Rockhurst High School
9301 State Line Road
Kansas City MO 64114-3299
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 363-2039
Fax 816- 363-3764
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 Mr. David J. Laughlin
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
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are several ways to give to Rockhurst High School, each providing economic strength for the institution as the donor derives satisfaction with an investment in the quality of Catholic education, animated by the Jesuit vision, in Kansas City.  

  • Donations can be made as undesignated gifts and are used for the immediate school needs.  Benefactors may direct contributions for a specific purpose.
  • Gifts are also accepted to create endowments for tuition assistance grants or other items of special interest.  
  • The school accepts bequests by will or estate and also arranges gift annuities.  
  • All forms of charitable giving are accepted, including cash, appreciated securities, credit cards (on-line or in person), and transfer of property.
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 3.43.
  3. Three seniors scored perfect on the ACT (36) in 2018...the overall ACT average was 27.5 in 2018.
  4. There were seven National Merit Finalists; eight National Merit Semifinalists; and, seven Commended Students in 2018.
  5. 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. Student gave 22,000 service hours last year. 
  6. First STEM accredited school in the State of Missouri.
  7. The student-to-teacher radio is 12:1.  
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. The school received $5.3 million in charitable gifts during Fiscal Year 17-18.
  3. Forty-four percent of the student body received $2.6 million in tuition assistance
  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.
  8. Students come from 95 different zip codes, representing 120 grade schools.
  9. Thirty percent of the main school building is comprised of state-of-the-art "Active Learning Classrooms" for innovative teaching.
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
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.
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
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 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David J. Laughlin
Term Start July 2018
Former CEOs
Rev. Terrence A. Baum SJFeb 2004 - June 2017
Rev. Thomas A. Pesci , S.J.July 1993 - Jan 2004
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Principal, Student Life
Title Athletic Director
Title Director of Information Systems
Title Dean of Students
Title Chief Advancement Officer
Title Vice President of Operations & Principal
Title Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Title President
Paid Full-Time Staff 136
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 500
Retention Rate 99%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 122
Hispanic/Latino 8
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 32
Male 106
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
Midwest Region Values Driven Award of ExcellenceAdvancED2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan Haden
Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage, LLC
Term May 2016 to May 2019
Board Members
Mr. James B. BettermanLathrop Gage, L.C.
Mrs. Mildred "Millie" BrownCivic Philanthropist
Rev. Ian R. Gibbons , S.J.Regis High School
Mrs. LaShelle GintherCivic Philanthropist
Mr. Gregory M. Kratofil Jr.Polsinelli
Mr. David J. LaughlinRockhurst High School
Mr. Michael T. Mayer , Sr.Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Michael G. McMahonColumbia Capital Management
Mr. Jeff A. MohajirGenesis Gas and Oil
Mrs. Anita P. ParedesCivic Philanthropist
Mr. Edward "Jay" Reardon , IICommerce Bank of Kansas City
Mrs. Anne RiggsNotre Dame de Sion Lower School
Mr. Robert J. RodriguezACS
Rev. William T. Sheahan , SJRockhurst Jesuit Community
Mr. David M. StakerPlastic Packaging Technologies
Mr. Mark R. TeahanGeorge Shaw Construction Company
Mr. Owen M. ZidarZidar & Company, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 India
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 5
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
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $19,221,420
Projected Expenses $19,182,111
Endowment Value $19,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015:  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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,235,361($936,130)$906,136
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$699,868$332,310$84,447
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$7,472,126$7,556,472$7,220,078
Administration Expense$11,288,729$10,711,921$9,959,380
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.240.961.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%41%42%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$78,884,515$70,628,658$71,736,469
Current Assets$2,042,031$3,681,067$2,784,685
Long-Term Liabilities$19,566,064$16,462,163$16,803,987
Current Liabilities$3,959,312$3,237,885$3,279,547
Total Net Assets$55,359,139$50,928,610$51,652,935
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.521.140.85
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets25%23%23%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $560,000Individual Donor $1,364,035
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $460,000Individual Donor $275,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --William T. Kemper Foundation $250,000Individual Donor $129,417
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The Board of Trustees have started work to craft a new 10-Year Strategic is anticipate this new plan will include campus enhancements, including more Active Learning Classrooms to offer more innovative scholastic resources to students.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Other Documents
Organization Name Rockhurst High School
Address 9301 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 641143299
Primary Phone (816) 363-2039
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David J. Laughlin
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan R. Haden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop & Gage, LLC
Year of Incorporation 1910
Former Names
Academy of Rockhurst College