The school’s namesake, Fr. Francis Hayden, arrived in Topeka in 1869 to study at a seminary that is now the site of the Assumption Church.

He was assigned his first parish at Solomon, KS before returning to the Assumption Parish in 1887. He started Assumption High School in 1911. In 1912 a new school building was constructed at 715 Jackson with 30 students enrolled for the 1912-1913 school year.

Father Hayden was known for his kind ways and his service to others. His legacy is about investing in others. The call of Father Hayden can be seen in every Hayden student, past and present. It is echoed in the words that permeate this building: enter to learn, leave to serve.

When Fr. Hayden retired in 1914, the school name was changed to Topeka Catholic High School and the students were taught primarily by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and the pastors of Topeka.

Hayden History Timeline

  • 1911 - Hayden began in a single room in the basement of Assumption Grade School and was named Assumption High School
  • 1912 - Assumption parish members contributed $12,000 to construct a new school building at 715 Jackson.
  • 1912-1913 - Assumption High School opened its doors to 30 students
  • 1914 - The school was renamed Topeka Catholic High School to recognize the expansion of the Catholic community in Topeka and acknowledge that the high school served students from other parishes
    • Students were primarily taught by the pastors and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
  • 1939 - the school was renamed Capitol Catholic High School and a new building was built at 8th and Van Buren
  • 1946 - on November 22, Sister Cecilia, principal of the high school since 1923, announced the name change to Hayden High School in honor of its founder, Father Francis M. Hayden
  • 1962 - the junior-senior building was opened at 401 Gage Boulevard and was known as Hayden West, while the freshmen and sophomores remained at the downtown location known as Hayden East.
  • 1971 - the Hayden Activities Complex was completed at the Gage campus and was later dedicated as the Ken Bueltel Activities Complex in recognition of a longtime Hayden educator and coach
  • 1980 - all four grades were consolidated at the expanded Gage location and the 8th and Jackson location was closed
  • 1994 - Wildcat Hall was built
  • 2001 - the main school building underwent a large expansion and renovation including: a larger library, new computer labs and air conditioning throughout the facility
  • 2008 - science classrooms and science labs were added
  • 2017 - the Chapel was expanded and completely renovated on the main floor of the school
  • 2019 - new bleachers, gymnasium floor and gymnasium updates were completed
  • 2020 - The pandemic affected all schools in Topeka. In the Fall of 2020 Hayden was grateful to open their doors and welcome the students on campus. Everyone wore masks but we were together as a community.
  • 2021 - Honoring our Tradition, Investing in our Future stewardship campaign was launched. This is a 3 year campaign that will raise $2.5 million. There are 3 areas of focus: Infrastructure & Repairs, Educational Enhancements and Tuition Assistance. 
  • 2022 - Blessed Mary's Grotto was built on the North side of the Hayden building by the Ken Bueltel Activities Center/Gym and provides an outdoor space for prayer. A dedication took place on May 8, 2022. Generous donors help bring this project to fruition.
  • 2022 - As part of the Honoring our Tradition, Investing in our Future stewardship campaign, the football lights were replaced. The old lights were over 50 years old. 
  • 2022 - As part of the Honoring our Tradition, Investing in our Future stewardship campaign, the "bridge" that goes to the soccer, softball and baseball fields was replaced. 
  • 2022 - As part of the Honoring our Tradition, Investing in our Future stewardship campaign, the computers in the two labs were replaced with newer technology