Marmion Academy

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Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Road
Aurora, Illinois, 60502-9742
United States
Coordinates 41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472Coordinates: 41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472
Type private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Blessed Columba Marmion
Established 1933
Oversight Diocese of Rockford
President Fr. Abbot John Paul Brahill, OSB
Head of school Anthony Tinerella
Chaplain Fr. Michael Burrows, OSB
Faculty 76
Grades 912
Gender all-male
Enrollment 529 (2013)
Average class size 26
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 325 acres (1.32 km2)
Fight song Marmion Loyalty
Athletics conference Suburban Christian Conference
Mascot The Cadets
Nickname %257C colors = Red and Blue         
Team name Cadets
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average ACT scores 26.1
Newspaper The Cadet Call
Yearbook Red and Blue Review
Tuition 10,300$
Affiliation Benedictine

Marmion Academy, formerly Marmion Military Academy, is a Roman Catholic high school for young men located in Aurora, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

The academy is run by the Benedictine monks of Marmion Abbey, located on campus. The academy has a United States Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program that has been a part of the academy since its early years, but was not a part of the school in the inaugural year of 1933–34.[2]

The school is a part of the Suburban Christian Conference.


Marmion Academy was created in 1933 when the monks of St. Meinrad Abbey combined Jasper Academy (Jasper, Indiana) with the Fox Valley Catholic High School, which the Augustinians had just returned to the diocese of Rockford. During the Great Depression era it was difficult for students to pay their tuition, so the monks, in 1935, associated with the JROTC program and changed its name to Marmion Military Academy. In order to provide more options for its student body and a return to the original spirit of the school, the monks of Marmion Abbey decided to make JROTC an optional program and to reinstitue the original name of the school, Marmion Academy.[citation needed]

At one point, there were two campuses: one for residential students and one for day students. The two merged back into the Butterfield Road campus, which had been the residential campus.[2] In early 2002, the school decided to close its residential program and started to expand its student body.[3] In 2010 the Marmion Cadets placed 2nd in state in the 6A state championship for football and 3rd in the cross country class 2A state championships.


Graduation Requirements:[4]

Marmion requires that each graduate complete 4 credits each in English and Theology; 3 credits in Mathematics; 3 elective credits; 2 credits each in a Foreign Language (4 credits recommended), Science, Social Studies, and either Military Science (JROTC) or Leadership Education and Development (LEAD); and 1 credit each in Health/Physical Education; and ½ credit in Music and Art. Marmion students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service each academic year.

At least 23¼ credits are required for graduation.

Leadership Programs[edit]

In 1994, the academy introduced an alternative to JROTC, Leadership and Service or L&S. The Leadership and Service program later became the "Leadership Education and Development", or "LEAD", program.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b MA. "Marmion Academy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Programs". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  4. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Academics". Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
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