Saint Thomas Academy
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|Saint Thomas Academy|
949 Mendota Heights Road
|Coordinates||44°52′5″N 93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°WCoordinates: 44°52′5″N 93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°W|
|Type||Private military high school|
|Motto||Ex Umbris In Veritatem|
(Out of Darkness into Truth)
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Thomas Aquinas|
|Established||September 8, 1885|
|Sister school||Convent of the Visitation|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis|
|Chaplain||Fr. Mark Pavlak|
|Campus size||88 acres (360,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Fight song||"Kaydet Rouser"|
Saint Thomas Academy (abbr. STA), originally known as St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary and formerly known as St. Thomas Military Academy, is the only all-male, Catholic, college-preparatory, military high school in Minnesota. It is located in Mendota Heights near Saint Paul. The Academy has a middle school (grades 6-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). The high school students are required to participate in military leadership classes, as the school was previously part of Army JROTC. Its sister school, Convent of the Visitation, is located across the street. Many classes and after-school activities involve both schools. It is located within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Saint Thomas Academy was first founded as Saint Thomas Seminary by Archbishop John Ireland on September 8, 1885. STA became a U.S. Army school in 1905, and, in 1916, part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). In 1922, the Seminary's Academic Department separated into College of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Military Academy. Later, in 1965, the school moved to its current campus in Mendota Heights (though in a smaller iteration). A middle school was added in 1971, composing of seventh and eighth grades. STA closed its boarding school program in 1974. In 2015, the school separated from the JROTC, though it retained its military curriculum and required courses. The inaugural sixth grade class joined the Academy in 2017.
Each year, on the Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving, one senior is awarded the rank of Cadet Colonel, the brigade commander, and is presented with the Fleming Saber, in honor of Richard E. Fleming.
The Corps of Cadets, as the high school students are sometimes referred to, is inspected by representatives from the National Guard in the springtime. This day is called the Brigade Formal Inspection, or BFI. In addition to checking their formal uniforms, the representative asks a few questions, most of which concern the school, its history, or U.S. Army. A score out of 600 is given to the school. If the score is high enough, the students get to remove their ties for the remainder of the year. Usually, this announcement is accompanied by a celebratory throwing-of-ties during the formation time.
In the spring, the high school student body dons their formal uniforms (Class A1) for the Archbishop's Review, in which the students march around the school's track while being watched by the Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Sports and activities
Saint Thomas Academy was a member of the Classic Suburban Conference (now Metro East). They participate in all 14 Minnesota State High School League sports as well as orienteering. Saint Thomas Academy also has various co-curricular activities such as band, a chess team, a debate team, VISTA Theater Company, a math team, Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, Table Tennis Club, Experimental Vehicle Team (2005 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge Champions, 2006 Solar Bike Race champions, and two-time Shell Eco-marathon champions), Mock Trial, and rifle and drill teams. 83% of students participate in at least one sport.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||3||1969, 1971, 1975|
|Winter||Alpine skiing, Boys||7||1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Winter||Hockey, Boys||8||1926, 1951, 1955, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Winter||Swimming and Diving, Boys||26||1951, 1952, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Winter||Basketball, Boys||11||1923, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1998, 2007|
|Winter||Rifle team, Boys||5||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Spring||Baseball, Boys||3||1952, 1960, 1969, 2019|
|Spring||Golf, Boys||5||1957, 1958, 1959, 1969, 2014|
|Spring||Tennis, Boys||4||1922, 1961, 1963, 1972|
|Spring||Track and field, Boys||2||1958, 1972|
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (November 2022)
- Lieutenant General Joseph K. Bratton '44
- Victor Williams Best basketball player in the class of '26
- Javiar Collins '96, NFL player
- Christopher Cox '70, former Chairman of SEC; former United States House Representative (R-CA) and Committee Chairman
- Pat Eilers '85, Notre Dame and NFL football player
- Vince Flynn '84, author
- Tommy Gibbons 1909, Hall of Fame boxer who fought Jack Dempsey for world's heavyweight championship in 1923, served as sheriff of Ramsey County, Minnesota 1934-1959
- Thomas F. Gallagher, Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court (1943–1967)
- General Alfred Gruenther '19, former Supreme Allied Commander—Europe in the 1950s
- Judge Fallon Kelly, Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court (1970–1980)
- Angelo John Giuliani '30, catcher in Major League Baseball
- Marine Captain Richard E. Fleming '35, World War II Medal of Honor recipient
- Leo Richard Hamilton, member of Wisconsin State Assembly
- Matt Hanousek '82, NFL football player
- John Horan '51, NBA basketball player
- Fr Edward Leo Krumpelmann, Maryknoll priest who served in Jiangmen, China during World War II, later in Hong Kong
- Congressman Tom Emmer '79, US Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district
- Jim Lange, TV game show host, The Dating Game
- Tom Malchow '95, captain of U.S. swim team at 2004 Summer Olympics, gold medalist (2000), former world record holder
- Joseph T. O'Neill '49, lawyer and Minnesota state legislator
- James O'Shaughnessy '78, chief executive officer of O'Shaughnessy Asset Management
- Tim O'Shaughnessy '00, co-founder and former CEO of LivingSocial, current president and CEO at Graham Holdings Company
- David Raih '99, offensive coordinator for Vanderbilt Commodores football
- Isaac Rosefelt '03, American-Israeli basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Matt Schnobrich '97, 2008 Summer Olympics crew bronze medalist
- Jordan Schroeder, professional ice hockey player, spent two years at the school, 2004–2006; member of 2006 state championship team
- Ali Selim '79, director of award-winning movie Sweet Land
- Bishop James P. Shannon '39, served as president of The College of Saint Thomas, then as auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis
- Ben Tracy '94, CBS News White House correspondent
- Chris Thome '87, NFL player
- Michael W. Wright '56, former CEO and board of directors chair of Supervalu
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- ^ "Chris Thome Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
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