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St. Mary Catholic School marks 135 years

September 20, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown celebrated its 135th anniversary Sunday, welcoming about 250 people to celebrate its past.

Guests milled around in an open area behind the school Sunday afternoon as hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked on a grill, while others played basketball and other games.

The school started in 1874 at its current location at the intersection of West Washington and Prospect streets, school officials said.

The school was initially named Saint Joseph Academy and within the first year, expansions were made to the school, according to a history of the school posted on its Web site.

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The Sisters of Saint Joseph, who opened the school, departed the parish in 1885 because of financial difficulties, according to the Web site.

The school opened with new sisters in charge on Sept. 4, 1885, and 90 children registered, the Web site said. Enrollment steadily increased each year, according to the historical account.

Today, 247 students attend grades kindergarten through eight at the school, school officials said.

Alumni and other friends of the school ate in a large room inside and relived memories as they walked up and down hallways.

Features in the school include an updated computer lab that has 25 new computers. Also, every staff member has a new computer and every classroom has two new computers, said Assistant Principal Mary T. Milsom.

"We're pretty excited about our technology," Milsom said.

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