophomore classes at the new school. Greeted by three Jesuit faculty members, they became the first of thousands of young men to be educated at Rockhurst and graduates of the class of 1917.
The school’s original prospectus defined the education and purpose of The Academy of Rockhurst College as follows: “to turn out young men whose mental faculties have been so developed and formed that they may successfully enter upon the immediate preparation of any career.” The first Jesuit faculty accomplished this by offering a course of classical studies with equal emphasis on moral formation and religious instruction, noting “it is men who are to be trained, not mere minds.” The Academy of Rockhurst College became Rockhurst High School in 1923, though it remained as part of the original corporation that included both the college and the high school.
In 1962, Rockhurst High School became a new and separate corporation when it moved to its present site at 9301 State Line Road. The Robert C. Greenlease family became the high school’s principal benefactor and the name “Greenlease Memorial” was added to the school’s official title.
Rockhurst High School enjoys a national reputation of excellence. “Rockhurst Hawklets” have achieved countless scholastic honors, sports titles, and have consistently contributed in positive ways to the world community in business, government, and social sectors as alumni. 
Alumni, parents, faculty and friends of the institution continue to make Rockhurst High School a place where young students learn to become “men for others” who distinguish themselves for the greater glory of God or in the Latin phrase known by alumni:  Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Impact Statement

Curricular and co-curricular activities at Rockhurst High School are geared toward formation to help each student reach his God-given potential.  Programs are specifically designed for boys, in a faith-based, single gender Catholic college preparatory environment.  

Some achievements include:  
  1. A full 99% of Rockhurst High School graduates enroll in a four-year college or university, and 99% of those alumni graduate from the college of their choice. The remaining 1% enroll at a junior college, trade school, or enlist in a branch of the military.
  2. The overall student body Grade Point Average is 3.42.
  3. There were seven National Merit Finalists; seven National Merit Semifinalists; and, eight Commended Students in 2017.
  4. Community service programs remain strong with students and faculty to help the less fortunate throughout the Kansas City area, and in Appalachia, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Tennessee, and Tijuana. 
  5. The average ACT exam score for students is 27.0 out of 36.  The average SAT was 1320 on a scale of 2400.
  6. The school received $4.7 million in charitable gifts during Fiscal Year 16-17.   
Key mission-driven objectives are:  
  1. Form "men for others" who are academically, spiritually, and morally ready to be leaders in their communities and the world.
  2. Enhanced charitable support with continued success in special campaigns to fund student-centered learning environments, including $14 million of campus improvements that happened in 2017 with construction of new Academic Learning Classrooms, a multi-purpose Hawklets Center, and Learning Commons.
  3. Endowment and specially designated gifts continue to be a priority to fund tuition assistance grants, which make Catholic education and Jesuit formation more affordable.
  4. Health and wellness programs for the school community are an integral part of the school's strategic work.
  5. Faculty enrichment and faith formation are constantly being reviewed and expanded.
  6. The innovative science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) programs that were established two years ago have distinguished Rockhurst High School as a "School for Others."  The curriculum is designed to be shareable with others schools, so they too can enhance their students' experience.
  7. The Hurtado Scholars Program for urban core students prepares them for a faith-based, college preparatory environment.
Needs Statement
  1. Program and campus enhancements.
  2. Faculty enrichment, including compensation and continuing education.
  3. Tuition assistance funding for families.
  4. Progressive technology applications.
  5. Increased volunteerism among alumni and friends.
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Youth Development Programs
Roman Catholic
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
MO - Cass County
Rockhurst draws a student body that is ethnically and socio-economically diverse from 95 different zip codes, 56 in Missouri and 39 in Kansas. The current freshman class entered from 32 private and 29 public middle schools. The entire student body represents more than 115 elementary and junior high schools from the metropolitan area, with 21% who are self identified students of color.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
There is a great deal of pride for me as Chairman of the Board for Rockhurst High School. This is a truly important community asset for Kansas City. The past several years have given us remarkable enhancement for our students and more are coming in the future.
Rockhurst High School will not rest on its laurels.  Our tradition of achievement is important as we form young “men for others.”  Our world needs leaders like Rockhurst Men, who have the intellectual, moral, and spiritual skills to make a positive difference for God's greater honor and glory.
The Rockhurst High School community is blessed to have Rev. William T. Sheahan, SJ, as Interim President.  He is providing steady management during a transition year for this 107-year old Catholic apostolate.
Equally, we look forward to installing our 17th President, Mr. David J. Laughlin, in 2018.  Mr. Laughlin is the type of result-oriented visionary who will take The Rock to incredible levels of achievement.
