For families seeking the right college preparatory high school, Maur Hill - Mount Academy sets the standard in providing the academic environment with the level of support and structure necessary for student success.

Maur Hill - Mount Academy has a proven approach - rooted in the Catholic faith and Midwestern values - of academic advancement and personal development that challenges and inspires each individual student.

As a result, Maur Hill - Mount Academy graduates are best prepared for their next steps into college and life as responsible, independent, and engaged members of the global community.

 

Our History

Saint_Benedict_Medal Maur Hill-Mount Academy is a co-educational, Catholic, Benedictine, college preparatory high school created from the merger of two long established single-sex schools. Maur Hill Prep was established in 1919 by the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey to educate young men, and Mount St. Scholastic Academy was established in 1863 by the Benedictine Sisters to educate young women. The  schools merged in 2003 to unify their strengths and provide the greatest benefit to the students.


Benedictine Motto
Ora Et Labora (Pray and Work)

School Motto
Live the Faith, Pursue the Truth, Strive for Excellence

School Colors
Black, Navy Blue, and Gold

Mascot
Ravens

Benedictine Heritage
Maur Hill-Mount Academy has its roots in the Benedictine tradition. “In November 1863 braving the perilous conditions of the Civil War, seven Benedictine Sisters under the leadership of Mother Evangelista Kremmeter began the daring enterprise of establishing a Convent and Academy of the Benedictine Order in Atchison on the edge of the Kansas Prairie,” as mentioned in their history, 125 Years of Mount Saint Scholastica Academy. The Sisters organized grammar school classes that began December 1, 1863. By 1873, The Academy of Mount St. Scholastica was incorporated.  Enrollment at the Academy was 40 boarding students and 190 day students. On July 16, 1877 the Sisters purchased a house called Price Villa (known as St. Cecilia’s Hall) which was located on 12 acres of ground adjoining the city of Atchison. The Sisters and students occupied this building.

In 1912, the Sisters purchased land for a new Academy. The new building was dedicated in 1926 and housed Mount Saint Scholastica Academy and the newly founded St. Scholastica College. This building was known as the Administration Building. The Academy occupied the third floor of this building for the next 40 years. The dormitories for the Academy boarders were located in St. Cecilia’s until they moved to the fourth floor of the Administration Building in 1965. The Academy moved out of this building into a new facility of its own on the west campus of Maur Hill, which was dedicated in 1970.  In 1993, the journey continued as the Academy moved back to the Mount St. Scholastica campus into the Feeney Building left vacant by Benedictine College’s move to one campus. The boarding students lived in St. Scholastica Hall then called Hemmen. The Mount Academy remained on this campus until 2003 when the school merged with Maur Hill and the girls continued their studies on the Maur Hill (now Maur Hill - Mount Academy) campus. The girls continued to live in the dormitories on the Mount campus through the 2006-07 school year until some donors and a group of hard working volunteers went to work on the St. Leo's dorm to update it and create additional space for all boys to move into one dorm. This very successful volunteer drive allowed the girls to then move into the Howard Hall dorm on the Maur Hill - Mount Academy campus beginning in the 2007-08 school year.

With the same mission, Benedictine Monks founded St. Benedict’s Priory first in Doniphan County in 1857 and then moved to Atchison in 1858 and founded a school. The property where the present Maur Hill - Mount Academy campus is located was deeded to St. Benedict’s Abbey in December 1919 for the purpose of establishing a school. This purchase allowed the Abbey to separate the different age group of students, having the younger boys now study on the newly acquired property on the South end of town and the college students remain on the north campus which is present day Benedictine College. Already on this new property was a group of structures including an administration building, library, gymnasium, a dining hall with an annex infirmary, and a President’s House from the former Midland College that had relocated to Nebraska. The Old Gym (now John Flynn Athletic Center) is the last remaining building of the original campus. In 1920, the new school was named St. Benedict’s Maur Hill by a special chapter of the Abbey and had a student body of 43 male students. It was later called Maur Hill Prep, but most commonly known as Maur Hill. In 1961, the Academic Building (later to be named after longtime Headmaster, Fr. Edwin Watson) and a new gymnasium were completed on the campus. Adjacent lands were purchased and became the present football field, baseball field, tennis courts and soccer fields. Other milestones in school history include the St. Leo’s Dormitory built in 1967 and named after Leo Hulseman; Howard Hall dorm in 1970 named after Howard McCullough; St. Michael’s Cafeteria in 1973 and named after Michael Murphy. When the new cafeteria was built, the Mexican Sisters from Mexico City where in mind as they had served the school by running the cafeteria and performing various other duties since 1949. The lower floor of the cafeteria provided housing for the nuns, while the upper floor gave a brand new kitchen and cafeteria for the students of Maur Hill. There have since been a number of projects and updates to the campus facilities over the years to continue to provide a great academic and campus environment for the students.

The vision of our Benedictine Sisters and Monks continued after Maur Hill Prep and Mount Saint Scholastica Academy merged and unified their strengths in 2003 as Maur Hill - Mount Academy. The school continues educating young men and women from across the US and around the world in the same Benedictine tradition. The school is a legacy to the Sisters and Monks through the education, faith, and values they have instilled within the thousands of alumni/ae over the past 150+ year history and those in the halls today.

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