News & Events


September 30, 2016, 9:45 A.M.:
*** We attempted to email the following update to all current parents yesterday afternoon; however, we have since learned that not all emails were successfully delivered.  We are currently working on that issue. ***

This morning (9/29/16), Dave Dabbelt and I met with the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) lead investigator assigned to the incident that occurred this past Tuesday at the PAC. The investigator is quite certain, after reviewing ballistics reports and talking with CPD sniper specialists, that the bullets were shot from a rifle quite a distance from the PAC. Evidence indicates that the shooter was approximately one mile from the PAC and that whomever shot the bullets was not targeting individuals.

After seeking the advice of the police experts, it has been decided to allow use of the PAC for all athletic practices and competitions effective immediately.

The safety of our students, staff, and guests at all Elder events is top priority and we will continue to work diligently with the CPD and the entire Elder & Seton communities.

Thank you for your continued support and please pray for peace in our community and the world.

Kurt Ruffing
Principal, Elder High School


September 28, 2016, 9:30 A.M.:

Elder Community,

Following last night’s soccer match at the Panther Athletic Complex, three adults attending a post-game celebration honoring our senior soccer players were struck by a stray bullet while congregated outside near the concession area.  Two of the adult victims were grazed by the bullet and refused treatment; the third adult was struck in the leg, transported to the hospital to receive treatment, and was home resting within three hours of the incident taking place.  Members of the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) were in attendance at the game as well as the social afterward, and they immediately took control of the situation.  We are thankful for their swift action.

We do not yet know who fired the gun nor the shooter’s intent, but it appears to have been random as the shot seems to have been fired from outside of the Complex before striking the individuals.  The safety and well-being of our students and guests at all Elder events is our top priority, and we will continue to work with CPD’s investigative unit and take measures to provide maximum security at our events.  If you have any information regarding the incident, we ask that you contact Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

We are grateful for God’s many blessings upon our community of faith as well as for your love and support.  We ask for your continued prayers for all those involved in last night’s incident and for the future success of Elder High School.

Kurt Ruffing
Principal, Elder High School