Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf

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Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Location
Faribault, Minnesota
Information
Type Public
Established 1863
Faculty 20
Grades Pre-K to 12
Number of students 135
Color(s) Maroon and Gold
Mascot Trojans
Website
Administration Building--Girls' Dormitory, Minnesota School for the Deaf
Minnesota School for the Deaf Admin Building.jpg
Location 615 Olof Hanson Drive
Nearest city Faribault, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°17′51″N 93°15′35″W / 44.29750°N 93.25972°W / 44.29750; -93.25972Coordinates: 44°17′51″N 93°15′35″W / 44.29750°N 93.25972°W / 44.29750; -93.25972
Built 1912
Architect Clarence H. Johnston, Sr.
Architectural style Georgian Revival
Governing body Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
NRHP Reference # 86003095
Added to NRHP November 6, 1986
Noyes Hall, State School for the Deaf
Noyes Hall 2013.jpg
Noyes Hall from the north
Location Off 6th Ave., NE
Nearest city Faribault, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°17′49″N 93°15′42″W / 44.29694°N 93.26167°W / 44.29694; -93.26167
Built 1902–1910
Architect Clarence H. Johnston, Sr.
Architectural style Neoclassical
Governing body Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
NRHP Reference # 75001020
Added to NRHP May 12, 1975

The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) is a public residential school serving deaf children in Minnesota, United States. It is one of two Minnesota State Academies in Faribault and operated by the state for particular student populations.

History[edit]

When the school was established in 1863, it was named the Minnesota School for the Deaf (MSD).[1] In 1986, the name was changed to the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf.

Two buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both designed by state architect Clarence H. Johnston, Sr.: the Administration Building/Girls' Dormitory, in a Georgian Revival style, and Noyes Hall, in a Classical Revival style.

Academics[edit]

MSAD is a bilingual school where the students are taught through American Sign Language and use English in writing and reading. It offers programs ranging from infants to high school specialized for deaf children.

The school is fully accredited by the North Central Association and Conference of Educators and Administrators Serving the Deaf (CEASD).

Campus[edit]

Preschool and elementary students are in Quinn Hall. The middle school students are in Noyes Hall. High school students are in Smith Hall.

Residency[edit]

MSAD is a residential school. It has two dormitories where students reside throughout the week. Students typically arrive on Sunday evenings and depart on Friday afternoons. Transportation is provided by the students' respective school districts. Parents can choose to pick up and drop off their child(ren) at the campus. Dormitories are for students who live more than 20 miles from the campus. Students who live within 20 miles of the campus are called "day students." Frechette Hall is where the boys reside, and Tate Hall is where the girls reside. MSAD residential programs offers extracurricular activities, peer interaction, student growth and development, achievement, and more.

Athletics[edit]

MSAD offers several athletics from 4th grade to 12th grade.

Sports for boys[edit]

  • Football
    • National 11 man deaf football Champ in 1950 and 1977.
    • Centennial Conference Champ in 1977.
    • National 8 man deaf football Champ in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2012.
    • GPSD Champ in 1989, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2012.
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
    • GPSD Champ in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007,and 2012.
    • Clerc Classic Tourney - 3 wins and 3 losses
  • Track and Field

Sports for girls[edit]

  • Volleyball
    • Centennial Conference Champ in 1984.
    • Midwest/GPSD Champ in 1984, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
  • Basketball
    • National deaf basketball Champ in 1981, 1982, 1995, 1996 and 2005.
    • District 13 Champ in 1981-1982.
    • Centennial Conference Champ in 1981-1982 and 1982-1983.
    • Central States School for the Deaf (CSSD) Tourney - 26 wins and 5 losses - 7 time champs in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2004 and 2005.
    • Great Plains School for the Deaf (GPSD) Tourney - 43 wins and 10 losses - 17 time champs in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
    • Clerc Classic Tourney - 5 wins and 1 losses - 1 time champ.
  • Cheerleading
    • GPSD Champ in 1996, 1999, 2010 and 2011
    • GPSD Spirit Stick winners in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
  • Track and Field
    • GPSD Champ in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

MSAD's original mascot was the Gophers. MSAD changed its mascot to Hilltoppers. In 1972, the students voted to change from Hilltoppers to Trojans because the students felt that Hilltoppers doesn't have a definite logo for its name.

MSAD belongs in the Great Plains School for the Deaf (GPSD) conference for football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, and the academic bowl competition. The Great Plains School for the Deaf conference was started in the fall of 1989 and contains Iowa School for the Deaf, Kansas School for the Deaf and Missouri School for the Deaf.

Trojans sporting events are hosted in either the Wesley Lauritsen Gymnasium or the Potter Field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 5 (PDF)

External links[edit]