John Marshall High School (Minnesota)
|John Marshall High School|
|1510 14th St. NW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55901
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"A Mark of Excellence"|
|School district||Independent School District #535|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Website||John Marshall HS website|
John Marshall High School is located in Rochester, Minnesota and is part of Independent School District #535. The school is named for the longest serving Chief Justice in Supreme Court history. It is located at 1510 14th St. NW Rochester, MN 55901. It is one of three public High Schools in Rochester. Enrollment was 1,795 students during the 2012-2013 school year, in grades 9-12.
John Marshall High School is located in Rochester, Minnesota. It is currently the oldest public high school in Rochester. It was built in 1958 to accommodate the growing population as Rochester High School no longer was sufficient in size to house all of the students.
In 1953 city leaders began to consider sites for the new high school that was to become John Marshall. According to a Rochester Post-Bulletin posting (http://postbulletin.typepad.com/education_notebook/2010/02/umr-looking-back-at-the-tugowar-over-soldiers-field.html), "The city council and school board favored a Soldiers Field location, but were unsure the city could sell a portion of the park to the school board. The state attorney general ruled it could, and things started heating up. In March 1954, the Legion Post voted unanimously to oppose the location. In April, the city council declared a portion of Soldiers Field no longer needed for park purposes. Mayor Claude H. "Boney" McQuillan, a former pro boxer and Green Bay Packers player, opposed the location and vetoed the resolution. The council overrode the veto only to be countered by the mayor's refusal to sign a deed to transfer the land title. The argument went to court, where District Judge Arnold Hatfield ruled the veto was in order. John Marshall High School in northwest Rochester emerged from this turbulent beginning."
Often referred to as simply "JM," John Marshall adopted "The Rocket" as an official mascot. The School colors are Red & Black. "A mark of excellence" is the motto of the school. After many years of complaints from students and faculty alike, major renovations began to expand the school's lack of space as well as bring it up to code in the summer of 2005. The new science wing was completed in the summer of 2006. The cafeteria was also improved. The reconstruction project was completed in 2008. In 2008, John Marshall celebrated its 50th anniversary since opening its doors in 1958.
Rochester John Marshall is a member of the Big Nine Conference. John Marshall Athletics have a rich history of success. The John Marshall's Boy's hockey team holds the distinction of being the only hockey team from the Big 9 to ever win the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament. Many consider the 1977 State Champion team to be one of the most shocking victories in tournament history. No team from below the greater Twin Cities metro area had ever made a legitimate run at the State Title. They were also runners-up in the State Tournament in 1979 as well as 1989. The school also has a rich tradition of victory on the gridiron. In 1997 former head football coach John Drews was inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The school won State Championships in 1973 & 1974, was runner up in 1993 as well as a State Semi-Finalist in 2001. John Marshall has made 13 appearances in the State Tournament. The football team has won 27 Big Nine Championships. Football competes in Section 1AAAAA at the state level. They were Section 1AAAAA champions in 1993,1996,1998,2000,2001 and 2004. The team they beat for the Section 1AAAAA title in 2004 was their crosstown rival Century High School with a score of 20-19. In recent years JM's baseball program has excelled, often ranked among the best in the state. In 2008 they were Big Nine champions and section 1AAA Champions making a well-deserved state appearance. They ended the season with an overall record of 24-4.
John Marshall has always had a great intracity rivalry with Rochester Mayo High School. With the building of Century High School in 1997 a new rivalry was born. The Century vs. John Marshall rivalry has been taken to new levels, most recently when Fox Sports North broadcast a hockey game as part of their High School Hockey showcase program.
John Marshall, once the lowest ranked swim/dive team in the Big Nine Conference, went on to win sections and Big Nine in 2008, overturning Faribault's long-standing Big Nine championship title run.
The bands at John Marshall are the Concert Band (ninth grade band), Symphonic Band (standard band for tenth graders and up), and Symphonic Winds (Honors band), all of which are under the direction of Christopher Jarvis. In the fall, the Symphonic Winds and the Symphonic Band combine to make the John Marshall Marching Band. The marching band plays at the football team’s home games. A variety of field shows have been played such as West Side Story (2001), River Dance (2002), All That Jazz (2003), Zorro (2004), The Incredibles (2005), Jekyll and Hyde (2006) and Wicked (2007) and again West Side Story (2008). But due to budget cuts the field show was cut from the program in 2009. The marching band then concludes their marching season with an Indoor Concert. The one time both of the bands get to combine to make a concert band is at the Holiday concert. The ninth grade band also performs at this concert. The last portion of this concert then features a combination of all three bands. The John Marshall Marching Band won state competitions in the years 1980-1984, then 1987-1992 then 2004–present.
During second semester Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band split up into different classes. The two bands then work on their music, and perform a collection of shows that include a solo and ensemble contest a winter concert, and at the Fine Arts Festival at the end of the year. Symphonic Winds performs at a one additional event, the Big Nine Music Festival. For the final concert at the festival a few students from each school are chosen to be a part of the select band, choir and orchestra. The John Marshall Symphonic Winds was selected to play at the 2011 MMEA convention.
- Eric Butorac – professional tennis player
- Tyler Cain – expatriate professional basketball player
- Shjon Podein – retired NHL hockey player (Stanley Cup Winner with Colorado Avalanche 2001)
- Darrell Thompson – retired NFL running back
- Doug Zmolek – retired NHL hockey player
- Marcus Sherels – NFL cornerback
- Michael Thibault – Gallerist & Socialite