Opened in fall 2011, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School was the result of years of grassroots fundraising and planning efforts by local Catholic parishes and families. The high school was named for John Augustin Tolton, America’s first black priest. Tolton was born a slave in Brush Creek, Mo. In 1854, he escaped to join the Union Army. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome because no American seminary would accept him. Fr. Tolton High School started off with just over 50 ninth and tenth graders, expanded the next year to serve grades 9-11 and graduated its first senior class in spring of 2014. The school’s mission is to educate students “within a community of faith founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church” and “facilitate the growth of the whole student: spirit, heart, mind and body.” Fr. Tolton has nationally-recognized AdvanceED accreditation. The girls’ track team secured the Trailblazers’ first team state championship in 2015. The school also has a state title in cheerleading.
3351 E. Gans Road, 573-445-7700
Year Opened: 2011
Number of students: 300
Students per classroom: 16
Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School