Saint Thomas Academy
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|Saint Thomas Academy|
|949 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, Minnesota, (Dakota County) 55120
|Motto||Ex Umbris In Veritatem
(Out of Darkness into Truth)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Thomas Aquinas|
|Established||September 8, 1885|
|Founder||Archbishop John Ireland|
|Sister school||Convent of the Visitation|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis|
|Chaplain||Fr. Nels Gjengdahl|
|Campus size||88 acres (360,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Fight song||"Kaydet Rouser"|
|Athletics conference||MSHSL Metro East
(formerly Classic Suburban)
Henry Sibley High
Hermantown High School
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
|Tuition||$21,100 (grades 7-12) $17,500 (grade 6)|
|Director of Academic Life||Michelle Mechtel|
|Dean of Students||Erick Rome|
|Commandant of Cadets||LTC Michael DePuglio (U.S. Army, ret.)|
|Admissions Director||John Kenney|
|Athletics & Activities Director||Robert Slater|
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, Roman 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 and was previously part of Army JROTC. Its sister school, Convent of the Visitation, is located down the street and many classes and after school activities involve both schools. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
- Every morning, all students assemble in the court, in the brigade formation, to pray, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, hear 1-2 Senior Speeches, read announcements, present awards, etc.
- 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, and attains the utmost respect from the general student body.
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, Chess Team, Debate Team, VISTA Theater Company, Math Team, Quiz Bowl (2004, 2007, and 2012 Quiz Bowl National Champions), Knowledge Bowl, Table Tennis Club, Experimental Vehicle Team (2005 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge Champions and 2006 Solar Bike Race Champions), Mock Trial, The Rifle Team and The Crack Drill Squad. More than 90% of students participate in co-curricular athletics or activities.
|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|
|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|
- Lieutenant General Joseph K. Bratton '44
- Mike Ciresi '64, lawyer from the Twin Cities
- Javiar Collins, NFL player
- Christopher Cox '70, former Chairman of the SEC; former United States House Representative (R-CA) and Committee Chairman
- Dan Fitzgerald '03, Forward for the Marquette University basketball team
- 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 the Minnesota Supreme Court (1943–1967)
- General Alfred Gruenther '19, former Supreme Allied Commander – Europe in the 1950s
- Judge Fallon Kelly, Justice of the 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 the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Matt Hanousek, American football player
- John Horan '51, NBA basketball player
- Fr Edward Leo Krumpelmann, Maryknoll priest who served in Jiangmen, China during the Second World War, and later on in Hong Kong.
- Congressman Tom Emmer '79, US Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district
- Patrick “Pat” Eilers ’85 - NFL Football Player (won a national championship at Notre Dame; played for Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears)
- Jim Lange, game show host
- Tom Malchow '95, Captain of U.S. Swim Team at the 2004 Summer Olympic, gold medal winner (2000)
- James O'Shaughnessy'78, CEO O'Shaughnessy Asset Management (OSAM)
- Jack Regan '39, former CEO and Chairman of Marsh & McLellan
- Isaac Rosefelt (born 1985), American-Israeli basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem in the 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 hockey team.
- Ali Selim '79, Director of the award winning movie Sweetland
- Bishop James P. Shannon '39, served as President of The College of Saint Thomas, then as auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis
- Michael W. Wright '56, former CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of Supervalu
- Al Markert '46, University of Minnesota football player. NFL draft pick Chicago Bears 1950 NFL draft. Federal Judge for Minnesota. Twin of John Markert.
- John Markert '46, University of Minnesota football player. NFL draft pick New York Bulldogs 1950 NFL draft. Chief lawyer and lobbyist for catholic charities. Twin of Al Markert.
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- Student Participation in Activities
- Marquette Player Page
- "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Library. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
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