Thomas More Prep-Marian

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Thomas More Prep-Marian
1701 Hall Street
Hays, Kansas 67601
United States
Coordinates 38°52′53″N 99°20′17″W / 38.88139°N 99.33806°W / 38.88139; -99.33806Coordinates: 38°52′53″N 99°20′17″W / 38.88139°N 99.33806°W / 38.88139; -99.33806
School type Private high school
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1981
Opened 1908
Principal Chad Meitner
Chaplain Rev. Earl Befort, O.F.M.Cap.
Teaching staff 31
Grades 712
Gender coed
Enrollment 221 (2009)
Average class size 55
Color(s) Navy blue and white          
Slogan Give us four years, and we will give you a lifetime!
Team name Monarchs
Rival Hoisington Cardinals
Russell Broncos
Scott City Beavers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Chancellor
Affiliation Capuchin Franciscan

Thomas More Prep-Marian (TMP-M), TMP, is a coeducational Catholic college preparatory high school located in Hays, Kansas in the United States. The original school was founded by the Capuchin Franciscan order. Although now governed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina, the order still maintains a presence in the school.


Thomas More Prep Marian traces its roots back to 1908 when Hays Catholic College was founded by the Capuchin Franciscans to educate local boys. It was renamed St. Joseph's College in 1931 after moving into a new school building. The following year, it began offering the ROTC program. In 1952 the junior college program was dropped and it became solely a high school. The school name became St. Joseph's Military Academy to reflect this change.

The Girls' Catholic High School was founded in 1918 by the Sisters of St. Agnes and was subsequently renamed Marian High School in 1961.

St. Francis Seminary was founded in 1948 in Victoria, a town approximately 10 miles outside of Hays. It incorporated a high school program to prepare young men for the priesthood.

Marian High, St. Francis Seminary, and St. Joseph's Military Academy all consolidated into Thomas More Prep-Marian between 1970 and 1981.[2] In 2003, the Diocese took over governance of the school. From the 2012-13 academic year, grades 7 and 8 were added.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Men's Basketball[edit]

The TMP Marian basketball team won the 3A state championship in 2005 and the 4A state championship in 2007.


The TMP Marian Football team went 5-4 in the 2011-2012 school year.[citation needed]

Girls' Basketball[edit]

The Lady Monarchs basketball won the 3A state championship in 2010.[citation needed]

Girls' Track & Field[edit]

The Lady Monarchs finished Runner-Up at the 3A KSHSAA 2012 Track & Field State Championships.[citation needed]


The TMP Marian baseball team made three straight state appearances in 3A in the years 2010-2012 and had a combined record of 66-9 those three years. They finished state runners-up in 2010 and 2011, and were eliminated in the first round in 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ TMP. "Thomas More Prep-Marian History". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ Gerald F. Seib Bio; The Wall Street Journal.

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