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St. Mary's Preparatory (also called Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory) is a Catholic four-year all-boys college preparatory school founded in 1885 and located in the affluent Detroit suburb of Orchard Lake Village, Michigan. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_important. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ... Shortcut: WP:RULES Wikipedia is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have a common goal: Wikipedia has some policies and guidelines that help us to work toward that common goal. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Settled 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Orchard Lake Village is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament is the motherchurch of the Archdiocese of Detroit. ...

St. Mary's Preparatory
The campus of St. Mary's Preparatory
Motto "Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini" ("the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God"
Headmaster Mr. James Glowacki
School type Private
Tuition $8,800.00
Religious affiliation Catholic
Founded 1885
Location Orchard Lake Village, Michigan
Enrollment 530
Faculty 12:1 student faculty ratio
Campus surroundings Suburban/Rural
Mascot Eaglet
School color(s) Red and White
Ethnic Tradition Polish
Website http://www.stmarysprep.com
Athletics Website http://www.olsmathletics.com


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St. Mary's was founded in 1885 on the Detroit's east side by Rev. Joseph Dabrowski as a school for Polish-American boys to train for the priesthood. The school moved to the 125 acre (0.5 km²) campus of the former Michigan Military Academy on the shores of Orchard Lake in 1909 and is still there today. St. Mary's now offers a college preparatory education. The campus is shared with SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and contains some offices and classrooms for Madonna University of Livonia, Michigan, offering prep students the chance to take some college-level courses before graduating. The Felician Sisters from Livonia, Michigan have served the Orchard Lake Schools since 1935. When Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyła, who would become Pope John Paul II, visited the campus in 1969, he remarked, "If the Orchard Lake schools did not exist, it would be necessary to create them." The Polish roots of St. Mary's are still evident in the school's colors (red & white) and mascot (the Eaglet), both elements drawn from the flag of Poland. Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Józef Dąbrowski (1842-1903) was a Polish Catholic priest. ... The Academic Building of the Michigan Military Academy was built in 1890. ... SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary is a four-year private Polish seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. ... Madonna University is a private, non-profit, Catholic university located in Livonia, Michigan on the western perimeter of metropolitan Detroit. ... Livonia is a city located in the northwest part of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, Foundress of the Felician Sisters Sr. ... A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official, usually a bishop, of the Roman Catholic Church, a member of the College of Cardinals which as a body elects a new pope. ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II or Pope John Paul II (The Great) (Latin: , Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan PaweÅ‚ II) born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II or Pope John Paul II (The Great) (Latin: , Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan PaweÅ‚ II) born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Banner of Poland. ...

Mission Statement

St. Mary's Preparatory is a Catholic, all-boys, college preparatory high school with a Polish-American heritage and legacy. Our mission is to provide deserving young men the moral guidance, discipline, and education necessary to become Christian gentlemen, scholars, and men of service and leadership for the world. By completion of our spiritual and educational model, these men can gain the fortitude, reverence, character, and preparation to meet all challenges for the greater glory of God and their alma mater.


St. Mary’s academic program is designed to meet the basic entrance requirements for any college curriculum. Along with required courses, students, parents, and the Academic Dean work together to determine an appropriate elective schedule. Requirements for graduation are: four years of theology and English; three years of mathematics, science and social studies; two years of foreign language; and a semester each of computer programming, computer applications, physical education, health, fine arts, and speech. Students are required to fulfill 28 credits for graduation.

Although students need not be Catholic to attend St. Mary’s, all students are educated in the Catholic tradition. This tradition includes four years of theology in the classroom as well as attendance at Mass twice weekly. Additional opportunities, such as class retreats, are available for students, and the School Chaplain and many campus priests are happy to guide students regarding their individual programs.

100 percent of St. Mary’s graduates who apply to college are accepted. A full-time guidance counselor assists students in selecting colleges and universities. In the past eight years, graduates have attended colleges across the world and in the United States, to include Albion, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Holy Cross, Stanford, Rutgers, Purdue, Duquesne, Hillsdale, Loyola of Chicago, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Military Academy, Kalamazoo, Yale and the Universities of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Albion College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Albion, Michigan. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA. Its two medical campuses are in New York City and Education City, Qatar. ... Not to be confused with Holy Cross College (Indiana) or other similarly named Holy Cross Colleges. ... Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ... “Rutgers” redirects here. ... Purdue University (Purdue) is a land-grant, public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. ... Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne (IPA: ) first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students... Hillsdale College is an independent, co-educational, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on the north side of the city of Hillsdale in central-southern Michigan, United States. ... A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Roman Catholic institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana, immediately northeast of South Bend, Indiana, United States. ... Miami University (colloquially and incorrectly referred to as Miami of Ohio) is a selective coeducational American public university founded in 1809 in the university town of Oxford, Ohio. ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, (), is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ... The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), located in New London, Connecticut is a U.S. military academy that provides education to future officers of the United States Coast Guard. ... USMA redirects here. ... Kalamazoo College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The University of Iowa -- or Iowa for short -- is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the banks of the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM, U of M or U-M) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[2]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ...

