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Cathedral Academy's Centennial Celebration: 100 Years Old & Younger Than Ever

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Syracuse, NY - On Saturday, October 17, Cathedral Academy alumni are invited back to their alma mater to celebrate the Centennial Reunion. The cornerstone for the building that became Cathedral Academy was laid in 1915 at the corner of Madison and Montgomery Streets in Downtown Syracuse. Erected for $60,000, the building was first known as St. Mary’s Academy – the site was once home to the original St. Mary’s Church, a precursor to the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception.

(Click here to read the full article, featuring alumni memories and a brief history of the Cathedral Academy)

When the school opened, 183 students – grades one through six – attended. One class was added each year, until the high school officially opened in 1919. The first graduating class – featuring one girl and 16 boys – turned their tassels in June, 1923. Cathedral Academy remained a high school until 1972, when it went back to its elementary school roots.

Enrollment at Cathedral Academy averaged about 500 students each year, but never more than 200 students were enrolled in the high school at one time. As a result, the classes were especially close-knit.

Alumni speak excitedly about their time at Cathedral Academy. Two common threads woven throughout memories include friendships with their classmates and appreciation for their teachers, the nuns of the Daughters of Charity.

The Daughters of Charity are best remembered for their large white-winged habits and devotion to their students.

Organizers expect 125 alumni will attend the Centennial Reunion. The youngest person who comes will be about 61 years old... the oldest could be more than 90 years young! 

The special evening will begin with a special Mass at the Cathedral at 5:10 pm. Bishop Cunningham will preside. A reception will follow in the school’s recently renovated auditorium, the site of many school dances from yesteryear. Alumni will also be able to tour the school, and ride in a brand new elevator just installed this year! They may peruse a museum in the basement and view memorabilia from their schooldays. Yearbooks and pictures will also be displayed at the reception.

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