St. Mary Catholic Central High School

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St. Mary Catholic Central
High School
SMCC Monroe MI.jpg
108 West Elm Avenue
Monroe, Michigan, Monroe County, 48162
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Mary
Established 1846
Founded 1986 (merger)
Founder Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Brothers of Holy Cross
President Sean D. Jorgensen '91
Principal Jenny M. Biler
Staff 20
Faculty 28
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 450 (2012)
Average class size 22
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Slogan Living Faith, Gaining Knowledge, Serving Others
Athletics conference Huron League
Team name Falcons (boys)
Kestrels (girls)
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average ACT scores 23.3 Avg Composite, Class of 2012
School fees $550
Tuition $7590
Alumni 12,000+
Campus Minister Timothy Maag
Chief Operating Officer Jack Giarmo '81
Dean of Students Chad Myers '02
Athletic Director Diane Tuller
Admissions Director Jason Linster
St. Mary Catholic Central
Location within the state of Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 108 West Elm Avenue
Monroe, Michigan
Coordinates 41°55′10″N 83°23′50″W / 41.91944°N 83.39722°W / 41.91944; -83.39722Coordinates: 41°55′10″N 83°23′50″W / 41.91944°N 83.39722°W / 41.91944; -83.39722
Built 1846
Part of St. Mary's Church Complex Historic District (#82002855)

St. Mary Catholic Central High School, known colloquially as SMCC, is a Catholic, co-educational, parochial, secondary school located at 108 West Elm Avenue in Monroe, Michigan. SMCC is sponsored by the Catholic parishes of the Vicariate of Monroe under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school itself is listed as a contributing property within the St. Mary's Church Complex Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1982.[2] It is co-sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Brothers of Holy Cross and is located within the Archdiocese of Detroit.

About SMCC[edit]

St. Mary Catholic Central High School is a heritage school formed from the 1986 merger of St. Mary Academy and Monroe Catholic Central. SMCC continues the church’s educational tradition in Monroe that began when the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary founded St. Mary Academy in 1846. The Brothers of Holy Cross came to Monroe in 1944 to staff Monroe Catholic Central, a new all boys Catholic secondary school established by the Archdiocese and several local parishes.

Today, SMCC is considered a Vicariate-sponsored high school. The Vicariate of Monroe, which is contiguous with Monroe County borders, has fourteen parishes and five Catholic elementary schools. SMCC has students representing all fourteen parishes. The school is the only Catholic secondary institution in the Vicariate. Further, it is one of only three non-public high schools in Monroe County. Among the current student body, 68% come from a Catholic elementary schools in the Monroe Vicariate or from surrounding Catholic parishes in Huron Township, Downriver Detroit, or Toledo. The remaining 32% comes from local public middle schools, one of three area local Lutheran elementary schools, a public charter school, the local Montessori school or home-schooled settings.

Faith and Spiritual Formation[edit]

SMCC serves the educational needs of young men and women of diverse religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. The school is an extension of the educational ministry of the Roman Catholic Church which continues the teaching mission of Jesus. Approximately 80% of SMCC students identify themselves as Roman Catholic. The remaining twenty percent of the population is Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Non-denominational Christian, Greek Orthodox, or Hindu.

SMCC teaches Roman Catholic theology in accordance with the precepts of the Catholic Church, utilizing the theology curriculum for secondary schools that was approved by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011. It seeks to enable all of its students to understand more clearly and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church. SMCC promotes an understanding of Gospel values and their application to everyday life, realizing one's relationship to an ever changing global society. SMCC believes in the importance of being a vital and concerned member of the community through prayer, discipline, and responsiveness to the needs of the local community.

A student's faith and spiritual formation is further developed through the school's efforts in the area of prayer, retreats, and service.

