Guide to the Archbishop Alter High School Collection

Archbishop Alter High School Collection
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Archives
Phone: 513-347-5348
Archbishop Alter High School
.25 linear feet
A collection of correspondence and ephemera from the Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio.
The records are in English

History of Archbishop Alter High School

An archdiocesan, co-institutional high school, opened in 1962 in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton. With a diocesan priest as principal, the staff included five Sisters of Charity, five diocesan priests, and four lay teachers. Freshmen only were admitted the first year, building up to a four-year high school, along with a regular increase in faculty. Enrollment eventually reached capacity 1000. The Sisters lived in Corpus Christi Convent for the first year. In 1963, Alter Convent opened, with accommodations for 40 Sisters. In 1989, the number of Sisters residing there was down to five, so the Sisters turned over the building to reduce crowding in the school.

Scope and Content

Included in this collection are 4 files containing information regarding: history, annual reports, correspondence, news clippings, and a listing of the Sisters who ministered at Archbishop Alter High School.

Statement of Arrangement

The arrangement adheres to the original order whenever possible.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Permission to use the collection can be obtained from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Congregational Archivist. External researchers need to complete a request form stating the purpose of their research and a list of collections to be consulted upon their visit, which must be approved by the Archivist prior to an on-site visit. If a researcher is unable to visit the Archives in person, the Archivist will conduct a minimum amount of research and provide scanned copies of some materials if requested.

Related Material: Related Material

Intercom Articles (not in collection): "35 Years of Ministry and Friendship" (Fall 2007) Photos -- 18 slides 3 Box 1 in repository Can be viewed in notebook 1 Artifacts: Alter High School Golden Year, colorful print 23/300, 23" x 28" Brown wood frame, stored in Repository Material on this mission may also be included among our oral history and presentation transcription collections. Please consult with the Congregational Archivist if you would like to explore and possibly utilize these collections.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Catholic Church -- Education-- United States
Catholic Church -- Education-- United States -- History
Catholic schools -- United States
Catholic schools -- United States -- History
Church Schools
Church schools -- History
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Catholic Church -- History


Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Cincinnati (Ohio)
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati


Kettering (Ohio)

Preferred Citation

Archbishop Alter High School Collection, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Archives, Mount Saint Joseph, Ohio.

Detailed Description of The Collection

Box 1 / Folder 1
Annual Historical Reports--Archbishop Alter Convent--Lists of Sisters on Mission, Timeline of Significant Events Descriptions of Significant Visitors and Conventions or Workshops, 1963-1989

Box 1 / Folder 2
Dedication of Archbishop Alter High School-- Music Program and Liturgy; Program; Invitation; Mission Report; Program-1st Commencement Exercises; Invitation--20th Anniversary; Booklet--Silver Renaissance: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book; History and Timeline; Booklet--Alter High School's Golden Year: A Tradition of Excellence; Program--50th Anniversary Mass, 1962-2012

Box 1 / Folder 3
News Clippings--Construction of Archbishop Alter High School; Fund Drive for Construction Project; Blessing of Grounds; Cornerstone Ceremony; Archbishop Alter Convent Construction and Blessing; Opening and Blessing of Archbishop Alter High School; New Faculty; Growth of Kettering Parish and Increasing Enrollment; First Commencement; Science Fair Day; Julie Van Auken; Article--"Julie: Pin Pal of the Wet Set"; Percentage of Students Pursuing College; Marilyn Becker; United Nations General Assembly Costume Program; Alter Spanish Club; Catholic Volunteer Center; Kathryn Ann Connelly, SC named Principal; Fundraising for SC Africa Mission; Dedication of Activities Building; Parent--Student Switch Day; Brother Edward Van Merrienboer; Katherine Hoelscher, SC named Principal; Stephanie Austin--Advocating Black Leadership; Paul Melia--Creation of a Painting to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Alter High School; Alter High School Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1961-2013

Box 1 / Folder 4
Lists of Sisters who served in Archbishop High School; List of SC Faculty, 1966-2003

Box 1 / Folder 5
Yearbook, 1976