CAMPUS FACILITIES

ST. FRANCIS CHAPEL

The St. Francis Chapel at Marin Catholic located in the 800-wing at the south end of campus, offers students a place of respite and reflection. This sacred space allows members of our community to connect spiritually in a number of ways, including Mass, Holy Hour, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, and meditation.

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 7:30 am Mass each school day to all members of the Marin Catholic community.
 

LIBRARY

The library program at Marin Catholic 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 the Marin Catholic student-run newspaper and vintage yearbooks.
 

SAINT JOHN PAUL II STUDENT CENTER

The Saint John Paul II Student Center, completed in 2008, hosts various student activities and community events including the MC Gala, Arts Extravaganza, Mother-Son dance, Father-Daughter dance, and Crab Feed. The nearly 13,000 square foot building is open to all students to study or to work on group projects. The Student Center also houses the Cafe Wildcat cafeteria.
 

CAFETERIA

The Marin Catholic cafeteria is housed in the Saint John Paul II Student Center (JPII 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 food. The menu at the Marin Catholic cafeteria incorporates 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 manage a student’s 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, sinks, and gas valves for experiments.  The Science Department has two additional classrooms featuring octagonal pod style desks with electrical outlets for easy access during experiments. Each classroom contains sinks and storage cabinets for laboratory supplies.
 
 
 

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES

MUSIC ROOM

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

The music department utilizes two Line Array 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. Performances are made even more dynamic with designs run on an ETC Smartfade light board. The newly installed acoustic paneling ensures high sound quality.

All the great facilities and equipment are brought to life by the energy and spirit of Marin Catholic students. The PAC is a place that many 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 work to completion. Additionally, there is 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. Marin Catholic possesses a viable darkroom capable of holding fifteen students, and ten iMac computers equipped with the latest photo software. This workspace also holds twenty-four draft tables with natural lighting for students to share and use during class.
 
 
 

DRAWING & PAINTING

Across the courtyard and below the Student Center is the Advanced Drawing and Painting room and an AP Studio Art: 2-D space. Within this workspace are twenty-six draft tables, an iMac computer, a scanner, a 36 x 48 light table, and two oversized cutting boards. There are two 6 x 10 foot recycled cork boards 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 the equipment in the athletic facilities is custom-built by Sorinex, which provides exercise equipment to NFL and Division-I college weight rooms. The Marin Catholic weight room houses a wide range of equipment, including free weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, hurdles, plyo boxes, battle ropes, and more. The training facility is 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. Tony Popovich graduated from Marin Catholic and continued his athletic career by playing football at San Jose State University and graduating with a Communications degree in 2015.  While at San Jose State, he was mentored under Gary Uribe, the current head strength and conditioning coach, helping with not only football but various other athletic teams as well.  

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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 the 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 capacity to nearly 1,000 seats. New bleachers that feature the school’s mascot “CATS” spelled out in shadow were added in 1997. The gym is utilized by fourteen  Marin Catholic teams for training and competition, as well as by multiple outside community programs.

DINO GHILOTTI MOTTA STADIUM

The Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium complex marked 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, founders of PowerBar, Inc., and the field was donated by Dick Ghilotti, Owner and President of Ghilotti Construction Co. The field, which was redone in the summer of 2018, is made of top-quality cryogenic, recyclable rubber and includes state-of-the-art padding to help minimize head injuries. The artificial turf field saves approximately 50,000 gallons of water per season. The field is used by fifteen 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

During the summer of 2017, Marin Catholic remodeled the entire field and grounds of the Bishop Thomas A. Daly Field. The renovation included a re-turfing of the entire playing surface, a new backstop netting system, new locker rooms, and a 21 Palm Memorial Grove honoring some of the finest members of the Marin Catholic community.  The field is used for 11 different male and female teams for practices and competitions.