Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
|Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School|
101 North Warson Road
|Established||1859 as Mary Institute|
1917 as St. Louis Country Day School
1992 as Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
|Founder||William Greenleaf Eliot|
|Head of school||Lisa Lyle|
|Enrollment||1,246 (2012–2013 school year)|
|Average class size||Approximately 160 students|
|Campus||Suburban, 27 acres|
|Color(s)||Cardinal red, Forest green|
|Rival||John Burroughs School|
Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School or "MICDS" is a secular, co-educational, private school home to more than 1,250 students ranging from grades Junior Kindergarten through 12, including a separate Lower School for children in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 4 known as the Ronald Beasley or "Beasley" School, the MICDS Middle School, spanning grades 5 through 8, and the Upper School, consisting of grades 9 through 12. Its 110-acre (45 ha) campus is located in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue.
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William Greenleaf Eliot, founder and chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, established predecessor institutions to MICDS in the 1850s as part of the university. A boys' school, Smith Academy, was founded in 1854, and was later attended by Eliot's grandson, the future poet T. S. Eliot.
A sister school for girls, Mary Institute, was founded in 1859 and was named for Eliot's late daughter Mary Rhodes Eliot, who had died at the young age of 17. In its early years, Mary Institute was located at three different locations in the City of St. Louis, the third of which was at the corner of Lake and Waterman, in the building that is now New City School.
Smith Academy closed in June 1917, in part due to the proliferation of private elementary schools and public secondary schools in the area. Three months later, St. Louis Country Day School opened in northwestern St. Louis County. Inspired by the Country Day School movement nationally, it was not related to Smith, although first-year enrollment included a number of former Smith students. St. Louis Country Day School's campus was in a bucolic setting reached by electric streetcar, far removed from the noise and grit of the city.
Mary Institute moved to its Ladue campus in 1931 and became independent of Washington University in 1949. By the 1950s, the tranquility of the Country Day campus was disrupted by the growth of the adjacent Lambert–Saint Louis International Airport. St. Louis Country Day School relocated to a new campus next to Mary Institute in Ladue in 1958, and eventually sold its old campus to the airport.
Eliot's grandson, Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot, who attended Mary Institute's kindergarten and Smith Academy, spoke at Mary Institute's centennial in 1959. Although various connections, including theatrical cooperation, had existed between Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School for years, academic coordination between Mary Institute and Country Day began during the 1970s and culminated in the 1992 merger of the schools.
St. Louis Country Day headmaster John Johnson, who coordinated the merger, became head of the combined schools. The school observed its sesquicentennial during a year-long celebration that ran from May 11, 2009 through May 11, 2010.
MICDS opened the brand new STEM building located on the upper school campus in 2013 which contains large Science and Math classrooms, as well as an auditorium, hearth room and student commons. The space also contains multiple conference rooms, a faculty office space and work center, a robotics garage, and a science lab for independent research. The building is certified as LEED Platinum.
There are three different divisions at MICDS, and each division functions as a "school within a school". The Lower School, also referred to as The Ronald S. Beasley School, or "Beasley" for short, is for students in grades JK–4. The MICDS Middle School is located in the former Mary Institute facilities, and is for grades 5 through 8. The Upper School lies on the former Country Day School campus, and is for grades 9 through 12. The Upper School Students use the newly constructed "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building which has many technologically advanced specifications in the building to adapt to the students learning.
The school features one of the only high school cycling teams in St. Louis, which has come in second place in several local races. They competed in the Tour De St. Louis in 2009, in which two riders finished with the peloton.
MICDS has a standing athletic rivalry with the nearby John Burroughs School. MICDS observes its Homecoming on the weekend when all of the teams play Burroughs; there is a traditional bonfire and pep rally to inspire team spirit. MICDS also has a cross-state rivalry with The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City.
The Women's Varsity Field Hockey team won the Midwest Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Men's Water Polo won Third Place in state in 2014.
Men's diving consists of a sole diver who's not exceptional but is known for working hard.
The Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country and Track & Field team are renowned throughout the state for their hard work and leadership skills.
The Men's Lacrosse Team has won eight State Championships, including five straight championships since 2014 under head coach Andy Kay.
