Our history

Let the whole world know that we're all Cavaliers. 

history

For more than 90 years, The Castle on Hackberry Street in the Cincinnati city neighborhood of East Walnut Hills has been a keeper of Purcell Marian milestones and memories.  Founded on the faithful charisms of The Marianists, the Purcell Marian family of schools includes St. Mary, Marian, Regina, Purcell, and Purcell Marian High Schools. Together, we comprise one of the strongest Catholic families in Southwestern Ohio, serving a diverse population of students since 1928.

Led by Principal Andy Farfsing ‘95, Purcell Marian is in the midst of a renaissance concentrated on inclusivity and preparing our graduates for post-secondary professional opportunities in our ever-changing world.

Purcell Marian is an International Baccalaureate-candidate school, anticipating a November 2019 official accreditation. We measure our success on our 3E Guarantee, which guarantees all graduating seniors are either Employed, Enlisted, or Enrolled at the time of graduation.

Additionally, our school community is committed to values and traditions where friendships bloom across the boundaries of socioeconomics, gender, abilities, race, or religion, rendering our students uniquely positioned for successful futures.

Purcell Marian graduates enjoy an enlightened high school experience that gives them a unique advantage at graduation. Our tagline, “Together. Onward Cavaliers!” comes from the original Purcell fight song, embracing our combined history and encompassing our fundamentals that make us different by design.

Marianist Education at Purcell Marian

Purcell Marian is one of just 19 Marianist high schools in the U.S. and one of only four schools with a Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP), which concentrates on providing financial aid, academic and social support, to high-achieving students from urban elementary schools. 

The Society of Mary (Marianists) by three rebel friends during the French Revolution and then in the United States in 1849 in Cincinnati. Today, Marianists women and men serve as equals, devoted to the ministry of Mary, education, the arts, services to others, and social justice in 34 countries.

Our students increase their knowledge of the Marianist faith by participating in curriculum activities focused on the 5 Marianists pillars.

Year 1 – Community/Inclusivity

Year 2 – Faith

Year 3 – Mary

Year 4 – Leaders in Mission

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Sisters of Charity

Purcell Marian is also fortunate to be supported by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, founded in 1852, with the mission to fight for peace and justice and protecting the Earth. Today, the Sisters center their work on halting human trafficking and caring for victims, climate change and renewable energy, and fighting against racism and unjust immigration policies.

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