St. Mary's High School (Independence, Missouri)

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St. Mary's High School
622 North Main Street
Independence, Missouri, (Jackson County) 64050
United States
Coordinates 39°5′49″N 94°24′58″W / 39.09694°N 94.41611°W / 39.09694; -94.41611Coordinates: 39°5′49″N 94°24′58″W / 39.09694°N 94.41611°W / 39.09694; -94.41611
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1853 (1853)
Closed 2013 (2013)
Superintendent Marlon de la Torre
Principal Jeff Lynch
Chaplain Fr. Ron Verhaeghe
Grades 912
Color(s) Royal Blue and White         
Mascot Trojan
Team name Trojans
Rival Van Horn High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

St. Mary's Bundschu Memorial High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Independence, Missouri. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph. Due to declining enrollment, the diocese has announced the school will be closing at the end of the 2012–13 school year.[2]

The team mascot of the school is the Trojan and the school colors are white and royal blue.


St. Mary's Bundschu Memorial High School was established in 1853,[3] making it one of earliest-established high schools west of the Mississippi River.[2]

In recent years St. Mary's has had shifting sports rivalries. For at least 20 years, St. Mary's was sports rivals with St. Pius X High School; that rivalry ended when St. Mary's expanded its enrollment.[citation needed] Another rival was Grain Valley High School; it ended when St. Mary's enrollment fell to 200 students.[citation needed] In 2010, Van Horn High School, joined the Independence School District and became a member of the Crossroads Conference. The two schools first met on the football field in September 2010 for the St. Mary's homecoming football game.[citation needed]

Early in 2012, the diocese announced the acquisition of an 80-acre (32 ha) tract of land in western Lee's Summit for the site of a new $30 million Catholic high school.[4] The acquisition was part of plan to replace both St. Mary's and Archbishop O'Hara High School. The new school, St. Michael the Archangel High School, is scheduled for completion in 2015.[4]

Student life[edit]

There are currently about two-hundred or so students attending Saint Marys. Students participate in Food For Thought (food drive) in the fall and the spring. Students also celebrate Homecoming and Courtwarming weeks with dress-up and spirit days.

Students can participate in extracurricular activities such as Art Club, Pro-Life Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Academic Team, Student Council, Science Club, Spirit Club and others.

Electives include art classes such as pottery, mixed media, Art 2, and drawing; music and Cantori (choir); creative writing, newspaper, yearbook, office development, introduction to business, and others.

Saint Mary's is in the Crossroads Conference. Students can participate in football, volleyball, basketball (boys and girls), baseball, wrestling, soccer was removed recently, cross country, and track and field.


Students are required to wear uniforms. Girls can wear navy, white, or maroon polos with a khaki, navy, gray plaid, or red and blue plaid skirt. Boys can wear navy, white, or maroon polos with khaki or navy pants or shorts. Girls are also allowed to wear pants and shorts.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b Robertson, Joe (January 24, 2013). "St. Mary’s High School closing earlier than expected". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  3. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Lee’s Summit site purchased for new Catholic high school". The Catholic Key. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-25.