The Gospel and the Coat of Arms
The triangular form of the shield, divided into three sections, mirrors the shield of the Dominican Order and reflects the role of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in founding St. John Paul II Catholic High School.
Teal is the color of Our Lady’s mantle, and black and white are the colors of the Dominican Order. The torch, blazing with the splendor of Truth, links St. John Paul II Catholic High School to light, learning, and 800 years of Dominican tradition. The students of JPII will be charged with being a light of the Gospel to the world.
The cross represents our Savior, Jesus Christ. Since Mary stood at the foot of the Cross, the JPII coat of arms has the capital M at the foot of the modified Tucson cross. The cross links the school to 120 years of Catholic tradition in Arizona, particularly to the Diocese of Phoenix in establishing the school.
Our Lady of Guadalupe was an important inspiration for this coat of arms. The two teal portions of the shield suggest her open mantle, the seven stars on her mantle have eight points and reflect the seven patron saints of the school, and they are on the western side of the shield, as the school will serve West Valley students.