CAMPUS FACILITIES

ST. FRANCIS CHAPEL

Marin Catholic's St. Francis Chapel, which is located in the 800 wing at the south end of campus, offers students a space to remove themselves from the bustle of day-to-day life. This sacred and contemplative space allows members of our community to connect spiritually in a number of ways, including Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, meditation, and reflection.

The most striking aspect of the St. Francis Chapel is its stained glass window. Unique to Marin Catholic, this devotional work of art features the outline of Mount Tamalpais, which may be seen through the colored glass. The window portrays symbols of faith, including the fire of the Holy Spirit, surrounding the central cross.

The chapel seats 120 people and houses two confessionals for staff and student use throughout the year. Monsignor Robert Sheeran, Director of Mission and Ministry, offers 7:30am Mass daily to any interested members of the Marin Catholic community.

LIBRARY

Marin Catholic’s library program aligns with the California School Library Association’s standards and guidelines for strong school libraries, guiding students to become independent learners and intellectual, literate, and technologically proficient community leaders. The Marin Catholic library houses over 10,000 texts, eBooks, and a multitude of research databases, as well as extensive print and digital archives, including years of Marin Catholic’s own student-run newspaper and vintage yearbooks.

SAINT JOHN PAUL II STUDENT CENTER

The Saint John Paul II Student Center, which was completed in 2008, hosts various student activities and community events, including the MC Gala and the Arts Extravaganza. The nearly 13,000 square foot building is open to all students to study individually or to work on projects in groups. The student center also houses Cafe Wildcat, and students utilize the space to enjoy snacks and lunch.
 

CAFETERIA

The Marin Catholic cafeteria is housed in the Saint John Paul II Student Center, catering to students both during and after school. The cafeteria is staffed by the Epicurean Group, an independent Northern California company that partners with local farmers and suppliers to provide fresh sustaining foods. All food at Marin Catholic is prepared using locally-sourced, seasonal, organic produce and follows the sustainable fish harvesting practices advocated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Students purchase food through an account on MySchoolBucks, a secure, and convenient program that allows parents to add money to a child’s account online.

SCIENCE FACILITIES

The Marin Catholic Science Department has three double classrooms that provide both a lecture space and a laboratory investigation environment. One of these classrooms supports physical science experiments and includes two large storage closets. The second two classrooms support chemical and biological sciences and include a fume hood in each room, sinks, and gas valves for experiments.  The Science Department has two additional classrooms featuring with octoganal pod style desks with electrical outlets at each pod for easy access during experiments.  Each classroom contains sinks and storage cabinets for laboratory supplies. Although smaller than the three double classrooms, they also provide a combined lecture and lab setting.
 

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES

MUSIC ROOM

Marin Catholic’s Music Room affords students a large, mixed-use space to work on individual compositions or to collaborate in a group setting. We offer a large ensemble rehearsal space that is capable of accommodating rock bands, jazz groups, and vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as a custom sound system to support in-class performances by music students and guest musicians.

The Music Room is home to two line arrays speakers, contributing rich sound to students’ music. Each music technology and music theory student is provided with a midi keyboard, laptop, and headphones for composition and sound design.

The Music Room also provides ample storage space to suit each student’s needs. The classroom houses a custom-built guitar wall and instrument lockers capable of holding everything from a flute to an upright bass.

POETZ THEATER (PERFORMING ARTS CENTER)

Drama classes and extracurricular plays are held in the Poetz Performing Arts Center (PAC). This fully-functioning theater space includes a scene shop, dressing room, tool room, and a prop/costume storage loft. The stage is equipped with a Strand Lighting control system and PAR can, in addition to Fresnel and ellipsoidal lighting instruments. Our performances are made even more dynamic with designs run on our ETC Smartfade light board. Thanks to the newly installed acoustic paneling, our sound quality is high.

