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Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School

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Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School logo.png
8506 East Central Avenue [1]


United States
Coordinates37°41′42″N 97°14′18″W / 37.6949743°N 97.2384493°W / 37.6949743; -97.2384493
School typePrivate, High School, Coed, Parochial school
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentRobert Knapp [2]
PrincipalChris Bloomer
Teaching staff61
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment837 (2014)
Color(s)     Blue
Athletics conferenceGreater Wichita Athletic League (GWAL)
RivalBishop Carroll Catholic High School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
TuitionNone (Stewardship Model)

Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, sometimes called Kapaun, is a private, four year, co-educational, secondary school operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita. It is located in the east side of Wichita, Kansas. The school colors are blue and white. The average annual enrollment is approximately 850 students.[citation needed]

Kapaun Mt. Carmel is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 5A division and are known as the "Crusaders". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.


Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School was named after Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Wichita Diocese who served and died in the Korean War. It opened in 1956 another site on east Central Ave (not the same as the present site), in east Wichita, and was operated by the Jesuits as a preparatory school for young men. Jesuits served at the school in various capacities until the early 1990s. Alumni of the initial Chaplain Kapaun school recall that under the basketball court's "floating floor" was a rifle range, where students - under supervision - practiced marksmanship with school-supplied .22 cal rifles, and that supported a school rifle team.

Mount Carmel Academy was established in 1887 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) as a girl's boarding school. The BVM sisters served the school until the early 1990s.[4] John (Jack) Vickers (1891-1940) was an oil mogul who got his start in Butler County oil fields and former "Vickers Oil Refinery" in Potwin. In 1934, Vickers built a large mansion at 8500 E Central (named "Vickridge"). In 1961, his estate became the new site for "Mount Carmel Academy".[5]

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School was established in 1971 as the result of the merger of "Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School" and "Mount Carmel Academy" at the current Vickridge location.

In 2006, Kapaun Mt. Carmel began a $2.3 million expansion to the school. A new restroom was constructed, as well as expanded art and debate rooms, new teacher lounges, and a new student commons area. The expansion was completed in August 2007.[4]


Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School is also accredited by the State of Kansas, and the National Catholic Educational Association. Institutional membership is held in the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and several other professional organizations.[6]

Extracurricular activities


The Crusaders compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League (GWAL) and are classified as a 5A school, the second-largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Kapaun Mt. Carmel has won 100 state championships in various sports.[7] Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics. The Crusaders' primary rival is Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, located in west Wichita.[citation needed]


From 1969-1990, Eddie Kriwiel coached football and served as the athletic director at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School.[8] Kriwiel won 297 games as a high school football coach and his teams had just two losing seasons in 36 years. His teams played in 12 state championship games and won 9.[9]


Coach Kriwiel was also successful as a high school golf coach. From 1969-1990, his teams won 20 state titles and 28 top-four finishes.[10] While unofficial, this is believed by many to be a national record.[11] Coach Corey Novascone brought success back to the Kapaun Mt Carmel Golf team. Compiling 4 state titles in 2 years. Two state titles for the boys and two state titles for the girls (2013-2014) The girls' golf team had a 30 year stretch between state titles. [12]

Other sports

Kapaun Mt. Carmel currently has the most Kansas state championships in football, wrestling, and golf as well as holding the only two grand state wrestling championships in Kansas, coached by Duwane Miller. The grand state championship tournament was discontinued. Kapaun won the only two Grand State Wrestling championships ever held.

Sports programs

State championships

State Championships[14]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country, Boys 4 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981
Cross Country, Girls 1 2003
Football 9 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1987
Soccer, Boys 1 1997
Golf, Girls 6 1975, 1983, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Tennis, Girls 13 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007
Gymnastics, Girls 4 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Winter Wrestling 12 1975, 1975 Grand State, 1976, 1976 Grand State, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
Basketball, Boys 4 1978, 1980, 1981, 2012
Basketball, Girls 2 1979, 2012
Indoor Track & Field, Boys 2 1977, 1978
Spring Baseball 1 1963
Track and Field, Girls 1 2005
Track and Field, Boys 7 1977 indoor, 1977 outdoor, 1978 indoor, 1978 outdoor, 1979, 1982, 1983
Tennis, Boys 1 1999
Golf, Boys 31 1958 (2-Man), 1964 (2-Man), 1971, 1972 (2-Man), 1973, 1975 (2-Man), 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Total 98

Non-athletic activities

Science Olympiad

Kapaun Mt. Carmel won the Kansas State Science Olympiad competition from 2003 to 2007.[15]

Scholars Bowl

The Crusaders won the Scholars Bowl State Tournament in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2013 and 2017.[16]

Eco Meet

Kapaun Mt. Carmel won the State Eco-Meet competition in 2005 and 2006.[17]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


  1. ^ Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ Kapaun Mt. Carmel - Administration List
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  4. ^ a b KMCCHS. "Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School History". Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  5. ^ "Tihen Notes Subject Search Vickers,vickridge" (PDF). Wichita State University Libraries’ Department Of Special Collections. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ KMCCHS. "Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School". Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  7. ^ KSHSAA. "Kansas State High School Activities  Association Web site". Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  8. ^ 2008 KMC Ed Kriwiel Memorial Golf Classic
  9. ^ Wichita Coaching Legend passes away
  10. ^ Newton Kansan online
  11. ^ KNSS News Radio
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b c KMCHS Sports
  14. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
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