Friday, April 24, 2009

Building Campaign, 1960 Style

Among the many newspaper articles from the building campaign of the 1960 in the N.D.A. Archives is the one featured below. The photo is of John J. O'Hara and Gilbert Kingsbury, chairman and associate chairman of the fund drive. This photo was taken around the time of the article's appearance.

The Kentucky Post
And Times-Star

Kentucky Office, 421 Madison Ave.. Covington HEmlock 1-1100

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 1960

Notre Dame‘s Cause Needs Support
The good sisters at Notre Dam6 Academy in Covington have undertaken a monumental task--a drive to raise $1 million for a new school to replace the present antiquated structure on Fifth street.
That larger quarters are needed is something that has become general knowledge over the years.
The academy was erected in 1876, originally as an elementary school. Gradually more and more space was required to meet the needs of increased enrollment. Eventually, the teaching sisters themselves were forced to give up their own quarters and take up residence in a small area just under the roof of the five-story building, an emergency situation that the fire department hopes can be remedied.
Since the beginning of the high school program in 1906, the same old structure has been remodeled and adapted to meet trends and changes in educational requirements. For a long time, enrollment has been greatly restricted.
Remodeling no longer is feasible. The sisters have undertaken a great task in an attempt to construct a new building on the grounds of St. Joseph Heights, their Provincial House on the Dixie Highway, Park Hills. We wish them success.
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Notre Dame, as a high school for girls, has been a valuable asset to the community. Despite its inadequate facilities, it has excelled in educating its students and has been so recognized by accrediting organizations. The phrase "'a Notre Dame girl" has come to have much underlying meaning for northern Kentuckians, especially among businessmen seeking new employees, and justifiably so. The qualities of Christian womanhood displayed by the graduates
have earned fine reputation for the school.
And so it is with a feeling that the community owes much to the work of these good sisters at Notre Dame and that the school serves so well in the field of education, we take this occasion to wish them every success in their drive for $1 million. The task they have undertaken is colossal and this is the first time they have ever gone to the public in such a concerted drive for help.