Most importantly, all of the great facilities and equipment are brought to life by the energy and spirit of the students. The PAC is a place that many MC students call home — it’s a place to play and perform; to make good friends and create happy memories.
 

CERAMICS ROOM

The ceramics space is equipped with wheels for the budding potter and work tables for the sculpting enthusiast. Adjacent to the ceramics room are three modern large format kilns to fire unfinished work to completion. We also provide an independent studio exclusively for the use of advanced ceramics students who are enrolled in the AP Studio Art 3-D Design program. This space is designed to give students complete autonomy throughout the creative process.
 

PHOTOGRAPHY ROOM

The photography and Art I classrooms are housed within the same building as the ceramics studio. We possess a viable dark room capable of holding fifteen students, and 10 iMac computers equipped with the latest photo software. This work space also holds 24 draft tables with natural lighting for students to share and use during class.
 

DRAWING & PAINTING

Across the courtyard below the Student Center is the Advanced Drawing and Painting room and an AP Studio Art: 2-D space. Within this workspace are 26 draft tables, an iMac computer, a scanner, a 36 x 48 light table, and two oversized cutting boards. To hold artwork up for critique and reflection are two 6 x 10 foot recycled cork boards are available to present artwork for critique or reflection, and to prompt discussion. The room also houses ample storage space for all materials and unfinished artwork.  
 

ATHLETIC FACILITIES

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

All equipment in the facility is custom-built by Sorinex, which provides exercise equipment to NFL and Division-I college weight rooms. Marin Catholic’s weight room houses a wide range of equipment, including free weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, hurdles, plyo boxes, battle ropes, and more. We are capable of accommodating all forms of training, including Olympic and powerlifting; speed, agility, and plyometric training; injury prevention exercises; and mobility and flexibility work. Training is available before and after school for on and off-season athletes as well as any student interested in personal fitness.

Marin Catholic is one of the few high schools on the West Coast with a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Jeremy Lawson received his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USAW Weightlifting Coach. In the past, he has coached at San Jose State, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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FREITAS MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM

The Freitas Memorial Gymnasium is a hub of student activity. In addition to a number of visual arts classrooms, the building houses male and female locker rooms, male and female team rooms and coaches’ meeting room. It also holds The Wildcat Den, which serves food during games, the Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Athletic Department offices. Its most recent remodel, which began in July of 1983 and was completed in February of 1984, doubled its seating capacity to nearly 1,000 people.  New bleachers that feature the school’s mascot “CATS” spelled out in shadow were added in 1997. The gym is utilized by 14 Marin Catholic teams for training and competition as well as by multiple outside community programs.

DINO GHILOTTI MOTTA STADIUM

Marin Catholic’s new Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium complex marks the completion of the 20-year, $32 million mission to update MC facilities. The state-of-the-art stadium features a weight room; a training room; locker rooms; an alumni deck offering a 360° view of the field, campus, and Mount Tamalpais; luxury stadium seats; a professional press box; and a bronze wildcat statue in front of the stands. The facility benefits all Marin Catholic sports teams and supporters and is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

RICHARD GHILOTTI FAMILY FOOTBALL FIELD AND TRACK

Marin Catholic’s track was donated in 2006 by the Maxwell family, the founders of PowerBar, Inc., and the field by Dick Ghilotti, Owner and President of Ghilotti Construction Co. The field is made of top-quality cryogenic, recyclable rubber. The artificial turf field saves approximately 50,000 gallons of water per season.

The field is used by 15 Marin Catholic teams throughout the entire year for training, competitions, and championships as well as a multitude of community programs.
 

BISHOP THOMAS A. DALY FIELD

In the 2001-2002 school year, Marin Catholic was the first high school in northern California to install a synthetic turf baseball field. Our turf is made of the highest quality cryogenic, recyclable rubber and is the practice or competition site of 11 male and female Marin Catholic teams. Funds for the field were raised by Dominic Pomilia and Larry Gondola in 2001. The batting cage was donated by Dave and Steve Hoffmire.