MICDS has many different Athletic facilities available for students to use on the 100 acre campus.
|McDonnell Athletic Center||Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Wrestling|
|William R. Orthwein Sr. Pool (Steward Family Aquatic Center)||Boys' and Girls' Swimming, Water Polo|
|Ellis Field and Weiss Track||Boys' Football, Boys' and Girls' Track and Field|
|Tennis Courts||Boys' and Girls' Tennis|
|Hermann Squash Courts||Boys' and Girls' Squash|
|North Gymnasium||Girls' Volleyball, Boys' and Girls' Basketball|
|Athletic Fields||Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse, Boys' and Girls' Soccer, Girls' Field Hockey,|
|South Gymnasium||Boys' Wrestling, Boys' and Girls' Basketball|
|McCreery Field||Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse, Boys' Football, Boys' Soccer|
|Fitness Center||Cardio and strength-training equipment for both students and employees|
|Ron Holtman Stadium and O'Hara Field||Boys' Football, Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse, and Boys' and Girls'|
In 2016, MICDS will begin construction on the O'Hara field and stadium. This will replace Ellis Field. It will be used for football, lacrosse and soccer. The same year, MICDS will also begin construction on The Steward Family Aquatic Center, which will feature a brand new pool that features a bulkhead in the center, allowing two teams to practice at the same time. The pool will also be longer and the lanes will be wider. It will also be deep enough to allow the diving team to practice on campus.
In 2011, a donor came forward to fund the construction of an Ice Hockey Arena. The city of Ladue rejected the proposal and the arena was never built. The team now practices off campus.
- Morton May, Chairman, May Department Stores
- John McDonnell, Chairman, McDonnell-Douglas Corporation
- William F. Ruprecht, CEO, Sotheby's Auction House
- George Herbert Walker IV, Chairman and CEO of Neuberger Berman
Government and Politics
- John Danforth, U.S. Senator and Episcopal priest
- Thomas Eagleton, U.S. Senator and Democratic Nominee for Vice President of the United States
- William McChesney Martin, Jr., Federal Reserve Bank chairman
- James W. Symington, U.S. Congressional Representative
- Pete Wilson, Mayor of San Diego, U.S. Senator and Governor of California
Sports and Entertainment
- Tom Ackerman, sports broadcaster
- James Archie, Owner, Green Bay Packers
- Drew Baur, Owner, St. Louis Cardinals
- Graham Bensinger, sports broadcaster
- Sterling K. Brown, actor
- Joe Buck, sports broadcaster
- Dwight F. Davis, founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition and U.S. Secretary of War (attended CDS precursor Smith Academy)
- William DeWitt, Jr., Owner, St. Louis Cardinals
- Betty Grable (attended, did not graduate), actress and World War II pin-up girl
- Jim Lee, comic book artist
- Robby McGehee, 1999 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
- Vincent Price, actor
- Devon Windsor, model
Arts, Sciences, and Education
- Sally Benson, author of Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss
- Louis Daniel Brodsky, poet
- Edmond La Beaume Cherbonnier, professor and scholar of religious studies
- Winston Churchill (novelist), author of Richard Carvel, The Crisis (novel), and The Crossing (Churchill novel), among others.
- William H. Danforth, MD, Chancellor, Washington University in Saint Louis
- T.S. Eliot, poet (attended CDS precursor Smith Academy)
- Irving Fisher, economist, statistician, inventor, and Progressive social campaigner (attended CDS precursor Smith Academy)
- William S. Barker, President of Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis), 1977–1984
- Landon Jones, editor and author 
- Shepherd Mead, author, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
- Nick Reding, journalist and author of Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
- Irma S. Rombauer, author of Joy of Cooking
- Frederick Seidel, poet
- Peter Taylor, short-story writer and novelist
- Sara Teasdale, poet
- Harry Weber (sculptor), Sculptor
- Linda Wells, founder and editor-in-chief, Allure magazine; annual guest judge on the Bravo reality television series Shear Genius
- Hadley Richardson, first wife of Ernest Hemingway
- MICDS campus page. Archived 2005-04-07 at the Wayback Machine
- KSDK Story on MICDS
- MICDS history page Archived 2005-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
- "Facts". Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.