Marianapolis Preparatory School Article

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Marianapolis Preparatory School
Ebbitt Gate
26 Chase Road
New England
Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut 06277
United States
Coordinates 41°57′28″N 71°51′49″W / 41.95778°N 71.86361°W / 41.95778; -71.86361

41°57′28″N 71°51′49″W / 41.95778°N 71.86361°W / 41.95778; -71.86361
TypePrivate, boarding, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Area trusteeThe Trinity Foundation
CEEB code070780
Head of SchoolJoseph Hanrahan
ChaplainFr. Timothy Roth
Teaching staff55
Grades 912, Postgraduate
Enrollment400 (2018-2019)
Average class size12
Student to teacher ratio7:1
Campus size150 acres (0.61 km2)
Color(s)Maroon and Gold         
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
SportsSoccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track & Field, Indoor Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Crew, Badminton, Equestrian, Dance, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Yoga, Swimming, Field Hockey
Team nameThe Golden Knights
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges [1]
Tuition$17,898 (day); $55,141 (residential)
College acceptance rate100%
Athletic DirectorAndrew Vitale

Marianapolis Preparatory School is a private, co-educational, Catholic high school located in Thompson, Connecticut.


Marian Hills College was established in 1926 under the guidance of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Hinsdale, Illinois for young men of Lithuanian descent. Marian Hills College embraced a mission of preparing young men to take leadership roles in society and the Catholic Church. In 1931, the Marians purchased the estate of businessman Norman B. Ream, located in Thompson, Connecticut, and subsequently used the Reams' mansion Carolyn Hall as the main building on campus. Marianapolis College was ordered by the Government of the State of Connecticut to award college degrees in 1936 (due to a need for said degrees prior to World War II). In 1948 the decision was made to rename the school Marianapolis Preparatory School and focus exclusively on high school education. In 1955, Marianapolis officially became part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

A fire broke out in early 1964 which destroyed Carolyn Hall, at the time renamed St. Joseph's Hall, killing one Marian brother, but then-headmaster Fr. John Petrauskas and the other students were able to escape. After the fire, students attended classes in the basement of St. John's Dormitory. In 1966, with support of the community a new school building was built on the ashes of the Ream mansion.

In 1974 the school became co-educational with an enrollment of 108, eight of whom were female. In 1989 the Blessed George Matulaitis Chapel was built along with a new dining hall. In 2001 the Trinity Foundation, a group of parents, alumni, and friends assumed governance of the school. A small community of Marians including former Headmaster Fr. Timothy Roth, MIC reside on campus and remain an integral part of the community.

Since 2001 the school has seen a dramatic rise of enrollment under the leadership of Headmistress Marilyn Ebbitt and Head of School Joseph Hanrahan. The campus itself has also grown to include new facilities such as a campus bookstore, expanded dining room, student lounge, blackbox theater, weight room, additional classrooms in St. Johns, a baseball field, and has seen the restoration of the Grotto. A statue of the Virgin Mary, located in the Grotto, currently overlooks the newly constructed Track & Field, completed in 2016 and named after long time soccer coach and athletic director Eric Gustavson.


Athletics are a crucial part of the Marianapolis experience. Each student is required to participate in two extracurricular activities for the entirety of each sport's season. There are three seasons at Marianapolis: fall, winter, and spring. Each season has its own set of sports.

Residential Life

Marianapolis offers a traditional boarding school experience with an English as a Second Language Program (ESL) that dates to the 1980s. Students come from states within the New England area as well as countries from around the world. There are currently six residential halls on campus: St. John's, St. Albert's, Bayer House, Villa St. Joseph, Villa Maria, and White House. Four of the houses are nestled on the historic Thompson Common.

Community Service

Service is an integral tradition of the Marianapolis learning experience. Students participate in a number of service traditions including, Homelessness Awareness Night, Thanksgiving Turkey Dip for Muscular Dystrophy, Holiday Food Drive, Disaster Relief Outreach, and the Relay for Life. Recent service trips have touched communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and West Virginia.


