Information, Celebration, Inspiration (Academy President’s Blog)
08.06.14 - Happy Birthday SMA!
150 years ago on August 1, St. Mary's Academy opened its doors with fewer than 50 students in a two-story house on the edge of Denver City. Today, we launch our Sesquicentennial on our 24-acre campus in the suburbs of Denver, with our sixth building at this location under construction and more than 650 students preparing to come back to school in a few weeks. Joanna Walsh one of the three Sisters of Loretto who established St. Mary’s Academy those many years ago described the opening of school: "Well, school opened with quite a number of pupils, large and small and though we were so few, we were obliged to receive as many boarders as space could accommodate...So with boarders and day scholars, classes of different grades in the school, music lessons and all the accessories of day and boarding school confronting us... We made use of our own heads, and indeed, not only our heads, but our hearts and souls to solve the problem. We went on quietly, as best we could.”
And, now it’s time to start celebrating this awesome anniversary! Activities and events coming up include publication of a commemorative book, St. Mary’s Academy – 150 Years, a party in October at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (which is built on the exact site of our first school building), a fun All Academy Play Day in September, a Celebration Mass in April, and the all important... an ice cream flavor at Bonnie Brae that will be named for St. Mary’s Academy. The ice cream flavor will be unveiled during Labor Day weekend. Be sure to stop by Bonnie Brae Ice Cream. Here at SMA, alumnae have been calling in to get back in touch, teachers are planning special classroom activities, and new banners will grace the quad and our buildings. The year is certain to be action-packed. O this special day, prayers of gratitude and admiration for the Sisters of Loretto who braved the wilds of a new city in the territory of a young country to start a school for children. And that school today is our very own St. Mary’s Academy.