Marmion Academy

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Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Road
Aurora, Illinois 60502-9742
United States
Coordinates 41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472Coordinates: 41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto Ora et labora
(To believe in God and strive for Him)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Blessed Don Columba Marmion
Established 1933
Sister school Rosary High School[1]
Oversight Diocese of Rockford
President Fr. Abbot John Paul Brahill, OSB
Head of school Anthony Tinerella
Chaplain Fr. Michael Burrows, OSB
Faculty 76
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 532 (2017)
Average class size 20
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus size 325 acres (1.32 km2)
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Red and Blue          
Fight song Marmion Loyalty
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic Green
Mascot The Cadets
Team name Cadets
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Average ACT scores 26.5
Newspaper The Cadet Call
Yearbook Red and Blue Review
Tuition 12,150.00*
Affiliation Benedictine

Marmion Academy, formerly Marmion Military Academy, is a Roman Catholic high school for young men in Aurora, Illinois. It is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

The academy is owned and operated by the Benedictine monks of Marmion Abbey on campus. The academy is known for its three pillars: Spirituality, Academics and Leadership. The unique leadership formation programs include: Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program and a United States Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program that has been a part of the academy since its early years, but was not a part of the school in the inaugural year of 1933–34.[3]

The school is a part of the Chicago Catholic League.


The Marmion Academy was created in 1933 when the monks of St. Meinrad Abbey combined Jasper Academy (Jasper, Indiana) with the Fox Valley Catholic High School, which the Augustinians had just returned to the diocese of Rockford. During the Great Depression era it was difficult for students to pay their tuition as well as uniforms, so the monks, in 1935, associated with the JROTC program and changed its name to Marmion Military Academy. At the time, all JROTC uniforms were provided for by the US government. In the 1990s in order to provide more options for its student body and a return to the original spirit of the school, the monks of Marmion Abbey decided to make JROTC an optional program and to reinstitue the original name of the school, Marmion Academy.[citation needed]

At one point, there were two campuses: one for residential students and one for day students. The two merged back into the Butterfield Road campus, which had been the residential campus.[3] In early 2002, the school decided to close its residential program and started to expand its student body.[4] In 2010 the Marmion Cadets placed 2nd in state in the 6A state championship for football and 3rd in the cross country class 2A state championships.


Graduation Requirements:[5]

Marmion requires that each graduate complete 4 credits each in English and Theology; 3 credits in Mathematics; 3 elective credits; 2 credits each in a Foreign Language (4 credits recommended), Science, Social Studies, and either Military Science (JROTC) or Leadership Education and Development (LEAD); and 1 credit each in Health/Physical Education; and ½ credit in Music and Art. Marmion students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service each academic year.

At least 23¼ credits are required for graduation.

Leadership Programs[edit]

Marmion has two leadership programs, LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) and JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). The LEAD program was started in 1994, while the JROTC has been a part of the school since 1935.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Staff[edit]


  1. ^ "Marmion – Rosary: Our Sister School".
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ a b MA. "Marmion Academy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  4. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Programs". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  5. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Academics". Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  6. ^ "Chick Hearn | California Sports Hall of Fame".
  7. ^ Armstrong, Rick (July 29, 2016). "Armstrong: Marmion graduate Ben Kanute gears up for Olympics in triathlon". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  8. ^ [ Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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