The main school building of St. Mary's Preparatory.

St. Mary’s Preparatory is fully accredited and licensed by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education, the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA), and is a member of the Orchard Lake Schools, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Detroit Catholic League, the Oakland Schools Consortium, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Download high resolution version (845x634, 569 KB)The Prep Building at St. ... Download high resolution version (845x634, 569 KB)The Prep Building at St. ... The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament is the motherchurch of the Archdiocese of Detroit. ... The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) sanctions the vast majority of high school athletic competition in Michigan and is headquartered in East Lansing. ...

Campus and student life

Campus buildings include a newly built hockey arena and 50,000 volume library, a Marian grotto, a three-story residence hall, a bookstore, two gymnasiums, a science center, administration buildings, a dining hall and the prominent Shrine Chapel. The campus also features a quarter mile of beach on Orchard Lake. Only students, facility and staff are allowed use of the beach and docks. Orchard Lake is a medium-sized inland lake, 795 acres (3. ...

St. Mary's prides itself on its students being scholar-athletes for 80% of the school participates in sports. Thus, the school offers 11 varsity sports: football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf, wrestling, crew, hockey, lacrosse, and skiing. The Eaglets have won many league, district, and regional titles in its history. It owns a total of 28 Michigan State Championships to its name. In the past seven years, the Eaglet football, baseball, hockey, basketball, and rowing teams have all captured state titles. In 1998, the school's rowing team gained international prominence for placing second in the Henley Royal Regatta. Since 1994, the Eaglet football team has reached the state finals five times coming away with three victories. In 2000, St. Mary's won the MHSAA Class B State Title in basketball and finished the season 4th in the nation. A race taking place at Henley Regatta 2004 Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held every year on the river Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. ...

The athletic facilities include the new St. Mary's Athletic Center which has a 1,300 seat hockey arena, a wrestling room, a weight room, an indoor track, locker rooms and a banquet hall. Attached to the Athletic Center is the Dombroski Fieldhouse with its 1,000 seat basketball gymnasium. The crew team has its own boathouse just off Orchard Lake. Also located on campus is a 120 year old gym which was renovated in 1996, and it is now used as a multipurpose practice facility. Outdoors, St. Mary's offers two football fields, two baseball diamonds, and a basketball court. The St. Mary's Ski team practices at Alpine Valley Snow Ski Area in White Lake, Michigan. Orchard Lake is a medium-sized inland lake, 795 acres (3. ... White Lake Township is a township located in Oakland County, Michigan. ...

The Eaglet's compete in the MHSAA Division I and II, depending on the sport. In the Detroit Catholic League, they compete in the Central Division. St. Mary's rivals are Detroit Country Day School, Birmingham Brother Rice, Warren De La Salle and Catholic Central High School. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) sanctions the vast majority of high school athletic competition in Michigan and is headquartered in East Lansing. ... Detroit Country Day School (DCDS, DCD, or Country Day for short) is a private, secular school located in Beverly Hills, Michigan, northwest of Detroit. ... This school article does not cite any references or sources. ... Detroit Catholic Central High School, commonly referred to as CC, is a private, Catholic, all-male college preparatory high school in Novi, Michigan. ...

St. Mary's holds the largest high school fair in the country every year for fund-raising (http://www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com/). Parents and students must participate as volunteers.

Boarding Program

The Boarding Program at St. Mary’s is available to all students. There are seven-day and five-day boarding students, depending on the individual situation. Students enrolled in the program receive room and board, which includes three daily meals, a room, laundry facilities, and close proximity to all the school’s recreational and academic facilities. The residence hall is a modern, three-story building with two wings. Boarding students have access to a recreation hall, complete with pool tables, table tennis, a large screen television, and weight lifting equipment. Each room is complete with two beds, two desks with shelves and lighting, drawer and closet space for two students, a sink, and a mirror. A semi-private bathroom connects adjoining rooms. Each floor of the Residence Hall is staffed by the Dean of Residents and the adult Resident Advisors.

Notable alumni

  • Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit
  • Jay Penske, Cofounder Firefly Mobile, Founder CEO of VSI, Wharton School Board of Advisors
  • Andy Jugan, Executive Director of USA Water Ski
  • Joe Bok, CEO Aero Telemetry Corporation and, founder, Aero F/X Inc.
  • Tim Megge, President/CEO, Carron Classics
  • Rev. Timothy Whalen, Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools
  • Jeff Stearns, Vice President of the Gay-Rights Equal Rights Movement. Helped lead and initiate the movement for the international concern of unfair treatment of gays.

His Eminence Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida (born March 18, 1930) is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Detroit, Michigan. ... The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament is the motherchurch of the Archdiocese of Detroit. ... Jay Penske is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur. ... The Firefly phone Firefly is a GSM cellphone for children aged 5-12 years. ... The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is a business school at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. The school was founded by Joseph Wharton, who also was one of the founders of Swarthmore College (founded in 1864), in 1881 as the first collegiate business school in the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...




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