Program Philosophy

Program Philosophy

Marquette High's athletic program is one of the most successful in the state, not only in terms of accomplishments but, more importantly, in participation.

Annually, 60 percent of students participate in a sport, strong evidence of our commitment to providing ample opportunities for student participation. At least one non-cut sport is offered in each sport season and two freshman teams are fielded in multiple sports.

It is the athletic department's philosophy to focus on the big picture, which includes the school's mission "forming men for others who will act like Christ, who came 'not to be served but to serve.' " (Mark 10:45). Followed closely by strong athletes. This is done by instilling life skills such as work ethic, morals and leadership that student-athletes can carry with them throughout their lives. Marquette student-athletes are coached to put the team ahead of their own individual needs. A performance component that encourages the athletes to perform at their absolute best, creates a sound formula for success.

Marquette University High School is a Division I school in all 12 WIAA-sanctioned varsity sports. In addition to the these 12 sports, ski racing and lacrosse are offered and compete in their own post-season tournaments.


Athletics Director's Message


Marquette University High School educates the whole person. As part of that, athletics teach fair play, balance, life lessons and build character. Student-athletes grow and mature as individuals, while being responsible to the team. They develop self-esteem, healthy relationships and a healthy lifestyle, while learning to manage their emotions. Practice and competition provide the opportunity for growth in all areas of life.

Marquette High strives to be a model athletics program with quality coaches. As a Catholic High School in the Jesuit tradition, coaches are asked to get to know the players as individuals off the practice field and to support and care for them. We offer high-caliber educational opportunities at practices and sporting events to match what is accomplished in the classroom. We pride ourselves for having scholar-athletes and we are honored by our graduates' record of achievement after high school.

What we expect from our athletes and student fans is leadership and the willingness to take responsibility for their own actions. Marquette High athletics stresses excellence, sportsmanship and a high code of moral conduct. Athletes often receive additional public scrutiny for their behavior, so we must always strive to be our best, including being humble winners or graceful losers. Athletic success is most often measured by wins and losses, but the success we take the most pride in at Marquette High is the valuable life lessons that student-athletes learn.

Go Hilltoppers!

Bob Herman '85
Athletics Director

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