Maur Hill–Mount Academy

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Maur Hill–Mount Academy
Maur Hill - Mount Academy Logo.png
1000 Green Street
Atchison, (Atchison County), Kansas 66002
United States
Coordinates 39°32′44.4″N 95°7′37″W / 39.545667°N 95.12694°W / 39.545667; -95.12694Coordinates: 39°32′44.4″N 95°7′37″W / 39.545667°N 95.12694°W / 39.545667; -95.12694
Type Private, Day & Boarding School
Motto Ora Et Labora
(Pray and work)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Founded 1863 (Mount)
1919 (Maur Hill)
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus size 90 acres
Color(s) Black, Navy Blue and Gold               
Athletics conference Northeast Kansas League [1]
Mascot Raven
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Tuition $23,250 (Boarder); $31,600 (International)
President Phil Baniewicz
Principal Monika King
A.P./Athletic Director Dick Hunninghake
Director of Admission Deke Nolan
Chaplain Fr. Jay Kythe
(St. Benedict's Abbey)

Maur Hill–Mount Academy(MH-MA) is a coed Catholic, college prep, boarding high school in Atchison, Kansas. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and sponsored by the St. Benedict's Abbey (monastery) and Mount St. Scholastica (convent) in Atchison, KS. The school became Maur Hill–Mount Academy with the merger of the two long established schools. Maur Hill Prep School (1919) was an all-boys school and Mount St. Scholastica Academy (1863), an all-girls school.

MH-MA is a Benedictine school with a Raven mascot representing Benedictine symbolism. It is also affiliated with Benedictine College (BC) in Atchison Kansas. Its colors are navy blue, black and gold. The student population is around 190-220 students (about 80-100 boarding and 100-120 day students from the surrounding area) around 40-60 of those students are international students from several countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Angola, Japan, Mexico, Lebanon, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Russia, and various other nations.


The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica began educating girls in 1863 in Atchison, KS. The college section of their school merged in 1971 with their counterpart in Atchison, St. Benedict's College which was an all-boys college. The high school girls continued their education on the Mount's campus as Mount St. Scholastica Academy. St. Benedict's and Mount St. Scholastica's college sections eventually merged to form the present-day Benedictine College. The Benedictine Monks began educating boys in 1858 in Atchison, KS. In 1919 the monks obtained additional property in Atchison and moved the younger boys to the new campus. It was originally St. Benedict's Maur Hill and later Maur Hill. In 2003, Maur Hill and Mount St. Scholastica Academy unified their school's strengths and merged into Maur Hill–Mount Academy.


Maur Hill–Mount Academy is located on a spacious 90 acre campus that contains several buildings and sports fields. All buildings and activity areas are within steps of each other.

  • Fr. Edwin Watson Academic Building
  • John Flynn Athletic Center
  • Gymnasium
  • St. Michael's Cafeteria
  • Howard Hall Residency Center (Girls Dorms)
  • St. Leos Residency Center (Boys Dorms)
  • Guy Galley Football Field
  • Practice Football Field
  • Soccer Fields
  • Baseball field
  • Tennis courts
  • Centrally-located chapel on campus


Maur Hill–Mount Academy is a fully accredited day and boarding high school for grades 9-12 that provides a well-rounded curriculum exceeding grade-level requirements and offering many electives. Regular high school courses, honors courses, college courses and AP courses are all available. Upper level students also are able to take college courses at Benedictine College. The school accepts student of average or above average intelligence that plan to continue their education into college. A challenging and supportive academic environment is provided at the school with an academic assistance program, and beyond the school day in the dormitories with evening study halls and tracking academic progress.


MH-MA is a Catholic school with deep roots instilled from the Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica and the Monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, KS. The school holds close the traditions of their Benedictine heritage which is reflected in the school motto; “Ora et Labor” (Pray and Work). Students of all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed and do attend.

Athletics and Clubs[edit]

Maur Hill–Mount Academy is part of the Northeast Kansas League and has many sports and clubs for students to be involved in during the year. Activities include but are not limited to Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling, Choir, Debate, Drama, Forensics, International Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, Journalism, Pep Band, Pep Club, Photography, Scholars Bowl, Science Club, French Club, Spanish Club, and Yearbook.

House System[edit]

The school separates the student body into four (4) diverse and evenly represented groups of the school community, and each group is known as a “House”. The Houses are named after St. Sebastian, St. George, St. Gabriel, and Mother Teresa.

The House system is student-led and exists to strengthen the school community and provide leadership opportunities. Community service, activities, and student government are a part of the House System. Faculty advisers are assigned to each House and ensure a student’s personal, academic, and spiritual growth is being supported. Each House breakdowns into smaller groups called a “Family” in which students are assigned a teacher adviser . Each “Family” will meet with their teacher adviser three (3) times a week.

The Houses compete against one another in intellectual, athletic, artistic, and other competitions. A point scoring system is in place for individual student and House points. Weekly and monthly House winners have special privileges or awards, with a House Cup and special trip awarded to the winning House at the end for the school year.


  • 1975 Kansas 4A Boys Cross Country Individual State Champion, Clem
  • 1976 Kansas 4A Boys Cross Country Individual State Champion, Clem
  • 1977 Kansas 4A Boys Cross Country Individual State Champion, Clem
  • 1978 Kansas 4A Boys Cross Country Individual State Champion, Clem
  • 1979 Kansas 4A Football State Champions
  • 1980 Kansas 4A Boys Golf Team State Champions
  • 1981 Kansas 4A Boys Golf Team State Champions
  • 1982 Kansas 4A Boys Golf Team State Champions
  • 1982 Kansas 4A Boys Golf Individual State Champion, Purslow
  • 1984 Kansas 4A Football State Runners-Up
  • 1988 Kansas 3-2-1A Girls Tennis Individual State Champion, Lomshek
  • 1991 Kansas 4A Boys Golf Team State Champions
  • 1992 Kansas 4A Football State Champions
  • 1992 Kansas 4A Boys Basketball 4th Place State Tournament
  • 1996 Kansas 4A All-Kansas Yearbook
  • 1996 Kansas 4A All-Kansas Newspaper
  • 2003 Kansas 3A Girls Cross Country Individual State Champion, Kentzler
  • 2006 Kansas 3A Boys Basketball State Champions
  • 2006 Kansas 3A Boys Baseball State Runners-Up
  • 2006 Kansas 3A Girls Cross Country Individual State Champion, Jaloma
  • 2008 Kansas 3A Chemathon Oral Competition Champions: Klebba, Lund, Lutz, Prohaska
  • 2014 Kansas 3A Football District Champions
  • 2014 Kansas 3A Scholars' Bowl State Runner-Up
  • 2016 Kansas 3A Scholars' Bowl State Runner-Up
  • 2016 Kansas 3A Football District Champions
  • 2017 Kansas 3A Football District Champions

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ KSHSAA. "KSHSAA NEK League Information". Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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