Rockhurst High School graduates are men of competence, conscience, and compassion who have the courage to act on their beliefs to affect this kind of positive change.  We stand today on the shoulders of young men who devoted themselves to a commitment to excellence.  The world needs institutions that promote strong family values, distilled in a spirit of service to others.  Places of learning that cherish value-based education, academically, physically, socially, and spiritually.  Rockhurst High School is such a place.
Every parent wants the best for his or her child; a place where boys can become men in a supportive environment with strong role models that teach family values and a commitment to excellence.  Rockhurst High School is a nurturing place that allows young men to transcend themselves to distinguish themselves while growing to reach their God-given potential.
The charitable support of people who hold Rockhurst High School’s tradition and students dear will provide the resources needed to advance the school’s mission. Our donors are a blessing from God. Students at Rockhurst High School benefit from the generations of generosity of those who went before them. This camaraderie of support is what distinguishes Rockhurst High School from other educational institutions.
The challenges we face in this ever-changing educational landscape will require time, vigilance and dedication to solve. Everyone at Rockhurst High School realize we are on a journey. Every day, though, I am inspired by yet another story of how we have delivered on Our Credo.
Rockhurst High School educates optimists, idealists, and entrepreneurs, who work for the greater glory and honor of God.  I firmly believe in our mission that continues to change the world for God’s greater honor and glory.
Gratefully yours,
Jonathan R. Haden ’75
Chairman, Board of Trustees
October 31, 2017
Instruction at Rockhurst High School follows the “Profile of the Graduate at Graduation” document (Grad-at-Grad) and is based on a comprehensive understanding of the school’s curriculum, which includes every aspect of the school experience—religious, social, psychological, as well as academic.
The Grad-at-Grad is the blueprint for the development of all curricular and co-curricular programs, school policies, and guidelines. It is divided into five essential and fundamental categories, each with sub-categories of direction, stating what a student should achieve by graduation.
The categories are:
The profile represents the consensus-view of the Rockhurst High School faculty regarding essential characteristics of an ideal graduate. This statement is an articulation of the institution’s objective to teach boys as they strive to become “men for others” in a struggling world.
Program Budget $12,994,821.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Advanced Grade Point Averages and College Placement for students.
Long-Term Success Alumni contributions to the worldwide community in projects that promote the common good, human welfare, and business.
Program Success Monitored By Regular accreditation by North Central Association of Universities and Independent Schools for academic rigor. Oversight and sponsorship by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) for spiritual and service programs.
Examples of Program Success
Rockhurst High School educates optimists, idealists, and entrepreneurs; men willing to be distinguished by achievements that make a difference in people’s lives. There are now 13,461 men who have graduated since 1917, with an impact on society that far exceeds such a modest number of graduates.
“Rockhurst Hawklets” have achieved countless scholastic honors, sports titles, and have consistently contributed in positive ways to the world community in business, government, and social sectors as alumni. Pride is much more than just wearing the school colors of blue and white. School pride comes from knowing that good works really do change the world.
The Rockhurst High School National Alumni Association motto is “Your School Never Leaves You.”  The common belief that the strength, spirit, and pride of being a “Rockhurst Man” is always with each alumnus and the school community.
Rockhurst High School has a Five-Star Rating, out of Five, from Great 
CEO Comments
Why are Jesuit schools so important to the world?
The answer to this question has been written over and over again, in countless books and periodicals. Jesuit schools meet a need.
In our rapidly changing world, families have always wanted to give their children the best opportunities possible to succeed in life. They understand that young people need to have skill sets to manage a fast-paced, quick-thinking world that will face them.
Families also respect the fundamental principles of the "Graduate at Graduation" profile that guides Jesuit schools to form young men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.
Dating back to when the first schools were established by the Society of Jesus in the 16th century, there were two distinct educational platforms with clear reasoning: 
  1. Strict preparation for a profession, perhaps the law, clergy, or teaching by studying the sciences, mathematics, logic, philosophy, and theology.
  2. Humanistic schooling, which was curriculum based on Greek and Latin poetry, drama, oratory, and history, with the intent to shape thoughtful, caring individuals and future leaders.
The Jesuits skillfully combined these two ideals, while stressing character and mission formation as part of their mission statements.
Catholic Jesuit college preparatory apostolates like Rockhurst High School have devoted personnel, both religious and the laity, who have standards of excellence that they aspire for in themselves and work to deliberately develop as touchstones in their students: 
  • Self-knowledge and discipline;
  • Consideration and reflection on life experiences;
  • Faith and trust in God;
  • Admiration for understanding, reason, discovering truth, and intellect;
  • Discernment for what is right;
  • Devotion to using God's gifts to care for other people;
  • Common sense problem solving; Bold determination; and
  • Finding God in all things. 
