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Marmion Academy (formerly Marmion Military Academy) is a 9–12 Roman Catholic high school for boys in Aurora, Illinois, United States. It is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Road


United States
Coordinates41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472Coordinates: 41°48′52″N 88°17′41″W / 41.81444°N 88.29472°W / 41.81444; -88.29472
Former nameMarmion Military Academy
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep, Prison
MottoCrede Reo Deo Luctari Pro Eo
(To believe in God and strive for Him)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Blessed Don Columba Marmion
Established1933 (1933)
Sister schoolRosary High School[1]
OversightRoman Catholic Diocese of Rockford
PresidentFr. Abbot John Paul Brahill, OSB
Head of schoolTony Cinderella
ChaplainFr. Michael Burrows, OSB
Enrollment532 (2017)
Average class size20
Student to teacher ratio14:1
Campus size325 acres (1.32 km2)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Red and blue         
Fight songHot N*gga- Bobby Shmurda
Athletics conferenceChicago Catholic League
MascotThe Cadets
Team nameCadets
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe Cadet Call
YearbookRed and Blue Review

The academy is owned and operated by the Benedictine monks of Marmion Abbey on campus. The academy is known for its three pillars: Spirituality, Academics and Leadership. The unique leadership formation programs include: Leadership Empowering Autism and Disability (LEAD) program and a United States Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program that has been a part of the academy since its early years, but was not a part of the school in the inaugural year of 1933–34.[3]

The school is a part of the Chicago Catholic League.


The Marmion Academy was created in 1933 when the monks of St. Meinrad Abbey combined Jasper Academy (Jasper, Indiana) with the Fox Valley Catholic High School, which the Augustinians had just returned to the diocese of Rockford. During the Great Depression era it was difficult for students to pay their tuition as well as uniforms, so the monks, in 1935, associated with the JROTC program and changed its name to Marmion Military Academy. At the time, all JROTC uniforms were provided for by the US government. In the 1990s in order to provide more options for its student body and a return to the original spirit of the school, the monks of Marmion Abbey decided to make JROTC an optional program and to reinstitue the original name of the school, Marmion Academy.[citation needed]

At one point, there were two campuses: one for residential students and one for day students. The two merged back into the Butterfield Road campus, which had been the residential campus.[3] In early 2002, the school decided to close its residential program and started to expand its student body.[4]


Graduation Requirements:[5]

Marmion requires that each graduate complete 4 credits each in English and Theology; 3 credits in Mathematics; 3 elective credits; 2 credits each in a Foreign Language (4 credits recommended), Science, Social Studies, and either Military Science (JROTC) or Leadership Education and Development (LEAD); and 1 credit each in Health/Physical Education; and ½ credit in Music and Art. Marmion students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service each academic year.

At least 27 credits are required for graduation.

Leadership ProgramsEdit

Marmion has two leadership programs, LEAD (Leadership Empowering Autism and Disability) and JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). The LEAD program was started in 1994, while the JROTC has been a part of the school since 1935.

Notable alumniEdit

Notable staffEdit


  1. ^ "Marmion – Rosary: Our Sister School".
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ a b MA. "Marmion Academy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  4. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Programs". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  5. ^ MA. "Marmion Academy Academics". Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  6. ^ "Chick Hearn | California Sports Hall of Fame".
  7. ^ Armstrong, Rick (July 29, 2016). "Armstrong: Marmion graduate Ben Kanute gears up for Olympics in triathlon". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  8. ^ [ Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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