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A quality Catholic preparatory school for grades 9-12


In this my first year as Headmaster of St. John Paul II Catholic High School (JPII), I wish to thank you for coming to our website to explore much of what is JPII. Under the auspice of the Diocese of Birmingham, we at JPII offer a faith-based college preparatory high school curriculum and environment. We serve a growing, diverse and dynamic student body from North Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and abroad on a 55-acre campus in the midst of Huntsville’s Thornton Research Park. Recently, the educational ranking organization NICHE rated JPII as the best Catholic high school in the State of Alabama. Other notables include last year's senior ACT-average scores of 25.7 (83%tile; State and National average scores are 19.1 and 21, respectively); AP test scores that include 18 AP Scholars, seven Scores with Honor, and nine Scores with Distinction; 7.4 million dollars in merit college scholarships; and a goodly number (6 students out of a possible 75) Commended/Distinguished Students from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Our educational services are comprised of a stellar academic curriculum, a Christ-centered spiritual formation platform, a growing athletic program, and a dynamic visual and performing arts course of studies.  These formational elements offer an environment to shape young men and women who will competently storm the world of academics, science, law, human services, medicine, technology, humanities, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

In a caring, supportive atmosphere, our JPII outstanding college-preparatory curriculum fosters intellectual curiosity and value formation. For more than 22 years, JPII has been committed to spiritual growth, academic excellence, cultivation of the fine arts, and formation of athletic skills. These four areas represent our school’s four core Pillars.  Our motto represents our emphases: “To learn enthusiastically, lead honorably, and live responsibly.”

We hope you find a sense of energy and excitement that we experience every day at JPII! Nothing, however, can compare with the experience of actually being on campus, so I invite you to come and experience JPII firsthand.  

We hope you will consider sharing in the experience of over 2000 graduates who have gone on to be a light to the world, to make a difference, and to be women and men of competence, conscience, and compassion. In the words of St. John Paul II, “Be not afraid.”  Come and let JPII be a place you will call home and a people you will call family.

Totus tuus,

Lanny K. Hollis, PhD