These qualities came from a unique spirituality that the early Jesuits learned from our founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits define spirituality as "a pathway to God." St. Ignatius discovery came from reflection upon his own life experiences. His spirit and methodology motivates the generations of Jesuits and lay people who came after him, who hoped, and continue to aspire, to inspire students in the same Ignatian vision.
The Rockhurst High School community strives to achieve a threefold purpose guided by the Ignatian vision, to: 
  1. Provide an environment that assists young men in understanding themselves, Christ, and the world around them.
  2. Develop in our students a concern, not for personal gain, but for the mission of Jesus Christ.
  3. Develop educated Christian leaders and graduate young men who demonstrate authentic Christian living in our contemporary society.
Global events continue to dramatically change the context of Jesuit educational ministries.New pressure points seem to emerge daily, where peoples, religions, and culture intermingle, and not always happily. Jesuit schools, like Rockhurst High School, are the great equalizers. They promote Christ-like ideals for justice, authentic communication, and an inclusive sense of unity for humanity.
The optimistic view of how the world can be by Jesuits, and their Jesuit Partners in education, is an important counter-balance to the stark outlook that is all-too-often a common-place way of thinking in our struggling, often secular-leaning society.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. William T. Sheahan S.J.
Term Start July 2017
Fr. Sheahan began his service to Rockhurst High School in the fall of 2008, teaching junior English and sophomore Theology.
During the fall of 2011, Fr. Sheahan began a needs assessment of work that would lead to establishment of the Hurtado Scholars Program, an educational and leadership opportunity to prepare urban core middle school boys for success at a college preparatory high school and beyond. He became its first director. The first class of Hurtado Scholars Alumni was admitted as Freshmen at Rockhurst High School in 2016.
In 2014, Fr. Sheahan expanded his duties at Rockhurst High School to join the Advancement Team. He was instrumental in securing grants for a wide variety of projects, particularly tuition assistance for families.
Fr. Sheahan left Rockhurst High School in the summer of 2015 to begin his Jesuit Tertianship Year in Puente Grande, Jalisco, MX, near Guadalajara. He returned to Kansas City last year when the Very Rev. Ronald A. Mercier, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province, appointed Fr. Sheahan to be the Rector of the Rockhurst Jesuit Community.
Among Fr. Sheahan's earlier service to the Society of Jesus is work as campus minister for St. Louis University (2004-2006), Theology teacher at St. Louis University High School (1999-2001), organizer for the Kansas City Church Community Organization (CCO) (1997-1999), and adjunct instructor for political science at Rockhurst University (1998-1999).
As a Jesuit novice and scholastic in formation from 1992 to 1997, Fr. Sheahan managed a shelter for Central American refugees in El Paso, TX, provided pastoral care for hospice patients in Denver, CO, and taught Spanish reading and grammar to middle school students in New York City.
Fr. Sheahan is a native of St. Louis and an alumnus of St. Louis University High School. He has a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, and additional graduate studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Fr. Sheahan earned his Master of Arts in public administration from St. Louis University, after completing his undergraduate work at Marquette University with a double major in English and political science. In addition, Fr. Sheahan has been completing graduate course work at Rockhurst University toward a Master of Education degree.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Rev. Terrence A. Baum SJFeb 2004 - June 2017
Rev. Thomas A. Pesci , S.J.July 1993 - Jan 2004
Senior Staff
Title Director of Ignatian Formation
Title Assistant Principal, Student Life
Title Athletic Director
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Director of Information Systems
Title Director of Physical Facilities
Title Dean of Students
Title Assistant Principal, Academic Affairs
Title Chief Advancement Officer
Title Vice President of Operations & Principal
Title Special Counsel to the Interim President
Title Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Title Interim President
Paid Full-Time Staff 141
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 450
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 99%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Rockhurst High School is a member of the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN), which has 52 member schools across North America. The JSN initiates programs and provides services that enable its member schools to sustain their Ignatian vision and Jesuit mission of educational excellence in the formation of young men and women of competence, conscience and compassion.
The Hurtado Scholars Program for urban core students provides an opportunity to partner with Holy Cross, Our Lady of Angels, and St. John Francis Regis as feeder schools.  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art works with Hurtado Scholars in its "Thinking through Art Program." The William G. McGowan Fund of Chicago provides a $50,000 CHALLENGE GRANT to attract donor support. Scholastic Testing Service tools measures academic progress.  The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Rockhurst University, offers classrooms for "After School Program."
