St. Mary's Ryken High School

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St. Mary's Ryken High School
22600 Camp Calvert Road

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United States
Coordinates38°17′16″N 76°37′35″W / 38.28778°N 76.62639°W / 38.28778; -76.62639Coordinates: 38°17′16″N 76°37′35″W / 38.28778°N 76.62639°W / 38.28778; -76.62639
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtArchdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools [1]
PresidentDr. Rick Wood
PrincipalCatherine Bowes
Average class size21
Student to teacher ratio13:1[2]
Campus size87 acres (350,000 m2)
Color(s)Blue, Green and White             
Athletics conferenceWCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

St. Mary's Ryken High School, located on an 87-acre (350,000 m2) campus on Breton Bay, is a coeducational, secondary school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.[4] SMR is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools [5] and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools,[6] and recognized as an independent, Catholic school by the Archdiocese of Washington [7] and the Maryland State Department of Education.[8]

The campus has a 1,000-seat sports stadium with a turf field and six-lane track and six buildings: Paschal Hall; Rupert Hall; Romuald Hall; Xavier Hall; Alumni Hall (cafeteria); and Lambert Hall (business office).

Approximately 99% of each graduating class pursues a higher education at a college, university or military service academy. In the Class of 2014, students received almost $12.7 million in scholarship offers.[4]

St. Mary's Ryken provides education for almost 700 students in grades 9-12 and is the only Catholic high school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Washington in the three Southern Maryland counties. Students come from St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and southern Prince George's counties.

The school colors are blue, green and white, and the official mascot is the knight.


St. Mary's Ryken was established in 1981 and traces its roots in Catholic education to St. Mary's Academy (est. 1885) and Ryken High School (est. 1956).

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth opened St. Mary's Academy (SMA) in 1885 on the grounds of the property known as Rose Hill in Leonardtown. Mrs. Richard H. Miles bequeathed the property to Father Charles Jenkins, S.J., with the intent that it be used by "a religious order to conduct a Catholic school." SMA grew rapidly as a coeducational boarding school and accepted students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The burgeoning population of St. Mary's County and Southern Maryland soon rendered the academy too small and a new school building was erected in 1936. In 1956, the school expanded yet again with a dormitory, convent and chapel. With the opening of the new, all boys Ryken High School, the sisters carried on their selfless dedication as a school for young women.

In 1916, to their good fortune, the Xaverian Brothers purchased over one hundred acres along Breton Bay from Mr. Enoch Abell and opened a camp for boys known as Camp Calvert. Young men flocked from the cities to spend a few weeks of their summer vacations there. The brothers' vision for this property was to eventually build a school and novitiate for boys and, in 1956, their dream became reality with the opening of Ryken High School (RHS). The school, named after Theodore James Ryken, founder of the Xaverian order, served as a juniorate for those with vocations to the Xaverian Brothers as well as a high school for young men.

Eventually, with a diminishing number of boarders and vocational candidates, both SMA and RHS closed their dormitories and operated solely as Catholic high schools. SMA and RHS supported each other through sports programs, theater and music productions, dances, proms and academic instruction. By the late 1970s, both schools experienced declining enrollments and agreed to merge into one coeducational Catholic high school.

In 2009, St. Mary's Ryken embarked on the first significant reshaping of its campus in almost 30 years. Phase 1 of the Strategic Master Plan was put into action with the groundbreaking for the SMR Athletic Complex. In this year, all of Paschal Hall was air conditioned and an annex was added that includes an office for the Athletics Director and a new boys' team and locker room. A 340-space parking lot was built on the grounds of the old student parking lot and the field and track behind Paschal Hall. Construction of the new 1,000-seat stadium with pressbox, artificial turf field and six-lane track was completed in August 2010.

Student life[edit]


St. Mary's Ryken is a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.[9]

The varsity softball team captured the 2014 WCAC conference title.[10] Other athletics champions: in 2010, a member of the SMR golf team won the individual WCAC golf championship; in 2007, the boys lacrosse team won the WCAC conference title.

Fall sports: cross country, field hockey, cheerleading, football, sailing, soccer, tennis and volleyball; Winter sports: basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, swimming and wrestling; Spring sports: baseball, golf, lacrosse, sailing, softball, tennis and track & field.

Fine arts[edit]

Concert band, orchestra, jazz band, Shakespearean drama, drama, dance, chorus, photography, art appreciation, pre-architecture, pottery, sculpture, photography and studio art are the main fine art classes and clubs. Each has at least one concert, rehearsal or showcase during the school year with all disciplines participating in the annual Fine Arts Festival.


Students wear button-down shirts with dress pants or skirts in the winter and polo shirts with khaki shorts or skirts in the summer. The polo shirt colors are navy blue, white and forest green. Clubs and sports polo shirts are also allowed. Underclassmen wear green and blue SMR ties. The winter uniform includes a blazer for upperclassmen and a sweater for underclassmen.

General information[edit]

  • Full-time faculty : 55
  • Full-time administrators : 4
  • Full-time staff : 24
  • AP Classes offered : 24[2]


Students must complete 28 credits and 65 hours of community service to graduate.[11] They are required to take four social studies credits, four English, four religion (except in the case of transfer students), four math, three science, three of the same foreign language, one fine arts, one technology, one physical education, and four electives. Courses are taken at the college preparatory, honors or Advanced Placement level.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a School". Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools.
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2006-09-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ National Association of Independent Schools Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  7. ^ Archdiocese of Washington Archived 2013-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Maryland State Department of Education
  9. ^ WCAC -
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