The 21st Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents was held Sunday for prospective students in grades 9 through 12 and any student from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

Grade schools who feed into Marian High School will also be holding open house for prospective students as follows: St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, Wednesday, March 21 from 6:30-8 p.m.; St. Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Holy Family Academy, Hazleton, Friday, Feb. 3 from 5-7 p.m.; Trinity Academy, Shenandoah, Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; McAdoo Catholic, Sunday, March 11, from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.

St. John Neumann School, Palmerton and Slatington campuses; Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford; and Ss. Peter & Paul, Lehighton, held open houses earlier this week.

For more information on all schools, contact the Development & Alumni Office at (570) 467-0641.

The theme for the Catholic Schools Week is "Faith. Academics. Service. Catholic Schools." Festivities will continue all week.

There will also be two informational sessions held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Monday, March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for any parents and/or students who would like more information

Marian High School Activities for this week include:

Tuesday: "Faith. Academics. Service In our Students;" regular schedule; ice cream sundaes during lunches

Wednesday: "Faith. Academics. Service In our Nation;" regular schedule; Red, White, Blue Shirt Day; Collecting items for our military men and women

Thursday: "Faith. Academics. Service In our Community;" Mass Schedule; Mass; Invite members of the community who support the school community. They will be recognized at Mass and refreshments will be served in the Development Office.

Friday: "Faith. Academics. Service In our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers;" special schedule; Exposition; "Games to U" in gymnasium beginning at 1 p.m.

Marian Catholic has called a high school built on farmland in Rush Township home since 1964, and is now in its 58 year.

The school was formed in 1954, which had been declared the Marian Year in honor of the Blessed Mother. The school had a unique, three-town campus created from the former Catholic high schools in those communities.

At the beginning, Marian freshmen students attended St. Jerome, Tamaqua; sophomores attended St. Ann''s, Lansford; and juniors and seniors attended St. Mary's Coaldale. The current campus was constructed in 1964.

The nickname of the boys' sports teams Colts represents the towns from which it drew students, with the C for Coaldale, L for Lansford, T for Tamaqua and S for Summit Hill. The O represents Other communities that sent students to Marian.

The three school setup lasted for 10 years before the present school was built to accommodate all four grade levels.

Marian serves students from parishes both Roman and Byzantine in eastern Schuylkill and Carbon counties and Luzerne County, while extending a welcome to students of other faiths.

This year, there are 28 faculty members and 310 students enrolled, with a graduating class of 60.