A Brotherhood of Leaders, a Network for Life

STA prepares students to make a positive difference, both personally and professionally. Our thriving network of alumni both support and inspire long after graduation. Here are some examples of ST(M)A alumni who make us all proud:

Notable ST(M)A Alumni

Early 1900s

  • Tommy Gibbons 1909, Hall of Fame Boxer who fought Jack Dempsey for World's Heavyweight Championship in 1923, Served as Sheriff of Ramsey County, Minnesota 1934-1959.
  • Emmet Joseph Culligan 1911, Founder of Culligan Water Conditioning Systems
  • General Alfred Gruenther 1919, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in the 1950s
  • Judge L. Fallon Kelly 1926, Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1970–1980)
  • Fr Edward Leo Krumpelmann,1926 Maryknoll priest who served in Jiangmen, China during the Second World War, and later on in Hong Kong.

1930s

  • Angelo John Giuliani 1930 Major League Baseball catcher and Major League Baseball Scout
  • Marine Captain Richard E. Fleming 1935, World War II Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jack Regan 1939, former CEO and Chairman of Marsh & McLellan
  • Bishop James P. Shannon 1939, President of The College of Saint Thomas; later auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis 

1940s

  •  James Garberg 1941, received Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions on the Island of Attu in 1943
  • Edwin Miller 1941, Marine Lieutenant General
  • Joseph K. Bratton 1944, Lieutenant General
  • John Hubbell 1945, author 

1950s

  • John R. Berg 1950, Assistant Secretary of Energy in 1980
  • Jim Lange 1950, game show host
  • John Horan 1951, NBA Basketball Player
  • Lieutenant General (Ret) George Monahan 1951, United States Air Force
  • Michael Wright 1956, former CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of Supervalu Corporation    

1960s

  • Peter Matlon 1963, former Economic Director, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Mike Ciresi 1964, attorney
  • Major General (Ret) Robert Pollman 1965, United States Army
  • Gary Olson 1968, co-founder of Sweet Martha’s Cookies
  • Neil O‘Leary 1968, co-founder of Sweet Martha’s Cookies  

1970s

  • Christopher Cox 1970, former Chairman of the SEC; former United States House Representative (R-CA)
  • Rear Admiral (Ret) John Crowley 1971, United States Coast Guard
  • Patrick Lippert 1976, Founding Executive Director of "Rock The Vote" organization
  • James O’Shaughnessy 1978, CEO O’Shaughnessy Asset Management (OSAM)
  • Tom Emmer 1979, 6th District Congressman from Minnesota (2015-)
  • Ali Selim 1979, Director of the award winning movie Sweetland

1980s

  • Vince Flynn 1984, author
  • Patrick Eilers 1985 - NFL Football Player (won a national championship at Notre Dame; played for Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears)
  • John Choi 1986, Ramsey County attorney

1990s

  • Matt Schnobrich 1997, 2008 Summer Olympic crew bronze medalist
  • Tom Malchow 1995, Captain of U.S. Swim Team at the 2004 Summer Olympic, gold medal winner in 2000

“Saint Thomas Academy prepared me for college in a lot of ways. Going to an Ivy League school, I thought at first that I would be overwhelmed with the work and trying to manage my time, but STA really instilled a great work ethic in me.”

– Saint Thomas Academy alumnus

“Kids here aren’t afraid to show their full potential, to work hard and get good grades. My classmates and I push each other to do our best.”

 – Saint Thomas Academy student