Marist School (Georgia)

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Marist School
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Address
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia, (DeKalb County) 789
United States
Coordinates 33°54′5″N 84°20′2″W / 33.90139°N 84.33389°W / 33.90139; -84.33389Coordinates: 33°54′5″N 84°20′2″W / 33.90139°N 84.33389°W / 33.90139; -84.33389
Information
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1901
President Fr. John Harhager, S.M.
Principal Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M.
Faculty 165
Grades 712
Enrollment 1,071 (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus 77 acres (310,000 m2), 18 buildings, 7 playing fields (practice and competitive)
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Mascot War Eagle
Rival St. Pius X Catholic High School (DeKalb County, Georgia)
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Rapier
Newspaper Blue & Gold
Yearbook Guidon
Tuition $18,100/year + $1,550 (fees)
Affiliation National Catholic Educational Association[2]
Alumni 7,000
Website

Marist School is an independent private Roman Catholic college preparatory school located in Brookhaven, Georgia, United States, north of the city of Atlanta. Founded in 1901, it is operated independently of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

History[edit]

Marist School was founded by the Society of Mary (Marists) in 1901, opening its doors on October 2 of that year. The school originated as the boys' military school Marist College High School, and was located in a three-story schoolhouse on Ivy Street, now called Peachtree Center Avenue, in downtown Atlanta. In the 1940s, while it was a military school, the boys wore a blue military uniform with a soft cap, and performed a marching drill routine on the field, which was next to the school and in front of the Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Academics[edit]

The school's Advanced Placement Art History program was named the top program among schools of similar size internationally and nationally, and was named an exemplary program in the Advanced Placement Report to the Nation 2006.[citation needed]

A Marist science teacher[who?] received the 2007 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Georgia from the National Association of Biology Teachers.[citation needed] A Marist social studies teacher[who?] was named the 2009 Distinguished Educator of the year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust for his excellence in the teaching of a course on that topic.[citation needed]

Since 2000, Marist has been one of the few schools to offer an Advanced Placement Summer Institute using its own faculty exclusively as consultants. Seven Marist teachers, six of whom are currently certified by the College Board, consult in the AP Summer Institute.[3]

The original school building was located next to Sacred Heart Basilica.

From 2007 to 2009, 1768 Advanced Placement examinations were taken and 95% of the exam scores were 3 or higher. Students received an average score of 4.3 on the AP exams in the same time period. [4] Juniors and seniors are limited to three AP courses per year. The most rigorous curriculum usually contains 5-7 AP courses over four years. Students enroll by permission only.

Teachers average 20 years' experience. Advanced degrees are held by 84% of the faculty. The student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 18.[3]

Athletics[edit]

In 2004, Sports Illustrated ranked Marist #15 on its list of the best athletic programs in the country. More than 80 percent of the school's students participate in at least one of the school's 70 interscholastic athletic teams.[5]

Marist was ranked number five in high school athletic programs in the nation, based on the 2015-2016 standing in the MaxPreps Cup race.

The school has won either the AAA or AAAA Georgia Director's Cup (going to the best overall sports program, sorted by class) every year since the creation of the award in 1999.[6] Marist has won multiple state championships in football, baseball, softball, men's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's tennis (12 straight from 1995–2006), men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, and men's and women's soccer.

State Championships
Season Sport Champions Year(s) Runners-up Year(s)
Fall cross country, boys' 10 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 8 1982, 1983, 1984, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2011, 2014, 2015
Cross country, girls' 16 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2 2005, 2007
Football 2 1989, 2003 8 1948, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 2006, 2008
Softball 2 2008, 2009 0
Volleyball 10 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2014 11 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013
Winter Basketball, boys' 3 1989, 1994, 2000 3 1986, 1987, 1988
Basketball, girls' 0 2 2006, 2007
Swimming and diving, boys' 7 1966, 1967, 1968, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 7 1959, 1965, 1969, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015
Swimming and diving, girls' 8 1989, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 7 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Wrestling 2 1974, 1975 2 1976, 2015
Spring Baseball 12 1947, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011 8 1978, 1979, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2013
Golf, boys' 10 1961, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014 2 2002, 2008
Soccer, boys' 2 2006, 2009 1 1998
Soccer, girls' 9 1989, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013 2 1999, 2000
Tennis, boys' 13 1979, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2014 9 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2008
Tennis, girls' 22 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 9 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2007, 2012
Track, boys' 2 2013, 2014 1 2004
Track, girls' 2 2013, 2014 2 1993, 2004
Total 132 84

Notes:

  • Football's overall record is 607 wins, 307 losses, and 38 ties (through the 2008 season).
  • The girls' tennis team won the 1987 National High School Championship.

"9 in '09"[edit]

The 2008-2009 school year stands as a historical year for both the school and Georgia high school sports history. In 2009, Marist won nine Georgia state championships (boys' cross country, girls' cross country, softball, boys' swimming and diving, girls' swimming and diving, boys' tennis, girls' tennis, girls' soccer, and boys' soccer), breaking the state record and Marist's previous record. [7] Marist was also the Georgia state runner-up in football and volleyball.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Marist School provides students with a wide variety of activities relating to and outside of the academic and athletic realms. School programs, which are sponsored by a staff or faculty member, total over 50. Student organizations include those centered around classes and languages, sports, arts and performance and service. The campus's ministry program fosters retreat programs, student orientation leaders, Eucharistic ministers and community service outreach trips and organizations.[8]

Traditions[edit]

The Marist uniform is a tradition that has changed little over the decades. Boys wear gray trousers with a belt, a blue, yellow or white oxford shirt and specified shoes. Girls wear a Marist plaid skirt with the oxford shirt and saddle shoes. During the winter, all students wear a navy blazer or letter jacket and boys wear a Marist tie. Since its inception, approximately 25% of the Marist student body have been students from other faith traditions. Events include St. Peter Chanel Day, an outdoor field day in the spring,[9] as well as Holiday Traditions, an arts and crafts fair held in October.

Facilities[edit]

Marist School facilities include 77 acres (310,000 m2), 18 buildings, seven playing fields, a chapel, several computer labs, a three story library, a choral studio, a dance studio, a band room, two art studios, a 4,400 seat stadium, an aquatic center for swimming and diving, a cross country track, and three gymnasiums.

Notable alumni[edit]

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