St. Mary's Preparatory
|St. Mary's Preparatory|
"Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini"
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.
|3535 Indian Trail
Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, (Oakland County), 48324
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Mary|
|Founder||Rev. Joseph Dombroski|
|Chancellor||Canon Thomas C. Machalski Jr.|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Campus size||125 acres|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Rival||Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Detroit Catholic Central|
|Accreditation||Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association|
|Acting Headmaster||Cormac Lynn|
|Academic Dean||Sean Clouse,
|Dean of Students||Richard Rychcik|
|Dean of Resident Students||Mirko Vukelic|
|Athletic Director||George Porritt|
|Location||Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, Michigan|
|Architectural style||Gothic, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne|
|Part of||Orchard Lake Schools Historic District (#82002859)|
|Designated CP||March 19, 1982|
St. Mary's was founded in 1885 on Detroit's east side by Rev. Joseph Dabrowski as a school for Polish-American boys to train for the priesthood. The school moved to the 125 acre (0.5 km²) campus of the former Michigan Military Academy on the shores of Orchard Lake in 1909 and is still there today. St. Mary's now offers a college preparatory education. The campus is shared with SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and contains some offices and classrooms for Madonna University of Livonia, Michigan. The Felician Sisters from Livonia, Michigan have served the Orchard Lake Schools since 1935.
St. Mary’s academic program is designed to meet the basic entrance requirements for any college curriculum. Requirements for graduation are: four years of theology and English; three years of mathematics, science and social studies; two years of foreign language; and a semester each of computer programming, computer applications, physical education, health, fine arts, and speech. Students are required to fulfill 28 credits for graduation.
Although students need not be Catholic to attend St. Mary’s, all students are educated in the Catholic tradition. This tradition includes four years of theology in the classroom as well as attendance at Mass twice weekly. Class retreats and other activities are available for students. The school chaplain and many campus priests can guide students regarding their individual programs.
100 percent of St. Mary’s graduates who apply to college have been accepted. A full-time guidance counselor assists students in selecting colleges and universities. The school held the national record for most students from one year to go to the U.S. Naval Academy (3)
St. Mary’s Preparatory is fully accredited and licensed by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education, the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA), and is a member of the Orchard Lake Schools, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Detroit Catholic League, the Oakland Schools Consortium, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Campus and student life
Campus buildings include a hockey arena, volume library, a Marian grotto, a three-story residence hall, a bookstore, two gymnasiums, a science center, administration buildings, a laboratory and science building, a dining hall and the Shrine Chapel. It has a quarter of a mile of beach on Orchard Lake open only to members of the school.
About 90% of the school participates in sports. The school offers 13 varsity sports: football, basketball, baseball, track and field, cross country, golf, wrestling, rowing, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, skiing, and snowboarding. The Eaglets have won many league, district, and regional titles in its history. As of 2013[update] it had 31 Michigan State Championships. In 1998 the school's rowing team placed second in the Henley Royal Regatta. Since 1994 the Eaglet football team reached the state finals eight times, winning four times.
The athletic facilities include an athletic center with a hockey arena, a weight room, an indoor track, locker rooms, a banquet hall, and a basketball gymnasium. The crew team has its own boathouse just off Orchard Lake. Outdoors, St. Mary's has two football fields, two baseball diamonds, and a basketball court. The St. Mary's Ski team practices at Alpine Valley Snow Ski Area in White Lake, Michigan.
The Eaglet's compete in the MHSAA Division I (ice hockey), II, and III, depending on the sport. In the Detroit Catholic League, they compete in the Central Division. St. Mary's fiercest rivals are De La Salle Collegiate High School, Birmingham Brother Rice, U of D Jesuit, Catholic Central High School, and Detroit Country Day School and a new rivalry with East Grand Rapids High school is growing.
St. Mary's holds the largest high school fair in the country every year for fund-raising attracting thousands of people (http://www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com/).
The "Ark Building" (#9) contains the Polish Home Army Museum.
There are seven-day and five-day boarding students.
Notable former faculty
- Dan Gheesling, Winner of Big Brother 10. Asst. Coach of Football team, & Teacher of Health, Biology, & Physical Education at St. Mary's.
- Adam Maida, Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit
- Jay Penske, Cofounder of Firefly Mobile, Founder and CEO of VSI
- David Bowens, former Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns DE
- Sean P. Clouse, former Michigan State Spartan, member of 1989 Rose Bowl Team
- Scott Kowalkowski, former Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions DL
- Gary Ignasiak former Detroit Tiger
- Mike Ignasiak, former Milwaukee Brewer
- Morgan Trent, former Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins DB
- Jim Paciorek, former Milwaukee Brewer
- James Lee, mixed martial arts fighter, KOTC Former Light Heavyweight Champion
- Leonard Renfro, former Philadelphia Eagles DT
- Sam Rogers, former Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons DE
- Charles Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers New York Sentinels, and Hartford Colonials TE
- Josh Bourke, former Green Bay Packers and current Montreal Alouettes OL
- Grant Mason, former New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Florida Tuskers DB
- Robert Bolden, former Penn State Nittany Lions and current LSU Tigers QB
- Aaron Palushaj, Carolina Hurricanes Right wing
- Jeff Petry, Edmonton Oilers Defenseman
- Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins TE
- Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars WR