Saint Thomas Academy

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Saint Thomas Academy
949 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, Minnesota, (Dakota County), 55120
United States
Coordinates 44°52′5″N 93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°W / 44.86806; -93.13722Coordinates: 44°52′5″N 93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°W / 44.86806; -93.13722
Type Private, Military
Motto "Ex Umbris in Veritatem"
(Out of Darkness into Truth)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established September 8, 1885
Founder Archbishop John Ireland
Sister school Convent of the Visitation
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Headmaster Matthew C. Mohs
Assistant Headmaster Michael Sjoberg
Faculty 60
Grades 712
Gender Boys
Enrollment 623 (October 1, 2014)
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 88 acres (360,000 m2)
Color(s) Royal Blue and White         
Fight song Fight, Cadets, Fight
Athletics conference MSHSL Metro East
(formerly Classic Suburban)
Sports 15 sports
Mascot Cadet
Team name Cadets
Rival Cretin-Durham Hall
Henry Sibley High
Hermantown High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[1]
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Newspaper Citation
Yearbook Kaydet
Tuition $19,700
Dean of Academics David Meyer
Dean of Students Brian Edel
Commandant of Cadets LTC Michael DePuglio (U.S. Army, ret.)
Admissions Director John Kenney
Athletic Director Jason Sedlak

Saint Thomas Academy (abbr. St. Thomas Academy or STA), originally known as Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and formerly known as Saint Thomas Military Academy is the only all male, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory, military high school in Minnesota. It is located in Mendota Heights near Saint Paul. The Academy has a middle school (grades 7 and 8) and a high school (grades 9-12). The high school students are required to participate in Army JROTC. Its sister school, Convent of the Visitation, is located down the street and many classes and after school activities involve both schools. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


  • Every day after second period, all high school students, in the brigade formation, assemble in the court, to read off announcements, give awards, etc.[citation needed]
  • Every year there is Freshman Sing Day in which the seniors get all of the freshman to sing the School Fight Song.[citation needed]
  • Each year one senior is awarded the rank of Cadet Colonel, the brigade commander, and he is presented with the Fleming Saber, in honor of Richard E. Fleming

Sports and activities[edit]

Saint Thomas Academy was a member of the Classic Suburban Conference (now Metro East). They participate in all 14 Minnesota State High School League sports as well as Orienteering. Saint Thomas Academy also has various co-curricular activities such as Band, Chess Team, Debate Team, VISTA Theater Company, Math Team, Quiz Bowl (2004 Quiz Bowl National Champions), Knowledge Bowl, Table Tennis Club, Experimental Vehicle Team (2005 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge Champions and 2006 Solar Bike Race Champions), Mock Trial, The Rifle Team and The Crack Drill Squad. More than 90% of students participate in co-curricular athletics or activities.[2]

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 1 1975
Winter Alpine Skiing, Boys 7 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011
Hockey, Boys 5 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Swimming and Diving, Boys 13 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Basketball, Boys 2 1998, 2007
Rifle Team, Boys 5 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Spring Chess 1 2010
Total 34

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Student Participation in Activities
  3. ^ a b "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Library. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Marquette Player Page

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Horace Greeley High School
National Academic Championship champion
Succeeded by
Holland Hall (Tulsa, Oklahoma)