By the 21st century, none of the Catholic high schools in the diocese were schools of a particular parish. But in the 1930s it was not uncommon in Akron for a high school to be a parish ministry. St. Vincent Parish had a high school as did St. Mary Parish. It is very clear that Father Zwisler had every intention of building a parish high school at St. Sebastian. Diocesan archive records reveal some of the lobbying efforts in this endeavor.
In a letter dated June of 1938, Fr. Zwisler wrote a letter to Auxiliary Bishop McFadden in response to some sort of concern that had been brought to his attention that St. Sebastian was not supporting St. Vincent High School. “The fact is,” he wrote, “that St. Sebastian parish, and St. Martha, and Annunciation to a lesser degree, have made it possible for St. Vincent to maintain its parochial high school. Out of an enrollment of approximately 400 students, about 200 of them are tuition students from the above named parties at $50 a student per annum. Out of the 200 tuition students, about 80, or nearly one half, are from St. Sebastian Parish.
“As for furthering the great cause of Catholic secondary education, St. Sebastian Parish is far in the lead among parishes in Akron who have no parochial high school of its own. Out of a class of 40 students who graduated from our 8th grade this year, 20 have enrolled at St. Vincent, 3 at the Elms, 3 at Sacred Heart Academy, and 2 at Prairie du Chein. Seventy five percent of the class is entering a Catholic high school, in spite of the fact that we have no Catholic parochial high school of our own. I don’t believe this record is surpassed by even St. Vincent and St. Mary Parishes who have parochial high schools of their own.
“If, in conclusions, I may offer a suggestion, born of my knowledge of Akron affairs, I believe a Catholic Central high School, if feasible, might be of incalculable value to the Church in Akron.
“With every token of esteem, I remain, Yours very sincerely, Hilary A. Zwisler.”