School History

July, 1999- A Vision Is Formed

The dream of the development of a Lutheran high school in the area was being discussed seriously in the late 90s when meetings were being held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. After much planning and praying, a group of generous supporters gave seed money to start the school. This group called themselves “The 39ers Club” in reference to the deep Lutheran heritage in the area.

August 2000- First Academic Year

The first academic year began in 2000 in the Launhardt Activity Center at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. The first students were considered the seven “pioneers.”

Through the efforts of Ryland “Dutch” Meyr and others, land was sought to be purchased to eventually construct a school building. A 40 acre parcel of land that the school now sits on was purchased at $8,000 per acre by generous supporters of the “40 Acre Club”.

December 2002- Christ the Cornerstone Building Fund Campaign

In December 2002, the Board of Regents passed a resolution to begin a campaign to construct a permanent campus.  By approving this resolution, the Board of Regents committed this effort to the Glory of God and pledged to support it through prayer, effort and sacrificial giving to the initial building fund and/or Christ the Cornerstone campaign between July 2002 and December 2005.

To Him Alone Be the Glory.

This campaign raised $3 million and was coordinated by the efforts of Marvin and Aileen Petzoldt, David and Candy Hahs, Dutch and Sharon Meyr, Dr. Tom and Carol Sparkman, and Jim and Debbie Maevers.

November 2004- Move to the New Building

Saxony Lutheran High School faculty and students moved from St. Andrew Lutheran Church to its current location in November 2004.

August 2009- Building Expansion

Another expansion of the building occurred in 2009 to increase current capacity to 250 students.

Areas of the building and campus have been named because of large contributions that range from $100,000 to more than $1 million through major gifts or estate gifts. Some of those include:

Meta Petzoldt Music Room
Gerhard Birk Gymnasium
Rosalie Moeller Commons
Leroy and Emma Ochs Science Lab
Sharon Meyr Sports Pavilion

July 2010- Leonard and Inell Mason Vogel Saxony Student Aid Endowment Fund

In July 2010, a generous $500,000 gift established the Leonard and Inell Mason Vogel Saxony Student Aid Endowment Fund. Additional matching funds were provided for 20 charter named endowment opportunities.

All gifts, regardless of the size, are vital to the success of Saxony Lutheran High School. The general operating budget receives revenue through tuition payments, association church fees and fundraising efforts but relies on third source income through donor gifts in an effort to keep tuition rates reasonable and affordable.