V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School began operations in August of 1993. The school came into being as a result of the concerted effort of all the Catholics in the Omaha Metropolitan Area, in the years of 1990 to 1993, to raise $25,000,000 through the Archbishop’s Campaign for Educational Excellence. $10,000,000 of that figure was set aside for the construction of our new school; $6,000,000 was returned to parishes to assist in the funding of their parochial schools; and $4,000,000 was given to the existing eight Catholic high schools to further their financial strength. The Cosgriff Company of Omaha managed the successful campaign. The DLR Group of Omaha designed the school and the Kiewit Construction Company served as the general contractor. Construction of Skutt Catholic High School began in the spring of 1991.
Because of the consistent support for Catholic secondary education by the leaders of the Archdiocese of Omaha, most notably Archbishops Daniel E. Sheehan and Elden Francis Curtiss, it was decided in 1990 that a new Archdiocesan, co-educational high school would be constructed for the growing Catholic populations on the western edge of Omaha. The school is named in honor of two of Omaha’s most prominent and dedicated citizens, V.J. and Angela Skutt. Mr. Skutt served for many years as the CEO of Mutual of Omaha. He and his wife Angie were tireless in their volunteer efforts for Catholic education and other services for Omaha’s youth.
Father James E. Gilg was appointed President of Skutt Catholic High School in June of 1991. Administrative Assistant Pamela Sloan, Principal Dr. Patrick Durow, and Development/Recruitment Director Marie Williamson soon joined him. These four individuals joined heads, hearts, and hands to make the necessary decisions and plans which enabled the school to begin serving 90 freshman and 30 sophomores in the 1993-1994 school year.
The school has emphasized academic excellence from the very beginning. The demanding curriculum prepares students for admission to the best colleges in the country. A full range of athletic and fine arts activities have always been offered as well, and participation in state level competition is a frequent occurrence.
The strong emphasis on religious values and the Catholic tradition have helped to mold a school culture that is recognized for its civility, orderliness, good manners, and attention to the service of others.
A unique feature of the school is its focused commitment to the teaching and modeling of critical thinking skills and self-discipline skills. A required freshman level course, known as Character Skills, combines research based programs in critical thinking and self-discipline to offer students a dynamic curriculum which enhances the quality of learning throughout the school environment.
The school has shown a steady increase in numbers each year and now serves 700 students, grades nine through twelve.