Saint Peter-Marian High School
|Saint Peter-Marian High School|
Through these doors walk the greatest
|781 Grove Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, (Worcester County), 01605
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Purple and White|
|Athletics conference||Central Mass|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
Saint Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School, is a private, coeducational Catholic junior high and senior high school in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is more commonly referred to as St. Peter-Marian, or informally as SPM or St. Peter's. It is one of four high schools operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester and has been accredited by The New England Association of Schools & Colleges since 1969.
Campus and location
Saint Peter-Marian's campus is situated upon a hill in a residential neighborhood. It is less than one mile from the town of Holden, Massachusetts. There is one main building with an annex that houses both the senior and junior high school. The campus contains a football field, a baseball field, and a softball field. The parking lot can hold several hundred cars.
The name Saint Peter-Marian comes from the two schools that formed it: Saint Peter's High School and Marian High School. There are four dates on the SPM seal. The year 1921 refers to the year in which Saint Peter's High School was established, on Main Street. St Peter's was a coeducational parish school operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The building is now occupied by St. Peter Central Catholic Elementary School. The year 1963 refers to the year in which Marian High School was built, an all-female school which was located on the present-day site of Saint Peter-Marian. Marian High School had a freshman class of 97 young women; the school was operated by the Sisters of Mercy. The year 1976 refers to the merging of St. Peter's High School and Marian High School to form Saint Peter-Marian High School. The year 1989 refers to the time at which the junior high school was implemented.
In 2003 the campus was expanded through the purchase of a nearby nursing home, which was extensively renovated and now serves as the building for the junior high school. The Junior High has since moved back in to the senior high school. The school leases the old nursing home to Quinsigamond Community College.
Administration and faculty
The superintendent of the Diocese of Worcester is Delma Josephson, Ph.D.
The headmaster of Saint Peter-Marian is Mr. Matthew Sturgis. The principal of the senior high school is Mrs. Denise Allain, while the principal of the junior high school is Mrs. Joanne Ethier.
Saint Peter-Marian has high academic standards for its students. All students are required to have 24 credits in order to graduate. This typically involves 4 years of religion, 4 years of mathematics, 4 years of English, 2–3 years of foreign language, 3–4 years of history and social studies, a half year of computer studies, and an elective course.
The five core academic subjects in the curriculum are English, social studies, mathematics, science, and religion. Students can also take elective classes in foreign language, health, computer science, art, music, theater, business, and marketing. Currently, students may study Spanish, French, Saint Peter-Marian offers a strong Advanced Placement curriculum for students in grades ten through twelve. In the 2006 school year, 92 students took 155 AP exams. The percentage of students with a passing grade was 82%, compared to a national average of about 60%. AP Scholar awards were granted to 16 students, 7 of them AP Scholars With Honor and 9 AP Scholars With Distinction.
The school has been a member of Virtual High School since 2004. The VHS program allows students to take courses via Internet instruction in many subjects that are not offered on site at St. Peter-Marian.
SPM has long had a solid tradition of both boys and girls athletics. The school has approximately 50 boys and girls sports teams that participate on the varsity, junior varsity, freshman, and junior high level. Saint Peter-Marian athletic teams generally compete at the Division 1 or Division 1A level and the school is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The annual Thanksgiving football game against St. John's High School of Shrewsbury, MA is the oldest continuous Catholic school rivalry in the country. It is held at Fitton Field at the College of the Holy Cross.
Boys at Saint Peter-Marian may participate in the following sports: Cross country, soccer, golf, football, basketball, indoor track, skiing, ice hockey, baseball, track & field, tennis, and lacrosse. Girls may participate in cross country, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, football cheerleading, swimming and diving, basketball, hockey cheerleading, basketball cheerleading, indoor track, skiing, tennis, softball, track & field, golf, and lacrosse.
The Girls Cheerleading team won the Regional Championship consecutively in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2006 and 2007 the Boys Tennis team competed in the state semi-finals. The Boys Baseball team has one of the strongest reputations in Central Massachusetts, having advanced to district play for 18 straight years. The team was the state finalist in 2004 and 2008. The Boys Football team had a highly successful run in the 1990s, winning 5 league Super Bowls and ranking seventh in Massachusetts in 1994.
Students at Saint Peter-Marian may participate in the following school-sponsored organizations: Art Club (Jr. and Sr. High), Best Buddies, Campus Minister Team, Chorus (Jr. and Sr. High), Class Officers, Computer Club, Declamation Club (Jr. High), Eucharistic Ministers, Fair Tax Club, French Club, Guardian Globe, Guardians for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Junior High Speech Club Linus Club (Jr. High), Literary Magazine, Liturgical Choir, Math Club (Jr. High), Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Model UN (Junior High), Musicians Club, Mustard Seed, National Honor Society, National Jr. Honor Society (Jr. High), Peer Educators, Retreat Team, SADD Sr. High, Science Club (Jr. High), Scrapbook Club, Serviam Club (Jr. High), Ski Club (Jr. High), Special Olympics, Student Council, Theater (Jr. and Sr. High), and Yearbook (Jr. and Sr. High).
Each year the Theater Arts Department puts on a theater production, one each for the junior and senior high school. Recent senior high school productions include Cinderella, The Sound of Music, Shout! The Mod Musical, and Pippin.
Saint Peter-Marian offers a full college preparatory program. From 2005 to 2009, approximately 90% of students enrolled in a four-year college after graduation, while approximately 8% enrolled in a two-year college.
Among the prestigious colleges and universities in which recent graduates of Saint Peter-Marian have enrolled include Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Brandeis University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tufts University, United States Naval Academy, University of Rochester, Valparaiso University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
- Jerry Azumah, former professional football player for the Chicago Bears, Pro Bowl participant, and current sports television analyst
- Frank Carroll, professional figure skating coach (graduate of St. Peter's High School)
- Rich Gedman, former Red Sox player and current Manager for the Worcester Tornadoes
- Denis Leary, actor and comedian
- JD Power, founder of JD Power and Associates
- J.P. Ricciardi, former Toronto Blue Jays General Manager and current New York Mets executive
- Ed Riley, former Red Sox player and current Director of Baseball Operations for the Worcester Tornadoes
- Tanyon Sturtze, former Major League pitcher