Benilde-St. Margaret's

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Benilde-St. Margaret's
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United States
Coordinates44°57′30″N 93°20′43″W / 44.95833°N 93.34528°W / 44.95833; -93.34528Coordinates: 44°57′30″N 93°20′43″W / 44.95833°N 93.34528°W / 44.95833; -93.34528
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep
(Duty ∙ Truth ∙ Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
Patron saint(s)Saint Bénilde Romançon
Saint Margaret of Scotland
Established1907 (St. Margaret)
1956 (Benilde High School)
1974 (Benilde-St. Margaret's [current school])
PresidentDr. Adam Ehrmantraut
PrincipalStephanie Nitchals
Enrollment1,184 (2013)
 • Grade 7134
 • Grade 8151
 • Grade 9219
 • Grade 10237
 • Grade 11229
 • Grade 12214
Average class size21.6
Student to teacher ratio11.4:1
Color(s)Red and White   
Athletics26 varsity sports
Athletics conferenceMetro West Conference
MascotRed Knight
NicknameRed Knights
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperKnight Errant

Benilde-St. Margaret's is a Catholic, co-educational private prep school for grades 7–12 located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, that draws its over one thousand students from throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


It is named after Saint Bénilde Romançon and Saint Margaret of Scotland. Benilde-St. Margaret's was originally a secondary school formed by a merger in 1974 between St. Margaret's Academy, a Catholic secondary school for girls in Minneapolis, and Benilde High School, a Catholic secondary school for boys in St. Louis Park. Its present building was originally that of Benilde High School.

St. Margaret's Academy[edit]

St. Margaret's was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1907 as St. Margaret's Academy.[2] The campus for this all-girls school was located near the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis and included two mansions and a carriage house that had been built in the 1880s. By 1959 the old school had become inadequate in size – for every 100 girls accepted, about 200 were turned away. The Sisters of St. Joseph, who had anticipated such a problem, had purchased twenty-eight acres, and by 1960 a new school was built on Upton Avenue, near the Eloise Butler Wildflower Gardens and Wirth Park.

Benilde High School[edit]

The Brothers of the Christian Schools (informally known as the Christian Brothers), under the direction of Brother Mark Sullivan, built a boys' school in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park in 1956 because De La Salle (the first all-boys Catholic high school in the west metro) was full.


Both schools operated independently until the 1970s, at which time enrollment began to decline and costs began to escalate. In 1974, the St. Margaret's facility was sold to the Minneapolis school system, and the merged Benilde-St. Margaret's School opened its door at the former Benilde High School site. One hundred ninety students graduated in its first class.

The school has undergone two major additions since the merger; a new gym in 1986, along with a new chapel, theatre, arts center, and classroom wing in 2001.

The mascot is a Knight, named Victor E Knight who attends school events and leads students in singing the school rouser and cheering on student athletes.


In 1989, a junior high was added, and one hundred seventh- and eighth-graders were enrolled in the first year. Students receive laptops to do their work over the school year. As a "school within a school," the junior high exists to help seventh and eighth-grade students develop their potential and make a successful transition from elementary to high school. The junior faculty and staff foster decision-making and responsibility in a nurturing atmosphere and they provide a variety of spiritual, academic, and extracurricular opportunities for student involvement. The Junior High is in the same building as the high school.


The school competes in the Metro West Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. The school's newspaper is the Knight Errant. The Knight Errant has won several awards and the website,,[3] in 2009 received one of seven National Pace Maker Awards for progressive journalism. Speech is also quite popular, with 100 students participating in the season of 2009–2010.

Team State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 5 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011
Soccer, Girls 4 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Cross country, Boys 4 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 (Catholic State HS Champs)
Football, Boys[4]
Winter Alpine skiing, Boys 1 2004
Alpine skiing, Girls 1 2000
Hockey, Girls 2 2002, 2004
Dance team, Girls 11 1985, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022
Hockey, Boys 3 1999, 2001, 2012
Basketball, Girls 2 2006, 2010
Basketball, Boys 3 1963 & 1964 (Catholic State HS Champs), 2008
Spring Golf, Boys 2 1963 (Catholic State HS Champs), 2003
Lacrosse, Boys 4 2007, 2010, 2011, 2021
Total 42
Individual State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Swimming & Diving, Girls 10 1978, 1978, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2004
Tennis, Girls 1 2005
Cross country, Boys 2 1999, 2000
Winter Wrestling 18 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1967, 2010, 2013
Spring Golf, Boys 1 2003
Track and field, Boys 7 2000, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2011
Total 39

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Institution Summary Archived 2018-10-15 at the Wayback Machine, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  2. ^ Benilde-St. Margaret's School Homepage, History of Benilde-St.Margaret's Archived February 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ Frederick, Jace (November 26, 2016). "Benilde-St. Margaret's Wins First State Title Without Star Running Back". Pinoeer Press. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Faces In The Crowd, Sports Illustrated, March 1, 1965, Accessed October 2, 2011.

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