Marianapolis Preparatory School
|Marianapolis Preparatory School
|26 Chase Road
Thompson, Connecticut, Windham County, 06277
|Type||Private, boarding, coeducational|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Area trustee||The Trinity Foundation|
|Head of School||Joseph Hanrahan|
|Chaplain||Fr. Timothy Roth|
|Average class size||14.5|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Campus size||150 acres (0.61 km2)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
|Song||Marianapolis Theme Song|
|Sports||Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Dance, Gymnastics|
|Team name||Golden Knights|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Golden Knight|
|Tuition||$15,155 (day); $45,364 (residential)|
|College acceptance rate||100%|
|Athletic Director||Eric Gustavson|
Marianapolis Preparatory School is a private, co-educational, Catholic high school located in rural Thompson, Connecticut.
Marianapolis College was established in 1926 under the guidance of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. They established the school on the site of the Reams' Estate, just west of the center of Thompson, Connecticut, and subsequently used the Reams' mansion as the main building on campus. Marianapolis College was ordered by the Government of the State of Connecticut to award college degrees in 1936 (due to a need for said degrees prior to World War II), but later opted for the sole title of preparatory school. In 1955, Marianapolis officially became part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
A fire broke out in early 1964 which destroyed the main school building, killing one Marian brother, but then-headmaster Father John Petrauskas, and the other students were able to escape. After the fire, students attended classes in the basement of St. John's Dormitory.
In 1974 the school finally became co-educational due to low enrollment after the oil crisis of the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Marianapolis endured enrollment hardships, but was able to graduate about 35 students per year.
Athletics are a crucial part of the Marianapolis experience. Each student is required to participate in two sports after school for the entirety of that sport's season. There are three seasons at Marianapolis: fall, winter, and spring. Each season has its own set of sports.
Rake Day: Every autumn, students at Marianapolis are excused from a day of classes to participate in the annual Rake Day tradition. Traveling around campus by advisee group, students and advisors attack the terrain with rakes, bags, and tarps, collecting fallen leaves from the trees surrounding the school. As they migrate from place to place, students can stop for hot chocolate and tea to stay warm. On the morning following Rake Day, MPS DADs gather together for "Steak and Rake" - they help dispose of the piles created the day prior, then enjoy a steak dinner in the Dining Room.
Alumni Soccer Game: Played during Homecoming Weekend in October, the match pits faculty, alumni, and students against one another in a good-spirited game of soccer. Historically, the day also features a great deal of rain and mud.
The Victory Bell: A bell located on a small island in the middle of the front parking lot is always rung when a home victory is achieved.
The Dodgeball Game: a game of dodgeball held by the senior class which consists of many teams made up of people from parents to faculty and including many students. In the most recent game, the winners were the faculty team.
Albin Gurklis, math teacher at Marianapolis for 58 years
Notes and references
- NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28.