Marked by Pride and Spirit

Laker Life

Nearly 8,000 worldwide, Mercyhurst Prep High School alumni are confident, connected and humane leaders who succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities and then launch into phenomenal careers. Lakers are all Marked by Pride & Spirit.

To Mercyhurst Prep school students, the spirit of being a Laker means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate Erie high school community with a keen focus on academic success.

The pride and spirit of a Laker remains as alive today as it was from our very founding in 1926 because the Mercy Charism is woven into every facet of the school. It is found in our words, our actions, our symbols. It’s in the Laker air: hospitality, compassionate presence, service, justice and respect for the dignity of all persons. It is what a Laker is.

Mercyhurst Preparatory School is a four year co-educational Catholic secondary school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world. A Mercyhurst Prep education is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the charism of Mercy, and a modeling of Judeo-Christian values. We strive for excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, we promote service to our local and global communities, and we foster the dedication and active support of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Mercyhurst community.

The Mercy Charism core values are:


compassionate presence


concern for the dignity of all persons


The IB program is based on the concept that general education at the upper secondary level should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in depth study of the major areas of knowledge. Successful completion of the program earns for the student a diploma/certificate recognized for university admission and for course credit at many colleges and universities throughout the world. The IB’s greatest value, however, lies in its intrinsic worth as a challenge and a symbol of the greater achievement to which the student has aspired. Mercyhurst Prep is northwestern Pennsylvania’s only secondary International Baccalaureate (IB) school! MPS is one of 3,290 schools in 141 countries around the globe who are part of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization.

Experience the Laker Life!

Open House is coming up soon on Sunday, November 4th! Would you like to experience being a Laker for a day? Please call 814.824.2323 or email Marcia DiTullio now to set up your shadow visit!

2018 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala Honorees

Missed the gala? We’re already gearing up for the 2019 gala! In the meantime, read the bios and watch interviews of our 2018 Legends Legends Scholarship Gala honorees:

Dr. Joseph Michael Boesch ‘78
Distinguished Alumni for Career

Sr. Joan McCabe, RSM ’51
Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

Ken Regenor ’81
Alumni President’s Award

Bill Bengel
Laker Legend Sports Award

MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP
Laker Legend Philanthropy Award

Graduate Testimonials

Watch 13 of our recent graduates speak about their Laker experience.

Charles Litchenwalter
Earning a master’s degree from Case Western is a goal for Charlie Lichtenwalter, a future financial planner, who lettered in both golf and basketball while attending Mercyhurst Prep.

Henley Spracklen
Mercyhurst Prep graduate Henley Spracklen plans to become a doctor or veterinarian.  She is a strong athletic competitor, who developed leadership skills while in high school.

Visit MPS

If you would like to visit our school and learn more about becoming a Laker, please call 814.824.2323 or email our Admissions Director Marcia DiTullio today!

Shadowing is a great opportunity to spend a day as a Laker and experience first hand what it might be like to attend Mercyhurst Prep School in Erie. The day starts out as you enter beneath our massive Laker Mural and ends with new friends and anticipation of experiences yet to come. Transfer students are welcome to shadow, and 8th graders from private schools are welcome to invite a friend from a public school, if they like.

‘I Am A Laker’

MPS is Erie’s only Catholic co-educational high school. Learning in a community environment alongside old and new friends, as well as high school students from other countries, best prepares you for college and life in the real world. To our students, the spirit of being “Laker” means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate Mercyhurst Prep High School community in Erie that has a keen focus on their academic success. Our school, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, emulates the Mercy charism: concern for the dignity of all persons, justice, compassionate presence, hospitality and service.

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Upcoming Events

MPS Open House!
Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Save the Date

2019 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala
A Night on Baggot Street
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Bayfront Convention Center
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2019 MPS Reunion Weekend

Saturday, August 3, 2019
A fun evening at the Bayfront Convention Center
All classes invited
Must be 21 to attend
Classes ending in “9” or “4” – this is your reunion year! Plan to join us on August 3 at the Bayfront Convention Center.
Questions? Contact Bill Lillis ’99.
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2017-18 Annual Report

The 2017-18 annual report is now available!

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You Can Help!


Mercyhurst Prep’s legacy of academic excellence and cutting edge learning spans nine decades as a leading private Catholic school in Erie as of 2016. Behind the walls of our c.1964 building is a 21st century IB college prep education that has so far readied 9,000 Lakers for life beyond our campus. It is time to upgrade our school facilities to reflect our modern approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders. [read more]

Mercyhurst Prep High School of Erie is proud of its academic excellence in the Sisters of Mercy Catholic School traditions, exceptional and caring faculty, dedicated students, and incredible faith and life-guidance. We are blessed to be part of a community of students, alumni, families, friends and community partners who know that being part of the Mercyhurst Prep family is a bond that lasts a lifetime. There are many opportunities to help foster the success of the Mercy tradition. [learn more]