Since 1922, Towson School Provided Solid Education

A Brief History

July 09, 2009|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,

Towson Catholic High School was an intimate school where for more than 80 years students got a solid education and learned to appreciate classic musicals as well as a good game of basketball, alumni recalled.

"We were known for sports but a big part of the school life was the annual operetta," said Monsignor Edward J. Lynch, who graduated from the school in 1946 and went on to serve as pastor at the adjoining Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

He said graduates of his era still meet monthly at the Peppermill Restaurant to talk over the old times.

He said that school was founded in 1922 by Father Philip H. Sheridan because there was then no Roman Catholic high school in Towson. Archbishop Michael Curley presided at the school's dedication ceremony on Nov. 4, 1922.

Sheridan recruited the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia to staff the school and Lynch said they were much revered. Sister Julius was principal for 27 years and Sister Josefita taught for 32 years.

Baltimore County historian John McGrain, who attended the elementary school in the lower floors of the building that also housed the secondary school, recalled the cultural contributions Towson Catholic made. "The first musical show I ever saw was Towson Catholic's version of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill. It made quite an impression," he said.

Graduates recalled that girls wore blue uniforms with cream-colored blouses and the boys jackets and ties.

Gerald "Whitey" Mullhausen, a 1948 graduate who lives in Forest Hill, grew up in Fullerton and at times took four buses to get to the school. "We had only two homerooms," he said.

The school outgrew its original building and a new structure was completed in 1953. As Towson's population swelled, the school reached its highest enrollments in the 1960s and 1970s, peaking at more than 400 students, alumni said.

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