Bishop Machebeuf High School was established in 1958 and is named after Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf, the first bishop of Colorado.
The Early Days
As early as 1942, Monsignor Harold Campbell contemplated the creation of a new Archdiocesan High School - Machebeuf High School . While serving as pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Monsignor Campbell secured the bulk of the land required to build the anticipated high school. Additional land was purchased in 1953, when it became increasingly clear that the school-age population in Denver was soaring.
Official announcement of the new school came in April 1956 and construction began in September 1957. The first freshman class was enrolled a year later. Archbishop Urban J. Vehr dedicated the new high school on September 27, 1959.
In 1985, the school became Machebeuf Catholic High School. Two years later, Machebeuf’s West Campus at 18th and Pennsylvania was added in 1987. In 1996 the school was renamed Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School to clearly identify with the school's namesake, Bishop Joseph Machebeuf.
Move to Lowry
Honoring the past and looking to the future, more than 700 people gathered January 9, 2000 for the dedication Mass of the new $8.5 million, Bishop Machebeuf High School, on the Lowry campus in Denver. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presided at the Mass and was joined by Father Rocco Porter, school chaplain, and Msgr. Walker Nickless, Vicar General and alumnus of the school.
In 2008, Machebeuf celebrated its 50th year of being an academic community of faith that strives to form the hearts, minds, and souls of our students in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the living tradition of the Catholic Church.
Who We Are?
Based on the foundation and heritage of Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf, our mission is to be an academic community of faith that strives to form the hearts, minds, and souls of our students in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the living Tradition of the Catholic Church.
A Spirit of Community
Everyone at Bishop Machebeuf High School is an important member of the community. That's what creates the spirit you'll feel on our campus. Students and faculty truly care about each other as people and respect each other as individuals. With only 380 students, you get to know people well and have the opportunity to make close friends because you spend so much time with other students in so many different settings from the classroom to the Commons to the playing fields to the varied co-curricular offerings at Machebeuf. Whatever happens, everyone values your effort. You'll find this community spirit everywhere at Machebeuf.
Our Core Values are Devotion to God, Academic Excellence, Community Service, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, Christian Morality.
Students will experience a more complete development as well as unsurpassed academic and personal success. We deliver a rigorous academic curriculum, faith formation, a nurturing community, and reinforce the family environment.
Top 50 Catholic High School in America
BMHS has been recognized as a Top 50 Catholic High School in the United States by the Cardinal Newman Society. Machebeuf is proud to have earned this award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and in 2012. The award measures a school's strength in three main areas: Academic Excellence, Civic Education, and Catholic Identity. For more information, visit catholichonorroll.org .
Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf - Apostle of Colorado
Joseph Projectus Machebeuf was born August 11, 1812 in Riom, France to Michael and Gilbert Machebeuf. He entered seminary in 1831 and was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1836.
In 1839, he accepted the invitation of Bishop John Baptist Purcell to join the Diocese of Cincinnati, Ohio. He had to sneak out of France because his father did not approve of him becoming a missionary to North America. Upon arriving in America, he was assigned to a parish in Tiffin, Ohio and later served as the pastor at a parish in Lower Sandusky.
In 1850, Fr. Machebeuf accompanied Bishop John-Baptiste Lamy to New Mexico and there he served as a pastor of two parishes in Albuquerque and then in Sante Fe from 1853-1860.
In 1860 he was sent to Colorado to establish the Church in this area. On a visit to a mountain community in 1863 he was descending through the mountains, was thrown from his carriage and lamed for life. On August 16, 1868, Fr. Machebeuf was ordained a Bishop and assigned as the Vicar Apostolic of Colorado and Utah territories. When the Diocese of Denver was established in 1887 Bishop Machebeuf was named the first Bishop of Denver.
"When Fr. Machebeuf came to Colorado in 1860 he was... without a single church, or roof over his head; when he was made bishop he had but three priests within his jurisdiction; when he died the Diocese of Denver counted 64 priests, 102 churches and chapels, 9 academies, 1 college, 1 orphan asylum, and over 3,000 children in Catholic Schools!
"This was primarily the work of one man, and that man was Bishop Machebeuf. In contemplating it we must concede that its author was a great priest, a great bishop, and merited well the title by which posterity shall know him - THE APOSTLE OF COLORADO." (William J. Howlett, Life of the Right Reverend Joseph P. Machebeuf)
All-in-all Bishop Joseph Machebeuf travelled more than 100,000 miles throughout Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and Texas building up the church in his 29 years in Colorado. He placed ads in newspapers all over the world inviting priests to come out West to build the church in Colorado. He travelled back to France many times begging his brother priests to come to Colorado to serve the church here.
He died on July 10, 1889 at the age of 76.
In June of 1991, a mountain just east of Loveland Pass was named "Mount Machebeuf" in honor of the first Bishop of Colorado. The mountain is 12,805 feet tall and can be seen from Interstate 70. A dedication Mass was celebrated at the summit by Rev. Richard Ling and Rev. Ed Hoffman in June 1991 using one of Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf's chalices that he used in the 1880s.
Mount Machebeuf - highest peak on the right June of 1991, a mountain just east of Loveland Pass was named "Mount Machebeuf" in honor of the first Bishop of Colorado. The mountain is 12,805 feet tall and can be seen from Interstate 70. A dedication Mass was celebrated at the summit by Rev. Richard Ling and Rev. Ed Hoffman in June 1991 using one of Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf's chalices that he used in the 1880s.