The O’Donnell House is named after Brother John O’Donnell, S.M., who was a working brother for the Society of Mary. Brother John served 43 years as a working brother at Chaminade College Preparatory School. He died in 1973 at the age of 90.

The House Crest

The basic background is a shield as is traditional in heraldry. It is white to symbolize purity and victory. The large cross stands for Christ’s crucifixion and its red color symbolized Christ’s atoning blood. Across the horizontal bar of the cross are the Latin words “Docendo Discimus” which means “By teaching we learn.” The red cross also divides the shield into four parts. The upper left part contains the fleur-de-lis. This signifies two things: the French heritages of the Society of Mary as founded by Blessed William (Guillaume) Chaminade and the instrumental role that the school has had in the St. Louis Catholic community with the fleur-de-lies as a symbol of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In the lower right portion of the shield are a stylized M and a cross. The M signifying devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the cross once again the sign of her Son, Jesus. Green represents both the Irish origin of the name O’Donnell and liturgically the color of hope. The motto below the shield carries the name of the house “O’Donnell” and two dates: to the left MCMX (1910), the founding date of Chaminade in St. Louis and MMIV (2004), the date that this crest was created.


House Deans Mr. Matthew Crutchfield (HS)
Mr. Eric Burdge '89 (MS)
High School Mentors Br. Jim Eppy, S.M.
Mr. Michael Corte/Mr. Antoine Torrey
Mr. Dan Stout 
Dr. Zach Garrison/Dr. Justin Noetzel
Mrs. Julie Laury/Mr. Dennis Tita
Middle School Mentors Mr. David McCoy '86
Mr. John Hahn/Mrs. Dolores Perlow
Mr. Nate Master '07/Dr. Jack Wilson
House Captains Jack McCoy, Colin Stolze
Charlie Parmelee (8th Grade)
House Counselor Mrs. Amy Tricamo
Campus Minister Mr. Matt Dailey
Learning Consultant  Mr. Tony DiSalvo (HS)
Ms. Beth Dunlap (MS)


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