John Marshall High School (Minnesota)

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John Marshall High School
1510 14th Street Northwest
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
United States
Coordinates 44°02′08″N 92°29′06″W / 44.03556°N 92.48500°W / 44.03556; -92.48500Coordinates: 44°02′08″N 92°29′06″W / 44.03556°N 92.48500°W / 44.03556; -92.48500
Type Public High School
Motto "A Mark of Excellence"
Established 1958
School district Independent School District #535
Principal Tim Limberg
Faculty 84 (2007)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1599 (2012-13)
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red and Black         
Mascot Rocket Man
Newspaper The Rocket
Yearbook Rochord

John Marshall High School is located in Rochester, Minnesota and is part of Independent School District #535. The school is named for the longest serving Chief Justice in Supreme Court history, John Marshall. It is one of three public High Schools in Rochester. Enrollment was 1,599 students during the 2013-2014 school year, in grades 9-12.

View from the Courtyard of John Marshall High School (1999)


John Marshall High School is located in Rochester, Minnesota. It is currently the oldest public high school in Rochester. It was built in 1958 to accommodate the growing population as Rochester High School no longer was sufficient in size to house all of the students.

In 1953 city leaders began to consider sites for the new high school that was to become John Marshall. According to a Rochester Post-Bulletin posting,[1] "The city council and school board favored a Soldiers Field location, but were unsure the city could sell a portion of the park to the school board. The state attorney general ruled it could, and things started heating up. In March 1954, the Legion Post voted unanimously to oppose the location. In April, the city council declared a portion of Soldiers Field no longer needed for park purposes. Mayor Claude H. "Boney" McQuillan, a former pro boxer and Green Bay Packers player, opposed the location and vetoed the resolution. The council overrode the veto only to be countered by the mayor's refusal to sign a deed to transfer the land title. The argument went to court, where District Judge Arnold Hatfield ruled the veto was in order. John Marshall High School in northwest Rochester emerged from this turbulent beginning."

Often referred to as simply "JM," John Marshall adopted "The Rocket" as an official mascot. The School colors are Red & Black. "A mark of excellence" is the motto of the school. After many years of complaints from students and faculty alike, major renovations began to expand the school's lack of space as well as bring it up to code in the summer of 2005. The new science wing was completed in the summer of 2006. The cafeteria was also improved. The reconstruction project was completed in 2008. In 2008, John Marshall celebrated its 50th anniversary since opening its doors in 1958.


JM has a variety of Advanced Placement, honors-level classes, and post-secondary enrollment options available to its students.

The school has a Math Team, Science Olympiad team, Business Professionals of America, and Science Fair, with participants and teams routinely advancing to state, national, and international levels of competition.[2]

JM also has a variety of other academic organizations, including National Honor Society, a robotics team, a chess team, a Latin club, and more.


Rochester John Marshall is a member of the Big Nine Conference.

The John Marshall boys' hockey team is the only hockey team from the Big 9 to ever win the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament, in 1977.[3]

The John Marshall Football Team has won State Championships in 1973 & 1974.[4]

John Marshall has an intracity rivalry with Rochester Mayo High School. With the building of Century High School in 1997 a new rivalry was born.[citation needed]


The bands at John Marshall are the Concert Band (ninth grade band), Symphonic Band (standard band for tenth graders and up), and Symphonic Winds (Honors band). In the fall, the Symphonic Winds and the Symphonic Band combine to make the John Marshall Marching Band. The marching band plays at the football team’s home games. The John Marshall Marching Band won state competitions in the years 1980-1984, 1987-1992, and 2004-present.[citation needed]

John Marshall also has two orchestras, Art Club, Jazz Ensemble, Color Guard, Yearbook committee, Newspaper committee, and other fine arts groups.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Rochester Public School District". 
  3. ^ "2013-2014 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK" (pdf). Minnesota State High School League. p. 253. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Reusse, Joel A. Rippel ; foreword by Patrick (2006). Minnesota sports almanac : 125 glorious years. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 253. ISBN 9780873515580. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 

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