On July 29, 2021 a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate a historic day at Saint John’s Catholic Prep as excavation has begun for our new Warner Family Field and Viking Stadium. This $3+ million-dollar project, which concludes five years of planning and many hurdles, is officially UNDER CONSTRUCTION! The state-of-the-art athletic facility will be the new home to our soccer, football, lacrosse, and cheerleading programs. The project will include an artificial turf field, a scoreboard, lights, 400 seats, press box, patio areas and pavilions, restrooms, concession stand, ticket booth, and fencing. Thank you to all of our generous donors, committees, administration, and community for making the groundbreaking ceremony a success. The stage is set for a new era of Viking Athletics!
The School Sisters of Notre Dame were no longer able to staff the school, so a group of dedicated parents and parishioners pool their energies and resources to keep the school open. St. John's opens as the first independent Catholic School in Maryland.
Father McElroy founds Saint John's in Frederick with the Society of Jesus (who also founded the first free school for black children in Washington D.C., and founded Boston College in 1865). Charter of St. John's Literary Institution is obtained from Maryland State Legislature.
John Mc Elroy, founder of St. John’s Literary Institution, is born in Euniskillen, Ireland. He immigrated to America at the age of twenty-one, settling first in Baltimore, Maryland, then in Washington, D.C., where he entered the Jesuit Order at Georgetown.