Our School

Greetings from the Head of School

To visit Marshall is to understand what schools should be about. We respect tradition, we believe in challenge, we meet the needs of our students, and we guide them on their journeys towards becoming their best selves. Inside each classroom, students drive the learning process: they plug in, they weigh in, and they own their experience. Our teachers fully commit to a career on the Hilltop; many have served the schools for decades and others join us specifically to work on our exceptionally collegial team.

Marshall has been recognized as a model school by the National Association of Independent Schools for our work to measure and increase student engagement. Teachers have led the charge to create a dynamic 21st century curriculum. The result is evident in classrooms, and in our engagement scores which keep pace with the finest schools in the country. Engagement is also evident in the hallways and on teams - our students are doers, and our participation rates--in music, in clubs, and in athletics--are truly exceptional.

Marshall also believes in learning for a purpose. We are a 21st century global school grounded in Midwest sensibility. Our founders vowed to train “wholly educated students” by “emphatically teaching honesty, integrity, discipline and leadership.” Those values are present in our mission today as we strive to develop ethical leaders for our ever-changing and global world.

Welcome to Marshall!

Kevin Breen
Head of School

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots


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Not many trombonists have the opportunity to play in front of 85,000 adoring fans, but several times each fall, Andrew Jarocki and the Notre Dame Marching Band enter a packed stadium to the delight of the home football crowd--and in front of millions on television. Andrew, of course, has one particular advantage; he plays a Fight Song familiar to all of us who attended Cathedral/Marshall.

Click below to read about Andrew, and then tune in to NBC to watch the band when the Fighting Irish take on Navy a week from this Saturday.

The term "gap year" can mean different things to different people. To Garrett Jenkins, Class of 2017, it means a deep dive into a unique healthcare experience from the deck of a ship ... in Africa.

As a part of the Mercy Ships program, Garrett is helping support free healthcare efforts in Africa, while shadowing nurses. The plan is to return to the U.S. and South Dakota State University for their highly-ranked nursing program

Click below to learn more about this big-hearted, big-personality Marshall grad and his big-time gap year.

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