Rake Day: Every autumn, students at Marianapolis are excused from a day of classes to participate in the annual Rake Day tradition. Traveling around campus by advisee group, students and advisors attack the terrain with rakes, bags, and tarps, collecting fallen leaves from the trees surrounding the school. As they migrate from place to place, students can stop for hot chocolate and tea to stay warm.

Alumni Soccer Game: Played during Homecoming Weekend in October, the match pits faculty, alumni, and students against one another in a good-spirited game of soccer. Historically, the day also features a great deal of rain and mud.

The Victory Bell: A bell located on a small island in the middle of the front parking lot is always rung when a home victory is achieved. On graduation day, each graduating senior rings the bell to signify the transition between student and alumnus/alumna.

The Dodgeball Game: A game of dodgeball held by the senior class which consists of many teams made up of people from parents to faculty and including many students. In the most recent game, the winners were the faculty team.

Book Signing: Each year, students and faculty add their signatures to the Marianapolis Book of Names. Included in this record of school history are the cities and countries from which members of the Marianapolis community hail. Ceremonies are held for each class to join decades of Marianapolis alumni and teachers.

Ring Day: An October tradition at Marianapolis is the junior class Ring Day. This annual ceremony celebrates members of the junior class and their maturation into college-bound upperclassmen. Class rings are given a blessing by most reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, CT, and then bestowed upon the students.

Parent & Family Weekend: Held in October, Parent & Family Weekend is a time for school spirit. Each fall athletic teams hosts a game, alumni come back to visit, and other favorite activities include Break the Code for the Cause and the Alumni & Community Soccer Game.

Breaking the Code for the Cause: Marianapolis teams up with Finally Lisa’s Hair Salon in Southbridge, MA, during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During Parent & Family Weekend, Finally Lisa’s outfits Marianapolis students, faculty, and staff with pink hair extensions, and dye. Participants are allowed to break the school’s dress code with these accessories to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

Halloween: Halloween at Marianapolis is an all-day affair! The day begins with a parade of costumes in the Marianapolis Athletic Complex. Prizes are awarded for individual, group, scary, and creative costumes. Kids and adults proceed to class in full Halloween dress.

Turkey Dip: Each year, nearly 30 Marianapolis students, faculty and alumni brave 38 degree waters of Quaddick Lake in Thompson. Their dash into the water on Thanksgiving morning helps to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Spirit Week: Spirit week is a true celebration of Golden Knights enthusiasm, held in late February each year. The program is organized and run by the Marianapolis student council. Each day of Spirit Week has a different theme, such as Marianapolis Monday and Western Wednesday.

Community Service Day: Every year, each student at Marianapolis participates in a day of community service. Each grade level helps out somewhere different, from reading to local elementary school students, to planting flowers at nursing homes, and even visiting animal shelters. Marianapolis students help to make a big difference in the local community.

S.P.A.M.: S.P.A.M. or Students Performing at Marianapolis, is the chance for all students and faculty to show off their talents. Whether its singing, dancing, or a hidden talent, S.P.A.M. always draws a big crowd and is a favorite tradition of Marianapolis students.

Trash Fashion: Held in between acts during S.P.A.M., Trash Fashion is another way for Marianapolis students to showcase their creativity. Students create original outfits out of recycled materials, and then model them for the school.

Sports Day: Sports Day is a highlight during the last week of classes. Students participate in a variety of events and competitions across campus - everything from ultimate Frisbee to soccer and relay races to touch football. Students are broken up by advisories and grade level colors.

International Senior Dinner: The International Senior Dinner is a way for the Marianapolis community to celebrate the international seniors before they graduate. The international seniors are asked to invite a faculty member or other community member who has influenced their time at Marianapolis. The evening is full of laughs, good food, and good company.

Rock Signing: The rock signing is a final rite of passage before the seniors officially become alumni. On the last day of school, the senior class signs their names to the rock, which then stays until the following year when a new class of seniors signs it. It is a way for the seniors to make their mark before graduation.

Summer Programs

Camp Stonewall: A residential summer camp open to kids 8-15. Participants choose from a wide variety of sports, drama, and arts & crafts activities during the day, and enjoy all-camp special events in the evenings. International campers are welcomed as part of the International Summer Learners (ISL) program.


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.

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