Sacred Heart Academy High School (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan)

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Sacred Heart Academy High School
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316 East Michigan Street
Mount Pleasant, Michigan, (Isabella County) 48858
United States
Coordinates 43°36′11″N 84°46′25″W / 43.60306°N 84.77361°W / 43.60306; -84.77361Coordinates: 43°36′11″N 84°46′25″W / 43.60306°N 84.77361°W / 43.60306; -84.77361
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1889
Founder Fr. John Crowley
School board Paul Bigard (President), Brian Smith (Vice President), Julie McGuirk (Secretary), Steve Gorsich, Dan Maloney, James Thering
Oversight Diocese of Saginaw
Superintendent Fr. Loren Kalinowski
Principal Mary Kay Yonker
Grades K12
Enrollment 452
 • Grade 1 35
 • Grade 2 34
 • Grade 3 29
 • Grade 4 27
 • Grade 5 37
 • Grade 6 27
 • Grade 7 37
 • Grade 8 41
 • Grade 9 38
 • Grade 10 37
 • Grade 11 32
 • Grade 12 39
Average class size K-12: 14
Hours in school day 7
Color(s) Red and White         
Slogan One Community, One Spirit, One Heart
Fight song Academy We're For You
Athletics conference Mid-State Activities Conference
Mascot Fighting Irish
Rival Beal City Aggies
Accreditation Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools[1]
Average ACT scores 23.6
Publication From the Heart
Yearbook Cor Jesu
Alumni ~3100
Assistant Principal/Elementary Principal Julie George
Assistant Principal/Academic Advisor Marie Richards
Admissions Director Mary Kay Reetz
Athletic Director Dan Haggart

Sacred Heart Academy High School is a parochial parish, Roman Catholic high school in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

100% of 2014 graduates continued their education by enrolling in a college and/or university, and all students complete a community service requirement of 100 hours.

As a Catholic centered school, community service and faith-based education are emphasized.


Sacred Heart Academy was established in 1889 under the direction of former Notre Dame professor Fr. John Crowley, Order of the Holy Cross. Fr. Crowley invited a group of five Dominican Sisters from New York to run the school, most of whom also founded the Grand Rapids Dominicans.

Current School[edit]

The entire school is under the direction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. Sacred Heart Academy is the only K-12 institution in the Diocese, only one of three high schools (the others being Nouvel Catholic Central High School and All Saints Central High School), and the only high school to be operated by one parish. Until 2015, Sacred Heart had at least one sister, nun, or priest on staff.


Sacred Heart Academy occupies two buildings, which were constructed in three phases. The original Academy was constructed in 1908 under the direction of architect Clarence W. Cowles, to which an expansion was added in 1955. The elementary school was added in 1964.[2] A recent expansion occurred in 2008; two new classrooms were constructed above the previously one-story elementary cafeteria.


Sacred Heart competes in Class D of the MHSAA. Sacred Heart competes in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, track, and volleyball as a member of the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC), and it competes in golf as a member of the Mid-Michigan Golf Conference.

Other Extracurriculars[edit]

Sacred Heart competes in Forensics, Language Arts, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, and Technology Team as a member of the MSAC; it competes in quiz bowl as a member of the MSAC and the Catholic High School League.

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Reetz, Mary Kay. "School Profile". Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Historical Markers". Retrieved 2016-05-14.