SMCC students pray together twice each school day, first during homeroom with intentions, a Scripture passage and a Saint of the Day reading and again through a silent and reflective prayer at the beginning of the class period of the day. In addition, many teachers begin each of their classes with their own brief centering prayer. The Practicing Spirituality class conducts frequent morning prayer services focused around topics pertinent to the life of a young adult of faith in our increasingly secular culture. In 2010, the school was blessed to have Archbishop Allen Vigneron on hand to dedicate the beautiful Chapel of the Infant Jesus of Prague. This sacred space serves as the heart of the school's campus. Theology classes frequently use the space for class lectures and discussions. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, weekly Mass is offered in the Chapel and open to all students, parents and guests. In addition to all of these opportunities to pray as a community the student body and staff gather at least once a month at St. Mary's Parish next door as community to share in an all-school liturgy.

Each year while enrolled at SMCC, students are required to attend a day or overnight retreat. These sacred times of prayer and reflection assist students in reflecting on; 1) what it means to live in a Christian community, 2) God's gift of human sexuality and our proper response to this gift, 3) the need to ask for and offer forgiveness and healing in our relationships with others, and 4) the call as young adults to make faith a central part of one's life as they transition into full adulthood.

SMCC students contribute tens of thousands of hours of community service through our Christian Service and Campus Ministry programs each year. SMCC seeks to instill service as a "habit of the heart" in its students and staff. Students volunteer at hundreds of school and community events in an attempt to live our the Catholic Church's social teachings. Annual mission trips to Appalachia and Guatemala complement the faith development found in daily prayer, Theology classes, and liturgical services and offer students an extended and intense experience of living a "Me Third" attitude in service to God and others.


SMCC is fully accredited through the AdvancedED - the North Central Association. The school offers students a college preparatory program , including Honors/AP, College Prep, and Concepts levels. All students have iPads. SMCC became one of the first schools in the nation[citation needed] to fully implement the use of digital textbooks in place of traditional hardcover or softcover texts.

The school has 28 faculty members, five administrators, eight full and part-time student service staff members, and 12 full and part-time support staff.

Traditions and Annual Events[edit]

  • The "Rouser"
  • Lunch on the Lawn
  • Alumni Weekend
  • Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Alumni Memorial Mass
  • Aviarium Dignitas Recognition Dinner
  • Christmas Ball
  • SMA Alumnae Day
  • Alumni Senior Breakfast
  • Service trips to Harlan, Kentucky and San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
  • Bradapalooza Softball Tournament and Run on Faith 5K

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities include Student Council, Interact, National Honor Society, French and Spanish Honor Societies, Ski Club, Cultural Culinary Club, music, drama, and athletics.


SMCC offers athletic opportunities in 20 sports programs. Male and female athletes compete as members of 35 teams on the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman level. More than 85% of the current student body will earn at least one varsity letter while attending SMCC. SMCC teams are part of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and the Huron League. Sports which are currently offered for boys include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, track, cross country, football, ice hockey, wrestling, and lacrosse. Girls sports include basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, cross country, softball, and volleyball. Falcon and Kestrel teams have recently won league, district, or regional championships in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

SMCC has claimed four Class C state championships in Girls Volleyball, winning titles in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2012, as well as state runner-up performances in 1991 and 2011. The Football program owns a pair of Class B state championships, winning the title in 1991 and 1969 (as Monroe Catholic Central), as well as having four state runner-up performances in 1984, 2005, 2009 and 2010. The Wrestling team won a pair of Class B state championships in 1982 and 1983, and finished as the state runner-up in 1985. The Girls Track and Field squad claimed a state championship in 2003. The Softball program has finished as state runner-up three times, 1989, 1992, and 2007.

SMCC has been home to some legendary coaching figures in MHSAA history including; Jack Castignola (football, basketball, track), Don Lessner (football and baseball), Joe Sandersen (football and wrestling), Paul Osentoski (wrestling and football) and Ray Lauwers (basketball and football.)


The school has over 12,000 alumni living in all fifty states and numerous other countries representing a diverse range of occupations and employment.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 

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