Marquette High School (Bellevue, Iowa)

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Marquette High School
502 Franklin St.
Bellevue, Iowa, Jackson 52031
United States
Coordinates 42°15′36″N 90°25′42″W / 42.26000°N 90.42833°W / 42.26000; -90.42833Coordinates: 42°15′36″N 90°25′42″W / 42.26000°N 90.42833°W / 42.26000; -90.42833
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1947
School board Marcine Tracy, Corey Kettmann, Julie Muenster, Patty McClimon, Travis Kueter, Larry Herrig, Jeff Gerlach, John Banowetz
Superintendent Kim Hermsen
President Angie Long
Rector Father Phil Kruse
Principal Geoffrey Kaiser
Headteacher Karen Timmerman
Chaplain Julie Schmidt
Grades K through 12
Enrollment 216 (2012)
Color(s) Red and White
Fight song Minnesota Rouser
Nickname Mohawks
Average ACT scores 28
Activities Director Mark Mueller

Marquette High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Bellevue, Iowa. It is located in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


Toward the end of the 1950s a movement to provide better education opportunities for the Catholic high school age students resulted in a number of consolidations in the Dubuque Archdioceses. On July 3, 1956, pastors of the parishes surrounding St. Joseph's, Bellevue, held a preliminary meeting to discuss the concept of a central Catholic high school to be opened in the fall of 1957.

The official incorporation of Marquette Catholic School became effective on September 25, 1956. Overseeing the corporation were Archbishop Leo Binz, Monsignor George Biskup as Archdiocesan Vicar General, Father Frederick C. Bahning as Executive Coordinator and two laity Matthew Manders of Bellevue and Reinhold Steines, Sr. of Springbrook. The initial members of the Council of Administration included the pastors of Sts. Peter and Paul's, Springbrook, St. John's, Andrew, St. Joseph's, Bellevue, St. Catherine's, St. Donatus, St. Peter's, Sabula and Sacred Heart, Green Island.

January 17, 1957, St. Joseph's parish made available lot 451, formally part of the playground of St. Joseph's School, for the site of the Marquette building. A one story, brick and glass structure of simple design was planned. Ground was broken for the new building in April 1957. Construction of Marquette Catholic School was completed by October 1957 at a total cost of $199,523. Archbishop Leo Binz dedicated and blessed Marquette Catholic School before a large crowd of parishioners, students, and local dignitaries on October 27, 1957.

The first faculty of Marquette Catholic School was composed of Archdiocesan priests and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Father Frederick C. Bahning of St. Joseph's, Bellevue and Father William J. Tiedeman were full-time teachers and Father Richard R. Krapfl of St. Catherine's, Father Peter M. Graff of St. Donatus and Father Ivan J Boyd of St. Peter's, Sabula and Sacred Heart, Green Island were part-time teachers.

Sister Mary Georgiana Blum was named the first principal of Marquette. Sister Mary Gerardine Bos, Sister Mary Maristelle Massman, Sister Mary Jolene Heue, Sister Mary Rosannita Menke and Sister Mary Edna Wagner made up the rest of the faculty. Enrollment at Marquette varied greatly through the years. One hundred eighty-nine were enrolled the first year. When the Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte closed in 1965, the Marquette corporation was reorganized to include Holy Rosary parish. As a result, enrollment at Marquette Catholic School increased to 266 and two lay teachers and three religious sisters were added to the faculty. The highest enrollment recorded at Marquette Catholic School was 318 students in 1972. A new pitched roof was added to the school during the summer of 1988. A gable was also added to the north doors to enhance the appearance of the front entrance.[1]

On December 10, 1996, the Marquette Educational Center (MEC) opened its doors. The gymnasium is part of the Lynch Auditorium, which is named after Fr. Mick Lynch, and includes a stage and four locker rooms. Fr. Mick Lynch, a former principal and a long-time Marquette supporter, along with his father, matched 10% of the money raised by the end of 1998, up to $1,000,000. The new center also features an ICN - Iowa Communications Network room that allows students to attend college accredited courses via video conferencing.[2]

The capital campaign, named Commitment to Our Future, raised $900,000 with major support from the community as a whole. Prism, of Keiler, Wisconsin, was the general contractor with help from over fifty students and parents.[3]

