Saint Thomas Academy

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Saint Thomas Academy
("Cadets")
Address
949 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, Minnesota, (Dakota County) 55120
United States
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Information
Type Private, Military
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
Headmaster Matthew C. Mohs
Faculty 60
Grades 712
Gender Boys
Enrollment 623 (October 1, 2014)
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
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)
Sports 15 sports
Mascot Cadet
Team name Cadets
Rival Cretin-Derham Hall
Henry Sibley High
Hermantown High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[1]
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Newspaper Citation
Yearbook Kaydet
Tuition $19,700
Dean of Academics David Meyer
Dean of Students Brian Edel
Commandant of Cadets LTC Michael DePuglio (U.S. Army, ret.)
Admissions Director John Kenney
Athletic Director Rick Johns
Website

Saint Thomas Academy (abbr. St. Thomas Academy or STA), originally known as Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and formerly known as Saint 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 7 and 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.

Traditions

  • Every day after second period, all high school students assemble in the court, in the brigade formation, to read off announcements, give awards, etc.[citation needed]
  • Every year there is Freshman Sing Day in which the seniors get all of the freshman to sing the School Fight Song.[citation needed]
  • Each year, on the Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving, one senior is awarded the rank of Cadet Colonel, the brigade commander, and he is presented with the Fleming Saber, in honor of Richard E. Fleming

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.[2]

State Championships
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 25 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
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
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
Total 73

Notable alumni

Future Alumni

  • John Jakubowicz '17
  • Nicholas Weir '17
  • Kian Abbott '19
  • Emmett Adam '19
  • Alexander Adams '17
  • Andrew Allen '16
  • Nathaniel Allen '18
  • Juan Almeida '19
  • Jerrod Amadick '19
  • Charles Anderegg '17
  • William Anderson '19
  • Nicholas Apitz '17
  • Zachary Apitz '17
  • Sam Applebaum '18
  • Julien Arlt '17
  • Brady Arnett '19
  • Logan Arzt '16
  • Jack Awada '18
  • Louis Baillon '17
  • Josh Benedict '17
  • Jonathan Crandall '17
  • Anthony Franks '17
  • Jack Gephart '17
  • Franklin P. Pulkrabek '19
  • More to come

References

  1. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Student Participation in Activities
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Library. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  4. Marquette Player Page


External links

Preceded by
Horace Greeley High School
National Academic Championship champion
2004
Succeeded by
Holland Hall (Tulsa, Oklahoma)