Marian High School (Mishawaka, Indiana)

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Marian High School
Mishawaka Marian Wikipedia (Matt Rice).jpg
Pro cede et regna
Go forth and rule
1311 South Logan Street
Mishawaka, Indiana, 46544
United States
Coordinates 41°38′59″N 86°11′51″W / 41.64972°N 86.19750°W / 41.64972; -86.19750Coordinates: 41°38′59″N 86°11′51″W / 41.64972°N 86.19750°W / 41.64972; -86.19750
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Our Lady of Lourdes
Established 1964
Founder Austin Peyla
Closed Anytime Penn closes
Oversight Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Principal Carl Loesch
Asst. Principal Mark Kirzeder
Chaplain Fr. Chris Lapp
Grades 912
Enrollment 705 (2013-2014)
Average class size 22 Students
Campus size 72 Acres
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue, Silver and White             
Fight song Onward Knights to victory, we back you all the way. Valiant teams of Marian High triumphant in the fray. Rah! Rah! Rah! Hear that cheer rise up from the crowd. Show our teams that we're really proud. Go Knights with chivalry, Blue and Silver to victory!
Athletics conference Northern Indiana Conference
Mascot Knight
Team name Knights
Rival St. Joseph High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper 'The Lance'
Yearbook 'Madrigal'
Tuition $7,044
Admissions Director Mary Kay Dance
Athletic Director Reggie Glon
Attendance Director Rosanne Imus

Marian High School (also known as Mishawaka Marian or simply Marian) is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Mishawaka, Indiana in the United States, operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Marian was a top 50 school in 2005 noted on the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The Catholic High School Honor Roll recognizes schools that excel in the areas of academics, Catholic identity, and civic education. Marian High School holds a First Class commission from the Indiana State Department of Education and has been accredited by the North Central Association since 1996. Marian received a letter grade of "A" for the 2013-2014 school year from the state. This is the third year that Marian has received this award[2][3]


Marian High School was founded in 1964 by Sisters of St. Francis as an all-male academy. The following year it was made a coed school with separation of classes by gender (later changed).


AP and ACP Classes[edit]

Marian offers 3 AP (Advanced Placement) courses which are eligible for college credit. AP courses include Honors Junior Composition, Honors American Literature/English Language Composition, Honors AP Physics B, AP Psychology, and Honors AP US History. In addition, Marian offers several ACP(Advanced College Project) classes through IUSB. These include ACP Cadet Teaching Experience I Honors, ACP Fundamental Studio- Drawing, ACP Visual Literacy: Ways of Seeing, ACP Biology Honors, ACP Chemistry Honors, and ACP Honors U.S. History.[4]

Science and Research[edit]

Marian has a history of strong showings in local, regional, and national science fairs, including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Siemens Competition.[5] In 2012, twenty-seven Marian students competed in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Those students brought home thirteen first place awards, seven second place awards, and six third place awards. The students won over $37,000 in awards, scholarships, and grants. In 2011, the school sent two students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as representatives for Team Indiana. The team won 13 awards, 3 of which were won by a Marian student. In 2012, Marian sent three students who contributed to the 14 awards won by Team Indiana. Marian won first place in the Indiana Junior Academy of Science competition for 2012, as well as numerous individual awards.[6]


Marian, part of the Northern Indiana Conference of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, participates in 23 varsity sports as well as offering Junior Varsity and Freshman levels of competition.


Marian's first sectional title came in 1969 in LaVille. After a 43 year drought, Marian won its second sectional title in 2012, beating John Glenn 61-56 in Plymouth. After beating Gary Wallace in the regional semi-finals, The Knights were able to overcome a tough challenge against Andrean and pulled off an 82-62 win, advancing Marian to the semi-state finals for the first time in school history. Unfortunately, Marian could not hold off Norwell in semi-state, losing 76-67.


In 2008, Marian's baseball team made the trip to the state finals. The Knights road to Indianapolis was not an easy one, however. In sectionals, the Knights defeated their cross-town rival, St. Joseph's, 10-6, and defeated John Glenn in the sectional championship game, 11-3. The Knights went to the sectional championship four years prior to the 2008 season and fell short in all four years. Marian hosted the regional game, which was against Lakeland. The Knights defeated Lakeland, 2-1 in an 11 inning, 3 hour and 14 minute game. Both teams scored their first runs in the first inning. Marian then went on to win the school's first ever semi-state championship by upsetting #1 Andrean, who was undefeated, 7-5, and then defeated #4 Yorktown in the semi-state finals, 7-6 in 8 innings. The Knights made their first ever state appearance, but lost to Crawfordsville, 5-1. Marian finished 21-11 in 2008. They made it to state again in 2011, but lost again to Crawfordsville, 8-3. Marian's recent baseball success came under the guidance of alum, Tim Prister. Prister retired after the 2012 season. In his nine-year career at Marian he complied a 172-97 record.[7]

Cross country[edit]

Since 1983, Marian has qualified as a team for the regional competition 11 times, and the semi-state competition twice. Individuals have qualified for regionals fifteen times, semi-state seven times, and state three times.[8]


The varsity boys' soccer team made it to the state finals for the first time ever in 2008, but lost 2-0 to Zionsville. The varsity girls' team were semi-state runners-up to Portage in 2006 and made it to the state finals in 2011, but lost in penalty kicks to Providence. The girls came back a year later to win the state title against Providence with a 2-0 win.


Marian is under current head coach Reggie Glon, who is the winningest coach in program history. He has more than doubled the 59 wins that had been the record set by Bob Otolski, for whom the football field was named after. First high school in Indiana to win State football championships in 2 different classes (Class A 1973, Class 2A 1975 & 1976). In 2012 the Knights beat archrival St. Joe to win their sectional after losing to the Indians in the playoffs the previous two years. The following week they won the Regional against Heritage, advancing to semi-state for the first time in 13 years before falling to Hamilton Heights.


