Founded in 1950, Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School is a college preparatory institution of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City that provides a Catholic secondary education for approximately 700 students. A structured, multi-level curriculum develops a course of study and helps students grow in their faith, clarify personal goals and provides 21st century skills necessary to successfully pursue future endeavors. Students participate in various extracurricular activities including but not limited to, Speech and Debate, DanceVisions, band, National Honor Society, mission trips and athletics.
Bishop McGuinness High School serves students from Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. The student population is diverse as to its socioeconomic background, race and ethnic origin, and religious affiliation and intellectual aptitude. Seventy-five percent of the student population is Catholic while the remaining 25% are of other faith. Work-grant scholarships provide financial assistance to families who would otherwise be unable to afford a catholic education and are based solely upon financial need. This year, 155 students will be receiving scholarship funds as part of our work grant program, totaling $565,000.
Ninety-nine percent of McGuinness graduates continue their education at the collegiate level. The class of 2015 maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 and four students were recognized as National Merit Scholars, three as Commended Scholars, and one received the National Achievement Award. In all, the class of 2015 was awarded grants and scholarships in excess of $8 million. Last year’s graduation class completed 44,554 combined hours of service over a four-year period throughout the greater Oklahoma City community and beyond. For the senior service project, students raised funds and ministered to 80 foster children at Pepper’s Ranch.
As part of our long term strategic plan, one of our objectives is to provide both the classroom space as well as the equipment that meets the changing needs of a 21st century classroom. Over the last 15 years, four capital campaigns have expanded the original school building and updated many of its existing auxiliary buildings to provide the space conducive to the quality of education offered at our school. The Stephen P. Parsons Math and Science Wing was completed in 2012 and provided five classrooms and an 80-person lecture hall. This past year, two of our 25 year old science labs were updated.
The fine arts continue to thrive at Bishop McGuinness. The Petuskey Performing Arts auditorium underwent auditory and visual upgrades this past year. The facility is used extensively for school masses and assemblies as well as performances and rehearsals by our music, dance and drama programs. The One Act Play Team defended their state title, as well as the Technical Support and Set Design crew. Last spring, the Speech and Debate team was crowned Class 5A Champions.
We aim to pursue and hire teachers who are passionate about their profession while striving to provide competitive salaries and benefits.
Bishop McGuinness is currently fundraising for a new All Girls Sports Complex. This facility will provide separate cheer and pom practice rooms, as well as new showers, lockers and vanity space for the girls Soccer, Track and Cross Country teams. Upon its completion, the focus will turn to a new Baseball Complex and Wellness Center. Last year, the school adopted a 1:1 iPad iniatative where students and teachers utilize iPads collaboratively in the classroom. To support this endeavor, the computers in our library need to be replaced for research and projects. Continued growth in scholarship funds is necessary in order to provide tuition assistance to families who desire a Catholic education. We are constantly working to increase the income from our operating endowment fund to provide relief for the school’s annual budget is ongoing.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences, David Morton began his teaching career at Christ the King school. He served the school until 1979 when he took a teaching position at New World School. In 1981, Mr. Morton joined the staff at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. He has served the school as a counselor, coach, and Assistant Principal before being appointed as the school’s 10th Principal by Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran. Mr. Morton has received several honors over the years including Oklahoma Archdiocese Educator of the Year 1983, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Oklahoma Coach of the Year 1996, Oklahoma Outreach Foundation “Dare to Believe” Award 2007, Oklahoma City Chapter of the Notre Dame Club “Person of the Year” 2011, The National Association of High School Coaches Cross Country Coach of the Year 2001, Oklahoma Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame inductee 2002, and 2009 finalist for the National Catholic Educators Association Secondary School Principal of the Year.
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