Histories of Catholic schools being closed

Where schools' students will go

March 04, 2010|By Jacques Kelly

Ascension School, Halethorpe Founded 1913. Students may go to St. Augustine in Elkridge, Our Lady of Victory in Arbutus or new Westside school.

St. Bernardine School, Edmondson Village, West Baltimore Founded 1928. The church was a gift of rowhouse builder James Keelty, who built much of the surrounding neighborhood. Judge J. Norris Byrnes, who graduated in 1952, recalled the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns from Scranton, Pa., who taught him. "You learned there," he said. "The classes were large, sometimes too large, but it was a wonderful school." The school had been holding classes at a neighboring parish, St. Joseph's Monastery in Irvington. Students go to St. Ambrose School in Park Heights, St. Agnes or the new Westside Catholic School.

Fr. Charles Hall Elementary and Middle schools, West Baltimore These schools are part of the parishes of St. Peter Claver (1888) and St. Edward's (1880). The schools educated many members of West Baltimore's black community. The Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia taught at St. Peter Claver for many years. Sister Ann Marie Slavin, a member of that order, said Wednesday, "While we are sad when one avenue closes, there are other needs in Baltimore. Our sisters still work in social ministries, health care, parishes and prisons." Of her former students, she said, "We gave to them, and they gave to us." Students go to St. Ambrose, St. Agnes and the new Westside Catholic School.

St. Clare School, Essex Founded 1956. Students go to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex or St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Rosedale.

Holy Family School, Randallstown Founded 1876. Students go to John Paul Regional Catholic School in Woodlawn.

St. Katharine School, Queen of Peace Cluster, Baltimore Founded 1902. While the St. Katharine church closed more than 25 years ago, the school remained open. Students go to Sts. James and John School in East Baltimore.

Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, Northeast Baltimore Opened five years ago in Gardenville as a consolidation school that attracted students from Northeast Baltimore parishes, including Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison (1926), St. Dominic's in Hamilton (1906) and St. Anthony (1884) in Gardenville. Northeast Baltimore was a traditional stronghold of Catholic education. There were once 1,700 students enrolled at the Shrine of the Little Flower on Belair Road, but declining enrollment forced its closing. Its buildings have been sold for use as charter schools. Students go to Cardinal Shehan School, St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Rosedale, St. Michael the Archangel in Overlea and St. Francis of Assisi in Mayfield.

Our Lady of Fatima School, East Baltimore Parish founded 1951. Students go to Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke, St. Casimir in Canton and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Rosedale

St. Rose of Lima School, Brooklyn Parish founded 1914. Students go to St. Philip Neri in Linthicum, Monsignor Slade School in Glen Burnie, Our Lady of Victory and the new Westside Catholic.

Sacred Heart of Mary School, Graceland Park Parish founded 1925. Students go to Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke in Dundalk, St. Casimir in Canton and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Rosedale

Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Mount Washington Parish founded 1867. The school was initially located in the church basement and staffed by the Sisters of Mercy from nearby Mount St. Agnes. A new, free-standing school was built in the 1950s. "It was a familial place and represented a wonderful way of life," said 1971 graduate Jake Boone. "We had a lot of fun and got a lot of education." Students go to St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden, St. Pius X School in Rodgers Forge, John Paul Regional and St. Ambrose School

St. William of York School, Ten Hills Parish founded 1914. The school opened in 1950. "The school was the anchor of the neighborhood," said Mary Garson, who attended the school and graduated in 1968. "The dances were held there. The sports were played there. It was close-knit. We walked there. There were no buses then." Students go to St. Ambrose and St. Agnes schools

The Cardinal Gibbons School, Morrell Park. Opened 1962 on the grounds of the former St. Mary's Industrial School, the alma mater of Babe Ruth.

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