Elder At a Glance

Elder has earned accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.  NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance.  To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.   Elder also has earned accreditation through the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.

Alma Mater/Fight Song:

The Elder Alma Mater was written in 1933.  At the time, the school held a contest to write the lyrics to the Elder Alma Mater.  The winners were Walter Delaney and John Mulvey, both members of the Class of 1933.  Mr. J. Alfred Schehl wrote the music. Click here for the lyrics of the Alma Mater and other school songs.


Since 1923, nearly 22,000 students have graduated from the storied halls of Elder High School.  Today, one can find an Elder grad living in any of the 50 United States as well as in 22 foreign countries around the world!  Elder is blessed to have such exceptionally loyal, supportive, and generous alumni.  Click here for the alumni section of our website for more information.

Board of Trustees:

Elder is extremely fortunate to have a strong, well-qualified group of volunteers who have generously agreed to serve the school as members of the Board of Trustees.   The current members are:

Dan Averbeck '71Support Members: 
Rev. Anthony Brausch Kevin Espelage '91 (Administrator)
Bruce Broxterman '72Matt Flowers '94 (Alumni Rep.)
Joe Guck '86Rob Reid '86 (AoC Rep.)
Nick Hahn '63Jane Timon (Admin. Support)
Dr. Steve Herbert '80
Larry Weinheimer '93 (Faculty Rep.)
Tim Meier '78
Ken Nortmann '83Ex-Officio Members:
Bill Poland '03Roger Auer '72
Matt SmithBrian Flaherty '92
Beth StacklinDoug Guenther
Beth Van OflenMaura Korn
Dan Vogelpohl '88Tom Reiring '88
Jack Walsh '79Kurt Ruffing '81
Jay Wertz '87Patrick Tucker



Coat of Arms:

Click here for full details on the history and significance of the Elder Coat of Arms.

Elder High School opened as a four-year high school in the fall of 1922 with an enrollment of 452 students and became the fourth high school in the City of Cincinnati.  Click here for a more thorough history of Elder High School and Archbishop Henry Elder.


To lead young men to serve God, others, and to pursue “Altiora” according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.


“Altiora” ~ Latin for “to strive for the higher things.”  

School Colors:

Purple & White

School Mascot: