Shattuck-Saint Mary's

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Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Logo.svg
1000 Shumway Avenue
Faribault, MN, 55021
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1858
Faculty 95
Enrollment 434 total
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus 250 acres (1.0 km2)
Color(s) Maroon     , Black     , and White     
Athletics Hockey, Figure Skating, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Fencing
Mascot Sabres
Shattuck Historic District
Shattuck Historic District from the southeast
Location Shumway Ave
Nearest city Faribault, Minnesota
Area 35 acres (14 ha)
Built 1869–mid-1950s
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Shattuck-St Mary's School
MPS Rice County MRA
NRHP Reference # 82003018
Added to NRHP April 6, 1982
Phelps Library, Shattuck School
Phelps Library, Shattuck School.jpg
Phelps Library from the southeast
Location Off Shumway Ave.
Coordinates 44°18′9″N 93°15′33″W / 44.30250°N 93.25917°W / 44.30250; -93.25917
Built 1869
Governing body Shattuck-St Mary's School
NRHP Reference # 75001021
Added to NRHP April 4, 1975
Shumway Hall and Morgan Refectory--Shattuck School
Shumway Hall and Morgan Refectory.jpg
Shumway Hall with Morgan Refectory partially visible on left
Location Off Shumway Ave.
Coordinates 44°18′9″N 93°15′36″W / 44.30250°N 93.26000°W / 44.30250; -93.26000
Built 1887 (Shumway Hall), 1888 (Morgan Refectory)
Architect Wilcox & Johnston
Architectural style Gothic/Romanesque Revival
Governing body Shattuck-St Mary's School
NRHP Reference # 75001023
Added to NRHP April 4, 1975
St. Mary's Hall
Location 4th St., NE and 4th Ave. NE
Architect Clarence H. Johnston, Sr.
Governing body Shattuck-St Mary's School
MPS Rice County MRA
NRHP Reference # 82003019
Added to NRHP April 4, 1982
The Clocktower at Shattuck-St. Mary's

Shattuck-St Mary's School (also known as SSM) is a coeducational Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota, United States, and is known for its Centers of Excellence hockey, soccer, music and figure skating programs.

National recognition[edit]

In the last decade, SSM has attracted national attention in areas the school refers to as "Centers of Excellence," namely ice hockey, soccer, figure skating, golf, and the arts.[1]

National Championships for SSM include the 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001 and 1999. 18U Boys Hockey teams and the 2007 19U Girls Hockey team. The 2007 win for the 19U girls was their third straight National Championship. The 2007 16U Boys team placed second in nationals and the 14U Boys were also in the 2007 National tournament but lost in the Semifinals. On the ladies side the 16U team was also in the 2007 Nationals but failed to win a game.[2][3] The Girls U19 team in 2009 won the National Championship to regain their highly established reputation.

A federal- and state-listed endangered species, the Dwarf Trout Lily, was initially discovered on the school's campus by a St. Mary's biology instructor in 1871.


On June 3, 1858, in a small rented building in Faribault, Minnesota, The Rev. Dr. James Lloyd Breck established the Episcopal mission school and seminary from which Shattuck-St. Mary's School has developed and prospered. When the school first opened, there were 45 young girls and boys and six divinity students, both Native American and European Americans. About this time, the newly established Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota selected Henry Benjamin Whipple as its first Bishop. Bishop Whipple established his home in Faribault and, in 1860, took over the reins of the school, changing Breck's ambitious plan for "Bishop Seabury University" into something more realistic, namely "an honest school."

In 1864, when Seabury Hall was completed, the school moved to its present site on the bluffs above the Straight River. With this change, the institution became a boarding school for young men and boys. In 1865, Tommy Crump, an English divinity student recently returned from the Civil War, started the boys drilling with sticks, thus beginning a military program that would last for more than a century; during this time the campus was known as Shattuck Military Academy.

By 1866, more room was needed and largely through the efforts of Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck, Shattuck Hall was built specifically for the boys. Soon the grammar school itself became known as "Shattuck." That same year, Bishop Whipple opened a school for girls, St. Mary's Hall, in his home in downtown Faribault. The girls remained there until 1872 when the Bishop moved to a new house and St. Mary's Hall was turned over to a board of trustees. In 1872, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd was built through the generosity of Augusta Shumway of Chicago. Though she lost all her property in the great Chicago Fire, she kept her promise to build a chapel for "the Bishop's boys' school" by sending Whipple her insurance checks. With its rare all-stone spire, the chapel became the focal point of the Shattuck campus.

By 1883, St. Mary's had also outgrown its downtown facilities, and a grand, ornate building, often referred to as "the Castle on the Rhine," was built on the bluffs, less than a half mile south of Shattuck. That unique building burned in 1924, and the limestone structure that stands today was built less than a year later.

Both schools saw rapid growth during the next few years. Dr. James Dobbin, who had succeeded Dr. Breck in 1866 and who served as Rector of Shattuck School until 1914, was responsible for the construction of many beautiful limestone buildings, including the first Whipple Hall and the present Shumway Hall. In 1901, Dr. Dobbin founded St. James School for younger boys about a half mile north of Shattuck. In 1932, Seabury Theological Seminary merged with Western Theological Seminary and moved to Evanston, Illinois.

In 1972, the three schools, Shattuck, St. Mary's and St. James, were joined into what is known today as Shattuck-St. Mary's School. In 1974, the military program was discontinued, and the St. James campus was sold.

In 1988, the residential and academic programs were reconfigured so that the Middle School students (grades 6-8) were at the St. Mary's campus and the Upper School students (grades 9-12) were at the Shattuck campus.

In the early 1990s, facing serious financial concerns and declining enrollment, Craig Norwich was hired to save the school, a decision was made that would permanently change the course of the school. Norwich was the visionary of the Shattuck model, which has flourished under current president Nick Stoneman, and is one of the main reasons for the success of the school. The school owned the only ice arena in Faribault and Norwich decided to use that to its competitive advantage to create a world-class hockey program. This model, known as a 'center of excellence', has been expanded to include soccer, figure skating, golf, the Center for Academic Achievement, Preconservatory Strings, a BioScience program, and a Vocal Performance Program. The School has grown 50% in the last 6 years, with students from 19 countries and 35 states. SSM's total enrollment in the 2009-2010 school year was 435.

In mid-2009 the Saint James campus was reacquired; it is currently being used for faculty housing and part of it is being rented out to the Cannon River Stem School for grades K-8.

In September 2012 the school opened Fayfield Hall its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building and home to the BioScience and Engineering Centers of Excellence (beginning in September 2014).

Notable alumni[edit]

Other notable associations[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Boarding School Review web site 8 May 2007
  2. ^ [2] USA Hockey 2007 Boys 18U National Championships 1 April 2007
  3. ^ [3] USA Hockey 2007 Girls 19U National Championships 1 April 2007
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Gare Joyce, There's Something about St. Mary's, ESPN the Magazine, Accessed November 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Rockzillaworld John Townes van Zandt II Interview By Marianne Ebertowski

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°18′09″N 93°15′34″W / 44.30250°N 93.25944°W / 44.30250; -93.25944