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Learn what being an Explorer is all about

Founded in 1927, Marquette Catholic High School is a college preparatory,
co-educational school where we do exactly that, prepare students for college.

It's a great time to be an Explorer!

The Marquette experience is unique, challenging and - a lot of fun. Every year, our students go on to attend some of the nation's finest universities. As a college prep school, we prepare our students to graduate from, not just get into, college. We know we have succeeded when our graduates tell us "Marquette was tougher than their first couple years of college."
Our graduates also become a part of the Marquette family for life.  If you are a prospective student or the parent of a prospective student, we hope you will come to visit us and learn what being an Explorer is all about.

News & Announcements

class of 2023

Welcome to the Family!

Marquette welcomes 131 new Explorers. The freshman hall is full of slightly confused and perhaps nervous students today, but it won't be too long and it will feel like home!
group photo of Wiedman Field

An Honor Well Deserved

In front of family, friends, Alumni & present Marquette softball players and teammates of Wiedman's fast pitch team, Marquette's home softball field at Gordon Moore Park was dedicated to Coach Dan Wiedman.
sports awards

Players & Coaches of the Year

The 2018-19 season was a great year for all the EXPLORERS athletic teams! The annual PREP YEAR IN REVIEW honorees are being announced. Congratulations to those recognized by the Alton Telegraph.
food drive

Lending a Hand

The MCHS Student Council thank you for all your donations. Dave Snyders drove the "blue bus" to make the delivery to the Calhoun food bank to help those impacted by the flood.
honor roll

Finishing the year strong!

Congratulations to the following students named to the High Honor Roll for the second semester. These students maintained a 3.6 GPA for the Spring 2019 semester.
theatre camp

Cast Call: July 29-Aug 2

Open to all area students 6th - 12th grade. This week long camp will focus on drama voice and stage movement and give campers an opportunity to work with music and stage professionals. Grammy-award winner, Christine Brewer to instruct Friday's Masterclass! Register TODAY!
summer camp

Don't put it off! CAMP LIKE AN EXPLORER

Marquette Catholic athletics has a strong history of excellence. There is still time to sign your child up for one of MCHS summer camps. TENNIS | VOLLEYBALL | SOFTBALL | FOOTBALL | BASKETBALL | SOCCER
alumni plaza

Alumni Plaza Ground Breaking

Construction has begun on the Marquette Catholic Alumni Plaza! Barricades were recently set up blocking traffic on Easton Street as Alton street crews started demolition. The goal is to finish Alumni Plaza in time for start of the 2019-2020 school year.
state bound

Bower and McCluskey Head to State Tournament

Victory at the Triad Class 1A Sectional Tournament secures a trip to Chicago for MCHS's #1 Doubles team. Marquette ended the season with a 3rd place team victory the Traid Sectionals. The IHSA State tournament begins May 23rd in Chicago.

Once an Explorer | ALWAYS an Explorer

Meg Miller, the MCHS Alumni Relations Coordinator, hosted the first St. Louis Alumni Gathering at McGurk's Pub in Soulard on Thursday, May 9th. There was an excitement
track regional win

GIRLS TRACK: Sectional Win!

This year's girls track team is the first to cross the Sectional Finish Line for MCHS and the first Riverbend team to win sectionals since 1993. The Explorers qualified for 9 events in the Illinois State Meet and finished with 83 points in the Carlinville Class 1A Sectional Meet.
boys volleyball

Boys JV Volleyball Earns Varsity Status in 2020

The Explorers have added another varsity sport to the list. The 12 man JV boys volleyball team has proven that hard work and determination pays off. Congratulation on your inaugural season!
hits for a cure

Hitting Cancer Out of the Ballpark

The MCHS softball team took another swing at fighting childhood cancer. This is the 2nd year the team has traveled to Peoria over prom weekend to participate in the "Hits for a Cure" fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research. There is still time to make a donation.
grace and frankie

WYSE Winners

Congrats to the entire MCHS World Wide Youth Science and Engineering (WYSE) team who competed at the State competition at Eastern Illinois. Special Congratulations to Frankie Grabowski and Grace Yost and their impressive achievement of 3rd and 4th place State metals in Biology!
Engineering team

National Finalist | Top 5

Mrs. Michele Sands, Engineering Instructor, and MCHS students Evan Hendricks, Will Dixon, Joseph Grabowski and Elizabeth Wurth will head to Washington D.C. on April 7, 2019 as finalists in the SouceAmerica Design Challenge. This design team researched, designed and created the "Shell Shover" to help employees at Challenge Unlimited complete their job more efficiently.

Coach Tim Fahnestock earns 100th Career Win!

Join us in congratulating MCHS's baseball coach, Tim Fahnestock, on his 100th career win. He is entering his 6th year at the helm of the Explorers and was named the Telegraph Coach of the year for the 2017-18 season.

College Fastpitch Standout

As an Explorer, Meghan Schorman's pitching record made her an area standout.  She continues to be noticed as a University of Kentucky Wildcat.
silver medallion awards

Silver Medallion Winners

Marquette Catholic congratulates Payton Bradley, Natalie Brown, Frankey Grabowski, Kennedi Koetzle, Daniel McCluskey, Riley Siener, Sophia Suchomski, Garrett Weiner, Maria Wendle and Grace Yost on being the 2019 MCHS Silver Medallion Award recipients.
march student of the month

March Student to the Month

Please join us in congratulating Chris Hartrich for being named this month's Rotary Student of the Month. Students selected for this honor are eligible to compete for a $6,000 Scholarship that will be presented to one of the students honored as a “ Student of the Month” during the school year.

Play Ball

It's a doubleheader! Cardinals vs Pirates and Explorers vs STL Patriots. Get your tickets today. $30/each ($58/value)

Calendar of Events

Sep 21

Mega Raffle Drawing

Time: 6 PM – 10 PM
Location: Alton Knights Of Columbus No 460 (405 E 4th St, Alton, IL 62002, United States)