JPII History

Catholic Education has always been a source of leadership and academic excellence in the South Puget Sound. In 2010 from the leadership of Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, along with the passion and tireless execution of Cecilia Brennan and Ron Edwards; Pope John Paul II High School opened its doors to its very first class of students. This class became the pioneers of what has become a strong force for the betterment of our world, and resurrected the the tradition of Catholic secondary education in the South Sound community.

Throughout the past seven years, JPII has been a deliberately small school focused on building relationships that foster high performance in all areas. JPII offers more opportunities for students in all areas, that gives each student a special opportunity to be highly successful in areas of their choosing. Each student is held to a higher standard of engaged leadership, and committed service. Graduates of JPII continue the tradition of academic excellence, while growing spiritually throughout their JPII career. The past seven years has allowed each class of students to be pioneers of the JPII tradition and continue the school's excellence. JPII has a long term strategic plan through the accreditation process that will continue further growth.

Every day, JPII's students validate the mission of the School: to develop young men and women who are intellectually strong, spiritually alive, and committed to serving others.



JPII MILESTONES:

September 2010: Pope John Paul II High School begins educating students in space generously donated by St. Michael Parish, Olympia.

Fall of 2010: JPII fields its first women's volleyball and men's basketball teams and cheer squad.

October 2010: JPII establishes its first student jazz band.

January 2011: JPII opens the doors of its new facility, a renovated firehouse in Lacey, Washington.

April 2011: JPII's History Team qualifies for and competes in the National History Bowl and Bee in Washington DC.

May 1, 2011: The JPII community joyfully celebrates the beatification of the School's namesake, Pope John Paul II.

June 2011: JPII's inaugural classes complete their first academic year, with a campus-wide, average GPA exceeding 3.4.

September 2011: JPII opens its second academic year with an enrollment more than double its inaugural year.

September 2011: JPII fields its first cross country team and establishes its first student choir.

November 2011: JPII students establish the first student body government.

April 2012: For the second year in a row, JPII's History Team competes in the National History Bowl and Bee in Washington DC.

April 2012: JPII honors its first National Merit Scholar.




March 2013: JPII fields its first baseball and Fast-pitch teams.

April 2013: For the third straight year, JPII's History Team competes in the National History Bowl and Bee in Washington DC.

May 2013: JPII holds its first prom.

June 2013: JPII graduates its first senior class.

September 2013: Steel Wings robotics club is formed

November 2013: Steel Wings competes in its first league robotics competition

January 2014: Steel Wings competes in its first Interleague competition in Tacoma

February 2015: Boys basketball team played its first district playoff game.

May 2016: Steel Wings operates a demonstration “booth” at the Catholic Middle School’s Robotics Festival at Seattle Prep

August 2016:  JPII completes the renovation of its facility to meet the needs of its growing student body, adding two general purpose classrooms, a performing arts classroom, a second science lab and increasing the commons space.

Fall 2016: JPII Cross Country Team was the first athletic team to compete at the State Championship competition.

Spring 2016: Inauguration of JPII’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

Spring 2016: We hosted our first district playoff game at St. Martin’s University.

Fall 2016: JPII Cross Country Team was the first athletic team to compete at the State Championship competition.