Well, we’re at it again, but this time we’d like to hear from you. If you attended NDA between the years 1962 to 1965, stir the memory and let us in on it. Blogger would like to share your recollections of the last days on Fifth Street, the move to Hilton Drive, and what those first days and months were like. Keep your memories down to about 200 words (yes, you could probably go on and on) and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “Memories”.
To get you started, here are a few from Sr. Mary Bernadette (now Lea) whose recollections are from the other side of the experience.
When the Sisters were planning what they needed and wanted in the new school, they visited a number of schools to get ideas. In one they saw a floor vacuum system and it went on the need list. Remember the floor vac? If you cleaned erasers you probably do.
Very little rain fell all summer the first year here, but when it came it did so with a vengeance. Water rushed down the west-side basement door (below the steps leading to the auditorium—remember?), carrying straw which clogged the drain outside the door so that the water broke the glass in the door and flooded the basement. The maintenance men had to raise the pianos in the choral room and practice rooms while the Sisters and others swept water out of the art department.
Speaking of art department, the windows were installed upside-down so that they couldn’t be locked, while lights fell in the kitchen. Hmm.
Sister told of much more, but this may give your memory a good jogging. Do let’s hear from you!
Here are a few photos from the summer of 1963.