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics programs continues to expand.  STEAM programs are designed to be shared with other independent schools and benefit students from across the area. STEAM collaborations include Burns and McDonnell; Exeter Mathematics Institute; Gould Evans; NASA; National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools; and growing number of organizations. 


North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement1962
Associated MemberNational Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS)2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments I am humbled and honored to have been asked to serve as the Interim President of Rockhurst High School, a vital work of the Society of Jesus and the Church in Kansas City. I look forward to working with my colleagues and many friends in assisting our wonderful students, parents, alumni and benefactors. -Rev. William T. Sheahan, SJ
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan R. Haden
Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage, LLC
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Board Members
Mr. James B. Betterman Lathrop Gage, L.C.
Mr. Joshua H. Brewster Trozzolo Communications Group
Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Brown Civic Philanthropist
Mr. Thomas A. DeBacco Essenza Software
Rev. Vincent A. Giacabazi SJRockhurst High School
Rev. Ian R. Gibbons , S.J.Regis High School
Mrs. LaShelle Ginther Civic Philanthropist
Mr. Jonathan R. Haden Lathrop & Gage, L.C.
Rev. Carl J. Heumann SJRockhurst University
Mr. Michael T. Mayer , Sr.Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Patrick D. McAnany McAnany Construction Company
Mr. Michael G. McMahon Columbia Capital Management
Mr. Jeff A. Mohajir Genesis Gas and Oil
Mrs. Rosana M. Privitera-Biondo Mark One Electric Company, Inc.
Mr. Edward "Jay" Reardon , IICommerce Bank of Kansas City
Mrs. Anne Riggs Notre Dame de Sion Lower School
Mr. Allen K. Roberson AKR Consulting
Mr. Robert J. Rodriguez ACS
Rev. William T. Sheahan , SJRockhurst Jesuit Community
Mr. Mark R. Teahan George Shaw Construction Company
Mr. M. James Van Dyke , CPABaird Kurtz Dobson (Retired)
Mr. Owen M. Zidar Zidar & Company, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1 India
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Campus Planning and Development
Institutional Advancement
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
The Board of Trustees completely believes in the mission of Rockhurst High School. They know the importance and magnitude of their service, as well as the responsibility that is now placed on their shoulders.
This is an active, involved group of people. They help the administration to make a difference in the lives of our faculty and students. We strengthen our operations through solid financial oversight, strategic planning, fundraising, and governance. They have a strong reputation as ambassadors for the school and ensure that the organization stays focused on our mission.
As we begin to write the next chapter of Rockhurst High School’s wonderful story, the Board of Trustees will be as central as ever to our success. We will need them to assist in crafting a fresh institutional strategic plan that sees far into the future. Simply having an understanding of mission will not be enough. We must all be creative in doing the real work of giving our faculty and students the tools they need to reach their God-given potential.
My confidence has never been greater that what Rockhurst High School is doing, and will continue do, for the community have lasting effects on our world.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. William T. Sheahan, SJ
Interim President
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $19,137,900
Projected Expenses $18,848,384
Endowment Value $19,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Individual contribution line item may include revenue from foundations and corporations.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses($936,130)$906,136$6,693,538
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$332,310$84,447$80,175
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$7,556,472$7,220,078$7,024,433
Administration Expense$10,711,921$9,959,380$9,065,719
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.331.39
Program Expense/Total Expenses41%42%44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$70,628,658$71,736,469$66,092,994
Current Assets$3,681,067$2,784,685$1,083,425
Long-Term Liabilities$16,462,163$16,803,987$17,517,692
Current Liabilities$3,237,885$3,279,547$2,649,650
Total Net Assets$50,928,610$51,652,935$45,925,652
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.140.850.41
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets23%23%27%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $560,000Individual Donor $1,364,035Individual Donor $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $460,000Individual Donor $275,000Individual Donor $125,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $250,000Individual Donor $129,417Goppert Foundation $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Rockhurst High School built Academic Learning Classrooms, a multi-purpose Hawklets Center, and Learning Commons to create student-centered learning environments that will deepen every aspect of formation for students. 
Goal $14,000,000.00
Dates Aug 2014 to June 2018
Amount Raised to Date $12,500,000.00 as of Oct 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Rockhurst High School
Address 9301 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 641143299
Primary Phone (816) 363-2039
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rev. William T. Sheahan S.J.
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan R. Haden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage, LLC
Year of Incorporation 1910
Former Names
Academy of Rockhurst College