Loyola Catholic School

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Loyola Catholic School

Loyola Catholic School, Mankato, Minnesota (emblem).jpg
145 Good Counsel Drive

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United States
Coordinates44°10′57″N 93°58′34″W / 44.18250°N 93.97611°W / 44.18250; -93.97611Coordinates: 44°10′57″N 93°58′34″W / 44.18250°N 93.97611°W / 44.18250; -93.97611
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. Ignatius of Loyola
Head of schoolAdam Bemmels
Enrollment700 (2018)
Average class size40
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
SloganLeading through Faith, Academic Excellence, and Service
SportsFootball, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Baseball, Hockey, Swim & Dive,
Team nameCrusaders
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Loyola Catholic School is located in Mankato, Minnesota. The school is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester and serves students in PreK-Grade 12.


The first Catholic school in Mankato was started at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in 1865. Other elementary schools in Mankato/North Mankato were founded at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in 1925, St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in 1942, and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in 1958. The first Catholic high school in Mankato was founded as Loyola High School in 1908. In addition, Good Counsel Academy was opened as a boarding school for girls in 1912. In 1969, all 7th and 8th grade students at Catholic elementary schools were consolidated at Edmund Fitzgerald Middle School in Mankato. Loyola High School moved to its current campus on Good Counsel Hill in 1982 after Good Counsel Academy closed two years earlier. All schools incorporated together in 1990, and this organization was named Loyola Catholic School in 2006.[2] In 2005, all students in grade 4 and grade 5 were moved to the Fitzgerald campus to join grades 6-8 who were already at that campus. In 2017, Loyola announced that they will close the Fitzgerald Campus and move all students to the Good Counsel Campus.[3]

Good Counsel Campus[edit]

The Good Counsel Campus is located on Good Counsel Hill in Mankato, MN. The hill is located on the eastern side of Mankato, and the water tower on the Hill can be seen from most parts of town. The elementary part of the school is located in a wing of the building, while the high school occupies the rest of the building. There are about fifty students in each class. The curriculum of the school includes four years required of religion, math and English and three years of social studies, and science. The curriculum also requires two years of foreign language (French and Spanish are offered). There are four Advanced Placement (AP) classes offered at Loyola Catholic School. They are AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Government, and AP English. All of the AP courses offer students the chance to gain college credit. The high school also is a member of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).


The school has placed high in many Knowledge Bowl events, including a visit to the 2008 State Meet and a 5th-place finish at the 1999 State Meet. The band and choir have received a Superior rating several times, which is the highest rating for an ensemble in Minnesota. The school has also had much success in the activity of Speech. In the 1980s, the school had many champions in various categories, and in 2011 it had three medalists at the state speech meet: Wes Otto who placed 3rd in the category of Discussion, Stephanie Wolf who placed 2nd in the category of Poetry, and Christine Ohenewah who placed first in the category of Drama, making her the school's most recent two-time state speech champion (for more information, visit Minnesota High School Speech). In 2009, Loyola produced the state champions of the Division A Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl Meet. For more information on the Loyola Catholic School activities, sponsored by the MSHSL, visit the website below. Also, the school produces one three-act play in the fall, usually a musical. Past performances include "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Fiddler on the Roof", and other notable plays and musicals.

Athletics at Loyola are always competitive. Track and Field consistently sends athletes to the state meet annually. Their last appearance was in 2008 in the mile and two mile. In the mile the Loyola runners were seeded 1-2. Currently three Loyola Alumni are on active Division I NCAA Track and Cross Country rosters. Football's last appearance at state was in the first round of the 2007 season while boys' basketball last season was the 2003-2004 season. In the 2002-2003 season the boys' basketball team set a state record for the best record all time at 32-0; two players from that team played college ball. Bret Brielmaier played for the University of Arizona and Tyler Westman played for South Dakota followed by Saint John's University (Collegeville, MN). The girls' softball team's more recent appearance at the state meet was a third-place finish in 2006

The girls' softball team continues to be the outstanding sport at Loyola. Having made many state appearances, the most recent was a third-place finish in 2006. The last state tournament appearance for football was 2007 and for basketball was the 2003-2004 season. The basketball team won the state tournament with a record of 32-0.

The school has produced one professional athlete. Ben Brielmaier was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, and played in several leagues including NFL-Europa with the Frankfurt Galaxy, the CFL, and the UFL.

Athletics include:
Boys Fall:
Football (co-op with St. Clair High School)
Soccer (co-op with Lake Crystal High School)
Cross-Country (co-op with Cleveland High School)
Girls Fall:
Soccer (co-op with Lake Crystal High School)
Cross-Country (co-op with Cleveland High School)
Swimming/Diving (co-op with East High School)
Tennis (co-op with East High School)

Boys Winter:
Hockey (co-op with East High School)
Swimming/Diving (co-op with East High School)
Skiing (co-op with East and West High Schools)
Wrestling (co-op with St. Clair High School)
Girls Winter:
Dance Team
Hockey (co-op with East High School)
Skiing (co-op with East and West High Schools)
Gymnastics (co-op with West High School)

Boys Spring:
Track and Field (co-op with Cleveland High School)
Tennis (co-op with East High School)
Girls Spring:
Track and Field (co-op with Cleveland High School)


Before the 2005–06 school year, the school board changed the name from Mankato Area Catholic Schools, which was a district controlling Loyola High School, Fitzgerald Middle School, Holy Rosary Intermediate School, and Notre Dame Elementary, to Mankato Area Catholic School, which combined all of these into one school. In December 2005, the board changed the name of the school again to Loyola Catholic School because they wanted to have Catholic in the name of every school. The high school is most commonly called Loyola.

The original Loyola High School was located next to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, which had been founded by Jesuits. The school was named for Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Fitzgerald Middle school currently is located near the Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Good Counsel Academy was located on Good Counsel Hill, the location for the School Sisters of Notre Dame mother house for the province of Mankato. The Academy closed in 1980. The Loyola High school moved to the Good Counsel Hill location.


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "Mission & History «  Loyola Catholic School". www.loyolacatholicschool.org. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ Goodrich, Kristine. "Loyola to close Fitzgerald Campus". Mankato Free Press. Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 22 June 2017.

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