Monday, October 1, 2012

Oh no, Grandpa...

Memories, like birds--fleeting.  Catch us, catch us if you can.

Oh no, Grandpa, you couldn’t have graduated from Notre Dame Academy!

Oh yes, he could have, and if he said he did, he probably did.  The Sisters opened a grade school as soon as the new 5th St. building was completed.  Boys were accepted with the same enthusiasm as the girls.  While the records are sketchy, to put it kindly (maddeningly), there’s plenty of proof that boys were there.  They may not have abounded—the girls always outnumbered them, as far as blogger can determine.  Here are a few photos to attest to their presence. 
The reason for this posting is that blogger realized that many, maybe most, people aren’t aware of gentlemen grads from this august institution.  What brought this to light was a recent  conversation with a  high school alum who said an aging relative told his family that he too had graduated from NDA.  The family was in serious doubt.  Blogger assured the grad that it was quite possible, and was able to verify the assertion from the records that the school does have.  The doubt was understandable; only people in their late 70s or older may remember the fact since the grade school discontinued in 1937.  The last 8th graders to graduate should be around 87 now.  That means there could still be quite a few male alums (properly called alumni) still gracing the area.  Therefore, Gentleman, please stand up and claim your rightful place in our gallery of fame!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I had no idea that there were boys at NDA! Thank you so much for sharing. I love reading the history of Notre Dame!