When Central High School closed last June, many in the community lamented the loss of a school they saw as a link between the eastern and western parts of the city.

We are proud that Marshall has always served to unite a wide variety of students across Duluth and the surrounding areas. When discussing what they like about Marshall, many students will mention the friendships they make with students who live in “far flung” places like China — and Esko.

The numbers provide a stark illustration of the geographic boundaries of our school. Marshall’s 143 new students this year came from 38 different schools, 3 states, and 7 foreign countries. The chart above illustrates the sources of our new students for 2011-2012.

We also work hard to avoid having finances become a barrier to a Marshall education. This year, 40% of Marshall students received some level of financial aid.

As I mentioned during our opening meetings this school year, Marshall’s enrollment grew a remarkable 11%. While we have a few openings at select grades, for all intensive purposes Marshall is “full.” This is against a challenging economic climate where only 27% of private school heads in the ISACS Midwest region report being at full enrollment.

This reflects positively on the value that our parents place on education during a child’s formative years and the important role that Marshall has played in the local educational landscape since 1904.