Marian's golf team won the state championship during the 2000-01 school year. In 2009 senior Adam Sumrall hoisted the individual State Golf Title. Adam was able to withstand the charge of the field on the second day of competition to finally reach the top of Indiana High School Golf.[8]


The Marian track team practices at the recently repaved Goodchild Track in the football stadium. Marian "trackletes" regularly compete at the state meet and boast two state championships in the girl's 800 meter race in women's track. The men's relay team for the 1600 meter relay made the state championships finishing 9th in 2008, the highest finish in school history. Former coach Scott Lancaster is now the head track coach at Wawasee.[8]


Marian's volleyball team won the state championship during the 1973-74 school year.[8] They made it to the state tournament 4 seasons in a row from 2006 to 2009, but was unable to come out on top in any of those years.


Marian's hockey club won the Class 1-A state championship in 1999, the Class 1-A, tier II state championship in 2000, and the Class 2-A state championship in 2010. They were runners-up in Class 1-A, tier I in 2001.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Marian Theatre Department has grown significantly in recent years. Traditionally, Marian features a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Recent productions include: Don't Drink the Water (Fall '13), Little Shop of Horrors (Spring '13), Harvey (Fall '12), Little Women (Spring '12), Sleeping Beauty (Fall '11), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Spring '11), God's Favorite (Fall '10), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Spring '10), Cinderella (Fall '09), Seussical (Spring '09), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fall '08), The Pirates of Penzance (Spring '08), Once in a Lifetime (Fall '07), Footloose (Spring '07), The Miser (Fall '06), The Music Man (Spring '06), Loose Connections and Two One-Act Plays (Fall '05), Crazy for You (Spring '05), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Fall '04), Hello, Dolly! (Spring '04), Sorry, Wrong Number, The Lottery, A One-Act Play (Fall '03), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Spring '03), and You Can't Take It With You (Fall '02). The musical for the spring of 2014 will be Godspell.


Marian's band includes both pep and concert band, which compete annually in the ISSMA competitions. The band performs during athletic events, as well as holding both a Christmas and Spring concert annually. The school currently does not have a marching band.

Mock Trial[edit]

Marian has been a top performer in the Indiana High School Mock Trial Association since the beginning of the program. In the 1994 school year, the first year of the program, a Marian team won the state championship and competed in the national competition, winning multiple best attorney awards. In the 1995 state competition the Knights placed second in the state. In the 2004-2005 school year (the second year of competition), the Marian team placed fourth in the state. For the following three years, a Marian team placed in the top 5 schools at each competition. In the 2009 competition, Marian placed 3rd at the regional competition and 12th at the state competition. Two best witness and two best attorney awards were awarded to Marian teams at the regional level. One best attorney award was won by Marian at the state level. In the 2010 competition, Marian placed 3rd at the regional competition. One best witness and two best attorney awards were awarded to Marian teams at the regional level.

Quiz Bowl[edit]

Marian's quiz bowl team traveled to state in 2007, after making a few upsets in the St. Joseph Valley Conference Tournament, in which Marian was seeded 5th, by defeating (4)Penn (245-235), (1)South Bend Washington (280-240), and (3)South Bend St. Joseph's (215-210), which made them the conference tournament champions and allowed them to travel to state. The win was the first time the team ever won either a tournament or regular season title.[9] They defeated Shelbyville (320-170), and Culver Military Academy (205-200). Their losses were to South Bend Washington (340-105) and to the 3-time state champions, Lafayette Harrison (500-215) in the first round of the state playoffs. The Knights Quiz Bowl team finished 10-6, their best record in the history of the quiz bowl program. Prior to 2007, Marian's last trip to state was in the 2002-03 season when after Marian's worst finish in the regular season in school history the team put together a tremendous run in the tournament falling to eventual champion Clay high school but qualifying for state in the process. The 2002-03 team found tremendous difficulty in state failing to win any of their three matches. The team that made the trip was missing the vast majority of its senior leadership due to schedule conflicts.

In the 2011-2012 season, the Knights finished with an undefeated 9-0 season, the best in school history.


Marian offers over 30 clubs and allows students to create new clubs. The current list includes ACTS (A Chance To Serve), Regina Caeli, Right to Life, Ambassadors/Student Leadership, Art Club, Bowling League, Drama, Latin, French, German, Spanish, Intramurals, Jr. Civitan, Liturgical Choir, Mock Trial, National Honors Society, Newspaper (The Lance), Pep, Quiz Bowl, SADD, Science Club, Ski, Speech and Debate, Student Council, Yearbook, Creative Writing, Dance, Diversity Coalition, Environmental Club, Film, Mole (Science), Photography, Jr. ROTC, Robotics, and Tech Club.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Kyle Bornheimer (Class of 1994) was in the CBS TV show, Worst Week.
  • Jay Beyers (Class of 2004) has performed for The Asylum Films for the Syfy Channel. At Marian, Beyers received classical training and was exposed to David Mamet's "Practical Aesthetics" by then Theatre director Troy Dobosiewicz (Class of 1989).
  • David Harker (Class of 2002) is currently a television meteorologist on 16 Morning News at WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN
  • John Mauro (Class of 1977) Defensive End at the University of Alabama, member of two National Championship teams.
  • Rod Goodchild (Class of 1968) Olympic-trained runner.


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The Marian Difference". Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "DOE Snapshot". Dept. of Education. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marian High School Curriculum Handbook". Marian High School Curriculum Handbook. Marian High School. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Marian High School In the News". Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
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  7. ^ "Prister resigns as Marian baseball coach". Elkhart Truth. August 7, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "IHSAA Former State Champs". Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
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