Saint Thomas Academy

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Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy
949 Mendota Heights Road

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United States
Coordinates 44°52′5″N93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°W / 44.86806; -93.13722 Coordinates: 44°52′5″N93°8′14″W / 44.86806°N 93.13722°W / 44.86806; -93.13722
Type Private, Military
MottoEx Umbris In Veritatem
(Out of Darkness into Truth)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Thomas Aquinas
EstablishedSeptember 8, 1885
Founder Archbishop John Ireland
Sister school Convent of the Visitation
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
HeadmasterKelby Woodard [1]
ChaplainFr. Mark Pavlak
Grades 612
Gender Boys
Enrollment618 (2016)
Campus size88 acres (360,000 m2)
Color(s) Royal Blue and White   
Fight song "Kaydet Rouser"
Athletics conference MSHSL Metro East
(formerly Classic Suburban)
Sports15 sports
Team nameCadets
Rival Cretin-Derham Hall
Two Rivers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, [2]
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Tuition$24,200 (grades 9-12)

$21,500 (grades 7-8)

$18,500 (grade 6)
Director of Academic LifeMichelle Mechtel
Dean of StudentsBrian Edel
Commandant of CadetsCOL Neil Hetherington (U.S. Army, ret.)
Admissions DirectorRick Stevson
Athletics & Activities DirectorRobert 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, as the school was previously part of Army JROTC. Its sister school, Convent of the Visitation, is located across the street. Many classes and after school activities involve both schools. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.



Saint Thomas Academy was first founded as Saint Thomas Seminary by Archbishop John Ireland on September 8, 1885. [3] STA became a U.S. Army school in 1905, and, in 1916, part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). In 1922, the Seminary's Academic Department separated into College of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Military Academy. Later, in 1965, the school moved to its current campus in Mendota Heights (though in a smaller iteration). A middle school was added in 1971, composing of seventh and eight grades. STA closed its boarding school program in 1974. In 2015, the school separated from the JROTC, though it retained its military curriculum and required courses. The inaugural sixth grade class joined the Academy in 2017.


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, Knowledge Bowl, Table Tennis Club, Experimental Vehicle Team (2005 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge Champions, 2006 Solar Bike Race Champions, and two time Shell Eco-marathon Champions), Mock Trial, The Rifle Team and The Crack Drill Squad. More than 90% of students participate in co-curricular athletics or activities. [4]

State Championships
SeasonSportNumber of ChampionshipsYear
Fall Football 31969, 1971, 1975
Fall Soccer 12016
Winter Alpine skiing, Boys71993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011
Winter Hockey, Boys81926, 1951, 1955, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys261951, 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, Boys111923, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1998, 2007
Winter Rifle team, Boys52008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Spring Baseball, Boys31952, 1960, 1969, 2019
Spring Golf, Boys51957, 1958, 1959, 1969, 2014
Spring Tennis, Boys41922, 1961, 1963, 1972
Spring Track and field, Boys21958, 1972

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