History Department

Take one step onto our campus, and its hard not to appreciate that Saint Ignatius is a school with a sense of history. Fittingly, the History Department is located in Loyola Hall, originally constructed as St. Mary's Elementary School in 1895.

While our building may be old, there’s nothing antiquated about the way we approach history at Saint Ignatius. We recognize that the study of history and the social sciences involves far more than just memorizing dates and facts. Students are challenged to engage the lessons of the past and apply their knowledge to contemporary issues. Stroll down the 3rd floor of Loyola Hall during class periods and you’ll see students actively involved in the classroom analyzing primary source materials, holding debates, presenting research, or working collaboratively on projects using the latest technology on our campus-wide wi-fi network.  

Taking full advantage of our location in the heart of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, students in our history courses are given the opportunity to participate in the rich cultural and intellectual life of the city. Recent examples include:

  • Collecting and digitally recording oral history narratives in collaboration with Cleveland State University
  • Holding a mock trial, presided over by a sitting federal judge, at U.S. District Court
  • Interacting with civic and community leaders during the many classroom visits scheduled each year
  • Participating in interdisciplinary field experiences, such as an exploration of Hasidic Judaism through Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name is Asher Lev, which included a visit to Cleveland Playhouse to see the stage adaptation, and to the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art to examine the world of contemporary art which was central to the novel’s plot
  • Service learning projects that encourage students to identify and work toward finding solutions to local issues

The cornerstone of Saint Ignatius History Department is a rich and challenging curriculum that stresses critical thinking, research skills, and the communication of ideas through both traditional writing assessments and digital media.   In addition to our standard college preparatory track, students at Saint Ignatius also have the opportunity to earn Advanced Placement in history and social science courses in each of their four years. In 2011, the Department added Advanced Placement Art History to its course offerings. The course is taught by Fr. Lawrence Ober, S.J.,  an award-winning educator who recently returned from a year studying at the Vatican.

AP US History Registration

Registration for AP US History is now open to all members of the Class of 2018. To register, students will need to complete both a course request via NetClassroom and the online registration form below:


2016-2017 AP US History Registration Form


For more information regarding the AP US History program, visit the links below: