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St. Francis High School
123 East Eleventh Street
Traverse City, Michigan, (Grand Traverse County), 49684
 United States
Coordinates 44°45′22″N 85°37′22″W / 44.75611°N 85.62278°W / 44.75611; -85.62278Coordinates: 44°45′22″N 85°37′22″W / 44.75611°N 85.62278°W / 44.75611; -85.62278
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic,
Dominican Sisters
Established 1877
Superintendent Mike Buell
Principal Erick Chittle
Grades 912
Color(s) Navy and Gold         
Athletics conference Lake Michigan Conference
Nickname Glads
Team name Gladiators
Dean of Students
Athletic Director Tom Hardy

St. Francis High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Traverse City, Michigan. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.



St. Francis School was established in 1877 by the Dominican Sisters. [1]

In the Spring of 2003, Saint Francis chartered a Key Club, which is a service organization supported by the Kiwanis Club. The club has 30 members. Gladmeals, as a part of Key Club, holds a Soup Kitchen each month in the school cafeteria. In the Fall of 2008, St. Francis High School was named a Top 50 Catholic High School in the United States.

Sports options exist for boys and girls, freshman through varsity levels. At least 80% of students participate in athletics as well as other extracurricular opportunities including drama, debate, forensics, pom squad, band, Key Club, choir and much more.

College choices of recent graduates include Boston College, Northwestern Michigan College, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Aquinas College, Alma, Albion, Hope, Notre Dame, Loyola, DePauw University, DePaul University, Northwestern University, Grand Valley State University, St. John's St. Benedicts University, Carnegie-Mellon, Dartmouth, the Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


Fall sports include:

-Boys' Football
-Boys' Tennis
-Boys' Soccer
-Boys'/Girls' Cross Country
-Girls' Volleyball
-Girls' Equestrian
-Girls' Cheerleading
-Girls' Golf

Winter sports include:

-Boys'/Girls' Basketball
-Boys' Wrestling
-Boys'/Girls' Indoor Track
-Boys'/Girls' Bowling
-Boys'/Girls' Skiing
-Boys' Ice Hockey -Girls' Ice Skating - Girls' Pom and Dance

Spring sports include:

-Boys'/Girls' Outdoor Track
-Boys' Baseball
-Boys' Golf
-Girls' Softball
-Girls' Tennis
-Girls' Soccer


The St. Francis Football team has won[2] state titles in 1992, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009. Other trips to the State Finals include[2] 1983, 1998, 2007, and 2008. Since the playoff system was established in Michigan, TCSF has qualified[2] for the playoffs 23 times. This includes the current streak of 19 years[citation needed] which is an MHSAA record. The Gladiators have[2] an all-time winning percentage of .757 (418-133-4). Their regular season winning percentage is .763 (375-115-4)[2] and their playoff winning percentage is .705 (43-18)[2]. The Gladiators are members of the Lake Michigan Conference, which they have won[2] for 6 consecutive seasons. During this streak they have not lost[2] a single conference game. Other members of the Lake Michigan Conference include: Boyne City Ramblers, Charlevoix Red Raiders, East Jordan Red Devils, Elk Rapids Elks, Grayling Vikings, Harbor Springs Rams, and Kalkaska Blue Blazers. Other teams that St. Francis considers[citation needed] its rivals are the Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders, the Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central Panthers, and the Kingsley Stags. Although the Benzie Central Huskies have been considered a rival of St. Francis, The record between the teams stands at 32-0 for St. Franics. St. Francis's top five most played opponents are the Manistee Chippewas (33 games), Benzonia Benzie Central Huskies (32 games), Boyne City Ramblers (29 games), Kalkaska Blue Blazers (28 games), and the St. Ignace LaSalle Saints (28 games).[2] Many Gladiators have gone on to play football at the collegiate level. The most recent Division I recruit is ILB Max Bullough (6'3 225) be a member of the Michigan State Spartans.[3]

Boy's Tennis

The tennis program has become one of the top Division 4 programs in the state. The team has qualified for states each of the last five season. In 2009 the team finished 5th in the state while winning a flight for the first time in school history, Josh Kurtz (Sr.) and Patrick Wilson (Jr.) won a state title at #3 Doubles. The future for the team looks bright despite the fact that they will graduate 7 players from the 2009 team, St. Francis boasts two strong JV teams that were able to defeat numerous varsity teams during their seasons.

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