Current Events[edit]

2014 St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Marquette schools will purchase Fifth Street between Franklin and Park streets as part of an expansion project. Construction will include adding a parish center, connecting all campus buildings besides the church and adding to the existing high school. The parish also will tear down the 1930 St. Joseph's Middle School building for 75 new parking spaces. The new parish center will be located on Fifth Street between the new St. Joseph's Elementary building and Marquette Education Center. The parish center will serve as a multipurpose room.[4]


Marquette Catholic offers many athletics including baseball, softball, boys cross country, girls cross country, volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys golf, girls golf, soccer, and boys track. Marquette students are also able to compete with Wahlert High School in football and bowling, and with Bellevue High School in girls track.

Marquette was formerly a member of the Big East Conference. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the Mohawks became a member in the newly expanded Tri-Rivers Conference.[5]

7/24/14 No. 11-ranked Marquette softball capitalized on six Glidden-Ralston errors and Gabby Tath threw a four-inning perfect game as the Mohawks rolled to a 13-0 victory in the 1A seventh-place game Wednesday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Marquette ended the season 35-8, establishing a new school record for wins in a season.[6]

10/23/14 The Marquette boys cross country team qualifies for state as does individual, Lucas Schmidt, who claimed sixth place to lead the Mohawks at the sub-state meet. Lucas Frank scored 23 points, Karter Kilburg 24, Sam Peters 28 and Michael Peters 29 to round out Marquette’s team score. The Mohawks edged Central Community by four points to take second place. [7]

11/6/14 Marquette Volleyball defeats Don Bosco, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24, to advance to the Iowa Class 1A State Tournament on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. The No. 7-ranked Mohawks (32-3) meet No. 2-ranked Central Lyon (38-3) as the top eight ranked teams in Class 1A advanced to the quarterfinals. [8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Robbie Sieverding (1997 Graduate) was selected to lead the University of Dubuque men's basketball program in September 2007. Prior to becoming head coach he served as an assistant for the men's basketball program. During his time at The University of Dubuque, the men's basketball program has made significant improvements in the highly competitive Iowa Conference.

Coach Sieverding led the 2012-2013 team to a 22-7 overall record which marked the most wins in school history. The 2012-13 team went on to capture its first ever Iowa Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to the National Tournament for the fifth time in school history. During his time at Dubuque Sieverding has coached 19 All-Iowa Conference players (11-1st Team, 8-2nd Team, and 5-Honorable Mention). He has also coached the league’s top scorer five different seasons. In his first two seasons as head coach, Sieverding guided the Spartans to its first back to back winning seasons since 1989-90 and 1990-91. The Spartans have won 17+ games each of the past five seasons and are the only Iowa Conference team to finish third or higher the past five seasons. Sieverding earned his 100th win in his 6th season at the helm, making him the fastest coach in UD History to 100 wins. Sieverding led UD to 20+ wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history with 22 wins in 2012-13 and 21 wins in 2013-14

Sieverding is a native of Bellevue, Iowa, and attended Marquette High School. In the tri-states, Sieverding is among the all-time great scorers. He finished with 1,957 points and still has the record for most points in a game with 62 Vs. Olin on Feb. 2, 1996. He was named Telegraph-Herald Player of the Year in the 1996-97 season. In 2014, Sieverding was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

During his collegiate career, Sieverding played basketball at Marshalltown Community College from 1997-1998, and transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where he played from 1998-2002. He received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2000 and 2002; along with finishing his career sixth on the UNI All-Time scoring list, as well as sixth on the UNI All-Time assist list. [9]

Jordan Eglseder (2006 Graduate) played division one basketball for the University of Northern Iowa. Eglseder (7-0, 280) finished his four-year career at Northern Iowa with averages of 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.02 blocks in 118 games (75 starts). The first 7-footer to ever hit the hardwood with UNI, Eglseder was one of just 13 Panthers to reach 1,000 points (1,066) and 500 rebounds (656) in a career. He also became the 32nd UNI player to reach 1,000 career points. Eglseder started all 32 games in 2009-10, averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds en route to the Panthers upset of number-one ranked Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a school-record 30 wins. As a senior, Eglseder was a NABC District-16 First Team selection, a USBWA All-District pick and earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. [10]


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