Marymount College (Kansas)

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Marymount College was a four-year liberal arts college located in Salina, Kansas that opened in 1922 as a women's college.

The college, which was part of the Marymount College group of colleges, was affiliated with the Jesuits and operated under the auspices of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Marymount became coeducational in 1968. It was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1932. The college was situated on a 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus and had five major buildings. With three dormitories the school was able to house 350 resident students. Marymount was known for the quality and fully accredited School of Nursing. The Drama department was outstanding and widely acclaimed. The Music Department was excellent. Marymount had a long history of sponsorship of community cultural events. Educationally, Marymount was in the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. It fulfilled its mission by providing strong, intelligent women as role models for students.

Marymount closed in June 1989. Its records and student transcripts were housed at St. Mary of the Plains College, but when that college closed, Marymount's student transcripts were transferred to Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. The student records are now stored at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Basketball coach Ken Cochran, who started in 1970 two years after it had gone coed, immediately built the school into a NAIA powerhouse racking up a record of 285-56 in 11 seasons including a streak of 106 straight home court wins, national ranking in 10 years and a third place finale in 1976. Cochran also invented the original Pop-A-Shot electronic basketball game which is still manufactured in Salina.[1][2][3][4]

At the time of its closing it had 653 students.[5]

The campus is now used as the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center and the patrol's statewide dispatch center.[6] The training center had formerly been based at the Salina Municipal Airport.

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Coordinates: 38°50′27″N 97°34′34″W / 38.840836°N 97.576145°W / 38.840836; -97.576145