Marquette High School (Ottawa, Illinois)

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Marquette Academy
Ottawa, Illinois, 61350
United States
Coordinates 41°21′1″N 88°50′22″W / 41.35028°N 88.83944°W / 41.35028; -88.83944Coordinates: 41°21′1″N 88°50′22″W / 41.35028°N 88.83944°W / 41.35028; -88.83944
Type parochial, private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1859
Founder Sisters of Mercy
Authority Diocese of Peoria
Oversight Diocese of Peoria
Superintendent Dr. Sharon Weiss
President Msgr. Philip Halfacre
Dean Jon Leslie(High School) Jeremy Keesee (Elementary)
Principal Brooke A. Rick
Chaplain Fr. Jacob Rose
Staff 26
Faculty 51
Grades Pre-K12
Gender co-educational
Campus 3 Buildings
Campus type Closed
Color(s)      Navy Blue & Vegas Gold     
Slogan We are more than a school, we are MARQUETTE.
Fight song Marquette Loyalty
Athletics conference Tri County, Northeastern Athletic (football only)
Mascot Crusader
Team name (Lady) Crusaders
Rival St. Bede Academy Serena Township High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The Shield'
Yearbook 'Memorare'

Marquette Academy is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Ottawa, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria.


Marquette High School was originally known as St. Joseph's. It began teaching grade school and high school level courses in 1859. The name was later changed to St. Xavier Academy in 1900 when the school became an all-girls high school.

In 1946, the school became a co-ed facility known as Ottawa Catholic High School. This only lasted three years, when the name was changed to Marquette High School in honor of Fr. Jacques Marquette.

The original St. Xavier's building served as the high school facility until 1991, when it was torn down. A new addition was built after the demolition to replace the original building and was connected to the wing that was built in 1949 when the school became a co-ed high school.

In the Fall of 2010, Marquette High School combined with the two privately funded Catholic Grade Schools in Ottawa, St. Patrick and St. Columba, and formed Marquette Academy, which house Pre-K through twelfth grades in three separate buildings. The high school campus remained the same, kindergarten through eighth grades are in the former St. Columba building, while preschool is in the early childhood center at St. Patrick's.

Supporting Parishes[edit]

The following parishes are feeder parishes to Marquette Academy. Their pastors serve as members of the Pastor's Board.

St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Patrick's, Ottawa; St. Francis, Ottawa; St. Mary's, Grand Ridge; St. Michael's, Streator; St. Joseph's, Marseilles; St. Patrick's, Seneca; St. Patrick's, Ransom; St. Theresa's, Earlville; St. Joseph's, Wedron


Marquette Academy High School is a member of the Tri-County Conference and the Northeastern Athletic Conference for football, and currently competes in 12 sports. The Marquette football team recently went undefeated in their new conference (9-0). They won the first round of the IHSA playoffs against Chicago Luther North (44-8). In the second round the crusaders lost to Forreston in overtime (35-34).

Boys Sports - Football, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Bowling, Baseball, Track & Field

Girls Sports - Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Track & Field, Poms, Cheerleading

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Bob McGrath is an actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Bob on Sesame Street.
  • Guy Hoffman is a former professional baseball player.
  • Bob Guyette is a former pro basketball player.


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